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“Tokyo aims to reduce China dependency to 50% or less” Nikkei

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“Japan will conduct the financing through a government-owned resource investment company: the Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corp., or Jogmec. Legislation will be revised to allow it to take stakes in rare-earths smelting projects. Processing facilities, which have a large environmental impact, are now primarily concentrated in China. And Beijing has employed its dominance in rare earths to exert pressure before. In 2010, it quietly cut exports to Japan amid a dust-up over a territorial issue. Jogmec will also take steps to ensure Japan’s stable access to cobalt, a mineral used in lithium-ion batteries, to counter Chinese enterprises securing rights in Congo. The resource company could spend up to around 20 billion yen ($182 million) in all on both efforts.”

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Why Asia weaponized rare earths, soybeans and palm oil in 2019

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Why Asia weaponized rare earths, soybeans and palm oil in 2019 Published DECEMBER 28, 2019. By RURIKA IMAHASHI and CK TAN, Nikkei staff writers. “Looking back on 2019,” said Yoshikazu Watanabe, president of Tsukushi Shigen Consul, a consultancy specializing in resources, “it was about weaponizing commodities.” Why Asia weaponized rare earths, soybeans and palm oil […]