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  • Japan, US share concerns over China's airspace claim

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- The top diplomats of Japan and the U.S. have agreed to work closely to defuse tensions resulting from China's decision to impose an air defense identification zone over disputed islands in the East China Sea. Foreign Minister F

    November 27, 2013 12:56 am JST
  • Treaty on nuclear tests by 2017 eyed

    TOKYO -- A treaty banning nuclear testing by 2017 is among the ambitions of the new chief of an organization for abolishing atomic weapons. Lassina Zerbo, the Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-B

    November 26, 2013 07:00 pm JST
  • Low costs can carry emerging-market solar, wind tech only so far

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- In little time, Chinese and Indian companies have attained something that has eluded their Japanese rivals: a place among the world's top manufacturers of solar and wind power equipment. Suzlon Energy, based in Pune in western

    November 26, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • China, India to build 47 nukes' worth of solar capacity

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- Asia's two most energy-hungry nations will vastly expand solar power generation in the coming years as the region turns to renewable power sources. China will add the equivalent of 27 nuclear reactors of solar capacity, and Ind

    November 26, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • China on track to pass Japan as top robot market in 2015

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- China is poised to eclipse Japan and become the world's largest market for industrial robots in 2015, according to a trade organization. The International Federation of Robotics indicates that 2012 robot shipments in China surg

    November 26, 2013 12:32 am JST
  • Kawasaki Heavy, Epson target China for robot production

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Epson are among Japanese firms moving to produce more industrial robots in China to supply manufacturers there seeking to offset steeply rising labor costs. Kawasaki Heavy will invest just under 10

    November 25, 2013 10:34 pm JST
  • Plenary opacity a boon for China stocks

    TOKYO -- Chinese stocks contradicted conventional logic by rising earlier this month in the aftermath of reform announcements. "Likonomics," as the set of economic measures by Premier Li Keqiang have come to be known, had been thought a selling

    November 25, 2013 07:00 pm JST
  • Past still haunts troubled Tokyo-Seoul relationship

    It has been almost a year since former Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda lost power in a demoralizing election defeat. Many things from those days still occupy his mind, among them the inexplicable turnaround in then South Korean President Lee Myung-bak

    November 25, 2013 01:00 pm JST
  • Honda seeking a turbo boost for emerging-market sales

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- Honda has developed turbocharged engines that it hopes will give the automaker an edge in emerging markets, where consumers show enthusiasm for greater fuel economy but balk at the price tags of hybrids. The 1-, 1.5- and 2-lite

    November 24, 2013 07:00 pm JST
  • Yaskawa Electric converters to help unchain China wind turbines

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- Japan's Yaskawa Electric, a major maker of motors and robotic manufacturing equipment, is set to offer converters for wind power in China. The move could help usher the country's already expansive wind generation segment to the nex

    November 24, 2013 02:00 am JST
  • Daimler, BMW cranking out engines in China

    BEIJING -- Daimler and BMW are moving to produce engines in China in hopes of getting bigger slices of the world's largest car market. Until now, the German luxury automakers only assembled key parts shipped from their home country and other par

    November 23, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • Divine bovine suits Chinese diners just fine

    DALIAN -- High-end, domestically-grown beef is catching on in China. The middle class make up the majority of the country's beef fans. Before slaughter, the cows used for high-end beef lead a life of luxury. At a ranch outside Dalian, Liaoni

    November 23, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • FamilyMart redoubles push into China

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- Japanese convenience store operator FamilyMart plans to open 340 branches in China next year, up 140% from this year's plan, as it expects to turn a profit there for the first time ever in the July-December half. The company en

    November 23, 2013 12:59 am JST
  • Uighur region's XPCC gaining foothold on stock market

    HONG KONG (NQN) -- Tensions are running dangerously high in the Uighur Autonomous Region of China's Xinjiang province. On Nov. 16, 11 people died in attacks on a police facility in Kashgar Prefecture there. Tight restrictions on information make it

    November 22, 2013 07:00 pm JST
  • Nippon Express sees big business potential in halal logistics

    TOKYO -- Nippon Express wants to enter the business of delivering halal products for Muslim customers. It starts in Malaysia, but the Japanese delivery company hopes to turn this project into a global enterprise. Halal rules do not cover just fo

    November 22, 2013 01:00 pm JST
  • Ford triumphs in China as Japanese carmakers shake off boycott

    GUANGZHOU -- Ford is on a sales tear in China. This success is so sudden and so good that the U.S. auto giant has effectively leapfrogged major Japanese automakers in the world's most vibrant auto market. The largest players in the Chinese auto

    November 22, 2013 11:14 am JST
  • What happened to 'Likonomics?' Look in Xi's shadow

    BEIJING -- A year into his turn as head of the Communist Party, Chinese President Xi Jinping seems to have seized the banner of reform from Premier Li Keqiang. That reform is a priority for China's leaders was clear from the communique issued at

    November 22, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • Obama trip lights fire under Japan on Futenma, China relations

    WASHINGTON (Nikkei) -- With U.S. President Barack Obama due to visit Japan next April, Tokyo is expected to face added pressure to sort out pending issues, including the stalled relocation of an American military base in Okinawa and the frosty stand

    November 22, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • Japanese firms bucking China's bid to hike rare-earth prices

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- China has been cutting supplies of rare-earth metals in an apparent effort to raise prices, but Japanese companies are refraining from buying on expectations of an eventual decline. The current situation is much different from

    November 22, 2013 12:32 am JST
  • Asean investment a priority for Daiwa House

    OSAKA (Nikkei) -- Daiwa House Industry will invest heavily in emerging markets of Asia as part of a broader push to boost overseas sales 40% by fiscal 2015. In Japan, the housing market has benefited from a rush of purchases ahead of next April'

    November 21, 2013 10:23 pm JST