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The government will extend subsidies worth as much as ¥242.9 billion for Kioxia and Western Digital to expand memory chip production in Mie and Iwate prefectures.
Feb 6, 2024
Japan extends subsidies to downturn-hit Kioxia and Western Digital
The funding provides underpinning for the two companies, which have been hammered by a slump in the market for NAND flash chips.
Then-industry minister Yasutoshi Nishimura speaks at an exhibition in Tokyo on Dec. 13.
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 30, 2023
Nishimura questioned over funds scandal at biggest LDP faction
Nishimura is the sixth senior member of the faction to have been questioned by the special investigation team.
People take shelter in the Khreshchatyk metro station during an air strike alarm in Kyiv on Thursday amid the Russia invasion of Ukraine.
Dec 15, 2023
Japan expands sanctions over Russia's Ukraine invasion
Tokyo added to its sanctions list 57 organizations in Russia and six others in countries.
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has been meeting with Japanese buyers, as well as overseas suppliers, to urge the signing of more long-term LNG contracts.
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 21, 2023
Japan urges LNG buyers to sign long-term deals for fuel security
The push is meant to insulate Japan from future supply shocks, as well as potentially harsher sanctions against Russian fuel exports.
Kiyoto Tsuji, a state minister for foreign affairs (center), and Kazuchika Iwata, a state minister of economy, trade and industry (right), talk to Ukrainian officials during their visit to Kyiv on Monday.
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 21, 2023
Japan state ministers visit Ukraine to examine recovery needs
The delegation included representatives from Japanese firms such as JFE Engineering and IHI, and agricultural machinery maker Kubota.
JERA's coal-fired power plant in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, is under construction in 2021.
Oct 22, 2023
Japan sticks with climate solution that critics say is far from clean
The government hopes to use ammonia on a massive scale to reduce emissions from coal-fired power plants, but environmentalists remain skeptical.
Japan has doubled its target for the installation of electric vehicle charging outlets to 300,000 outlets by 2030.
BUSINESS / Economy
Oct 19, 2023
Industry ministry doubles target for EV charger installments
The aim is to accelerate installments so that Japan can achieve its target of having electrified vehicles account for 100% of its new car sales by 2035.
Industry minister Yasutoshi Nishimura announced Japan's additional subsidies for U.S. chipmaker Micron Technology's plant in Hiroshima Prefecture.
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 3, 2023
Japan to provide ¥192 billion in extra subsidies to Micron
The move, which comes on top of the up to ¥46.5 billion aid announced earlier, adds to Japan's efforts to ensure a stable supply of chips.
Liquefied natural gas tanks in Sodegaura, Chiba Prefecture
Sep 27, 2023
Industry ministry sees LNG stocks recovering toward winter
LNG stocks have been declining since May as a long, hot summer boosted the use of air-conditioners, lifting demand for power and fuels.
Industry minister Yasutoshi Nishimura says Japan is considering shipping captured carbon dioxide to Malaysia for underground storage.
BUSINESS / Economy
Sep 26, 2023
Japan considers transporting captured carbon dioxide to Malaysia
The project, which will be Japan's first shipment of captured carbon dioxide and its storage overseas, is set to start in 2028.
The release of treated water from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant into the sea in the town of Okuma, in Fukushima prefecture, began Thursday.
JAPAN / Explainer
Aug 24, 2023
A closer look at the Fukushima water discharge plan
The IAEA, the Japanese government and many nuclear experts say this process is safe and consistent with what other countries are doing.
Trade minister Yasutoshi Nishimura is scheduled to leave Japan on Sunday for an eight-day tour of five African countries to step up resource diplomacy.
Aug 4, 2023
Japan to strengthen resources diplomacy with Africa
Japanese companies have been falling behind foreign rivals in launching resources development projects in Africa.
Storage tanks for radioactive water at Tokyo Electric Power Co's tsunami-crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant
Jul 30, 2023
No change in plan to release treated water, minister says
Japan's industry minister says there is no change to plan to start releasing treated water from Fukushima nuclear plant this summer.
Japan Times
Jul 14, 2023
Four Japanese utilities and sales units slapped with business improvement orders
The industry ministry monitoring committee on gas and electricity businesses concluded that their actions hinder liberalization of the electricity market and the development of the sector.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 11, 2023
Japan's supreme court makes landmark decision on transgender rights
In the first Supreme Court decision over bathroom usage by sexual minorities, the body ruled it was unlawful to restrict the use of bathrooms by a transgender woman at the economy ministry.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 9, 2023
Little progress on laws over gun-making sites a year after Abe's death
Japan has made little progress in regulating online videos and websites showing how to make guns and explosives a year after the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 16, 2023
Japan's top court holds hearing on transgender woman’s bathroom restrictions
The resulting ruling on the case, which will mark the first time the Supreme Court has weighed in on the working environment for sexual minorities, is expected on July 11.
Japan Times
May 27, 2023
Japan and U.S. industry chiefs agree to boost semiconductor cooperation
During a meeting in Detroit, the two also confirmed the need to reinforce global supply chains with other partners and through multilateral engagements.
Japan Times
Apr 5, 2023
G7 trade ministers vow to cooperate on tech export controls
Recognizing the importance of building resilient supply chain networks, the group touched on the importance of collaborating with non-G7 partners.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Apr 4, 2023
Japan aims to triple chip sales to ¥15 trillion in 2030
The industry ministry has estimated that about ¥11 trillion needs to be invested by the public and private sectors, including for research and development, over the next 10 years.


At the Akan International Crane Center, just north of the city of Kushiro proper, visitors can see the majestic red-crowned crane — a symbol of Hokkaido.
Faces of the north: A Hokkaido town grapples with depopulation