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March 26, 2014
The World Trade Organization (WTO; Geneva) has ruled that China's export restrictions on the key industrial raw materials rare earths, molybdenum, and tungsten violate international...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/WTO-rules-that-Chinas-restrictions-on-rare-earth-exports-violate-trade-regulations_59847.html
March 26, 2014
Mitsubishi Chemical and Pioneer (Kawasaki, Japan) say that they have begun mass production and shipment of the organic light-emitting diode (OLED) lighting module with a wet coating...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Mitsubishi-Chemical-and-Japanese-firm-Pioneer-start-mass-production-of-OLED-lighting-module_59840.html
March 26, 2014
AstraZeneca announced today that it has completed the purchase of Sumitomo Chemical’s remaining shares in AstraZeneca K.K. (Osaka). Sumitomo announced last month that it planned...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/AstraZeneca-completes-acquisition-of-Sumitomos-stake-in-AstraZeneca-Japan_59833.html
March 24, 2014
Mitsui Chemicals says it has signed an agreement with the Development Bank of Japan (DBJ; Tokyo), under which DBJ will acquire a 19.99% stake in Mitsui’s MC Dental Holdings...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Development-Bank-of-Japan-acquires-stake-in-Mitsui-Chemicals-dental-material-business_59784.html
March 20, 2014
Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corp. (MCHC), the parent of Mitsubishi Chemical, says that it will establish MCHC R&D Synergy Center (RDSC; Yokohama, Japan), on 1 April, to collect...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Mitsubishi-Chemical-establishes-R-and-D-Synergy-Center_59682.html
March 14, 2014
Idemitsu Kosan has halted operations at its Tokuyama, Japan refinery-petrochemical site as a result of seismic activity in the area, the company announced today. An earthquake of a...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Idemitsu-shutters-Tokuyama-refinery-petchems-complex-after-earthquake_59594.html
March 13, 2014
BASF said today that together with seven leading universities and research institutes in China, Japan and South Korea, it has established the research initiative Network for Advanced...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/BASF-forms-research-network-with-Asian-universities-and-institutes_59535.html
March 13, 2014
Asahi Kasei says that its Asahi Kasei Construction Materials (Tokyo) subsidiary has added a new production line for Neoma phenolic foam insulation panels at its plant at Sashima in...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Asahi-Kasei-expands-production-of-phenolic-foam-insulation-panels_59530.html
March 10, 2014
Toray Industries says that it has developed a high tensile strength and modulus carbon fiber Torayca T1100G and a high-performance prepreg using Torayca T1100G. Applications for carbon...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Toray-develops-high-performance-carbon-fiber_59425.html
March 6, 2014
Mitsui Chemicals says that PI Photovoltaik-Institut Berlin (Berlin) has agreed to grant Mitsui exclusive rights and licensing for diagnostics technology related to photovoltaic power...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Mitsui-Chemicals-to-develop-diagnostics-and-consulting-business-for-photovoltaic-power-generation_59367.html
March 6, 2014
Asahi Glass (Tokyo) says that it has established its first technical center for the chemicals business at Shanghai, and it will launch operations on 10 March. With this center, Asahi...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Asahi-Glass-establishes-technical-center-for-chemicals-business-in-China_59358.html
February 28, 2014
Sumitomo Chemical says that it has decided to sell its 20% stake in AstraZeneca K.K. (Osaka, Japan) to AstraZeneca (London). AstraZeneca K.K., which was established in 1975, develops...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Sumitomo-Chemical-to-sell-its-stake-in-AstraZenecas-Japan-unit_59213.html
February 27, 2014
Air Products and Nippon Steel & Sumikin Pipeline & Engineering (NSPE; Tokyo) jointly announced today the signing of an agreement signifying their intent to work together on...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Air-Products-signs-collaboration-agreement-for-hydrogen-fueling-in-Japan_59156.html
February 25, 2014
Dow Building Solutions, a subsidiary of Dow Chemical, has completed converting its three styrofoam extruded polystyrene (XPS) plants in Japan to new polymeric flame-retardant (FR)...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Dow-completes-conversion-of-styrofoam-XPS-plants-in-Japan-to-new-polymeric-flame-retardant-technology_59068.html
February 25, 2014
Asahi Kasei says it will close permanently several petrochemical production plants in Japan and, with Mitsubishi Chemical, is also moving ahead with the previously announced plan to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Asahi-Kasei-to-close-several-petrochemical-plants-in-Japan-moves-ahead-with-cracker-JV-with-Mitsubishi-Chemical_59069.html
February 25, 2014
Toray Industries says that it has developed an ultralow pressure, highly durable reverse osmosis (RO) membrane by leveraging the company’s proprietary microstructure control...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Toray-develops-ultralow-pressure-highly-durable-reverse-osmosis-membrane_59067.html
February 20, 2014
Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings, the parent of Mitsubishi Chemical, says that on 1 April 2014, it will establish the Life Science Institute, with its headquarters at Tokyo. Four...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Mitsubishi-Chemical-to-consolidate-several-health-care-businesses-under-new-company-Life-Science-Institute_58934.html
February 18, 2014
Kaneka (Osaka, Japan) says that it will build a new manufacturing facility for the company’s Kanekalon/Kanecaron acrylic fibers at the site of its Kaneka Malaysia (Kuantan)...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Kaneka-to-build-acrylic-fibers-facility-in-Malaysia_58854.html
February 14, 2014
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI; Tokyo) says that Japan has launched an antidumping investigation into imports of toluene diisocyanate (TDI) from China, following a...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/Japan-launches-antidumping-investigation-into-TDI-from-China_58823.html
February 14, 2014
DIC (Tokyo) reports a 51.6% rise in net profits for its full fiscal year, ended 31 December 2013, compared with the previous fiscal year, to ¥26.8 billion ($263 million). Full-year...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_asia/japan/DIC-reports-rise-in-profits_58818.html
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