Business Oct 3, 2014

Nippon Paper to build timber-fired power plant in Akita

Nippon Paper Industries Co. plans to build a 100-megawatt coal-fired thermal power plant at its paper pulp factory in Akita Prefecture, with the aim of beginning commercial power sales in 2017, industry sources said Thursday. The company will invest tens of billions of yen in ...

Off the beaten path on Japan's paper trail

Travel Jul 5, 2014

Off the beaten path on Japan's paper trail

by Mark Brazil

At a little roadside store in rural Nagano, a foreign tourist is miming a rice bowl with her cupped left hand. Firm in the belief that Japanese washi (paper — wa meaning Japanese and shi meaning paper) was made from rice, she waves her ...