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Japan: Refocus and Recovery

10:05 AM MDT | June 10, 2012 | —Robert Westervelt in Tokyo

Japan’s recovery will be slow as the country confronts what producers and analysts call a “sextuple whammy” of competitive challenges in the domestic market and weak export demand. Japanese chemical makers have long acknowledged the need to become more global, but efforts to accelerate globalization appear to be advancing in the face of severe challenges at home. Japanese chemical makers are talking more publicly about challenges at home, and the need to accelerate globalization. The Great East Japan Earthquake and last year’s floods in...

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