Ernest Scheyder
For Ernest Scheyder's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Lithium evaporation ponds in Silver Peak, Nevada. Global lithium demand is expected to outpace supply by 500,000 metric tons annually by 2030.
Mar 26, 2024
America's lithium laws fail to keep pace with rapid development
Washington's drive to make the U.S. a major global lithium producer is being held back by a confusing mix of state regulations.
The MP Materials rare earth open-pit mine in Mountain Pass, California, in January 2020. Western startups are focusing their attention on the process of refining rare earths — some of them pivoting from mining — that China has spent the past 30 years mastering.
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 5, 2023
Western startups seek to break China's grip on rare earths refining
The companies are looking for faster, cleaner and cheaper ways to process the minerals that are critical for billions of electronic devices.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo walks with U.S. President Joe Biden on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, on Nov. 16, 2022.
Nov 13, 2023
U.S. and Indonesia to discuss potential EV mineral deal: sources
Indonesia, which has the world's biggest nickel ore reserves, in September asked the U.S. to begin discussions for a trade deal for critical minerals.
Japan Times
Jun 23, 2023
Lithium producers warn supplies may not meet global EV demand
Staffing shortages, inflation and delays in issuing mine permission may hinder efforts to source enough of the battery metal to meet aggressive electrification timelines.
Japan Times
Jun 17, 2023
Inside the race to remake lithium extraction for EV batteries
The global battle to reshape the lithium industry is sucking in oil producers and tech startups, each jockeying to be the first to reinvent how the key metal is produced.
Japan Times
Jan 15, 2022
U.S. bill would block defense contractors from using Chinese rare earths
The bipartisan legislation would force defense contractors to stop buying rare earths from China by 2026 and use the Pentagon to create a permanent stockpile of the strategic minerals.
Japan Times
Apr 21, 2021
Arizona mining fight pits economy and EVs against conservation and culture
After U.S. President Joe Biden put a stop to a huge copper mine project, some people are rejoicing while others living nearby are feeling the pinch.
Japan Times
Mar 2, 2021
To go electric, America needs more mines. Can it build them?
The administration of U.S. President Joe Biden has made big promises to environmentalists as well as labor groups and others who stand to benefit by boosting mining.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health / FOCUS
Aug 22, 2014
Refracking brings 'vintage' oil and gas wells back to life
A fracking boom isn't enough for U.S. oil and gas producers — they're now starting the re-fracking boom.


Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on