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  • Japan train standards push looks derailed

    TOKYO -- China is getting in the way of Japan's efforts to lead talks potentially worth billions of dollars on common global technical standards for railway systems. Japan is trying to take the initiative in negotiations under the International

    November 21, 2013 07:00 pm JST
  • Japan wary of winter spike in China's air pollution

    BEIJING -- As the winter cold sets in, levels of PM2.5 air pollution are likely to rise both in China and in neighboring countries such as Japan. On Friday, operation of the capital's coal-fueled centralized heating system was resumed. Beijing E

    November 21, 2013 07:00 pm JST
  • Toyota, local partners to develop hybrids in China

    GUANGZHOU, China (Nikkei) -- Toyota Motor plans to develop hybrid vehicles with two Chinese automakers, changing its practice of producing key components in Japan to protect its technologies. The Japanese company will collaborate with the resear

    November 21, 2013 02:00 am JST
  • Toyota sharing well-guarded tech to catch up in China

    NAGOYA (Nikkei) -- A need to boost its small market share in the world's largest automobile market prompted Toyota Motor to end its policy of making key components in Japan, a strategy meant to shield its technologies from Chinese carmakers. Toy

    November 21, 2013 01:11 am JST
  • Warren Buffett's suitmaker faces China austerity challenge

    DALIAN -- Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. investor Warren Buffett may not share many similarities, but one thing they do have in common is their taste in clothing. Every day, both men slip on a suit made by Dalian Dayang Trands, owner of the T

    November 21, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • BRICs: A bloody ridiculous investment concept?

    "Never make predictions, especially about the future." Perhaps researchers at Citi should have heeded the wise words attributed to baseball star Yogi Berra before forecasting that Egypt would be one of the world's Top 10 economies by the year 2050.

    November 21, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Emerging nations' forex forecast: chance of a storm

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- The possibility that the U.S. will dial down its quantitative easing continues to stir fears of currency turmoil in emerging economies. The prospect of Uncle Sam's taper is also underpinning expectations for further yen depreciatio

    November 21, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Challenges follow Foxconn to inland China

    ZHENGZHOU, China -- Liu Lin's contribution at the massive Foxconn assembly plant in Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan Province, is testing cameras on Apple iPad tablet computers, ensuring the photos meet quality standards. It is a job for which Liu,

    November 21, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Asean's profit-growth kings: Resource boom trickles down to retail

    TOKYO -- For companies operating in Southeast Asia, now is an excellent time to be involved in infrastructure and natural resources. Being a retailer does not hurt, either, thanks to surging domestic demand across the region.These sectors dominated

    November 21, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Reasons to be cheerful about Beijing's message

    The communique that came out of the Third Plenum is interesting for what it includes and what it does not.It shows an intention on the part of China's new leadership to accelerate reform. However, there are few details and the communique's content s

    November 21, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • China gives cautious nod to prioritizing market

    BEIJING (Nikkei) -- China endorsed Nov. 12 a more market-driven economy at the end of its much-anticipated leadership conference with caveats.The Communist Party of China said it will "comprehensively" deepen reforms to enable markets to play a "dec

    November 21, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • The China plenum's uncertain compromise

    The much anticipated conclave of the upper echelons of the Communist Party has ended in a whimper, not a bang. The communique released after four days of secret meetings neither gives bold new directions for policy, nor provides a blueprint for impl

    November 21, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Japan business leaders say China visit was step forward

    BEIJING (Nikkei) -- One of the top executives of major Japanese corporations visiting China said Wednesday that the trip helped warm the chilled bilateral relationship between the two nations. "I have felt China's positive attitude," said Hiroma

    November 20, 2013 10:36 pm JST
  • Market reforms could prolong China's excess capacity problem

    SHANGHAI -- Under the leadership of President Xi Jinping, the Chinese government appears to be further embracing market principles to push economic reform. But this may not work as well as the government hopes. The Third Plenum of the Central Co

    November 20, 2013 04:30 pm JST
  • Japan losing out in latest applications for carbon nanotubes

    TOKYO -- Decades ago, Japanese scientists were the first to discover carbon nanotubes. But today, the leading innovations in nanotube use are being made outside of Japan. Companies from Taiwan and China are starting to use carbon nanotubes in e

    November 20, 2013 03:00 pm JST
  • China's dairy industry heading for consolidation

    SHANGHAI -- When Hang Zhuyu found out she was pregnant with twins, she quickly decided she would need to feed them infant formula to make sure they got enough milk. Deciding which formula to buy took some time, but like many middle-class Chinese

    November 20, 2013 02:40 pm JST
  • Attacks turn spotlight on China's seething have-nots

    TAIYUAN, China --In a span of 10 days, two symbolic strongholds of the Communist Party of China came under attack in broad daylight. First, a car on Oct. 28 barged through barricades, plowed through tourists and burst into flames under Mao Zedong's

    November 20, 2013 01:26 pm JST
  • Social security concerns force China to ease 1-child policy

    GUANGZHOU -- China's change to its longtime one-child policy, announced last Saturday, reflects sharply growing concerns about the future of the country's social security system and labor supply. Under the loosened rules, the government now all

    November 20, 2013 01:00 pm JST
  • EU to keep arms embargo on China

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- The leaders of Japan and the European Union agreed Tuesday on the need for "responsible" controls on the arms trade, with the EU to maintain restrictions on exports of weapons and dual-use technology to China. Some EU members f

    November 20, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • China, Japan still only halfway to mending fences

    BEIJING (Nikkei) -- More than a year after their relationship hit rock bottom over a territorial dispute, China and Japan still have not been able to move past the bitter feud, despite persistent efforts by the Japanese private sector. Around 20

    November 20, 2013 07:00 am JST