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    Carlos Ghosn (24) Friends in high places

    When you've been in business as long as I have, you build a global network of contacts and receive invitations to events dealing with global issues. For example, I always look forward to attending the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, held ever

    January 25, 2017 02:30 am JST
  • Daniel Twining: Why Trump may be a net gain for Asia

    Donald Trump's comments and actions since winning the U.S. presidential election provide new insights into how his administration may impact Asian dynamics. Some course corrections on China policy would be welcome, but uncertainty in other areas cou

    January 19, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Too many vessels spoil the oil tanker rate

    TOKYO -- The freight rates that large oil carriers charge on certain routes have plunged about 30% since the beginning of the year. The reason is twofold: There are suddenly more tankers looking for work and less demand for their services because of

    January 17, 2017 04:30 pm JST
  • Oil seen climbing this year amid output cut, surging demand

    TOKYO -- Last year's landmark agreements to cut crude production have visibly eased concerns of a supply glut, and analysts widely expect prices will continue to be stable even if some oil producers renege on the pacts.Venezuela last month announced

    January 12, 2017 07:00 pm JST
  • Uzbekistan's new president promises reform, but can he deliver?

    TASHKENT Two men rushed over to an approaching car in a dark market alley. After a brief exchange of words, the driver handed over a few $100 notes and received a pile of Uzbek som in return.The scene, a common sight in the isolated Central Asian na

    January 12, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Asian teams hit goal with World Cup expansion

    KUALA LUMPUR -- The decision by FIFA, soccer's world governing body, to expand the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams starting from 2026 will give more Asian nations a chance to compete at the world's biggest sporting event.While the exact allocations fo

    January 11, 2017 03:00 pm JST
  • World Bank arm to make bond market debut

    TOKYO -- The World Bank Group will issue debt for the first time to help fund aid to the poorest countries in an effort to prevent terrorism and instability from spreading through the most fragile regions of the world.The International Development A

    January 10, 2017 07:10 am JST
  • Interview

    Ex-MI6 chief talks Trump, Russia and James Bond

    LONDON -- Donald Trump is not being unreasonable in wanting America's allies to pay more for U.S. military protection, but the U.S. president-elect must be careful not to "undermine the fabric" of the alliances when making such demands, says John Sa

    January 8, 2017 05:30 pm JST
  • Russia drives wedge between Trump, senior Republicans

    WASHINGTON -- With Republican heavyweights maintaining a hard line on Russia, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump may face significant challenges to holding the party together and getting the green light for his pro-Moscow pick for secretary of state.

    January 7, 2017 06:27 am JST
  • Tokyo, Moscow to broaden foreign affairs talks

    TOKYO -- The governments of Japan and Russia will expand discussions between senior foreign affairs officials to new areas in what could be a step toward resolving their decades-old territorial dispute and establishing a peace treaty.The two countri

    January 5, 2017 06:40 am JST
  • Japan trading houses eyeing more energy projects in Russia

    TOKYO -- Major Japanese trading houses are looking into expanding their cooperation with Russia's state-run energy companies following a recent agreement on economic cooperation between the leaders of the two countries.Mitsubishi Corp. and Mitsui &

    January 1, 2017 01:20 am JST
  • Ruble, rand end year on strong note

    TOKYO -- After a weak start, currencies of resource exporters surged toward the close of 2016 as crude oil prices regained strength after the much-anticipated OPEC deal to lower output.Russia's status as the world's No. 3 oil producer tightly links

    December 31, 2016 02:16 am JST
  • Interview

    US leadership needed in uncertain times: ex-NATO chief

    BRUSSELS -- Uncertainty over the outlook for global order is expected to further increase in 2017 in light of such coming developments as the start of negotiations for the British exit from the European Union and the ascent of Donald Trump to the Wh

    December 30, 2016 07:00 am JST
  • Life behind the scenes in Pyongyang

    TOKYO -- A new film documenting an ordinary Pyongyang family has shed new light on everyday life in the reclusive state.The man behind the film recently spoke about the whole experience with the Nikkei. Russian filmmaker Vitaly Mansky, expressed hi

    December 28, 2016 04:00 pm JST
  • Interview

    Expect 'revolution' in US foreign policy under Trump

    WASHINGTON -- From immigration to trade, U.S. policy is in for a shake-up when Donald Trump takes office as president next month. But the biggest change, according to British historian Niall Ferguson, will be in how America deals with the rest of th

    December 27, 2016 11:00 am JST
  • Putin is using the Northern Territories to test Japan-US ties

    TOKYO -- Punctuality is not one of Russian President Vladimir Putin's strong points, as the numerous global leaders he has kept waiting over the years can attest.Yet his tardy arrival in Japan on Dec. 15 was surprising, even for Putin. He touched do

    December 26, 2016 10:30 am JST
  • New Uzbek leader's reforms greeted warily

    TASHKENT -- Two men rushed over to an approaching car in a dark market alley. After a brief exchange of words, the driver handed over a few $100 notes and received a pile of Uzbek som in return.The scene, a common sight in the isolated Central Asian

    December 22, 2016 10:20 pm JST
  • Asia sweats as the Fed girds for Trump

    NEW YORK Donald Trump's inauguration is still weeks away, but the president-elect has already influenced the Federal Reserve, rocking the markets and stirring anxiety across Asia.The Fed on Dec. 14 raised its benchmark interest rate by 25 basis poin

    December 22, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Putin is using the Northern Territories to test Japan-US ties

    TOKYO Punctuality is not one of Russian President Vladimir Putin's strong points, as the numerous global leaders he has kept waiting over the years can attest.Yet his tardy arrival in Japan on Dec. 15 was surprising, even for Putin. He touched down

    December 22, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Vandana Hari: The oil market looks set to rebound in 2017

    The new year will dawn on beleaguered global oil markets bearing a lot of hope, but it also brings trepidation on account of unprecedented make-or-break changes in the world's oil supply, trade and consumption ecosystem.The crude price slump of the

    December 22, 2016 12:00 pm JST