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The slippery meaning of the new era name

Reader Mail Apr 19, 2019

The slippery meaning of the new era name

The media coverage of Reiwa, the new era name, was extravagant. I was left with the sense that it was more than a mere announcement. Kuni Miyake, in his opinion piece in the April 9 edition ("What does Reiwa really mean to Japanese?"), reminds ...

New Japanese oil giant created with Idemitsu-Showa Shell merger

Business / Corporate Apr 1, 2019

New Japanese oil giant created with Idemitsu-Showa Shell merger

Idemitsu Kosan Co., Japan's second-largest oil wholesaler, and fourth-ranked Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K. merged Monday, creating a new oil giant to better compete in increasingly challenging market conditions amid falling demand for gasoline. The new company, with combined sales of over ¥5 trillion, is set ...