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August 2, 2012
Kuraray says it has established a new subsidiary called Kuraray Thailand (Bangkok), for the sale and market development of Kuraray products in Thailand. Kuraray Thailand was...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Kuraray-Establishes-Subsidiary-in-Thailand_45358.html
August 2, 2012
Tosoh says it has acquired the shares it does not own in Nippon Polyurethane Industry Co. (NPU; Tokyo), from Hodogaya Chemical (Tokyo), and that NPU is now a wholly owned subsidiary of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Tosoh-Acquires-Remaining-Stake-in-Nippon-Polyurethane_45352.html
August 2, 2012
Teijin reported a net loss of ¥1.63 billion ($21 million) in the fiscal first quarter ended June 30, 2012, compared with a net profit of ¥6.27 billion in the corresponding...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Teijin-Swings-to-Loss_45347.html
August 1, 2012
Showa Denko recorded a 0.9% increase in net profits for the fiscal first half, ended June 30, 2012, compared with the year-ago period, to ¥7.88 billion ($101 million). First-half...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Showa-Denkos-Chemicals-and-Petchems-Businesses-Report-Losses-Lower-Sales_45313.html
August 1, 2012
Ube Industries reported a 54% fall in net profits for the fiscal first quarter, ended June 30, 2012, compared with the year-ago period, to ¥2.3 billion ($29.5 million). Sales...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Ube-Reports-Huge-Fall-in-Profits_45318.html
August 1, 2012
Mitsubishi Chemical reported a net loss of ¥5.57 billion ($71.5 million) in the fiscal first quarter, ended June 30, 2012, compared with a net profit of ¥24.46 billion in the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Mitsubishi-Chemical-Swings-to-Loss-Downgrades-Earnings-and-Sales-Projections_45315.html
July 31, 2012
Kureha Battery Materials Japan (KBMJ)  says Kuraray and the Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ) have agreed to invest up to ¥20.0 billion ($256 million) to support...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Kureha-Secures-Financing-for-Li-Ion-Battery-Technology_45295.html
July 31, 2012
Sumitomo Chemical recorded a net profit of ¥904 million ($11.5 million) for its fiscal first quarter, ended June 30, 2012, compared with a net loss of ¥9.75 billion in the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Sumitomo-Swings-to-Profit-but-Sales-Fall-Downgrades-Projections_45280.html
July 31, 2012
Tosoh says it has restarted the 400,000-m.t./year No. 3 vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) plant at the company’s Nanyo complex at Shunan, Japan, on July 8, following approval from...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Tosoh-Restarts-VCM-Plant-Following-Fire_45282.html
July 31, 2012
Kuraray reported a 37.6% fall in net profits for its fiscal first quarter, ended June 30, 2012, compared with the year-ago period, to ¥5.82 billion ($74.5 million). Sales decreased...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Kuraray-Reports-Fall-in-Profits-and-Sales_45281.html
July 26, 2012
Mitsui Chemicals says that several plants at the company’s Iwakuni-Ohtake production complex at Waki, Japan, that were shuttered temporarily following an explosion and fire at...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Several-Mitsui-Plants-at-Iwakuni-Ohtake-Restart-Operations_45200.html
July 26, 2012
Shin-Etsu reported an 11.7% increase in net profits for the fiscal first-quarter, ended June 30, 2012, compared with the year-ago period, to ¥26.6 billion ($340 million). Sales...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Shin-Etsu-Reports-Rises-in-Profits-and-Sales_45199.html
July 24, 2012
Maruzen Petrochemical says that Keiyo Ethylene will shut down its only naphtha cracker after an unspecified problem. The 768,000-m.t./year ethylene facility is owned 55% by...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Maruzen-to-Shut-Down-Chiba-Cracker-Following-Unspecified-Problem_45139.html
July 19, 2012
BASF and Mitsubishi Chemical say they have signed a royalty-bearing licensing agreement that grants BASF usage rights for vinylene carbonate based on Mitsubishi’s proprietary...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/BASF-and-Mitsubishi-Chemical-Sign-Licensing-Deal-for-Vinylene-Carbonate-in-Lithium-Ion-Batteries_44994.html
July 19, 2012
Kao Corp. (Tokyo) says its wholly owned oleochemicals subsidiary Pilipinas Kao Inc. (PKI; Jasaan, Philippines) will increase the production capacity for fatty alcohols at Jasaan by 1.4...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Kao-to-Expand-Fatty-Alcohols-Capacity-in-Philippines_44989.html
July 17, 2012

CS Energy Materials (CSEM), a jv of H.C. Starck and Japan New Chisso Corp. (JNC; Tokyo, Japan) founded in 2010, has begun production at its Minamata, Japan facility. The plant will manufacture cathode materials for high-performance lithium-ion batteries.

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http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/CS-Energy-Materials-Begins-Production-of-Cathode-Materials-for-High-Performance-Batteries_44758.html
July 17, 2012
Teijin has announced plans to enhance its capability to supply dimethyl terephthalate (DMT) from the company's Matsuyama, Japan production site. Teijin will add a line that processes...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Teijin-to-Expand-DMT-Supply-Capability-in-Japan_44934.html
July 12, 2012
Showa Denko says it has started producing the biodegradable polyester resin Bionolle on a commercial scale using bioderived succinic acid at the company’s site at Tatsuno, Japan...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Showa-Denko-Starts-Production-of-Biobased-Biodegradable-Plastic_44843.html
July 11, 2012
Sojitz Planet, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sojitz Corp., says it has acquired the sales rights to green polyethylene (PE) bioplastic made from sugarcane by Braskem. Sojitz Planet...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Sojitz-Acquires-Asian-Sales-Rights-to-Braskems-Green-Polyethylene_44785.html
July 9, 2012
Mitsubishi Rayon (MRC) says it has established a new subsidiary in Singapore as part of its efforts to strengthen its participation in water treatment projects around the world...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Mitsubishi-Rayon-Establishes-Subsidiary-in-Singapore-to-Strengthen-Water-Treatment-Business_44756.html
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