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Tsuyoshi Inajima
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Jul 27, 2020
Pandemic forces digital change on Japanese companies
The coronavirus pandemic may be a drag on economies across the globe, but in Japan it’s bringing long-overdue changes in work habits and tools.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jul 20, 2020
Wired for profit: How an obscure Japanese auto supplier is riding out the pandemic
If the motor is the heart of an EV, then coils in turn are the heart of the electric motor.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 28, 2020
Inside Nissan, a renewed push to get Renault to cut its stake
A proposal is being floated atop Nissan Motor Co. for the company to revive efforts to push Renault SA to reduce its stake in the Japanese carmaker and help balance the partnership, a person familiar with the matter said.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Aug 19, 2019
Japan's feud with South Korea threatens heating fuel shortage
Consumers may pay a higher price to stay warm this winter if South Korea bans exports of heating fuel to Japan as the bilateral trade feud deepens.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 25, 2017
Japan's Cosmo Oil evaluates new sources of crude as market braces for new standards
After years of economic malaise spurred a wave of cutbacks, closures and mergers, reshaping the refining industry in the world's fourth-biggest oil using nation, Japan's Cosmo Oil Co. is reckoning with the aftermath.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jul 7, 2017
What to expect at Idemitsu as acrimonious court battle looms
Idemitsu Kosan Co.'s plan to raise as much as ¥138.5 billion ($1.2 billion) by selling 48 million shares sent its stock on its biggest fall since 2008 on Tuesday. The refiner's move is the latest in the fight with its founding family over a merger with longtime rival Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Apr 3, 2017
Koike's plan for Tepco to remove utility poles in Tokyo an Olympian task
Making one of the world's biggest cities beautiful is a task beleaguered Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. is unlikely to relish.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Mar 21, 2017
Oil experts huddle in Tokyo to seek refuge from China fuel flood
Huddled deep within Tokyo's government district, nearly two dozen of Japan's top oil experts pore over a problem plaguing their industry: How can they stop China from pushing its crude refiners into a corner?
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Mar 15, 2017
Japan's power producers to face china coal pain after steel
First it was Japan's steel makers, now it's the nation's power producers that are set to pay for China's coal policies.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 1, 2017
J-Power aims to burn more natural gas and wood as Abe fights climate change
Japan's biggest electricity wholesaler knows it will take more than cutting-edge coal technology to save the environment.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 9, 2016
Idemitsu scion's defiance imperils $1.7 billion refinery merger
In Japan's carefully choreographed corporate world, public power struggles are generally frowned upon. Shosuke Idemitsu, 89, apparently doesn't roll that way.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Feb 4, 2016
Japan's power producers scour forests in search of wood to burn
With almost 70 percent of its land covered by forests, Japan is leading a drive to return to wood as a source of cleaner energy.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Oct 28, 2015
Companies vie for share of ¥8 trillion retail electricity market
Spend a few minutes to fill in a single-page form from a government website, and mail it in — that is all you need to register as a power producer in Japan as it opens its ¥8.1 trillion ($67 billion) retail electricity market.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 20, 2014
Tepco to spend ¥2.67 trillion to grow
Tokyo Electric Power Co. is considering spending about ¥2.67 trillion on strategic investments through partnerships as it seeks to chart a path to growth beyond the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant disaster.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 19, 2013
Tepco minutes reveal staff exodus concerns
Tokyo Electric Power Co. executives spent dozens of meetings fretting about the utility's future as hundreds of younger employees quit over salary cuts after the Fukushima No. 1 reactor meltdowns, according to minutes obtained by Bloomberg News.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jun 7, 2013
Abe plan lifts renewables at utilities' expense
Shinzo Abe's pledge to spur ¥30 trillion of investment in Japan's electricity industry opens the way for a surge in clean energy projects at the expense of traditional utilities.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Nov 8, 2012
China's Hokkaido forest grab all about water
Morihiro Oguma's phone rang every day with calls from brokers representing foreign investors who wanted to buy his Japan Mineral water bottling business.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
May 15, 2012
Utilities' bond risk climbing amid nuclear shutdowns
The bond risk of nuclear power companies had the largest weekly increase in seven months led by Kansai Electric Power Co., the utility likely to face the biggest electricity shortage this summer, after the country shut its last reactor.
JAPAN
Nov 18, 2010
Kyoto doubts prompt Japan to hedge carbon-trading bet
Japan, the world's fifth-biggest producer of greenhouse gases, is building a new emissions market as the widest carbon-trading spreads in four months signal that the 1997 Kyoto climate agreement will be scrapped.

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The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan