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  • Edward Alden: Solving the global steel glut means sharing the pain

    The steel industry is once again in crisis. Led by China, global steelmaking capacity has doubled in the past 15 years, while demand has slumped. The consequences in many countries are falling prices, idled production, bankruptcies and job losses. T

    May 5, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • 30 years on, Chernobyl's struggle continues

    CHERNOBYL, Ukraine Thirty years after the Chernobyl nuclear plant blew up, the Ukrainian government and the international community are still struggling to close the book on the disaster.The meltdown and subsequent explosion at the No. 4 reactor o

    May 5, 2016 12:00 pm JST
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    Miller and Shimizu -- Improving Japan-Russia ties

    On May 7, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will touch down in Sochi, Russia for an "unofficial" summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Abe has ambitious plans to push Putin to make concessions on their countries' decades-old dispute over th

    May 4, 2016 12:45 pm JST
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    Nouriel Roubini -- The global growth funk

    NEW YORK -- The International Monetary Fund and others have recently revised downward their forecasts for global growth- yet again. Little wonder: The world economy has few bright spots - and many that are dimming rapidly.Among advanced economies, t

    May 2, 2016 08:55 pm JST
  • Japan premier leaves for visits to Europe, Russia before G-7 summit

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left Sunday for a weeklong visit to major European countries and Russia to lay the groundwork for a Group of Seven summit he will host in late May and address a decades-old territorial row with Mos

    May 1, 2016 05:53 pm JST
  • 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
  • A true recovery in oil prices remains elusive

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland A warm breeze is blowing through the commodities markets, stirring hopes that the long, harsh winter is over. Such optimism is not entirely without reason: Since the beginning of the year, prices of crude oil, nonferrous

    April 28, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • John Edwards: Sentiment may have improved, but the fundamentals haven't changed

    The prices of two raw materials essential to the global economy have sharply increased lately. Not long ago the spot price of iron ore saw its biggest one-day rally in history, after nearly five years of decline. That spike was soon followed by oil,

    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
  • Moscow and Tokyo doing a diplomatic tango

    TOKYO -- When Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met his Japanese counterpart, Fumio Kishida, in Tokyo on April 15, the Japanese government stressed that the meeting was "forward-looking and constructive." And in a way unique to diplomacy it

    April 25, 2016 01:00 pm JST
  • Competition intensifying over Arctic resources

    TOKYO -- The Arctic, once considered a frozen and mostly inaccessible hinterland, is turning into a new key international battleground for countries fiercely vying for resources. As more and more Arctic ice melts, it is easier for ships to explo

    April 21, 2016 07:00 pm JST
  • Saudi Arabia slowly losing oil market share

    TOKYO -- Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest exporter of crude oil, is slowly but surely shrinking in global markets, recent statistics revealed. The setback is due to intensifying competition from Russia and other oil producers. At a summit o

    April 21, 2016 01:00 pm JST
  • R&D brings prestige and profit to Hamamatsu Photonics

    TOKYO Investing in R&D has brought Japan's Hamamatsu Photonics both prestige and profit. In 2015, for the third time, the company's technology helped scientists win a Nobel Prize in physics. The manufacturer's operating profit on sales, meanwhile,

    April 21, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Abe may cut Europe tour short over quakes

    TOKYO -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seeks to shorten his trip to Europe and Russia, originally planned for late April through early May, in light of the massive earthquakes in southern Japan. As host of the Group of Seven summit in May, Abe had i

    April 20, 2016 02:00 am JST
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    Edward Alden: How to solve the global steel glut

    The steel industry is once again in crisis. Led by China, global steelmaking capacity has doubled in the past 15 years, while demand has slumped. The consequences in many countries are falling prices, idled production, bankruptcies and job losses. U

    April 19, 2016 05:00 pm JST
  • Regional rivalry thwarts oil production freeze

    DOHA, Qatar -- A meeting Sunday here among major oil-producing nations to hammer out a deal to freeze increases in output ended without an agreement, as the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran trumped the pursuit of common interest. Some count

    April 19, 2016 04:37 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
  • Chernobyl's future still up in the air

    CHERNOBYL -- Thirty years after the catastrophe at the Chernobyl nuclear plant, the Ukrainian government and the international community are still struggling to close the chapter on the disaster. The meltdown and subsequent explosion at the No.

    April 16, 2016 01:00 pm JST
  • Japan, Russia eye May summit over disputed islands

    TOKYO -- Japan and Russia agreed Friday to start preparing for a bilateral summit in Russia early next month, possibly on May 6 in the southern city of Sochi, in a bid to advance negotiations over the disputed Kuril Islands. Japanese Foreign Min

    April 16, 2016 04:52 am JST
  • Japan, Russia agree to plan Abe talks with Putin in Russia

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan and Russia agreed Friday to plan dates for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Russia, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said, as Tokyo seeks to take the opportunity to advance a long-stan

    April 15, 2016 09:18 pm JST