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  • New Zealand politics

    Key's by-election blow could pressure trade deals

    AUCKLAND -- Six months after a landslide election victory, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key's ruling National Party suffered a humiliating by-election defeat on Saturday that could threaten his minority government's ability to pass contentious le

    March 28, 2015 10:00 pm JST
  • Uproar in Tonga

    China's 'gift' troubles new prime minister

    NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga -- Just 102,000 souls live in the Kingdom of Tonga, a backwater in the South Pacific proud of its monarchy and its staunch acceptance of Polynesian traditions and Christianity. But Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva, 73, less than

    March 28, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Auckland convention center

    Dream deal turns to nightmare for Key

    AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- It seemed to the New Zealand government like a dream deal: SkyCity Entertainment Group would build an international convention center in the country's biggest city at no cost to taxpayers in exchange for profitable extension

    March 28, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Hamish McDonald

    Australia needs a foreign policy

    When the United Nations special rapporteur on torture said this month that detention of refugee children, violence in Pacific island detention camps and forced return of asylum seekers was in breach of Australia's treaty obligations, Prime Minister

    March 27, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

    Australia to announce itself as founding member 'very soon'

    HONG KONG -- Andrew Robb, Australia's minister for trade and investment, indicated that his government is about to announce its decision to join a China-led multilateral lender as a founding member. Speaking to the Nikkei Asian Review on the sid

    March 26, 2015 10:10 pm JST
  • Nikkei interview

    New Zealand's Key sees TPP deal nearing

    TOKYO -- New Zealand Prime Minister John Key sat down with The Nikkei on Wednesday and discussed a range of issues. Here, we concentrate on two subjects. One is the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a regulatory and investment treaty that 12 countries are

    March 26, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Building a safer future

    18 Asian cities embrace disaster-resilience standard

    Forty-seven cities -- 18 in Asia -- have agreed to implement a new international standard aimed at promoting sustainable development. Called ISO 37120, the standard provides definitions, methodologies and indicators for steering and measuring the qu

    March 25, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Abe-Key summit

    Japan, New Zealand agree on speedy resolution to TPP talks

    TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key agreed Tuesday to aim to swiftly wrap up negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement. They reaffirmed New Zealand's commitment to finish

    March 25, 2015 04:19 am JST
  • Property Down Under

    Australia forces Chinese tycoon to sell Sydney mansion but 'welcomes' foreign investment

    SYDNEY -- Are we welcome in Australia or not? It is a fair question from foreign investors looking to buy Australian assets, following a shock ruling in mid-March that will force one of China's richest men, Xu Jiayin, to sell a Sydney harborside man

    March 23, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • N.Z. expresses condolences over passing of Singapore's Lee

    SYDNEY (Kyodo) -- New Zealand Prime Minister John Key expressed condolences to the people of Singapore on Monday following the passing of the country's first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. "Mr. Lee made an extraordinary contribution to Singapore,

    March 23, 2015 12:12 pm JST
  • Australia expresses condolences on death of Singapore's Lee

    SYDNEY (Kyodo) -- Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott expressed condolences Monday following the passing of former Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. "Today, we mourn the passing of a giant in our region," Abbott said in a statement. "Fi

    March 23, 2015 11:42 am JST
  • From Japan, he wants manufacturers

    Widodo to ask Xi to put AIIB headquarters in Jakarta

    JAKARTA -- Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Sunday will begin a trip to Japan and China. The President spoke to The Nikkei on Saturday at the Bogor Palace. He was to later leave for Tokyo. Widodo expressed a willingness to expand the number o

    March 22, 2015 01:20 am JST
  • TPP talks

    New Zealand puts free trade pact at forefront of Japan visit

    SYDNEY -- New Zealand Prime Minister John Key will push for an early end to the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations during his upcoming trip to Japan, as part of a drive toward greater economic integration within the Asia-Pacific. Key will vi

    March 21, 2015 01:09 am JST
  • Asian infrastructure bank

    Australia discusses joining China-led lender

    SYDNEY -- Australia is moving to join the Chinese-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank as a founding member, according to people familiar with the matter. The government, which had seemed wary of the Chinese proposal, is to announce its new

    March 21, 2015 12:29 am JST
  • Declining Asian currencies

    Successive interest rate cuts fuel slide

    JAKARTA/KUALA LUMPUR -- Asia's currency markets have been rocked by a string of surprise interest rate cuts, as central banks in the region made adjustments in hopes of boosting growth. Yet for some, weak currencies are raising concerns that the cut

    March 19, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Successive interest rate cuts fuel Asian currency slide

    JAKARTA/KUALA LUMPUR -- Asia's currency markets have been rocked by a string of surprise interest rate cuts, as central banks in the region made adjustments in hopes of boosting growth. Yet for some, weak currencies are raising concerns that the cut

    March 19, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Sam Biggins: Australian property shines despite wavering economy

    2014 was a vintage year for capital flows into Australian real estate from Asian developers and investors, with a record 8.7 billion Australian dollars ($6.63 billion) worth of transactions recorded in spite of concerns about the country's economic

    March 19, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Smartphones and servers

    Data transmissions surge in Asia

    TOKYO -- Asia is becoming a data hog. Not only are more people taking advantage of their smartphones and faster networks to stream video and audio content, but the content providers are opening streaming centers across the region. Japan's NTT Co

    March 18, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Vanuatu among worst hit

    Cyclone Pam ravages Pacific states

    AUCKLAND -- One the most powerful cyclones ever seen in the South Pacific has destroyed large parts of Vanuatu, one of the world's poorest states. At least eight bodies have been found in the capital, Port Vila, but across the island archipelag

    March 14, 2015 11:05 pm JST
  • Cyclone Pam leaves death and destruction in Vanuatu

    SYDNEY (Kyodo) -- A powerful cyclone struck the South Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu overnight, causing widespread destruction with unconfirmed reports of dozens of deaths, according to reports Saturday. Disaster relief workers who surveyed the

    March 14, 2015 06:50 pm JST