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  • China's third quarter economic growth slows to 7.3%, slowest in five years

    BEIJING (Kyodo) -- China's economy grew 7.3 percent in the July-September quarter from a year earlier, the National Bureau of Statistics said Tuesday, the slowest pace since the peak of the global financial crisis in 2009. It is yet another sign

    October 21, 2014 11:08 am JST
  • China to bolster anti-corruption campaign at key meeting

    BEIJING -- The Communist Party of China kicked off a four-day Central Committee meeting Monday to discuss key policies as it desperately seeks to show citizens and the international community that it can subdue corruption and lend transparency to th

    October 21, 2014 06:04 am JST
  • Australia may join China-led development bank: finance minister

    TOKYO -- Australia is "actively considering" joining the China-headed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, Finance Minister Joe Hockey told The Nikkei here on Monday. Australia plans to sign a memorandum of understanding this week. Hockey said

    October 21, 2014 03:19 am JST
  • Daifuku to borrow yuan in Singapore

    SHANGHAI -- The Chinese unit of Daifuku, a Japanese manufacturer of equipment for logistics facilities, plans to borrow yuan in Singapore instead of China to take advantage of lower interest rates. The company will borrow about 48 million yuan (

    October 21, 2014 12:53 am JST
  • Bank of China issues $6.5 billion in additional Tier 1 capital preference share

    On Oct. 17, Bank of China issued $6.5 billion in USD-denominated Additional Tier 1 Capital Preference Share via bookrunners BNP Paribas, Bank of China, CITIC Securities, China Merchants Securities, Citi, Credit Suisse, HSBC, Morgan Stanley, and Stan

    October 20, 2014 07:24 pm JST
  • Foot massage therapists show China's fading fortunes

    TOKYO -- A triple whammy of improper property investment, soaring real estate prices and rising wages have plunged one of China's largest foot massage chain operators into a management crisis. Observers say the incident points to a broader trend

    October 20, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Japan pushes rice to snare a bigger share of global market

    TOKYO -- Exports of high quality Japanese rice are increasing to meet the surging global demand. Shipment figures for 2013 had exports at a record high of over 3,000 tons. If both private and public stakeholders work to overcome current barriers

    October 20, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • China tries softer approach to win over world

    BEIJING -- Taking a page right out of Sun Tzu's "The Art of War", China is looking to win the battle for global dominance without ever fighting. The strategy is to win over the international community with culture and values. But Beijing's playbook

    October 20, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Jordi Martin: Innovation is changing how the world works, be ready

    Flying into Tianjin, China's fourth-largest city, I could see from the air just how big China's major cities are. This was early September and I was in this metropolis of 14 million for the World Economic Forum's "Annual Meeting of the New Champ

    October 20, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Chinese tourists abroad spend more on experiences

    DALIAN, China -- Chinese are spending more on dining, hotels and fun when they travel abroad, according to China UnionPay, the nation's largest card issuer. UnionPay said Chinese spent a total of 516 billion yuan ($84.2 billion) in the country a

    October 20, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • The myth of China's strategic shrewdness

    TOKYO --Imagine if just a few days before China's leader Xi Jinping made his first official visit to Japan, the Chinese navy entered the Japanese territory around Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. Should it happen, tensions would boil over, mak

    October 20, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Slowing housing development drags on China's growth

    SHANGHAI -- China's gross domestic product likely grew at a slower pace in the July-September quarter, as homebuilders slammed the brakes on their activity amid plummeting home sales. The quarterly GDP figure is due to be released by the Nationa

    October 19, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • Signs of bubble collapse appearing in emerging Asia

    TOKYO -- The imminent normalization of U.S. monetary policy may spell bad news for investors. How bad? According to a recent report by the International Monetary Fund, the shift could see market players lose 8%, or $3.8 trillion, on their bond portf

    October 19, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • Hong Kong government to meet protesters

    HONG KONG -- The Hong Kong government announced Saturday it will meet with student protesters on Oct. 21. It remains unclear, however, whether the two sides will be able to find common ground, as tensions have been mounting since the government

    October 19, 2014 01:00 am JST
  • Nissan brings Dalian SUV plant online, plans expansion

    DALIAN, China -- Dongfeng Nissan Passenger Vehicle, a joint venture between China's state-owned Dongfeng Motor and Japan's Nissan Motor, brought a new plant online in the city of Dalian in northeast China on Saturday. The factory will be positio

    October 18, 2014 11:30 pm JST
  • Japanese restaurant chains stepping up store openings in China

    TOKYO -- Japanese restaurant chains Watami and Saizeriya will accelerate openings in China, targeting the growing ranks of middle-class consumers there. Watami will open a new line of restaurants serving Mediterranean cuisine with a Japanese fla

    October 18, 2014 06:17 am JST
  • China pollution brings opportunity for Japanese companies

    TOKYO -- Toray, Panasonic and Sharp are beefing up their air purifier businesses in China, where poor air quality has become a major health issue. Toray will double the capacity of a filter factory that opened in March 2013 in Nantong, Jiangsu P

    October 18, 2014 04:54 am JST
  • Japan, China look to restart high-level economic talks

    BEIJING -- The governments of Japan and China will seek to resume cabinet-level talks on economic matters as early as next year, attempting to put aside thorny issues of territory and history to find common ground. Japanese Deputy Prime Minister

    October 18, 2014 02:00 am JST
  • Hoping for summit, Abe plays nice with China at ASEM meet

    MILAN -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe played up the improvement in bilateral ties with China at the Asia-Europe Meeting here this week by greeting the Chinese premier and refraining from directly criticizing China's maritime expansionism.

    October 18, 2014 01:33 am JST
  • H.K. police clear pro-democracy protesters from shopping district

    HONG KONG (Kyodo) -- Acting in the predawn hours on Friday, police in riot gear removed barricades erected by pro-democracy protesters in a busy shopping area while thoroughfares near the main government complexes remained occupied by protesters in

    October 17, 2014 11:26 pm JST