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  • Japan, Russia to run naval rescue exercises as planned

    TOKYO -- Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force and the Russian navy are expected to conduct joint search-and-rescue exercises off the coast of Vladivostok as early as late this month. These will mark the first joint exercises between Japan's Self-

    September 15, 2014 02:00 am JST
  • Russia, China court India for regional bloc

    DUSHANBE -- Seeking to counterbalance Western powers, Russia and China are moving to expand an organization they founded in Asia by welcoming major regional player India as a prospective new member. Launched in 2001, the six-member Shanghai Coop

    September 13, 2014 05:51 am JST
  • Putin meets former Japanese Prime Minister Mori, gets Abe's letter

    MOSCOW (Kyodo) -- Former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and handed a letter from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday. In Putin's first meeting with a prominent figure from Japan following

    September 11, 2014 10:40 am JST
  • Malaysian jet was hit by high-energy objects: investigators

    BRUSSELS -- Investigators probing July's downing of a Malaysian Airlines jetliner in eastern Ukraine said Tuesday that numerous high-energy objects pierced the plane and caused it to crash, suggesting that it was likely shot down by a missile. B

    September 10, 2014 05:30 am JST
  • US steelmakers wary of Asian rivals

    DETROIT -- U.S. steelmakers are increasingly alarmed by the amount of cheap steel flowing into the country from Asia. As part of the effort to protect their turf, U.S. Steel and other makers recently filed a complaint against some foreign compet

    September 8, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • A tale of Kyrgyz gold, greed, poverty ... and disaster?

    BISHKEK -- No one knew until 1978 that there was much gold sprinkled across the glacial plateaus in Kyrgyzstan's section of the Tian Shan mountain range. That it took another 19 years for mining to begin tells of how costly and difficult getting the

    September 4, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Tourist hot spots

    The number of travelers going abroad reached 1.035 billion in 2012, surpassing 1 billion for the first time, according to the U.N. World Tourism Organization. In 2013, the number increased 5%, to 1.087 billion. Europe remains the most popular touris

    September 4, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Thailand suffers in country-risk survey; India, Philippines make gains

    TOKYO -- The geopolitical risk environments have worsened for Thailand, China and Myanmar over the past several months and improved in India and the Philippines, according to Rating and Investment Information's latest Country Risk Survey. Publis

    September 3, 2014 02:00 pm JST
  • ANA, Lufthansa to combine Japan-Europe freight operations

    TOKYO -- ANA and Lufthansa will start jointly operating freight service between Japan and Europe by next spring, adopting common fares and optimizing flight routes and schedules. The airlines will effectively merge their operations, splitting th

    September 3, 2014 02:00 am JST
  • Stephen Grenville: How to reboot world trade talks

    Expanding trade has been the lynchpin of globalization. Total world trade rose from 42% of global gross domestic product in 1980 to 62% in 2007, according to the International Monetary Fund. Trade slowed during the 2008 crisis and since then has bar

    September 2, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • UN council meets on reported Russian invasion of Ukraine

    UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations Security Council held an emergency meeting Thursday following reports that more than 1,000 Russian troops have crossed into Ukraine to support the separatists, with the U.S. envoy expressing outrage at a "crisis

    August 29, 2014 06:18 am JST
  • Russian, Ukrainian leaders meet over crisis in eastern Ukraine

    MINSK (Kyodo) -- The presidents of Russia and Ukraine discussed the need for a swift end to bloodshed in Ukraine in their first one-to-one talks Tuesday in the Belarusian capital of Minsk. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko told reporters afte

    August 27, 2014 10:14 am JST
  • Japan to create international framework for Arctic research

    TOKYO -- Japan will set up an international framework for environmental research in the Arctic from next fiscal year to gain an edge in future resources development in the region. The project will mainly focus on developing new survey and predic

    August 26, 2014 06:07 am JST
  • Japan's medical services look for growth by going abroad

    TOKYO -- Japanese hospital operators are increasingly exporting their services and facilities to emerging economies, helped in great part by the Japanese government's growth strategy and the general need for more health care around the world. Th

    August 25, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Western sanctions push Russia, China closer; hurt dollar

    TOKYO -- By forcing Russia to conduct more business in the yuan and other Asian currencies, the U.S. may be speeding up the end of the petrodollar and giving China more prominence on the world stage. As the West tightens financial sanctions agai

    August 25, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Russia rushes to diversify import sources amid tensions with West

    MOSCOW -- Russia is scrambling to diversify the sources of its imports in response to the recent round of tit-for-tat sanctions between Moscow and the West. The U.S. and European countries imposed sanctions on Russia over the crisis in Ukraine a

    August 21, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Russia tries to shake Japan's resolve on sanctions

    MOSCOW -- Russia has deployed troops and military hardware to the Kuril Islands for drills that seem calculated to make Japan, which claims the southern tail of the archipelago, think twice about its support for the West's tough line on Ukraine.

    August 14, 2014 04:55 am JST
  • Hong Kong dollar, stocks dance on Europe's woes

    HONG KONG -- Stock and currency markets here have been booming since mid-July. Hope for an economic recovery in China is one driver, helped by capital flight from Europe, where nations are again feuding with one another. The benchmark Hang Seng

    August 14, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Sanctions on Russia could shake global currency regime

    TOKYO -- Economic sanctions slapped on Russia by the U.S. and European nations could in the long run shake the world's dollar-based currency regime, according to various experts on international relations. The European Union on July 31 toughened

    August 14, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • A tale of Kyrgyz gold, greed, poverty ... and disaster?

    BISHKEK -- No one knew until 1978 that there was much gold sprinkled across the glacial plateaus in Kyrgyzstan's section of the Tian Shan mountain range. That it took another 19 years for mining to begin tells of how costly and difficult getting the

    August 12, 2014 07:00 pm JST