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  • Japan's Sumitomo steps into China's eldercare fray

    TOKYO -- Sumitomo Corp. is pushing into China's eldercare business, aiming to capitalize on a market that is projected to explode in the next few years.The Japanese trading house has agreed to collaborate with two companies: Japan's Ship Healthcare

    April 24, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • China's home-built carrier no great threat -- yet

    TOKYO -- China's soon-to-launch domestic aircraft carrier poses little threat to Japan or the U.S. in the short term, given those nations' superior defense capabilities, though Beijing's steady technological improvement foreshadows a greater challen

    April 24, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Trump to speak with China's Xi, Japan's Abe on Sunday, official says

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. President Donald Trump will speak on Sunday with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping, a senior administration official said, speaking on condition of anonymity, with North Korea expected t

    April 24, 2017 05:21 am JST
  • China's first home-built carrier ready for launch

    TOKYO -- China's first domestically built aircraft carrier will soon launch at Dalian for drills and trial voyages, putting to the test proprietary technology meant to further Beijing's expansion in the South and East China seas.A dock at a shipyard

    April 24, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • Another U.S. citizen detained in North Korea: Yonhap

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- A Korean-American former college professor was arrested Friday in North Korea, making him the third U.S. citizen held by Pyongyang, Yonhap reported Sunday citing unnamed sources. The man, identified only by his surname, Kim, was arr

    April 23, 2017 07:19 pm JST
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    Pence puts Trump administration on right foot with ASEAN

    During his week-long trip to four major Asia-Pacific countries, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence delivered a strong message of a continued U.S. security commitment to the region and a firm stance on trade issues in line with U.S. President Donald Trum

    April 23, 2017 06:10 pm JST
  • Among Chinese rights activists, a new voice emerges

    BEIJING -- Because China effectively bans protests on its own soil, demonstrations greeting Chinese officials traveling overseas have become a standard spectacle, offering a glimpse into the type of hard-line tactics the state employs against its ow

    April 23, 2017 05:00 pm JST
  • Asia's venture capital firms learn Silicon Valley tricks

    BANGKOK -- On March 10, at the SXSW event in Austin, Texas, in the U.S., self-driving electric car maker NIO revealed plans to make a near-fully autonomous electric car commercially available in the U.S. by 2020, aiming at becoming one of the first

    April 23, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • China's addiction to lucrative land sales could spell trouble

    SHANGHAI -- Even as China enjoys healthy economic growth, its blind faith in rising land prices is creating a dangerous habit of municipalities relying on property sales to support public spending.Gross domestic product rose a real 6.9% on the year

    April 23, 2017 08:00 am JST
  • Mitsubishi Motors to begin engine production in China

    TOKYO -- Mitsubishi Motors will build a 10 billion yen ($92 million) plant in China to supply engines for locally built Outlander sport utility vehicles.At present, the carmaker imports engines for the SUVs from Japan. The plant will have an annual

    April 23, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • AI now and tomorrow

    Is your job robot-ready?

    TOKYO -- Robots are making people redundant, and you may be next.Once a flight of fancy, we are now in an age where workers of all stripes, including professionals and white-collar workers, could be on the receiving end of pink slips thanks to robot

    April 22, 2017 10:00 pm JST
  • US aircraft carrier to arrive in Sea of Japan by month end, Pence says

    SYDNEY (Kyodo) -- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said Saturday that the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson would be in the Sea of Japan before the end of April, in what is seen as a display of force aimed at North Korea.Pence was speaking in Sydney at a j

    April 22, 2017 09:00 pm JST
  • 2017 Shanghai motor show cuts a more modest figure

    SHANGHAI -- The 17th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition kicked off on April 19, with more than 1,000 automakers and other industry players showcasing their latest products.This year's event, the world's largest auto show, strikes

    April 22, 2017 07:00 pm JST
  • G-20 finance chiefs fret over protectionism, seek inclusive growth

    WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- Financial chiefs from the Group of 20 major economies on Friday voiced concern over protectionism and agreed to work together in seeking more sustainable and inclusive growth amid geopolitical risks. After two days of talks in

    April 22, 2017 02:58 pm JST
  • Japan's Aso: Do not expect G20 to lean toward protectionism

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said on Friday he does not think the Group of 20 debate will lean toward favoring protectionism over free trade ahead of the group's summit in July, even as the new U.S. administration threa

    April 22, 2017 11:50 am JST
  • China opens new inland free trade zones

    SHANGHAI -- China's State Council has officially unveiled seven new pilot free trade zones, five of which are in inland locations.A pilot free trade zone is an experimental trade area where government control -- the issuing of licenses and permits,

    April 22, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • Asian container shipments to US hit record

    TOKYO -- U.S.-bound shipping containers from Asia are on the rise, as manufacturers in China and Southeast Asia deliver their wares to a market where consumer spending and housing investment are robust.Shipping volume for the January-March quarter c

    April 22, 2017 04:56 am JST
  • Iron ore prices plunge 30% in a month

    TOKYO -- Iron ore prices are collapsing on the growing outlook that China may reduce imports as steel prices there fall, coupled with the fear that new production at Brazilian mines could result in an oversupply.The spot price of Australian iron ore

    April 22, 2017 03:53 am JST
  • South Koreans fuming over Trump-Xi chat

    TOKYO/SEOUL -- Chinese President Xi Jinping's apparent views on the history of the Korean Peninsula have become one of the hottest issues in South Korea's presidential race. In recounting his recent summit with Xi to The Wall Street Journal on April

    April 21, 2017 06:15 pm JST
  • Asia braces for Trump steel probe

    TOKYO -- Asian steel producing countries are preparing themselves for a period of uncertainty after U.S. President Donald Trump launched a trade probe on cheap steel entering the U.S. market, raising the possibility of new tariffs."Without knowing t

    April 21, 2017 06:00 pm JST