Takayuki Furuse

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National / History Sep 22, 2015

30 years after Plaza Accord, nations' currency goals evolve

Thirty years after the implementation of the dollar-weakening Plaza Accord, the purpose of joint currency interventions has shifted significantly as enormous global markets have become increasingly resistant to coordinated sovereign influences. The historic 1985 deal between Britain, France, Japan, West Germany and the United States ...

'Shochu' dregs find new life as ethanol

National Aug 8, 2007

'Shochu' dregs find new life as ethanol

A sweet aroma envelops a neighborhood in Saito, Miyazaki Prefecture, whenever a tanker truck delivers dregs from distilling strong "shochu" spirits made with sweet potatoes. The destination of the trucks is a brand-new recycling facility that turns sediment resulting from the production of shochu into ...

Power boats finding favor with wealthy

National May 9, 2007

Power boats finding favor with wealthy

The "new rich," including managers of information technology enterprises and successful stock investors, not to mention baby boomers, are turning their attention to cabin cruisers with luxurious salons and staterooms. Not missing a business opportunity, boat builders are pushing sales of posh new cruisers. Three years ...