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Chemical advert #19: Mitsui’s “Evolved to succeed”

This full page advert for Mitsui was in today’s Financial Times. The section “Feed the World” at the foot of the page is all about Mitsui’s fertilizer marketing and trading, with a handy aide memoire on which fertilizer nourishes which part of the growing plant.

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Dog raincoat boom in Japan

Dog raincoats are in high demand in Japan, in the aftermath of the country’s nuclear disaster, according to articles in the Times and Daily Mail this week.   Sales of the doggy coats, made from nylon or PVC, have soared by as much as 50% compared to a year ago.   Vets have warned that […]

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Wasabi alarm system wins Chemistry Prize

Scientific researchers have come up with a failsafe way to get you up in the morning, even if you’re deaf.   The Ig Nobel Prize for Chemistry was awarded yesterday to a Japanese team at Shiga University of Medical Science, for their patented invention of an alarm that wakes people up by releasing a pungent […]

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APIC Japan – industry turns out in support

At last, after weeks of on-off-on-off discussions with fellow petchem travellers, we’re on our way to APIC in Fukuoka, Japan.   After weeks of wanting to support the event but not wanting to go pointlessly, if everyone else was staying away. And after weeks of expecting it to relocate somewhere else, ideally Singapore, and cross-checking […]

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Japan disaster: petchem closures, APIC to go ahead

Our hearts go out to the people of Japan. The scale of suffering and loss is unimaginable.   Our colleagues in the ICIS Singapore office have been in touch with their Japanese petchem sources, and have put together a complete summary of the petchem closures after the earthquake.   One editor told me: “The sources […]

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Japanese golf hits the rough

Petchem golfers take heed. Golf is still on the rise in the impressively developing economies of China and Vietnam, but in Japan it is most definitely in decline, since it hit a peak in the 1980s and 1990s.   The Nikkei has stopped publishing its monthly Nikkei Golf Index, tracking the average prices of golf […]

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Dog washing machine launched in Japan

A dog washing machine called the Joyful Honda, which automatically cleans and grooms a dog in 30 minutes for only $10, has been launched in Japan, I spotted in this week’s Private Eye (If you click through here, you can also see a witty cartoon entitled “BP boss reassures world”, which I cannot print here […]

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APIC from India to Japan

MUMBAI (Chemicals Confidential)–News circulates at APIC that next year’s event will be in Japan. First we hear it will be Yokohama, then it transpires that it will be Fukuoka. One Indian petchem sales manager tells me that the local delegates believe that APIC will not be coming back to India in his lifetime, because they […]

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APIC 2010 in Mumbai – the grumbles begin

The Blog’s Asian colleagues tell me that participants at APIC in Seoul in May were not happy about next year’s conference being held in Mumbai.   Delegates from South Korea and Japan had been saying that they had security concerns about Mumbai in view of last year’s terrorist attacks in the city.   Northeast Asian […]

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Using New York plastic bags to promote a manifesto

New Yorkers carrying home their dry cleaning draped in plastic bags have found a picture of an island in an ocean, together with a manifesto.   “Dokdo Island is Korean territory,” is the slogan being promoted by the 3,000 Korean-owned drycleaners in the city, according to this article in the New York Times today.

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