Investors around the globe are hunting for companies that aim to solve the world's food problems with technology, and corporate efforts to reduce food waste offer a juicy opportunity.
Mitsuhiro Ebara believes plastic sheets called “smart polymers” may one day prove to be a cheap solution to curing cancer.
Japan's Toray Industries and Teijin each have developed new carbon fiber materials that are expected to slash production costs for aircraft parts by up to half.
Mitsubishi Chemical announced Tuesday that it acquired Advanced Polymer Technologies, a California-based supplier of specialty plastic materials for such industries as semiconductors and aerospace.
Japan looks to partner with the private sector to develop biodegradable plastic that causes little harm to the oceans, Nikkei has learned, as Tokyo encourages an environmental push both domestically and worldwide.
Spurred by tighter international regulations, Japanese manufacturers are rushing to cash in on rising global demand for environmentally sustainable packaging.
A Japanese research team including the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) announced April 24 that it has developed a rubber sheet that absorbs almost 100 percent of light.
Japan's Daikin Industries will invest 100 billion yen ($896 million) to double its output of fluoropolymers, a material used in semiconductor production equipment, in anticipation of chip demand growing with the spread of 5G communication.
Japanese materials manufacturer Toray Industries will build a new plant to make water treatment membranes in China, doubling its production capacity in a country facing water shortages.
Japan's Sumitomo Metal Mining has developed a method to recycle cobalt from spent electric car batteries, allowing conservation of a relatively scarce metal, Nikkei has learned.