May 25, 2015

All major power, gas suppliers to cut rates for July

All 10 major electricity firms and four gas suppliers plan to cut their rates for July to reflect lower fuel and liquefied natural gas prices. The monthly electricity bill of an average household is expected to fall some ¥300 from the previous month to ...

Apr 3, 2015

Iran nuclear framework deal triggers oil price fall

Crude-oil prices fell Thursday after six world powers and Iran announced they had agreed on a framework to curb Iran’s nuclear drive. The U.S. benchmark, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for May delivery, shed 95 cents to close at $49.14 a barrel on the New ...

Feb 13, 2015

U.S. stocks approach record as technology, energy shares gain

U.S. stocks climbed back close to record levels on Thursday as technology, materials and energy companies all notched big gains. Cisco Systems led the technology sector higher after reporting better-than-expected earnings. Energy stocks rose as the price of oil rebounded following two days of ...

Jan 26, 2015

Making the most of cheaper oil

The steep fall in crude oil prices has certainly benefited consumers, but Japan needs to develop a wise energy policy that shields it from the vagaries of oil-price fluctuations over the long term.

Death of Saudi king unsettles oil market; prices waver

Jan 24, 2015

Death of Saudi king unsettles oil market; prices waver

Oil prices rose initially on news of the death of Saudi Arabia’s powerful King Abdullah, but the increase was moderate and short-lived. The king’s death is unlikely to lead to a change in the kingdom’s immense crude production or change the course of oil ...