Tag - minerals



Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks to reporters at Haneda Airport in Tokyo on Wednesday before embarking on a trip to France and South American countries.
JAPAN / Politics
May 2, 2024
Kishida and Attal vow to expand Japan-France ties
Attal also expressed his condolences over the recent death of renowned Japanese manga artist Akira Toriyama.
Lithium powder from recycled batteries in Nevada in March
BUSINESS / Companies
Apr 21, 2024
Japanese trading firms look abroad to diversify lithium supply
The resource-limited country is aiming to create a stable supply of the mineral, which is critical for producing batteries for electric vehicles.
A helmet jellyfish recorded at depth in the Lurefjord, Norway. The creatures experience acute physical effects from short-term exposure to suspended sediment, which could be caused by deep-sea mining.
Apr 7, 2024
The weird deep-sea world, and how mining threatens it
Demand for metals such as lithium and nickel has driven a rush to take a stake in the seabed, with Japan being a major advocate of deep-sea mining.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and U.S. President Joe Biden meet at the White House on Jan. 13, 2023. Kishida will hold talks with Biden in Washington on Wednesday.
Apr 4, 2024
Japan, U.S. and Philippines eye cooperation on mineral supply chains
Japanese and U.S. officials think that security cooperation with the Philippines is important for responding to potential conflicts in the Taiwan Strait.
Lithium evaporation ponds in Silver Peak, Nevada. Global lithium demand is expected to outpace supply by 500,000 metric tons annually by 2030.
Mar 26, 2024
America's lithium laws fail to keep pace with rapid development
Washington's drive to make the U.S. a major global lithium producer is being held back by a confusing mix of state regulations.
Globally, the area covered by mines has doubled over the past three years, driven by demand for critical minerals, according to a 2023 study.
BUSINESS / Markets
Mar 25, 2024
For mineral-rich Philippines, green metals rush is a balancing act
The county has the world's fourth-largest copper reserves, fifth-biggest nickel deposits and is also rich in cobalt — which are important for clean energy.
A lithium mine near Itinga, Minas Gerais state, Brazil
Oct 6, 2023
We’re not even close to running out of green minerals
Rising reserves challenge fears of mineral shortages in green transition.
U.S. President Joe Biden holds a news conference in Hanoi on Sunday, the first day of a visit in Vietnam.
Sep 11, 2023
U.S. and Vietnam ink historic partnership in Biden visit
U.S. President Joe Biden secured deals with Hanoi on semiconductors and minerals amid Washington's growing rivalry with China.
Yasutoshi Nishimura, Japan's minister of economy, trade and industry, attends a bilateral ministerial meeting with his British counterpart on economic security in London on Wednesday.
JAPAN / Politics
Sep 7, 2023
Japan and Britain confirm close economic security partnership
Japan and Britain adopted a joint statement aimed at strengthening supply chains for critical mineral resources.
Graphite, now deemed an essential mineral by the U.S., is the single biggest ingredient by weight in the batteries that go into electric vehicles and the power grid. It is also used in a variety of defense applications.
Aug 8, 2023
Biden deploys Pentagon to beat climate change and China
A $37.5 million grant to Graphite One acts as a relaxed form of venture capital as the White House supports nascent parts of the domestic cleantech supply chain.
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.
Japan Times
Jul 19, 2023
No more plundering: Can Africa take control in green mineral rush?
Governments on the continent have increasingly restricted or banned mineral exports in recent years in a bid to boost processing and retain more of the gains.
Japan Times
Jul 4, 2023
Beijing takes the trade fight to Europe, targeting the green transition
China is the largest producer of the two minerals that are crucial to the semiconductor, telecommunications and electric-vehicle industries.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Mar 28, 2023
U.S. and Japan strike deal on supply of minerals for EV batteries
EVs that use materials that have been collected or processed in Japan will be eligible for incentives under the U.S. Inflation Reduction Act, Japan's trade minister said.
Japan Times
Mar 22, 2023
U.S. to include Japan-provided materials in EV tax credit scheme
Under the changes, the U.S. will relax the rules to allow EVs to contain key minerals provided by Japanese companies, despite Tokyo not holding a free trade agreement with Washington.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 18, 2023
Germany and Japan vow to deepen ties on defense and raw materials
Amid global supply chain tensions, Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida kicked off a 'government consultation' involving Cabinet members from both countries.
Japan Times
Mar 11, 2023
U.S. and EU seek deal on minerals used in EVs in race for green investments
The agreement, if finalized, would defuse a trade dispute between the U.S. and Europe by allowing EU companies access to some of benefits included in Biden’s climate-subsidy plan.
Japan Times
Oct 25, 2022
Greening global economy brings dependence on critical minerals
Control over most of the essential elements for low-carbon technologies is concentrated in a handful of countries, none more than China.
Japan Times
Dec 23, 2021
China cements rare earths dominance with merger to create new global giant
The country controls most of the world's mined output of rare earths, a broad group of 17 elements that are used in everything from smartphones to fighter jets.
Japan Times
Apr 21, 2021
Florida toxic waste crisis could be key to China rare earths fight
Concerns about China's control over rare earths are probably overblown given how abundant they are.


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