Toby Sterling
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Assembly engineers work on a lithography system at ASML in Veldhoven, Netherlands in June.
Apr 5, 2024
Targeting Chinese chips, U.S. to push Dutch on ASML service contracts
The U.S.' export policy chief is set to meet in the Netherlands next Monday with officials from the Dutch government and ASML.
ASML engineers walk past a High NA EUV tool at ASML’s headquarters in Veldhoven, Netherlands, on Nov. 20, 2023.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 20, 2024
Dutch say China seeks military advantage from ASML tools
Netherlands-based ASML, Europe's largest tech firm, dominates the world market for lithography systems, needed by computer chipmakers.
Campaign leader Hiske Arts speaks during a meeting of climate group Fossielvrij Nederland in Amsterdam in August.
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 13, 2023
Airlines face a storm over climate claims
A growing number of lawsuits, consumer complaints and rulings from advertising regulators are seeing to restrict airlines' sustainability claims.
Japan Times
Mar 9, 2023
Dutch to restrict semiconductor tech exports to China, joining U.S. effort
The Netherlands is a leader in chipmaking technology and the move is a step toward adopting rules urged by Washington to hobble China's chipmaking industry and slow its military advances.
Japan Times
Jul 26, 2022
Grub's deal with Amazon shows food delivery sector bracing for cost-of-living crunch
The loss-making food delivery industry was one of the big beneficiaries of the COVID-19 pandemic, but that effect has waned as consumers have started to cut back.
Japan Times
Jun 20, 2022
Europe's summer of discontent reveals travel sector labor crisis
Leading operators have flagged thousands of job openings across Europe, but the industry says European aviation as a whole has lost 600,000 jobs since the start of the pandemic.
Japan Times
Mar 5, 2022
ICC faces 'myriad challenges' to prosecute war crimes in Ukraine
According to the U.N., at least 249 civilians have been killed since Russian tanks rolled into Ukraine on Feb. 24, in the biggest military attack on a European state since World War II.
Japan Times
Oct 8, 2020
Who pays for toilet paper? Big questions loom in work-from-home era
As the world convulses in crisis, and tens of millions of us dig in for the long haul of working from home, one question looms large: Who pays for the tea and toilet paper?


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