Tag - trading-houses



Sumitomo headquarters in Tokyo on Tuesday
May 2, 2024
Sumitomo to bolster shareholder returns in new midterm plan
Sumitomo will allocate ¥700 billion ($4.5 billion) of returns over the next three years, with a goal of total shareholder return ratio of 40%.
Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway would be the first major non-financial overseas debt issuer to sell yen bonds after the Bank of Japan last month scrapped the world’s last negative interest rate.
BUSINESS / Markets
Apr 9, 2024
Berkshire plans to sell first yen bonds since BOJ move
The U.S. company last turned to the yen bond markets in November, with a ¥122 billion ($803 million) five-tranche deal.
A Bigmotor outlet in Tama, Tokyo, in September
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 6, 2024
Itochu announces turnaround support for Bigmotor
Itochu is considering investing ¥20 billion in a new company to take over Bigmotor's key assets.
Warren Buffett, chairman and chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 26, 2024
Warren Buffett endorses Japan trading firms in letter, boosting shares
Buffett’s letter to stakeholders said that the five trading companies have reduced the number of their outstanding shares at "attractive” prices.
Warren Buffett
Feb 25, 2024
Buffett ups his holdings of Japanese trading houses to about 9%
Berkshire first announced its stakes in the trading houses in 2020 with the intention of holding them long-term and increasing them to as much as 9.9%.
Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway is one of the largest shareholders in all five of Japan's biggest trading companies.
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 30, 2024
Buffett reversal risk pushes Japan firms to diversify investors
Berkshire is one of the largest shareholders in all five of Japan’s biggest trading companies.
Fundamentals bode well for financial firms amid speculation the Bank of Japan will move toward ending negative rates, with banks and insurers among the best performers on the Topix, climbing more than 30% since the start of April.
BUSINESS / Markets
Oct 11, 2023
Buffett watchers tout Japan financial firms as next value play
The famed U.S. investor is known for taking long-term stakes in companies with low valuations, which many Japanese insurers and banks have.
Mitsui, Japan's biggest ammonia importer, will conduct a joint study with three other companies on establishing a hydrogen and ammonia supply chain through the Osaka coastal industrial zone.
Aug 30, 2023
Trading and energy firms tie up to study Osaka fuel supply chains
Hydrogen and ammonia, which do not emit carbon dioxide when burning, are an important part of Japan's energy security strategy.
Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway in June raised its stake in Japan's five major trading firms. All of them beat net-income estimates for the first quarter of the fiscal year.
BUSINESS / Companies
Aug 4, 2023
Buffett’s favored Japan trading firms post solid earnings
The five major trading firms all beat net-income estimates for the first quarter of the fiscal year in reports issued this week.
Japan Times
Jul 5, 2023
JAL to rent clothes to passengers for vacations and business trips
Rental of each set of clothing will cost ¥4,000 to ¥7,000 and garments will be made available in three sizes: small, medium and large.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
May 2, 2023
The inside story of Buffett’s big Japan bet, over glasses of Coke at Four Seasons
The billionaire investor's visit is seen as an important vote of confidence in Japan’s big five traders as they pivot away from fossil fuels.
Japan Times
Mar 4, 2023
Mitsubishi signs ¥260 billion commuter rail deal with Manila, report says
The Japanese trading house will provide a package including signals, communications equipment and rails in a project designed to alleviate chronic traffic congestion and air pollution.
Japan Times
Feb 22, 2023
Sole U.S. rare earth producer will ship to Japan in new deal that skips China
Output from the Mountain Pass mine in California has typically gone to China for processing, with Japanese companies purchasing from there.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 2, 2023
Major Japan trading house eases rules on side jobs to retain new generation
Trading houses hold an outsized influence in Japan due to their diversified business interests, and are favorites among university graduates due to their high salaries and job security.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 9, 2023
Marubeni looking to hire more midcareer workers
'We desperately want people with social experience,' President Masumi Kakinoki said, noting that the company will reduce hires of new graduates.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 21, 2022
Warren Buffett's Berkshire boosts stakes in Japan's five biggest trading houses
The move is in line with Berkshire's statement in 2020 that its investments in the Japanese trading houses were for the long term and the stakes could rise to 9.9%.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Sep 27, 2022
Rocketing LNG prices putting cargoes in hands of energy giants and trading houses
With prices not expected to ease until 2026, poorer states reliant on the fuel to generate power are worried, while costs are being driven up for big Asian economies.
Japan Times
Aug 6, 2022
Russia bans investors from 'unfriendly countries' from selling banking and key energy stakes
Western countries and allies, including Japan, have piled financial restrictions on Russia since it sent troops into Ukraine in late February.
Japan Times
Aug 5, 2022
Japan government asks Sakhalin-2 stakeholders to 'think positively' about new entity
State gas company Gazprom will receive just over 50% of the entity replacing Sakhalin Energy, the current operator.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Aug 3, 2022
Mitsui and Mitsubishi cut value of stakes in Sakhalin-2 energy project
Mitsui cut its investment value by u00a5136.6 billion and Mitsubishi by u00a581.1 billion after Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree in late June to seize control of the project.


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