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Japanese companies in driver's seat for Indian bullet train deals

Jan 18, 2018

Japanese companies in driver's seat for Indian bullet train deals

Japanese steel and engineering companies are in the driver's seat to bag major supply contracts for a $17 billion (around ¥1.8 trillion) Indian bullet train, several sources said, undermining a key component of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's economic policy — a push to "Make ...

Fuel shortage looms as Japan fires up biomass energy

Sep 27, 2017

Fuel shortage looms as Japan fires up biomass energy

As the sun sets on Japan's solar energy boom, companies and investors are rushing into wood-burning biomass projects to lock in still-high government subsidies. More than 800 projects have already won government approval, offering 12.4 gigawatts of capacity — equal to 12 nuclear reactors and ...

Canada's pampered pigs sate Japan's appetite for pricey pork

Nov 17, 2016

Canada's pampered pigs sate Japan's appetite for pricey pork

On select Canadian farms, thousands of pigs bound for Japan are basking in five-star treatment. Japan's growing appetite for pricey pork cuts is driving Canadian and U.S. fresh pork exports to record levels, spurring producers to leverage every advantage in the race for market share. While ...

Farming reforms set to test Abe's resolve

Feb 4, 2015

Farming reforms set to test Abe's resolve

After December's landslide re-election, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's program to revive the nation's economy is set to meet perhaps its stiffest challenge, the nation's sclerotic farming industry. He will soon submit legislation to reform agriculture, a sector where a dwindling band of aging farmers works ...

U.S. calls out Japan on coal plant exports

/ Oct 23, 2014

U.S. calls out Japan on coal plant exports

The United States has challenged the Japanese government over moves to ramp up exports of coal-fired power technology and to offer cheap loans to lure buyers, according to a U.S. source with direct knowledge of the matter. Japan's shipments of the equipment soared to nearly ...

Corporate blowback builds from Minamata treaty

Aug 28, 2014

Corporate blowback builds from Minamata treaty

The Japanese government lobbied hard for a global pact that limits mercury use and to name the resulting treaty after Minamata, the site of a homegrown industrial disaster from the 1950s when the toxic metal poured into a river, poisoning thousands. But a year after ...