Newsweek International 11/27/2020

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1989 “The volume of garbage keeps growing,” Newsweek reported, “up by 80 percent since 1960, expected to mount an additional 20 percent by 2000. Not including sludge and construction wastes, Americans collectively toss out 160 million tons each year—enough to spread 30 stories high over 1,000 football fields, enough to fill a bumper-to-bumper convoy of garbage trucks halfway to the moon.” Fears grew as new landfills had to open—no one wants a landfill in their neighborhood. By 2017, Americans produced 267.8 million tons of garbage, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. 1963 “There are signs that China’s Red rulers are taking a more pragmatic view,” wrote Newsweek. China stepped back from its “bellicose stance in a nuclear world,” instead shifting to a focus on “feeding the nation’s hungry millions.” Recently, China…

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oryza plans healthy growth in nutraceuticals market

“We’ve introduced things like Sakura Extract (Japanese cherry blossom extract) and Fucoxanthin (the extract of konbu and wakame, a Japanese seaweed) to the world”Hiromichi Murai, President & CEO, Oryza Oil & Fat Chemical Co., Ltd. Over the last decade or so, the growing global appetite for Japanese food has been seemingly insatiable. It is not hard to understand why, when typical Japanese dishes are not only renowned for their extraordinary flavour, but also for their relative healthiness. Japanese food’s incredible rise in popularity is also no surprise, therefore, when you consider its relatively recent ascent has coincided with an era defined by a shift in tastes toward more health-conscious eating habits. And just as this trend in healthy eating has broadened across continents as populations become more affluent, so too has…

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chemicals focuses on electrics as key growth segment

It is often said that Japan’s chuken kigyo – its formidable cohort of small and medium-sized enterprises which account for more than 90% of the country’s businesses – make up the backbone of the Japanese economy. If that is true, then to extend the metaphor, the Japanese chemical industry provides a constant flow of blood that keeps the economic heart beating. The chemical industry, perhaps to the surprise of some, is the country’s second largest manufacturing sector behind transportation machinery. In its most broad definition, chemicals makes up over 14% of all output value in Japanese manufacturing and is essential to Japan’s most notable industry, automotive, which is highly dependent on raw materials provided by chemical manufacturers. “We want to concentrate more on developing specific technology to provide solutions to customers and…

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itoh oil chemicals: unlocking the endless potential of castor oil

The endless potential of castor oil has long been recognized by Itoh Oil Chemicals Company, which has been in the business of manufacturing high-quality castor oil-based products and derivatives since 1946 and boasts Japan’s largest castor oil refinery. But only in recent years, amid increasing environmental awareness, have many industries opened their eyes to the benefits of castor oil, particularly as a substitute for fossil-fuel based oils and lubricants. Consumer trends for more environmentally friendly products has spurred increasing demand for castor oil and its derivatives in the manufacturing of everything from bio-based plastics, lubricants and specialty rubber, to paints and cosmetic products, while its medicinal properties have also prompted its rising utilization in the health and pharmaceutical industries. Such demand bodes very well for Itoh Oil Chemicals, which has helped clients to…

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neion: the leader in psa films and coating technology reorients towards b2c

“We distinguish ourselves by making what the large companies don’t have and can’t provide”Kanzo Shimizu, President, NEION Film Coatings Corp. As Japanese SMEs look to go global, many are reorienting from the B2B towards the B2C market, developing niche technologies and products that give them a competitive edge over larger firms. One such company is NEION Film Coatings Corporation, which, for over 60 years, has been a leading manufacturer of PSA films and coating technology for several industrial fields. Drawing on its long-cultivated adhesive technologies, NEION develops products for a wide range of applications, including LCD screen-protective films for smartphones, PSA films for POP product labels, as well as advertising and signage. But with an eye on global growth, NEION has focused more priority on B2C products, including its high-performing SHIKKUI plaster wall…

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nara machinery develops the powder processing technologies shaping the future

Most consumers are probably unaware that powdered materials are essential to the make-up of products and technologies that we use every day. In this context, NARA MACHINERY is a typical “hidden champion” of Japanese manufacturing, playing a vital role behind the scenes as a leading partner in powder and particle processing. From energy, chemicals and automotives, to electronics, food and pharmaceuticals, NARA’s highly sophisticated, state-of-the-art machinery is tried and trusted by clients across the industrial spectrum. For example, its popular NARA Hybridization System boasts a multitude of applications, for example, in the manufacture of the latest lithium-ion batteries. “When you look at the elements that are powering society, the most critical elements are actually in powdered or granular form,” says NARA president and CEO, Yorioki Nara. “These granulated powdered materials are indispensable…