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Japan and Kazakhstan Plan Rare Earth Metals Alliance

7:25 AM MDT | May 11, 2012

Japan and Kazakhstan are planning to develop rare earth metals production facilities in Kazakhstan to cater for the electronics and automotive industries in Japan, reducing Japan’s reliance on rare earth imports from China. Yukio Edano, Japan’s trade minister, is expected to meet with Kazakhstan government officials, including president Nursultan Nazarbayev, this month to sign agreements. This will pave the way for Sumitomo Corp.; Japan Oil, Gas, and Metals National Corp. (Tokyo); and Kazatoprom (Astana, Kazakhstan), Kazakhstan’s nuclear company responsible...

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