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  • Julie Bishop interview

    Pacific aid remains 'priority' for Australia, foreign minister says

    IWAKI, Japan -- Australia, long a major donor to Pacific island states, continues to see the region as a foreign policy priority, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said in an interview with The Nikkei. Bishop was in Japan to attend the Pacific Islan

    May 25, 2015 01:50 pm JST
  • APEC ministers agree on details of study for regional free trade

    BORACAY ISLANDS, Philippines (Kyodo) -- Trade ministers from 21 Asia-Pacific economies agreed Sunday on details of a study to identify challenges and ways toward the creation of a region-wide free trade zone, as they wrapped up a two-day meeting in

    May 24, 2015 06:29 pm JST
  • Reclamation projects

    Asian mines beware -- ISO wants to clean you up

    Thanks to the Beatles' song, "A Day in the Life," we know that at one time there were "4,000 holes in Blackburn, Lancashire." But no song lyric exists to tell us how many holes there are in Asia as a result of mining. This is hardly surprising.

    May 24, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Fiji gets special attention

    Japan has a carrot for Pacific island nations

    TOKYO -- The seventh Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting ended in Iwaki, in Japan's Fukushima Prefecture, on Saturday, with those in attendance calling for cooperation in maintaining maritime order. The two-day meeting was attended by the leaders of 14

    May 24, 2015 02:00 am JST
  • Abe vows more than 55 billion yen to Pacific island nations over 3 years

    IWAKI, Japan (Kyodo) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced on Saturday at a summit with Pacific island nations a fresh aid package worth more than 55 billion yen ($452 million) over the next three years to deal with the impact of climate c

    May 23, 2015 05:25 pm JST
  • Mongolia mining

    Back to business as Rio Tinto brings $5.4 billion deal

    The news that a whole country had been waiting for for months finally broke on May 18 in a brief statement by Turquoise Hill, a Canadian company controlled by mining powerhouse Rio Tinto. The contents of that statement brushed aside the uncertaintie

    May 21, 2015 08:18 pm JST
  • The Future of Asia 2015

    New Zealand's Kaye calls for Asian unity in disaster prevention

    TOKYO -- All of Asia should work together to prevent disasters, New Zealand's Minister of Civil Defense Nikki Kaye said Thursday in her speech at Nikkei's annual Future of Asia conference. "New Zealanders will never forget the effort made by ove

    May 21, 2015 03:40 pm JST
  • Graphene's problem

    'Miracle material' seeks commercial uses

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA -- Superstrong, superlight, superflexible, superconductive and superthin ... the list of superlatives for graphene goes on and on. For makers and sellers, the "miracle material" holds the promise of billions of dollars in revenue a

    May 21, 2015 10:00 am JST
  • Paul Holden

    Reforms can secure Papua New Guinea's growth

    Papua New Guinea's recent period of exponential growth places it among the world's most rapidly developing economies. Between 2005 and 2014, its economy expanded at a real annual rate of 6.6% and income per capita reached $2,081. Growth benefite

    May 19, 2015 03:30 pm JST
  • Mining industry

    BHP spinoff makes Aussie market debut

    SYDNEY -- South32, a mining company spun off from Anglo-Australian resource giant BHP Billiton, debuted on the Australian stock market Monday. Reflecting concerns over the outlook for resource prices, South32 opened at 2.13 Australian dollars ($

    May 19, 2015 05:27 am JST
  • Australia slashes aid

    Southeast Asia bears brunt as Canberra seeks savings

    MELBOURNE, Australia -- Prime Minister Tony Abbott's conservative government may face international criticism over sweeping cuts to Australia's foreign aid budget that focus disproportionately on Southeast Asia. Canberra is slashing 1 billion Au

    May 15, 2015 05:17 pm JST
  • Stephen Schwarzman interview

    Leadership vital for emerging economies

    TOKYO -- Emerging economies are at a crossroads as growing expectations of a U.S. interest rate hike prompt speculation of a possible massive dollar repatriation. The slowing of China's economy is also a headwind for these economies. Speaking wi

    May 14, 2015 05:00 pm JST
  • Recent poll

    75% of Japanese women not interested in management

    TOKYO -- Japan has long been criticized for not offering enough opportunities for women to thrive in the corporate world. Last month the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and this month the International Monetary Fund, came out

    May 14, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Is Australia eyeing another rate cut?

    BANGKOK -- Australia's boom days are increasingly giving over to gloom days. On May 5, the central bank decided to lower interest rates to a historic low of 2%, from 2.25%. Just days later, it cut its economic growth forecasts for the country. I

    May 14, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • 75% of Japanese women not interested in management

    TOKYO -- Japan has long been criticized for not offering enough opportunities for women to thrive in the corporate world. Last month the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and this month the International Monetary Fund, came out

    May 14, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Leadership vital for emerging economies: Blackstone CEO

    TOKYO -- Emerging economies are at a crossroads as growing expectations of a U.S. interest rate hike prompt speculation of a possible massive dollar repatriation. The slowing of China's economy is also a headwind for these economies. Speaking wi

    May 14, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Property development

    Japan's Daikyo to resume condo building in Australia

    TOKYO -- Japan's Daikyo has started building a large condo complex in Brisbane in eastern Australia, its first project since pulling out of the country in 2006. The condominium developer plans to complete the roughly 8 billion yen ($66 million)

    May 13, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • No more austerity

    Australia whips out its wallet with growth-oriented budget

    CANBERRA -- Australia's proposed budget for the fiscal year ending June 2016 marks a step away from the unpopular austerity policies of its predecessor, stepping up spending despite an expected drop in revenue. The budget -- the second put toget

    May 13, 2015 02:15 am JST
  • Powerful typhoon approaches Japan mainland

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A powerful typhoon approached the Japanese mainland Tuesday, passing through the island prefecture of Okinawa and toward the Amami region of Kagoshima Prefecture, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. At 1 p.m., the center of Ty

    May 12, 2015 03:06 pm JST
  • Asian defense

    Japan considers joint development of submarines in Australia

    TOKYO -- The Australian government may partner with Japan in the development and design of new submarines. On Wednesday, Kevin Andrews, minister of Australia's Department of Defense, asked his counterpart Gen Nakatani over the phone if it was po

    May 11, 2015 01:00 pm JST