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  • A game of contagion

    Competitive central banking

    TOKYO -- Call it beggar-thy-neighbor central banking. Interest rates around the world are coming down. The monetary authorities of emerging nations as well as those of countries that export a lot of natural resources are doing a lot of the pulling.

    March 1, 2015 07:00 am JST
  • Telstra shakeup

    Incoming CEO to lead overseas expansion

    BANGKOK -- The CEO-designate of Telstra, Australia's top telecommunications company, has vowed to speed up its international expansion. David Thodey, the current CEO, surprised investors when he announced his retirement on Feb. 20. Andy Penn, ch

    February 27, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Ruble troubles

    Russia pulls down Asia steel, coal prices

    TOKYO -- Prices of Asian steel and coal are falling. Cheaper raw materials from Russia are flooding markets since the oil price slump helped push a plummeting ruble down further. The ruble stands at around 61 against the dollar, having declined

    February 27, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Tapping tourism demand

    Qantas to double flights to Japan

    SYDNEY -- Qantas plans to double service between Australia and Japan in August, part of an effort to shore up its international business. The Australian carrier currently flies seven round trips a week between Sydney and Narita Airport near Toky

    February 27, 2015 06:13 am JST
  • Death penalty divide

    Indonesia's 'no clemency' policy for drug convicts strains diplomatic ties

    JAKARTA -- Indonesia's policy of doling out severe penalties for drug-related crimes -- often death -- is affecting its relations with countries that no longer resort to capital punishment. Australia is among the nations stepping up pressure on

    February 26, 2015 04:50 pm JST
  • Over a billion people tune in for India-Pakistan duel

    NEW DELHI -- The eagerly awaited match between archrivals India and Pakistan at this year's Cricket World Cup, which brought life to a virtual standstill on the Asian subcontinent, was watched by an estimated 1 billion people around the world on Feb

    February 26, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Cricket World Cup is a dream for global brands

    NEW DELHI -- Every four years cricket's biggest extravaganza -- the ICC Cricket World Cup -- enthralls millions of fans across the globe. Big international brands, too, see it as an opportunity to reach out to consumers the world over. Hoping to

    February 26, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Japan Post hopes Toll buy delivers growth

    TOKYO -- Japan Post Group has vowed to become one of the world's top five logistics companies under an ambitious overseas strategy announced Feb. 18. Its purchase of Australian logistics company Toll Holdings for 6.48 billion Australian dollars (

    February 26, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Bob Carr: Asia infrastructure bank: Better in than out

    It was sad that Australia announced on Oct. 31 last year that it would not be part of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, the new regional development institution being organized by China. It was sadder that the announcement was made follo

    February 26, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Yoshino, Morgan, Wignaraja: Why Asia needs more financial education

    In the aftermath of the global financial crisis of 2007-2008, financial literacy and financial education are gaining more attention around the world. There were sobering lessons, for example, in how the misselling of financial products contributed d

    February 26, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Tejraj M. Aminabhavi: Eating our way to a healthier world

    A balanced diet is essential for not only providing energy and nutrients but also preventing disease. Changes in lifestyles and what we eat have greatly influenced human health, resulting in higher risks of noncommunicable diseases such as cancer, d

    February 26, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Frederic Neumann

    Asia needs to go easy on rate cuts

    Asia is staring at deflation. And central bankers are responding. In recent weeks, officials from India to Australia unexpectedly eased monetary policy. Indonesia is just the latest country to cut interest rates -- a glaring current-account deficit

    February 24, 2015 01:20 pm JST
  • Agri-innovation

    Sunlight and seawater put food on Australia's arid table

    SYDNEY -- Sunlight and seawater are at the heart of a revolutionary experiment in food production that is nearing full commercial production in the South Australian city of Port Augusta, which sits on the edge of one of Australia's driest regions.

    February 23, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • In new waters

    Japan seen as the front-runner for Australian sub project

    SYDNEY -- Japan would be the best country for Australia to partner with on developing new naval submarines, both in technology and to boost three-way defense cooperation with the U.S., according to a top defense expert. The government said Frida

    February 21, 2015 03:37 am JST
  • A bumpy ride Down Under

    With China buying fewer resources, Australian dollar takes a plunge

    MELBOURNE -- The Australian dollar is taking a breather. After falling from 94 U.S. cents in September to a five-year low of $0.76 on Feb. 12, the currency has since stabilized at around $0.78. But it is widely forecast to fall further as the U.S. e

    February 20, 2015 07:15 pm JST
  • Will next leader lean toward China?

    Abbott's weakened grip on Australian power makes Japan uneasy

    SYDNEY -- Although he survived a leadership crisis earlier this month, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott no longer wields the power he once did. And that worries Japan. A series of perceived missteps led to accusations of Abbott being out of

    February 20, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Australia taps Japan, France, Germany to compete for submarine project

    SYDNEY (Kyodo) -- Australia said Friday that it will invite Japan, France and Germany to participate in a competitive evaluation process to assess their suitability to help Sydney design and build submarines for its navy. The three countries wil

    February 20, 2015 02:42 pm JST
  • Chilling effects

    Press freedom deteriorates across Asia

    BANGKOK -- Press freedom is deteriorating globally and Asia is no exception. In the latest report by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), 22 out of 26 countries and areas in the region saw their evaluation drop from the year before. There were a few bri

    February 20, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Australian poppy industry

    Painkiller demand drives crop expansion beyond Tasmania

    SYDNEY -- Strong global demand for painkillers is underpinning moves in Australia, the world's biggest legal grower of opium alkaloids, to expand the cultivation of opium poppies. Consumers around the world spend about $30 billion a year on pain

    February 20, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Drug-resistant malaria

    Experts warn of disease's deadly spread in Asia

    As virulent, drug-resistant strains of malaria spread in Asia, governments in the Asia-Pacific region must redouble their efforts to eradicate the disease, amid the growing risk that these new forms will spread to South Asia, China and Africa, accor

    February 20, 2015 01:00 pm JST