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  • Brahma Chellaney: A broken international system?

    Three upcoming summits -- the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Beijing, the annual East Asia Summit in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, and the G-20 summit in Brisbane, Australia -- will bring together a host of world leaders, including U.S. Presiden

    October 30, 2014 06:00 pm JST
  • Daniel Twining: Upending the new global order

    The world has a new G-7. The Group of Seven once comprised the world's leading industrialized economies -- in North America, Europe and Japan. Now, the International Monetary Fund calculates the combined gross domestic product of the seven biggest e

    October 30, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Japan's drugmakers look beyond China for Chinese medicine

    YANGON/TOKYO -- Pinched by rising prices in China, Japanese drugmakers are turning to Southeast and Central Asia to grow the plants used in Chinese herbal medicine. In Hpa-An, the capital city of Myanmar's eastern Kayin State, Japanese drugmaker

    October 29, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Automakers downshifting Russian output as car sales stall

    TOKYO -- While Russia may be the world's seventh-largest automobile market, with tremendous growth potential, political instability has begun weighing down car sales there and forcing automakers to adjust local production plans. A case in point

    October 29, 2014 04:19 am JST
  • Georgian president seeks continued sanctions on Russia

    TOKYO -- Economic sanctions imposed on Russia over the Ukrainian crisis should not be relaxed anytime soon, Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili said Friday. "Being tough and having a dialogue don't exclude each other," Margvelashvili told T

    October 25, 2014 01:20 am JST
  • Oil exporters hit by falling crude prices, supply issues

    DUBAI -- Falling crude oil prices are threatening oil-reliant economies around the world, as the benchmark North Sea Brent price hovers at its lowest level in about four years. Crude oil prices have already fallen below fiscal break-even points for

    October 24, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Pyongyang looking to give economy a boost

    SEOUL -- North Korea's move to beef up ties with Russia was apparently prompted by a lack of progress on economic development, a priority as important as its nuclear program. To bolster economic development, Pyongyang set up in June a ministry c

    October 23, 2014 06:12 am JST
  • Russia's rail project in North Korea gets rolling

    MOSCOW -- A Russian-led railway project has kicked off in North Korea, marking the latest effort between Moscow and Pyongyang to deepen ties. High-ranking officials from both sides held meetings this year, agreeing on economic cooperation across

    October 23, 2014 05:44 am JST
  • Stephen Grenville: Infrastructure spending fuels 'free lunch' debate

    The International Monetary Fund has joined growing calls from economists and international organizations for governments to step up infrastructure spending. The general case is compelling and looks set to be a point of unanimous agreement at the Nov

    October 23, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Daniel Twining: Upending the new global order

    The world has a new G-7. The Group of Seven once comprised the world's leading industrialized economies -- in North America, Europe and Japan. Now, the International Monetary Fund calculates that the combined gross domestic product of the seven bigg

    October 17, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • How Putin's tenacity over Ukraine worked for him

    TOKYO -- On the morning of Sept. 3, Russian President Vladimir Putin's private phone rang during his visit to Russia's Far East. The caller was Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who wanted to talk to Putin about a cease-fire in the eastern part

    October 16, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Russia pushing to shore up influence over Caspian Sea

    ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- Russia has strengthened its influence over oil and gas exports from the Caspian region after a summit with the other four nations bordering the inland sea produced an outline agreement on the key principles to regulate maritime

    October 16, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Asia-Europe summit will seek peaceful ends to thorny conflicts

    BRUSSELS -- European and Asian leaders are expected to agree on the need to bring international conflicts to peaceful ends under international law when they meet for a summit here this week. The biennial meeting, known as the ASEM summit, will t

    October 15, 2014 05:11 am JST
  • China to put Russia on fast track to high-speed rail

    TOKYO -- A planned $10 billion Russian high-speed rail system is a key project covered under the strengthened cooperation that Russia and China agreed to Monday. The China Railway Construction Corp., railcar manufacturer CSR and other government

    October 15, 2014 03:49 am JST
  • Russia using natural gas to shake Japan-West alliance

    MOSCOW -- Hurt by economic sanctions, Russia is offering Japan low-cost natural gas to lure the country away from the Western coalition determined to punish Moscow for its interference in Ukraine. Japan has been struggling with higher electricit

    October 15, 2014 03:39 am JST
  • China extends helping hand to Russia as sanctions take toll

    BEIJING -- China is strengthening economic ties with Russia in areas ranging from finance and IT to rail and energy, providing support to a Russian economy strained by Western sanctions. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, visiting Russia, met with Prim

    October 15, 2014 02:27 am JST
  • Russia pitches undersea gas pipeline to Japan

    MOSCOW -- Russia has proposed building a pipeline to transport natural gas to Japan, an offer apparently aimed at strengthening economic ties between the two countries amid stiff economic sanctions imposed on Moscow by the West. The plan to con

    October 15, 2014 02:00 am JST
  • Stephen Grenville: Infrastructure spending fuels 'free lunch' debate

    The International Monetary Fund has joined a growing call from economists and international organizations for governments to step up infrastructure spending. The general case is compelling and looks set to be a point of unanimous agreement at the No

    October 14, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Kazakh bond return paves way for corporate borrowers

    ASTANA -- The return of Kazakhstan to the international bond market after a 14-year absence has stirred investors' appetite for its long-awaited notes and paved the way for a resumption of international issues by local companies. "The placement

    October 10, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Uranium prices rebound on supply concerns

    TOKYO -- The international spot price of uranium has firmed up considerably due to concerns about supply disruptions in Russia and Kazakhstan and as Japan moves toward restarting some nuclear reactors. The benchmark U.S. price of yellowcake, a w

    October 9, 2014 04:54 am JST