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Japan’s Recovery

Industry Assesses Quake Impacts

7:12 PM MDT | May 23, 2011 | Robert Westervelt in Tokyo

Japan’s chemical industry is starting to recover from the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Production is ramping up with most supply impacts expected to ease by September. Ito: Development starts in Japan. Sugie: Market-based approach. Fujiwara: Strong core needed. Producers now are starting to assess how the earthquake may reshape Japan, including its chemical sector. Rebuilding efforts could accelerate existing initiatives to shift to higher-value specialties and improve global competitiveness against emerging regional players in China and...

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