Yoshifumi Takemoto

For Yoshifumi Takemoto's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Russia tax puts North America logs back in favor

Business Apr 16, 2009

Russia tax puts North America logs back in favor

Japan's lumber industry, which imports 80 percent of its supplies, may buy more timber from the United States, Canada and New Zealand after an increase in export taxes slashed Russian shipments by 55 percent. "Imports from North America and New Zealand will increase as supply ...

Business Mar 18, 2008

Maker of largest ingots has market lock

From a windswept corner of Hokkaido, Japan Steel Works Ltd. controls the fate of the global nuclear-energy renaissance. There stands the only plant in the world, a survivor of Allied bombing in World War II, capable of producing the central part of a nuclear reactor's ...