Aug 19, 2014

Fukushima exports first batch of rice since meltdowns to Singapore

Exports of Fukushima-grown rice have resumed after being suspended by the nuclear crisis in March 2011 amid soaring concerns about radiation contamination, a national agricultural cooperative said Monday. A shipment of 300 kg of Koshihikari brand rice produced in Sukagawa, Fukushima Prefecture, has arrived ...

Aug 8, 2014

Japan logs largest six-month current account deficit ever

Japan logged a current account deficit of ¥507.5 billion in the first half, the biggest for any six-month period on record, government data showed Friday, underscoring its diminishing ability to earn money abroad. It was also the first time since officials started compiling comparable ...

Warm January sees Japan flooding Asia with kerosene exports

Feb 27, 2014

Warm January sees Japan flooding Asia with kerosene exports

The mildest winter in four years is prompting Japan to export its biggest volume of kerosene in a quarter century, squeezing profits for Asian refiners while cutting fuel expenses for airlines. Japan has shipped enough of the transportation and heating fuel since December to ...

Dec 28, 2013

Nuclear pact talks to start with Saudis

The Abe administration will launch talks with Saudi Arabia next spring to conclude a nuclear power pact and allow Japanese businesses to export atomic-related infrastructure to the oil-rich nation. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who sees such exports as a key component for economic growth, ...

Nov 29, 2013

Weak yen, costly fuel to fuel record trade deficit

Japan is likely to post a record trade deficit in fiscal 2013 because the weaker yen and soaring demand for energy have driven up the cost of importing fossil fuels, according to a projection by a trade business group. The deficit is expected to ...

Eight carmakers' domestic output up again

Nov 29, 2013

Eight carmakers' domestic output up again

The combined domestic output of the eight major automakers rose 9.9 percent in October from a year earlier for the second straight month of increase, data released by the firms show. The figures were helped by robust demand in North America and a recovery ...

Reactor makers look abroad as home market fizzles

| Sep 9, 2013

Reactor makers look abroad as home market fizzles

by Kazuaki Nagata

The Fukushima meltdowns and the continuing radiation crisis may have turned the public off of atomic energy at home, but it’s full steam ahead for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Japan’s heavy industries when it comes to exporting that technology to power-hungry economies abroad. ...

Brewers set out to take sake global

Apr 26, 2013

Brewers set out to take sake global

by Noriko Kawamura

Ambitious sake brewers have turned to foreign markets in an attempt to replicate wine’s global success. Exports of sake, which is essentially a rice wine locally referred to as “nihonshu,” have been growing in recent years, and trade fairs and competition events have become ...