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Major Chemical Capacities Remain Offline in Japan Following Earthquake

9:29 AM MDT | March 15, 2011 | Ian Young

Many chemical plants remain offstream in Japan following the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck the northeast of the country on March 11. Leading Japanese chemical producers report taking plants offstream as a precautionary measure and as a result of power outages. Reported damage to chemical units is not substantial, however. Most of the temporary shutdowns are in Chiba and Ibaraki prefectures, on the coast to the east of Tokyo. Mitsubishi Chemical reports that its entire manufacturing complex at Kashima, Ibaraki is offline, including onsite...

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