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  • Japan to fund cancer-screening ventures in Asia, South America

    TOKYO -- The Japanese government will provide funding and other support for domestic companies looking to sell preventive health care equipment and services in emerging markets. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry will select seven proje

    April 19, 2014 05:44 am JST
  • Japan aiming to grow nuclear plant exports with new pacts

    TOKYO -- Japan is discussing nuclear energy agreements with five more countries, making progress on a key component of the government's plan to boost exports of infrastructure, including nuclear power plants. It has already signed such deals wit

    April 19, 2014 05:01 am JST
  • Japanese companies seeking nuclear business abroad

    TOKYO -- Japan's approval Friday of nuclear energy agreements with Turkey and the United Arab Emirates was good news for Japanese companies in the nuclear business, where minimal domestic demand has forced a pivot overseas. The agreements are ex

    April 19, 2014 04:26 am JST
  • Asia dominates Veritas survey of emerging economies

    For the past decade or so, the biggest economic growth story has been emerging markets, particularly the large, fast-growing BRICs -- Brazil, Russia, India and China. But now may be a good time to cast the net wider to get a better idea where emergi

    April 17, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • 'Fragile Five' currencies rally on waning US interest rate fears

    TOKYO -- Emerging-market currencies are rebounding as concerns subside regarding U.S. monetary tightening in the near term. Currencies of the so-called Fragile Five nations -- Turkey, South Africa, India, Brazil and Indonesia, had fallen prey to

    April 16, 2014 03:23 am JST
  • Stephen Grenville: IMF ignores its own data on emerging economies

    Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, told the Group of 20 summit in St. Petersburg last September: "Just as some advanced economies have begun to gather momentum, many emerging markets are slowing." With this warn

    April 15, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Nuclear reactors on the rise in Asia

    TOKYO -- Three years after the Fukushima disaster, the future role of nuclear power in Japan remains unclear, but in many other countries, the importance of atomic energy is only increasing. With no prospect of major new projects in the domestic

    April 14, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • Thai plastic resin maker Indorama buys Turkish peer

    BANGKOK -- Thailand's Indorama Ventures, the world's leading maker of the resin used in plastic bottles, is buying its way into Turkey. Indorama, the top producer of polyethylene terephthalate resin, or PET, announced Thursday that it is acquiri

    April 11, 2014 12:22 pm JST
  • Turkey Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu -- Nikkei Interview Excerpts

    Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu met with The Nikkei to discuss relations with Japan, as well as the situations in Ukraine and Syria. Edited excerpts from the interview follow.Q: How do you view Turkish relations with Japan?A: Turkey and Jap

    April 10, 2014 03:18 am JST
  • Singapore health care company stakes claims for Australian launch

    SINGAPORE -- International Healthway Corporation, a Singaporean health care company known as IHC, is laying the groundwork for expansion into Australia. IHC has acquired roughly 110 million Australian dollars ($102 million) worth of commercial p

    April 10, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Sakata Seed plants itself in Turkey

    TOKYO -- Japan's Sakata Seed wants to sell more to Turkey, a big exporter of vegetables to Russia and Europe. So it is wooing customers with Japanese-style attention to detail, plenty of research and by plying the employees at its Turkish subsid

    April 9, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Turkish stocks at highest level since December on ruling party election wins

    ISTANBUL -- Turkey's benchmark Borsa Istanbul 100 index closed on April 1 above 70,000 for the first time since December. Local elections on March 30 saw the ruling Justice and Development Party secure victories, which has eased concerns about polit

    April 8, 2014 10:53 am JST
  • Nigeria, Malaysia top survey of 20 emerging economies

    TOKYO -- In an effort to diversify its economy following rapid growth due to crude oil exports, Nigeria has launched the Industrial Revolution Plan. Designed to end heavy reliance on oil and create greater wealth for a population of nearly 200 mill

    April 7, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Japan plans exports of nuclear tech to Middle East

    TOKYO -- The atom is heading to Ankara. Japan looks set to export the materials and technologies needed to build nuclear power facilities to Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. Politicians in Tokyo are expected to enact nuclear power agreement

    April 4, 2014 02:00 pm JST
  • Stocks rising worldwide as risk factors ease

    TOKYO -- Stock prices are recovering worldwide as investors put money back into risk assets in light of steady economic trends in the U.S. and subsiding concerns over Ukraine and emerging markets. On Thursday, the Nikkei Stock Average ended at 1

    April 4, 2014 06:41 am JST
  • Singaporean healthcare provider readies for Australian launch

    SINGAPORE -- Singapore's International Healthway Corp. (IHC) has acquired commercial properties in Australia worth roughly 110 million Australian dollars ($102 million). The company plans to launch the new Australian branch of its healthcare busines

    March 27, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Turkish lira atrophies as Erdogan loses big-city support

    Turkey's currency is weakening as the country's hazy political future is making investors nervous. Demonstrations are gaining momentum ahead of Sunday's local government elections, which will take place across the nation. Depending on the outcom

    March 24, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Kirin's flagship beer headed to Turkey

    TOKYO -- Kirin Brewery will offer its best-selling beer in Turkey, the biggest market for the drink in the Middle East. Ichiban Shibori will go on sale in 100 or so Turkish stores this spring. It will cost around twice as much as local brews, bu

    March 19, 2014 06:54 am JST
  • Japan defense industry hoping to reap economies of scale

    TOKYO -- With the government moving to lift Japan's self-imposed ban on arms exports, hopes are growing in the domestic defense industry that an expanded scale of production will lower costs. Unlike civilian-use equipment, defense equipment is n

    March 13, 2014 05:18 am JST
  • Woody Epstein: Probabilities and possibilities

    We have more than our share of extreme natural disasters in Asia. Earthquakes and tsunamis, volcanic eruptions and typhoons. The severity and costs are impossible to predict. Drawing up effective emergency plans is a Sisyphean task. How should w

    March 7, 2014 03:30 pm JST