April 18, 2013
Japanese scientists have developed two strong, nonflammable magnesium alloys that could be used in aircraft construction.
March 22, 2013
Scientists said March 21 that they have identified rich seabed deposits of rare earth elements in a Japanese exclusive economic zone near Minami-Torishima, a coral reef 2,000...
March 04, 2013
Honda Motor Co. said March 3 it is able to extract valuable rare earth elements from nickel-metal hydride car batteries and plans to re-use them, in what it called a world...
December 29, 2012
BEIJING—Weak global demand meant Chinese shipments of rare earths failed to reach the government-set export ceiling this year.
November 20, 2012
Nissan Motor Co. announced Nov. 20 that it has developed a new electric motor that will reduce the use of dysprosium, a rare earth element, by 40 percent compared to...
November 05, 2012
Sumitomo Corp. announced on Nov. 5 that Summit Atom Rare Earth Co. (SARECO), a joint venture between the company and Kazakhstan's National Atomic Co., Kazatomprom, completed...
October 23, 2012
SHANGHAI--Inner Mongolia-based Baotou Steel Rare-Earth (Group) Hi-Tech Co, China's top rare earths producer, will halt some of its smelting and separation operations for a...
August 16, 2012
Toshiba Corp. announced Aug. 16 it has developed a high-iron concentration samarium-cobalt magnet that is free of dysprosium, a rare earth mineral that is in extremely short...
August 08, 2012
BEIJING -- China's government has tightened controls on rare earths production in a move that might inflame trade tensions with Washington and Europe.
June 20, 2012
BEIJING -- China denied on June 20 that it interferes with prices on the global rare earths market amid a trade dispute with other major economies, saying product quality...
June 20, 2012
Honda Motor Co. announced June 20 that it plans to begin reusing extracted rare earth metals from used nickel-metal hydride batteries before the end of 2012.
April 30, 2012
NEW DELHI--India has agreed in principle to supply Japan with roughly 15 percent of its annual rare earth needs.
April 30, 2012
Japan, eager to lessen its reliance on China, plans to jointly produce dysprosium, one of 17 rare earth elements, with Kazakhstan.
April 28, 2012
Japan plans to file an official complaint against China with the World Trade Organization as early as June over Beijing's restrictions on exports of rare earth elements,...
April 06, 2012
Negotiators from Japan, the United States and the European Union will meet with Chinese representatives in Geneva, Switzerland, later this month in what may be the first step...
March 29, 2012
Japan, the United States and Europe have agreed to work together to diversify supply of rare earths and develop technologies to reduce their reliance on the metals.
March 24, 2012
SHANGHAI--When I learned that a high-speed train collided and derailed in Zhejiang province in July 2011, I immediately rushed to the scene.
March 20, 2012
Japan, along with the United States and the European Union, recently filed a case with the World Trade Organization (WTO) against China’s restrictions on exports of rare...
March 19, 2012
BEIJING/SYDNEY - Tackling pollution, not freeing up trade, is regarded as the solution to a global shortage of rare earths, the metals that are the building blocks of the 21st...
March 13, 2012
BRUSSELS/ WASHINGTON -- The European Union, United States and Japan formally asked the World Trade Organization on March 13 to settle a dispute with China over Beijing's...