Business Mar 7, 2009

Battery deal sought with EU

Japan will seek an agreement with the European Union to jointly develop solar cells and new ultralight batteries for electric cars that can deliver three times the power of current technology, a Japanese official said Thursday, prior to a meeting that began Friday. The trade ...

Refiners plan more capacity cuts

Business Mar 4, 2009

Refiners plan more capacity cuts

Oil refiners led by Nippon Oil Corp. plan to shut down more capacity during the peak spring maintenance season this year, lowering demand for crude oil imports by Japan, the world's third-biggest user. Japanese refiners will halt 1.2 million barrels a day in the second ...

Sudan abuses may spur oil ban; utilities probe impact

Business Nov 17, 2007

Sudan abuses may spur oil ban; utilities probe impact

The trade ministry is studying the effect of a possible ban on Sudanese oil imports, anticipating increased public pressure to halt trade with the African nation because of concern about human rights abuses, officials said. The world's second-largest oil importer would become the first nation ...