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  • Crisis takes its toll on currencies

    BANGKOK -- Knee-jerk reactions to Chinese moves in equity markets are currently grabbing headlines. But a longer-term perspective looking at the currency market shows just how deeply connected China has become with the global economy. The Nikkei

    August 27, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • International cooperation will be essential

    TOKYO -- The unrest rippling through global markets will test policymakers' ability to work together, calm investors and maintain economic momentum. Fears of slowing Chinese growth have cast a pall over the global economy and investors are scram

    August 27, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Yoshino and Helble: Asia holds opportunities for Pacific nations

    Over the past three decades, Asia's strong economic performance has substantially raised the standard of living in many of the region's countries and lifted millions out of poverty. Developing countries in the neighboring Pacific region have had

    August 27, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Tied to China

    Crisis takes toll on currencies

    BANGKOK -- Knee-jerk reactions to Chinese moves in equity markets are currently grabbing headlines. But a longer-term perspective looking at the currency market shows just how deeply connected China has become with the global economy. The Nikkei

    August 26, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Batten down the hatches

    China brews a global economic storm

    TOKYO -- Market participants are rereading a year-old International Monetary Fund paper that took up the question of the global consequences of slower Chinese growth. China's economic ties with the rest of Asia have deepened not only in terms of

    August 26, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Asia rout deepens, Tokyo stocks plunge

    WELLINGTON/SHANGHAI (Dow Jones) -- Markets throughout Asia fell Monday, as fears about the deepening effects of China's slowdown rattle investors across the globe. A number of currencies in the region fell to multiyear lows, with shares in China d

    August 24, 2015 11:04 am JST
  • Racing for influence

    Modi promises space center for one of 14 Pacific island nations

    NEW DELHI -- Seeking closer ties with 14 Pacific island countries, India has offered to help set up a space center in the strategically important region. India and China are actually competing for influence among the island countries of Fiji, th

    August 22, 2015 11:25 pm JST
  • Serving new markets

    Genki Sushi to bring conveyor-belt sushi to UK, Australia, Cambodia

    UTSUNOMIYA, Japan -- Genki Sushi will branch out into the U.K., Australia and Cambodia, opening the first locations within a year in each of the markets. The company, which serves sushi on rotating belts, has signed franchise agreements with loc

    August 22, 2015 12:51 am JST
  • Global currency markets

    Euro nudging aside yen as safe haven

    TOKYO -- The euro has begun assuming the yen's role as a safe haven in times of market turmoil, which could make steep yen appreciation less likely in the event of a U.S. interest rate hike. Investors have typically bought yen in times of volati

    August 20, 2015 02:00 am JST
  • Uranium perks up on Asian demand

    BANGKOK -- Prices of uranium, that most volatile and controversial of minerals, have fallen back since the 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant disaster -- it now sells at $35 per pound on the spot market, after peaking at $140 per pound in 2007. But wi

    August 20, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Sam Biggins: Global investors beat path to New Zealand property market

    In the global real estate market, New Zealand used to be an unknown quantity, too small to attract the attention of big corporate investors and sufficiently illiquid to frighten off all but the bravest individuals. Traditionally, local and Austr

    August 20, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Yuan devaluation hits emerging economies hard

    Investor sentiment about emerging markets was bleak even before Aug. 11, the day of the Chinese central bank's dramatic and unexpected devaluation of the yuan, the sharpest in two decades. The equity markets of developing economies have fallen 1

    August 20, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Australian sub order

    Employment a sticking point as Japan seeks first big arms deal

    ADELAIDE, Australia -- Defense industry officials from Japan, Germany and France have been making frequent trips to Adelaide in recent months. The capital of the state of South Australia is a hub for military manufacturing. And the visitors are chas

    August 18, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • ThyssenKrupp, DCNS interviews

    Contenders for Australian submarine deal make their cases

    SYDNEY -- The government of Australia is running a year-long bidding process to choose a contractor for its new submarine program. Germany's ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems and France's DCNS are competing with a contingent from Japan. Executives from th

    August 18, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Attention Australian regulators

    Thin interest rates have home buyers bingeing on debt

    SYDNEY -- Booming house prices and record low interest rates mean Australian households are more indebted than ever, raising new challenges for the country's financial regulators. Even though economic conditions are soft for consumers in the cou

    August 17, 2015 07:00 am JST
  • WWII anniversary

    Abe statement welcomed by leaders, scrutinized by media

    TOKYO -- While Washington, Sydney and Manila released supportive responses to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's statement Friday on the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, reaction among European and American media outlets was more mixed. "We

    August 15, 2015 04:01 am JST
  • 70 years after WWII

    Rise of China not yet challenging 'American century'

    WASHINGTON -- This year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. In an interview with The Nikkei, Joseph Nye, a former U.S. assistant secretary of defense and chairman of the U.S. National Intelligence Council, and now a professor at H

    August 13, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Naoyuki Yoshino and Matthias Helble

    Asian growth holds opportunities for Pacific nations

    Over the past three decades, Asia's strong economic performance has substantially raised the standard of living in many of the region's countries and lifted millions out of poverty. Developing countries in the neighboring Pacific region have gon

    August 13, 2015 06:10 pm JST
  • Fed Chair Yellen walks tightrope over rate hike

    NEW YORK -- Seven years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers sent a shock wave through global markets, U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and her colleagues may finally end the zero interest rate policy they put in place to contain the financi

    August 13, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Supercycle's end ominous for resource-based economies

    TOKYO -- Global commodity prices continue to fall. The Thomson Reuters/CoreCommodity CRB Index, a key commodity gauge, has contracted to a 12-year low. The phase of soaring resource prices that persisted since the first half of the 2000s has end

    August 13, 2015 12:00 am JST