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  • Asia's commercial real estate torn between bullish investors, cautious occupiers

    The world of commercial property should be straightforward. Developers take a risk and build a building. If they are good or lucky, a business will like it and rent the space. An investor may like the look of the rental income stream and buy the bui

    December 5, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Troubling signs for Aussie resource boom

    SYDNEY -- Australia is riding high on a natural resources boom, with exports of liquefied natural gas set to triple in the next few years to put the country ahead of the current leader, Qatar. But that is only one bright spot in a future that is

    December 4, 2013 07:00 pm JST
  • Aussie beef producers build on Japan success

    SYDNEY -- Australian beef is stampeding its way into global markets, building on the success of its Aussie Beef marketing campaign in Japan. Australian beef producers started tracking the health and size of the country's herd in the 1960s. That

    December 4, 2013 01:00 pm JST
  • Qantas and China Southern set first link

    GUANGZHOU -- Qantas and China Southern Airlines have agreed to link their flight networks, a move that should help both airlines boost the weak profitability of their international operations. While rejecting reports that China Southern had disc

    December 2, 2013 10:40 pm JST
  • Australia shifts to services as resource sector wilts

    SYDNEY -- The Australian natural resources boom looks over. The government is changing strategy to focus on services and other sectors in a bid to cope with the inevitable drag on the economy. A resource bureau report released Wednesday forecast

    December 1, 2013 07:00 pm JST
  • Iron ore's likely price drop mixed news for businesses

    TOKYO -- Spurred by expectations of demand from China, new mines are ramping up their iron ore production. But demand has not kept pace with predictions, and iron ore prices -- which have been pushed above their pre-Lehman shock levels by the resour

    November 29, 2013 07:00 pm JST
  • Is Australia's Abbott dancing with Asia or stepping on toes?

    After his sweeping victory in the mid-September elections, new Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott appeared to have the right idea about the country's foreign policy direction. Among other pledges, he vowed to turn the official focus to the Asia-P

    November 28, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Soft economy takes shine off Aussie dollar

    SYDNEY (Nikkei) -- The Australian dollar, since reaching a five-month high against its U.S. counterpart in late October, has been stuck in quicksand. Following the U.S. Federal Reserve's decision to maintain the pace of its quantitative easing i

    November 28, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Russia relaxing LNG export rules

    MOSCOW (Nikkei) -- Russia is easing restrictions on exports of liquefied natural gas to boost shipments to Asia amid a growing threat from the U.S. shale gas boom. Russia's lower house on Friday passed a bill allowing domestic energy companies w

    November 23, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • Is Australia's Abbott dancing with Asia or stepping on toes?

    After his sweeping victory in the mid-September elections, new Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott appeared to have the right idea about the country’s foreign policy direction. Among other pledges, he vowed to turn the official focus to the Asia-P

    November 22, 2013 03:00 pm JST
  • Asean investment a priority for Daiwa House

    OSAKA (Nikkei) -- Daiwa House Industry will invest heavily in emerging markets of Asia as part of a broader push to boost overseas sales 40% by fiscal 2015. In Japan, the housing market has benefited from a rush of purchases ahead of next April'

    November 21, 2013 10:23 pm JST
  • Financial reality forcing Mongolia to accept outsiders like Rio Tinto

    ULAN BATOR -- Just over a kilometer south of Genghis Khan's statue in front of Mongolia's government house sits the headquarters of Oyu Tolgoi, the local joint venture of global miner Rio Tinto. The gaze of the 13th-century leader of the Mongol hord

    November 21, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Ripples from Western derivatives regulation spreading across Asia

    Since the beginning of the financial crisis in 2008, Group of 20 governments have sought to extend their regulation of the financial markets -- to avoid letting "Main Street pay for a failure on Wall Street."The leaders' statement issued at the G-20

    November 21, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Japan's tariff concessions not enough: Australian minister

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- Japan's forthcoming offer to drop tariffs on 95% of goods as part of a proposed cross-Pacific free trade zone would not go far enough, Australian Trade Minister Andrew Robb said Tuesday, arguing that the countries at the negotiatin

    November 20, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • Year-end deal on TPP a long shot

    SALT LAKE CITY (Nikkei) -- Japan, the U.S. and 10 other nations kicked off another round of bargaining Tuesday that may determine whether the ambitious trans-Pacific trade deal they are seeking comes to fruition this year. Japan is sure to face

    November 20, 2013 02:07 am JST
  • Aussie dollar's rise pauses on central bank's concerns

    SYDNEY (Nikkei) -- The Australian dollar is struggling to rise against the U.S. dollar after hitting a five-month high in late October. Following the U.S. Federal Reserve Board's decision not to scale back its quantitative easing in September, t

    November 19, 2013 01:00 pm JST
  • Chinese buyers driving up house prices in Australia

    SYDNEY -- Australia's housing market is heating up, driven by tight supplies and a flood of money from Chinese investors eager for a piece of the country's real estate. This has fueled talk of a housing bubble, a contention the government is qui

    November 18, 2013 01:30 pm JST
  • S Korea targeting bilateral trade deals with eye on TPP

    SEOUL (Nikkei) -- South Korea is scrambling to sign free trade agreements with several nations to prepare for possible participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks. The country agreed to hold negotiations toward a free trade a

    November 15, 2013 10:51 pm JST
  • US turns up heat on Japan in TPP talks

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- With the clock ticking toward a year-end deadline, an impatient U.S. is pushing Japan to end duties on all imported goods, while Tokyo seeks to strike a compromise by expanding import quota programs for rice and other key farm prod

    November 14, 2013 01:59 am JST