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  • Plummeting crude prices rattle markets

    TOKYO -- Plunging oil prices are undercutting the currencies of producing countries and sapping energy-related stocks. The volatility, meanwhile, is pushing investors into the yen and other safe havens. The Central Bank of Russia on Dec. 16 rais

    December 18, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Rampant volatility taking toll

    Tumbling crude prices shaking financial markets

    TOKYO -- Plunging crude prices are sending shock waves around the world, undercutting the currencies of oil-producing countries and sapping energy-related stocks and corporate bonds while boosting the yen and other safe havens. The Central Bank

    December 17, 2014 03:27 am JST
  • Koc to make more cars

    Turkish conglomerate to expand automobile offerings

    ISTANBUL -- Turkey's largest investment holding company is planning to increase both the number and types of automobiles its group companies make through joint ventures with overseas carmakers. Once the plan is realized, Koc Holding expects to p

    December 15, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Misunderstood Muslims?

    Islam faces pressures from all sides

    TOKYO -- Saudi Arabia may soon lift the long-standing ban on women drivers. News reports in November said an advisory council to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia had recommended allowing women to drive under certain conditions. According to the Shu

    December 15, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • UN talks agree building blocks for new-style climate deal in 2015

    LIMA (Reuters) -- About 190 nations agreed on Sunday the building blocks of a new-style global deal due in 2015 to combat climate change amid warnings that far tougher action will be needed to limit increases in global temperatures. Under the de

    December 14, 2014 06:18 pm JST
  • Meaty ambitions

    NH Foods acquiring Turkish poultry giant

    OSAKA -- NH Foods announced Friday that it will acquire the Turkish poultry giant Ege-Tav and work to bolster sales in Turkey and broaden into the Middle East and Europe. The company better known as Nippon Ham already operates the world's fifth-

    December 13, 2014 02:55 am JST
  • Emerging-market push

    Hitachi beefing up smart-infrastructure business

    TOKYO -- Hitachi is stepping up marketing of its social infrastructure technologies in emerging countries. The Japanese company showcased the latest technologies marrying information and infrastructure expertise, including an urban transportatio

    December 4, 2014 04:29 am JST
  • Tejraj M. Aminabhavi: Carbon -- a versatile gift from nature

    Carbon is available in many different forms: carbon dioxide, methane gas, coal, petroleum and natural gas. It is the active element of photosynthesis -- a key process for all living matter that combines water, sunlight and carbon dioxide to create u

    December 4, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Turkey's reforms

    Economic czar pushes free trade

    ISTANBUL -- Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan, czar of Turkey's economic policies for the past 12 years, has emphasized the need for free trade agreements between Turkey and Japan, as well as Japan and the European Union. He talked about th

    November 27, 2014 05:00 pm JST
  • Islamic State: The new face of terror

    In its quest to acquire manpower and support for its operations in Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State militant group is making deep inroads into Asia -- and achieving a level of success that al-Qaida could only have dreamed of. The growing presence o

    November 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Kamal Alam: Syria offers clues to Islamic State's future in Asia

    One of the more remarkable documents found in the Osama bin Laden compound included a letter to the Islamic State group of Iraq and Syria cautioning Abu Musab al-Zarqawi over his group's extreme violence. The insurgency in Fallujah and Tal Afar

    November 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Redeye flights finding favor at Tokyo airport

    TOKYO -- Airlines are increasingly offering overnight flights from Haneda Airport here as travelers seek to pack their weekend trips with more daylight hours for less money. All Nippon Airways is set to launch a flight departing from Haneda afte

    November 15, 2014 07:12 am JST
  • Keith B. Richburg: Facing 'pathological hatred' at home, Obama may find he can still lead during his Asia tour

    U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Asia this week a damaged leader, weakened at home after midterm elections saw his Democratic Party rejected across the board and, most crucially, his Republican opponents take control of the Senate for the firs

    November 13, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Kamal Alam: Turkey looks east over Damascus

    As Kemal Ataturk, Turkey's first president, returned from the Syrian front in November 1918 and then escaped from Istanbul into the heartland of Anatolia to reorganize the Ottoman army, he famously said, "geldikleri gibi giderler," which roughly tra

    November 11, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Keith B. Richburg: Asia provides refuge from 'Obama derangement syndrome' -- but then what?

    U.S. President Barack Obama arrives in Asia in the coming days a damaged leader, weakened at home after midterm elections saw his Democratic Party rejected across the board and, most crucially, his Republican opponents take control of the U.S. Senat

    November 7, 2014 07:30 pm JST
  • Selective investors to emerging markets: Show us reforms

    SINGAPORE -- Global investors are becoming increasingly selective when investing in emerging economies. Stock markets in many emerging countries have been hit by moves to wind up easing by the U.S. Federal Reserve and weak economic performances in C

    November 6, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • An Asian post-election checklist for Obama

    Just days after the Nov. 4 midterm election transformed the U.S. political landscape by handing control of Congress to Republicans, President Barack Obama will land in Asia for a series of summits with regional and world leaders. The timing is signi

    November 5, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Yves Tiberghien: Should the world yawn, cheer or fear November's summits?

    For a week in November, an unusual cluster of globally significant economic summits will take place in the Asia-Pacific region: the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Beijing (Nov. 10-11), the East Asia Summit and the Association of

    November 4, 2014 09:00 pm JST
  • Japanese government, companies join to boost ties with Turkey

    TOKYO -- The Japanese government will establish a public-private joint committee to coordinate the expansion of investment, trade, and cultural exchange with Turkey. Japanese companies are increasingly expanding to Turkey, in such sectors as fin

    October 30, 2014 05:57 am JST
  • Currencies of emerging economies face uncertain future

    Speculators are becoming cautious about buying high-yield, emerging-market currencies as the U.S. prepares to end its quantitative easing program. Buying of these currencies, which had been popular among individual investors in the rich world, a

    October 30, 2014 12:00 am JST