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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
July 9, 2012
Teijin says that Teijin CNF Korea (Asan), its previously announced joint venture with CNF, a major Korean film processor, has begun commercial production of Lielsort separators for...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Teijin-CNF-Korea-JV-Begins-Production-of-LIB-Separators_44753.html
July 9, 2012
Idemitsu Kosan and Formosa Petrochemical Corp. (Mailiao, Taiwan), part of the Formosa Plastics Group (Taipei), say they have agreed to establish a joint-venture company to manufacture...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Idemitsu-Kosan-and-Formosa-Petchem-to-Form-Hydrogenated-Hydrocarbon-Resin-JV-in-Taiwan_44752.html
July 6, 2012
Sony Corp. (Tokyo) has entered into definitive agreements for the previously announced sale of its chemical businesses to the Development Bank of Japan (DBJ; Tokyo) for about ¥58...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Sony-to-Sell-Chemical-Business-for-$730-Million_44727.html
July 6, 2012
DuPont says it has expanded its DuPont Automotive Center at Nagoya, Japan, and renamed it the DuPont Japan Innovation Center. These moves reflect the substantially broader...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/DuPont-Expands-Automotive-Center-in-Japan_44711.html
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