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  • For commodities markets, the bad times are just beginning

    For the commodities market, the good times have come and gone, but the bad times are only just beginning. Each commodities supercycle, defined as a decadelong bull market, has always been followed by a downturn that lasted just as long, or longe

    April 28, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • For commodities markets, the bad times are just beginning

    BANGKOK -- For the commodities market, the good times have come and gone, but the bad times are only just beginning. Each commodities supercycle, defined as a decadelong bull market, has always been followed by a downturn that lasted just as lon

    April 27, 2016 07:30 pm JST
  • Pakistan highway likely among first AIIB projects

    BEIJING -- The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank likely will help fund a highway extension in Pakistan along with two other road projects to kick off its lending operations, the Financial Times has reported. The China-led bank, established in

    April 20, 2016 05:22 am JST
  • Oil producers fail to agree on output freeze

    DOHA, Qatar -- Saudi Arabia, Russia and other major oil producing nations failed to agree on a crude output freeze Sunday, as Iran's absence cast shadows over the talks. More than 10 OPEC and non-OPEC members took part in the meeting, with the a

    April 18, 2016 04:24 am JST
  • World Bank cuts forecast for developing Asia

    SINGAPORE - The World Bank has lowered its growth forecast for developing East Asia and the Pacific region this year to 6.3%, 0.1 point down from its projection in October. It expects China's slowdown and the decline in commodity prices to continue

    April 11, 2016 11:00 pm JST
  • Infrastructure is the basis for everything: ADB chief Nakao

    MANILA Asian economies have been rattled by China's slowdown, but they are still growing faster than many others. Maintaining that momentum, however, will require governments to get serious about improving the region's shaky infrastructure. The Ni

    April 7, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Sprint could still ding SoftBank on road to recovery

    TOKYO -- U.S. cellular provider Sprint remains far from profitability despite some cost-cutting success, threatening to soil parent SoftBank Group's balance sheet if its value dips too far. SoftBank shares ended Thursday, and thus fiscal 2015, a

    April 1, 2016 02:00 am JST
  • Japanese fabric makers find eager market in Middle East

    TOKYO -- Japan's Mitsubishi Rayon, Kuraray and other leading fabric makers are preparing to enhance sales of their quality materials to the Middle Eastern market, to be used for traditional garments. Made-in-Japan fabrics, many of them featuring cut

    March 28, 2016 07:00 pm JST
  • Slowing Turkmenistan economy threatens dictatorship

    ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan -- Turkmenistan's economy has come to a turning point after several years of rapid growth driven by energy exports. Falling prices of natural gas, the Central Asian country's main export, have pushed the economy into lower

    March 28, 2016 03:30 pm JST
  • Commentary

    Raj Kumar Sharma: India faces tough choices in Afghanistan

    The Indian consulate in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, came under yet another terrorist attack on March 2. It was the fourth such attack on the mission since 2007 and also followed terrorist strikes against other Indian diplomatic posts in the country. The

    March 24, 2016 07:00 pm JST
  • Kazakh leader's party wins vote criticised by Western monitors

    ASTANA (Reuters) -- Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev's Nur Otan party won 82 percent of the vote in Sunday's snap parliamentary election criticised by Western observers as falling short of democratic standards, preliminary figures showed on Mon

    March 21, 2016 09:09 pm JST
  • Nepal plays China and India off each other

    KATHMANDU -- Nepalese Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli lands in Beijing on Sunday for a seven-day visit seen by many as culminating his land-locked country's attempts to develop an alternative to conducting trade through India. The visit comes a m

    March 19, 2016 10:00 pm JST
  • Astronauts hail from a growing number of nations

    The world's astronaut corps is growing more diverse in nationality. To date, 545 people have gone into space. Ten of them are Japanese, including Toyohiro Akiyama -- the nation's first astronaut, who was part of an international flight in 1990 -- an

    March 10, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Vladimir Miklashevsky: More currency turmoil in store for troubled former Soviet republics

    Weak commodity prices caused by the ending of the U.S. Federal Reserve's quantitative easing program and China's economic slowdown are dramatically reshaping emerging markets. For the former republics of the Soviet Union, forced to adjust to rising

    March 3, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • South China Sea

    Growing tensions threaten to undo legacy of 1986 People Power Revolution

    TOKYO -- The Nikkei's front-page article about the culmination of the 1986 People Power Revolution in the Philippines, which forced President Ferdinand Marcos to flee the country on Feb. 25 that year, was headlined, "L sign amid jubilation over bloo

    February 29, 2016 07:00 pm JST
  • Japan-Turkey team

    Consortium offers up to $20bn for Turkmenistan gas project

    TOKYO -- A consortium of Japanese and Turkish companies is offering in the neighborhood of $15 billion to $20 billion for an order to build natural-gas-processing facilities in Turkmenistan. Central to the project is construction of facilities d

    February 29, 2016 01:31 am JST
  • Nepal tourism

    Air crashes add to woes

    KATHMANDU -- Just as the bodies of those killed in an air crash in Nepal two days earlier were being recovered, another plane crashed last week in a mountain village. The two crashes left 25 people dead, raised safety concerns and have dealt a n

    February 28, 2016 05:10 pm JST
  • Gist of communique by G-20 finance chiefs

    SHANGHAI (Kyodo) -- The following is the gist of a communique released Saturday by the Group of 20 finance ministers and central bank governors after their two-day meeting in Shanghai. The G-20 finance chiefs: -- recognize the global recover

    February 27, 2016 09:47 pm JST
  • G-20 finance chiefs agree to use all policy tools for market stability

    SHANGHAI (Kyodo) -- Finance leaders from the world's 20 major economies on Saturday agreed to use "all policy tools -- monetary, fiscal and structural -- individually and collectively" to strengthen market stability and prop up sagging growth. T

    February 27, 2016 09:05 pm JST
  • IMF's Lagarde sees renewed sense of urgency to act collectively

    SHANGHAI (Reuters) -- IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde warned that without collective action by global policymakers, the global economy could derail, but added that she sees a renewed sense of urgency to act in concert. She was speaking a

    February 27, 2016 09:03 pm JST