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  • Australia's 25-year run without a recession ties record

    SYDNEY -- The Australian economy grew a seasonally adjusted 0.3% in the January-March period, the Australian Bureau of Statistics announced Wednesday, marking 103 quarters, or 25 years and nine months, without a recession.A recession is traditionall

    June 8, 2017 04:52 am JST
  • India's Adani gives final approval for $4bn Australia coal mine

    SYDNEY (Reuters) -- India's Adani Enterprises said on Tuesday that it has given final investment approval for its controversial $4 billion Carmichael mine and rail project in Queensland."The project has Final Investment Decision approval, which mark

    June 6, 2017 11:24 am JST
  • Japan reaches out to devout travelers with religious accommodations

    TOKYO -- A prayer room opened in Tokyo Station on Monday, the latest effort by Japan to attract more Muslims, Buddhists and other religiously observant tourists from Asia.The 8-sq.-meter space is located in the station's travel service center. The s

    June 6, 2017 10:47 am JST
  • Australian PM says Melbourne siege 'a terrorist attack'

    SYDNEY (Reuters) -- Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Tuesday police were treating a deadly siege in the southern city of Melbourne as an "act of terrorism" after a claim by the Islamic State group that one of its fighters was the g

    June 6, 2017 09:51 am JST
  • The Future of Asia 2017

    Beware of robots, says Indonesian Vice President Kalla

    TOKYO -- Sophisticated automation technology, such as robotics, could spell disaster for the world economy, Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla said at a forum in Tokyo on Monday."If advanced economies decide to use robots and automation technolog

    June 6, 2017 08:00 am JST
  • Australia police kill hostage taker; Islamic State claims responsibility

    SYDNEY (Reuters) -- Australian police on Monday shot dead a gunman in the city of Melbourne who had been holding a woman hostage, police said, a confrontation for which the militant group Islamic State claimed responsibility.Australia, a staunch all

    June 6, 2017 06:18 am JST
  • US, Australia want China to do more on North Korea

    SYDNEY -- The top diplomats and defense chiefs of the U.S. and Australia affirmed Monday that North Korea's nuclear and missile development poses a global threat, and they urged China to ratchet up the pressure on its neighbor.The two sides "speak w

    June 6, 2017 05:04 am JST
  • The Future of Asia 2017

    Indonesia has 'lost interest' in TPP without US, vice president says

    TOKYO -- Indonesia has lost its motivation to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership, due to the U.S. withdrawal from the trade pact, the Southeast Asian country's vice president told the Nikkei Asian Review in an interview on Monday."The allure of the

    June 5, 2017 06:38 pm JST
  • Interview

    BHP CEO: Shale not a long-term goal, potash has potential

    MELBOURNE -- As it celebrates 50 years of business with Japan, BHP Billiton mulls the future after four years of restructuring that left "a stronger, simpler company", according to Chief Executive Officer Andrew Mackenzie.In a wide-ranging interview

    June 5, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • BHP aims to grow potash mining into a core business

    SYDNEY -- BHP Billiton is increasing its investment in potash mining and seeking to divest its U.S. shale gas assets.Andrew Mackenzie, CEO of the world's largest miner, told The Nikkei that "under some circumstances, we might start to grow potash to

    June 5, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Asian sovereign wealth funds look overseas for returns

    ADELAIDE, Australia -- Asia's sovereign wealth funds are plowing more capital into the U.S. and other big Western economies in search of better returns and portfolio diversification, despite increased government scrutiny of deals, particularly those

    June 5, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • Surge in kava demand spurs export boom for Pacific nations

    AUCKLAND -- The cost of kava, a muddy and mildly narcotic beverage once reserved for Pacific Island chiefs, has quadrupled in some markets, prompting politicians to consider price controls. But in rural areas in the island states, earnings from the

    June 4, 2017 08:00 am JST
  • Australian naval program sums up dilemmas for 'middle power' nations

    SYDNEY -- They are an impressive sight for tourists getting off their buses at the harborside vantage point known as Lady Macquarie's Chair, after an early British governor's wife: the two newest ships in the Royal Australian Navy, moored just acros

    June 2, 2017 07:16 pm JST
  • Island leaders' hearts sink over Trump's Paris Accord pullout

    AUCKLAND -- Pacific Island nations, many suffering the impact of rising sea levels connected to climate change, have been angered by U.S. President Donald Trump's decision on Thursday to pull out of a treaty aimed at limiting greenhouse gas emission

    June 2, 2017 05:05 pm JST
  • Tillerson, Mattis to visit Australia for ministerial talks

    SYDNEY (Kyodo) -- U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis will visit Australia next week for talks with their counterparts on a range of foreign affairs and defense matters, officials said Wednesday.In the first Aus

    May 31, 2017 01:28 pm JST
  • Australia struggles with moves to legalize cannabis use

    SYDNEY -- Australia is in the throes of allowing the medicinal use of cannabis, following the trail blazed by a number of U.S. states, as well as Canada, Israel and the Netherlands.The moves to legalize what was widely seen as a forbidden drug highl

    May 31, 2017 01:15 pm JST
  • J.J. Robinson

    Blogger's killing shows danger of Maldive extremism

    To the outside world, the Maldives is synonymous with romantic beach tourism. But the calm azure waters of the Indian Ocean belie a conflict between tourist idyll and reality.The fatal stabbing of blogger and satirist Yameen Rasheed in April has exp

    May 28, 2017 04:00 pm JST
  • Japan Airlines to add flights to Australia, Hawaii

    TOKYO -- Japan Airlines will launch additional flights serving Australia and Hawaii as early as September, revamping its international routes for the first time since undergoing bankruptcy reorganization in 2010.In addition to an existing route betw

    May 26, 2017 04:07 am JST
  • Policy upheavals buffet mining in Philippines, Indonesia

    SANTA CRUZ, Philippines/JAKARTA -- In the eyes of Diosdado Alota, chief of Guinabon village in the northwest Philippines, the mining industry is key to his community's health.Until the national government ordered a suspension of operations in 2014 o

    May 25, 2017 04:08 pm JST
  • New Zealand posts second straight surplus, targets infrastructure spending

    WELLINGTON (Reuters) -- The New Zealand government expects to post a bigger-than-forecast budget surplus in 2017 and plans to invest the extra cash in infrastructure to fuel the growing economy, Finance Minister Steven Joyce said Thursday.The govern

    May 25, 2017 11:41 am JST