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  • For Australia, Japanese submarine debate smooths history but riles industry

    SYDNEY -- With the crack of a mallet opening a keg of sake aboard a Japanese warship in Sydney Harbour, Japan and Australia celebrated their tightening strategic cooperation in the face of a rising China. For the 129 young Japanese ensigns such

    September 18, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • RBA's lowest rate enough to send Aussie dollar higher

    TOKYO -- The Australian dollar has remained strong against the yen, due largely to the Japanese currency's plunge against the U.S. dollar. Speculation that Australia's interest rates will remain higher than those of other industrial economies is als

    September 17, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Chinese investment a divisive issue in upcoming New Zealand vote

    SYDNEY -- Tighter restrictions on foreign ownership of homes and land have become a key issue in the upcoming general election in New Zealand, where speculative money from China and other countries is pushing up housing prices. The opposition pa

    September 17, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • For Australia, Japanese submarine debate smooths history but riles industry

    SYDNEY -- With the crack of a mallet opening a keg of sake aboard a Japanese warship in Sydney Harbour, Japan and Australia celebrated their tightening strategic cooperation in the face of a rising China. For the 129 young Japanese ensigns such

    September 15, 2014 03:00 pm JST
  • Executives debate women's workplace participation at Tokyo forum

    TOKYO -- For female talent to truly shine in the workplace, a change in workers' mindset and strong leadership from top management are important, said participants in a discussion held Friday in Tokyo as part of a three-day international symposium o

    September 13, 2014 05:58 am JST
  • Australian students get 'immersed' in Asian languages

    SYDNEY -- An increasing number of Australian schools are introducing "immersion education," in which students learn core academic subjects, such as mathematics and history, in a foreign language. Compared with other countries where immersion edu

    September 11, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Brian Toohey: Australia plays dangerous game with defense shift

    Almost unnoticed, Australia has reverted to a forward defense doctrine abandoned during the Cold War in the 1960s. The change is all the more remarkable because the earlier policy did not threaten the profitability of the country's biggest busin

    September 11, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Australia may buy Japanese submarines

    SYDNEY -- Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has hinted at the possibility of purchasing new submarines from Japan, media reports said Tuesday. According to the Australian reports, the Abbott government is likely to select Japanese-built Sory

    September 9, 2014 02:00 pm JST
  • 6 Australians injured in railing collapse at Cambodian pagoda

    PHNOM PENH (Kyodo) -- Six Australian tourists were injured Monday morning at an ancient hilltop pagoda in eastern Cambodia when a concrete railing they leaned on collapsed, causing them to fall from a height about 4 meters, local police said. T

    September 8, 2014 05:26 pm JST
  • Australia, India agree on uranium

    MUMBAI/SYDNEY -- Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Indian counterpart Narendra Modi finalized a nuclear deal Friday evening in New Delhi, paving the way for Australia to export uranium to the South Asian country. India is experiencing a

    September 6, 2014 02:17 am JST
  • Asia grapples with dengue, malaria threats

    The current outbreak of dengue fever in central Tokyo underscores recent World Health Organization warnings that climate change is extending the range of potentially fatal tropical diseases such as malaria and dengue. Dr. Rabindra Abeysinghe, a

    September 5, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Asia needs to reignite trade liberalization engine

    Sixteen Asia-Pacific countries seeking to build the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership framework for trade liberalization failed to set a target percentage of items on which tariffs would be reduced or eliminated at their latest ministerial

    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
  • Indonesian, Australian telecoms team up on cloud-based services

    JAKARTA -- Telekomunikasi Indonesia, the country's biggest mobile operator, will form a joint venture with Australian telecommunication giant Telstra to provide cloud-based services in Indonesia. Beginning next year, the joint venture will roll

    September 3, 2014 06:10 pm JST
  • Brian Toohey: Australia plays dangerous game with defense shift

    Almost unnoticed, Australia has reverted to a forward defense doctrine abandoned during the Cold War in the 1960s. The change is all the more remarkable because the earlier policy did not threaten the profitability of the country's biggest busin

    September 3, 2014 01:00 pm 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
  • Iron ore prices seen falling 10% in October-December quarter

    TOKYO -- The price Japanese steelmakers pay for iron ore in the October-December period will likely drop more than 10% from the prior three months, for a third straight quarterly decline. Japanese prices are calculated from spot prices of Austra

    September 2, 2014 01:43 am JST
  • For Toyota Australia, court victory raises questions of what might have been

    SYDNEY -- As Toyota Motor heads for a withdrawal from Australian production, a court ruling has offered a glimpse at how things might have turned out differently. In December, a federal court blocked the Japanese company's Australian unit from s

    September 1, 2014 12:00 pm JST
  • Sekisui House kicks off housing phase of Sydney redevelopment project

    OSAKA -- Sekisui House has begun constructing residential buildings in what marks the start of the second stage of the huge Central Park redevelopment project in downtown Sydney. The Japanese homebuilder and a Singapore-based property developer

    August 30, 2014 02:15 am JST
  • Foreign players capitalizing on China's food scares

    SHANGHAI/DALIAN, China -- Foreign food companies are rushing to the Chinese market to cash in on growing consumer concerns about the country's chronic food safety woes. The latest move saw Fonterra Co-operative Group, New Zealand's top dairy com

    August 29, 2014 01:00 pm JST