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98 articles in Japan

Hitachi looks to double overseas water sales through desal innovation and M&A Vol 18, Issue 7 (July 2017)

IT specialist Hitachi, Ltd. has a vast water business at home in Japan. Translating that expertise into overseas revenue has been slow going. GWI talked to water business guru Kunizo Sakai about the company’s latest plans for global expansion.

Japan to renew water PPP push with legal overhaul Vol 18, Issue 6 (June 2017)

Upcoming changes to Japan’s Waterworks Act are widely expected to reinvigorate the country’s flagging programme of private investment in water. The country needs to fund repairs, plug future staff shortages, and reduce costs. Are concessions the answer?

A brand new start for smart water Vol 18, Issue 6 (June 2017)

Despite plenty of studies, spending on digital water solutions in Japan has been lacklustre. A younger, more digital-savvy private workforce could reignite the flame...

Asia water in brief Vol 18, Issue 6 (June 2017)

Chinese project developer Penyao Environmental Protection, which used to trade on the Singapore stock Exchange as Asia Environment Holdings until it was bought by private equity in 2011, is negotiating a $100 million loan with the International Finance Corporation.

Reuse and overseas M&A to drive Kurita’s $2.7bn goal Vol 18, Issue 5 (May 2017)

The Japanese chemicals giant is preparing a new management plan to grow its revenue to $2.7 billion per year. Buying chemicals sales networks in the US is a priority, but with its profit margin under strain, Kurita also has industrial reuse BOOs firmly in its sights.

Sumitomo taps partners to add value in Brazil Vol 18, Issue 5 (May 2017)

Japanese trading house Sumitomo Corporation has spent $250 million to take a minority stake in a private equity-led water concessionaire in Brazil. How will it add value?

Asia Pacific water in brief Vol 18, Issue 4 (April 2017)

A draft of a Ganga Act, which would legislate on crimes against the river, was handed to the Indian Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation on 12 April.

Hitachi Zosen moves into RO market with Osmoflo buy Vol 18, Issue 1 (January 2017)

Following its acquisition of a 70% equity stake, Hitz intends to use Osmoflo to tender for large-scale reverse osmosis facilities in the Middle East. How will they fit together?

Project tracker Vol 17, Issue 6 (June 2016)

Consolidated comes out on top at Rosarito; Tunisia seeks to embrace water PPPs; Oman’s thirst for desal; Florida’s big RO build-out; specs out for Japanese wastewater concession; Indian industry turns to desal; all the latest project news from around the world this month.

Japan looks to private sector to rejuvenate its utilities Vol 17, Issue 3 (March 2016)

The number of cities courting the private sector is growing in Abe’s Japan. Weak public finances, ageing infrastructure and dwindling demand are all driving outsourcing.