Japan is increasingly rethinking its use of plastic as the fight against marine pollution is spreading worldwide.
AGC, formerly called Asahi Glass, is likely to book a slight increase in group operating profit to around 125 billion yen ($1.15 billion) in 2019 as polyvinyl chloride demand grows in Southeast Asia and material costs fall.
Casual clothing chain Uniqlo plans to do away with plastic in shopping bags and product packaging, switching to paper and biodegradable plastic alternatives at its 2,000 stores around the world.
Early January in Japan is a time for resting and staying cosy. With falling temperatures, people like nothing more than diving under a kotatsu (heated table), visiting an onsen (hot spring) or tucking into a warming nabe hot pot, particularly following the busy new year festivities.
From a young age, Dr. Yukiko Ogawa knew she wanted to become a scientist. Growing up in Komaki, Aichi Prefecture, she would spend hours after school creating objects in her bedroom. It was this curiosity and early ingenuity when it came to designing novel things that led Ogawa to where she is today.
Fujifilm Corp. said Thursday it will invest a total of some ¥10 billion over the next three years in its bases in the United States for the development, production and sale of semiconductor materials.
The aluminum sector has undergone significant change as the U.S.-triggered trade war shakes global markets, easing Asia's supply-demand balance and sending prices for the metal lower in the region.
Sumitomo Metal Mining will spend over 200 billion yen ($1.77 billion) to set up a nickel smelter in Indonesia to meet strong demand for the metal used in electric car batteries.
Japanese mobile carrier NTT Docomo and AGC, formerly known as Asahi Glass, have jointly developed a glass mobile antenna that can be affixed to windows without blocking or ruining the view.
The Environment Ministry said Wednesday it plans to urge companies to reduce their use of microplastics, amid heightened global concern over marine pollution.