Yuriy Humber
Japan Times
Jul 17, 2015
Mitsui tries to pin down identity, says try-anything attitude has been key to its success
It earns more than Coca Cola Co., has operations in as many countries as Starbucks Corp., boasts a payroll almost as long as Google Inc. and has been around longer than Philadelphia. Yet many consumers outside of Japan probably haven't heard of it.
Japan Times
Jul 16, 2015
Despite pressing need, Japan continues to grope for nuclear waste site
Welcome to Japan, land of cherry blossoms, sushi and sake, and 17,000 metric tons of highly radioactive waste.
Japan Times
Jun 29, 2015
Mitsubishi eyes India revival as next driver of commodity cycle
If you're looking to bet on commodities, take a breather.
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 23, 2015
Itochu exits U.S. shale foray with $1 sale
Itochu Corp. ended its $1 billion foray into U.S. shale by selling its 25 percent stake in Samson Resources Corp. back to Samson for $1.
Japan Times
May 1, 2015
NRA's approval of Sendai nuclear plant ignores Nankai quake risk, seismologist warns
The nation's new nuclear regulator ignored earthquake risk and its own rules in approving the safety of the Sendai nuclear plant, said Kobe University professor and seismologist Katsuhiko Ishibashi.
BUSINESS / Companies
Apr 27, 2015
Writedowns put Japan's trading houses in tough spot
The country's top five trading houses have announced more than ¥570 billion in asset writedowns, or about half the net income the firms expect to report for last year. And that's probably not the end of it.
Japan Times
Mar 15, 2015
Return of Fukushima elderly gives preview of future
The nation honored its dead last week from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Tohoku's Pacific coastline on March 11 four years ago.
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 27, 2015
What a difference oil price makes, as Marubeni joins writedowns
"I couldn't believe that oil would drop this far," said Marubeni Corp. Chief Executive Officer Fumiya Kokubu.
Dec 9, 2014
Tokyo may fail Olympic sustainability vow, activists say
Tokyo risks falling down on its pledge to stage an environmentally sustainable 2020 Olympics due to the import of illegally felled timber from Southeast Asia, activist group Global Witness said.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jul 9, 2014
Yahoo cyberattacks reveal gaping holes in Japan Inc.'s hacking shield
Shortly after the alert sounded at 9:10 p.m., Yahoo Japan Corp.'s risk team knew it had a problem. More than 20 million usernames and passwords belonging to its customers were being dumped into a file, primed to be stolen.
Jun 13, 2014
Japan needs tougher laws to end illegal timber imports, NGO says
Japan, the world's fourth-largest buyer of timber products, needs to introduce laws and stricter oversight to stamp out imports of illegally logged wood, according to the activist group Environmental Investigation Agency.
Japan Times
Mar 11, 2014
Reactors still feared despite new rules
The cost of restarting Japan's nuclear power plants: ¥1.3 trillion and counting.
Japan Times
Dec 10, 2013
Nuke 'black box' needed: investigator
The global nuclear power industry needs to share cross-border information to prevent accidents, replicating the transparency of international air traffic control, according to the head of an investigation into the disaster at Fukushima No. 1.
Japan Times
Jul 19, 2013
'Abenomics' needs more Thatcher: Marubeni chief
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should adopt policies similar to those used by former U.K. leader Margaret Thatcher to bring the world's third-largest economy out of its "lost decades" funk, says Marubeni Corp. Chairman Teruo Asada.
Oct 2, 2012
Sumitomo sees 'solar bubble' with rejection of nuclear power
As Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and billionaire Masayoshi Son lead a swarm of investors seeking to exploit Japan's solar power subsidies — the largest in the world — Sumitomo Corp. is betting on wind.
Feb 3, 2012
Advisers charge reactor stress tests ignore lessons of March 11
The stress tests to review nuclear plant safety don't include lessons from the Fukushima No. 1 disaster, effectively ignoring the reason for running the checks, according to two government advisers.


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