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  • 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
  • Emerging-market concerns cast cloud over Japanese stocks

    TOKYO -- In casting a keen eye over recent earnings reports issued by Japanese companies, investors are noting some troubling signs regarding future business conditions in emerging markets. The Nikkei Stock Average rebounded Monday on buying of

    August 12, 2014 04:15 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. A bigger factor is capital flight from Europe, where nations are again feuding with one another. The benchmark H

    August 7, 2014 05:30 pm JST
  • Russia to ban agricultural imports from U.S. on retaliation

    MOSCOW (Kyodo) -- Russia will prohibit imports of all agricultural products from the United States and all vegetables and fruits from the European Union, with an official announcement expected Thursday, Ria Novosti news agency said Wednesday, quotin

    August 7, 2014 08:10 am JST
  • Europe-related shares down in Tokyo on regional jitters

    TOKYO -- Stock prices of Japanese companies with sizable European operations are dropping despite strong earnings last quarter as investors sell to lock in profits amid sanctions on Russia and the uncertain outlook for the region's economy. The

    August 6, 2014 03:43 am JST
  • Russia's currency at 3-month low under sanctions

    TOKYO -- The Russian ruble is weakening against the dollar, as the U.S. and the European Union imposed fresh sanctions against Russia following the downing of a Malaysia Airlines plane over eastern Ukraine last month. The ruble hit a near three-

    August 5, 2014 02:00 pm 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 international, dollar-based currency regime, according to various experts on international relations. The European Union toughened san

    August 4, 2014 03:00 pm JST
  • Philippines to propose checks on China at Asean forum

    MANILA -- The Philippines plans to put its territorial conflict with China on the agenda at an upcoming meeting of Southeast Asian nations, aiming to gain international support for measures to put the brakes on Beijing's ambitions. The Associati

    August 4, 2014 02:08 am JST
  • Ahead of Putin visit, Japan senses 'pressure' from US

    WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is on edge over Japan's plans to welcome Russian President Vladimir Putin for a state visit this autumn. It is feared the trip could undermine solidarity among the Group of Seven, to which Japan belongs, wi

    August 2, 2014 02:13 am JST
  • Fresh sanctions on Russia to keep ruble in a funk

    TOKYO -- New sanctions on Moscow are likely to keep the Russian ruble slumping, market watchers say. In response to the downing of a Malaysia Airlines jet over Ukraine, which Western countries have blamed on Kremlin-backed separatists, the Europ

    July 31, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Amid territorial row, Japan's sanctions on Russia lacking bite

    TOKYO -- While Europe and the U.S. dial up sanctions to punish Russia for its support of pro-Moscow rebels in eastern Ukraine, Japan is stepping more gingerly as it hopes to advance negotiations over disputed islands. Tokyo is eager to show that

    July 31, 2014 05:21 am JST