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  • Abenomics helps makeup market growth

    TOKYO -- Cosmetics are a good indicator of economic sentiment among women. The Nikkei recently interviewed Shiseido Chairman and President Shinzo Maeda to learn how the cosmetics market has fared since the introduction last year of "Abenomics," as t

    January 27, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • China austerity drive inspires creative gift-giving

    DALIAN, China -- Luxury gifts given to public officials "behind the scenes" are all the rage in China following a crackdown on extravagance by President Xi Jinping's government. Companies often send gifts to public officials at this time of year

    January 27, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Emmanuel Todd: The paradox of America's fading empire

    The most important event of 2013 was the change in the relationship between the U.S. and Iran (through the nuclear talks). This is a major point. I have always said that a new kind of civil society has emerged in Iran, so there is nothing new as far

    January 26, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • China's debt problem comes out of the shadows with trust on brink of bust

    SHANGHAI -- A Chinese investment instrument has captured the world's attention, and not in a good way. One particular wealth management product is set to mature Jan. 31, and it may well default. If obligations to investors go unpaid, it could deal a

    January 26, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Silicon Valley venture capital enhancing US-China economic ties

    SILICON VALLEY -- Tsinghua University, one of the most prestigious institutions of higher learning in China, is rapidly expanding its influence in Silicon Valley through a tech-oriented seed accelerator it supports. Tsinghua, the alma mater

    January 26, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • With China in mind, Japan defense focus heads south

    TOKYO -- Japan's Defense Ministry will step up warning and surveillance activities to protect the Nansei Islands, which include the Okinawa Main Island and the Senkaku Islands, as a pillar of the nation's security policy. The move comes amid hei

    January 25, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Blooming power of flowers

    TOKYO -- Shogo Kariyazaki, a Japanese ikebana flower arrangement artist, held an exhibition of his works in Bangkok in December. It was his first full-scale exhibition in Asia outside Japan, though he has had several opportunities to exhibit his wor

    January 25, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Japan carmakers still waiting for fallout from Abe's Yasukuni visit

    GUANGZHOU, China -- The visit by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the war-related Yasukuni Shrine on Dec. 26 last year has sparked considerable criticism from China, but it does not appear to have hurt Japanese companies operating there. Still,

    January 25, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • US prods Japan to make nice with South Korea

    TOKYO -- America's highest-ranking career diplomat urged Japan to work toward better relations with South Korea, calling cooperation among the three countries vital to regional security. The U.S. is allied with both of the two neighbors and fear

    January 25, 2014 06:00 am JST
  • Alibaba play for pint-size IT firm rattles SoftBank shares

    HONG KONG -- Normally one of the quieter issues on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, Citic 21CN went bang Friday on the news that Alibaba Group, the parent of China's biggest e-commerce company, will buy into the information technology firm. Citic 2

    January 25, 2014 04:33 am JST
  • Tokyo stock market bulls turning skittish

    TOKYO -- The Nikkei Stock Average fell 304 points, or 1.94%, on Friday to close at 15,391. The decline came on the heels of a poor showing by U.S. shares on Thursday as well as a rise in the yen. While the Japanese index showed some resistance -- it

    January 24, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Price gap ups Japan steel imports

    TOKYO -- Cheap steel from China and South Korea is flowing into Japan. Prices of H-shaped steel, used in construction, are going up in Japan on expectations of a domestic economic recovery and solid construction demand. The steel's price is limp

    January 24, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Early New Year's gift from China's central bank fails to ease worries

    HONG KONG -- The People's Bank of China is desperately trying to ease worries over the country's money market ahead of the weeklong Chinese New Year's holidays, when demand for cash explodes. Because of the annual demand spike -- and due to the

    January 24, 2014 04:20 pm JST
  • Welcome to the world, Chinese tourists

    It's that time of the year again. As the Lunar New Year approaches, Chinese are packing their bags to visit friends and family across the vast country. This year, during China's peak travel season, which straddles the holidays and lasts about 40 day

    January 24, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Tokyo stocks take morning hit on US stock drop, yen strengthening

    TOKYO -- The Nikkei Stock Average ended its morning session Friday down 241 points, or 1.54%, to 15,454.80. It is the first time the average has been below 15,500 since Jan. 14. Thursday saw a decline in U.S. stocks and a rise in the yen. This t

    January 24, 2014 12:00 pm JST
  • Tire maker Yokohama scaling up capacity in China

    TOKYO -- Yokohama Rubber is building a factory addition in China's Jiangsu Province that will let it make more passenger car tires in the country with the world's biggest automobile market. The new facility, located next to an existing plant for

    January 24, 2014 05:19 am JST
  • China-tied stocks tumble over slowdown worries

    TOKYO -- China-related stocks took a beating in the Tokyo market Thursday after the poor performance of a major economic benchmark revived fears of a protracted downturn there. Steel stocks took a hit, with JFE Holdings down 3% and Nippon Steel

    January 24, 2014 04:55 am JST
  • Uniqlo operator to debut on Hong Kong bourse

    TOKYO -- Japan's Fast Retailing, the company behind Uniqlo apparel stores, plans to list on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, part of efforts to enhance its brand recognition in China. The company will likely submit the necessary application to the

    January 24, 2014 03:31 am JST
  • Lenovo to buy IBM's server ops for $2.3 billion

    BEIJING -- Personal computer giant Lenovo Group said Thursday that it will buy IBM's low-end server business for $2.3 billion, a move likely to give the Chinese firm a leg up in the field of information technology services for corporate clients.

    January 24, 2014 03:30 am JST
  • Nissan, Renault fusing production, development on global scale

    TOKYO -- Nissan Motor and Renault will take their alliance a step further by pooling their manufacturing facilities and bringing production and development departments under joint operations management. The partners aim to cut more than 400 bill

    January 24, 2014 02:50 am JST