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  • Water treatment

    Toray expands global business with filtration membranes

    TOKYO -- Toray Industries is looking to the growth markets of Asia and the Middle East to swell its business of filtration membranes for water treatment, aiming to double annual sales in this sector to 100 billion yen ($808 million) by 2020. The

    December 1, 2015 05:15 am JST
  • Climate summit starts in Paris aiming for global emissions deal

    PARIS (Kyodo) -- A U.N. climate change summit started in Paris on Monday aiming for a global agreement on curbing greenhouse gas emissions, with leaders from about 150 countries ready to inject fresh momentum into what are certain to be grueling two

    November 30, 2015 08:30 pm JST
  • John McBeth

    So far yet so close to Paris, El Nino riles Indonesians

    As global leaders gathered in Paris on Monday for the United Nations-sponsored summit on climate change, matters at the heart of the summit and global rallies demanding action from leaders were playing out on the other side of the world, in rain-soa

    November 30, 2015 06:15 pm JST
  • Turkey-Russia crisis

    Putin seeks to shake up NATO with Turkey sanctions

    MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin imposed economic sanctions on Turkey on Saturday in response to the downing of a Russian fighter jet, apparently aiming to both strengthen his authority at home and tilt negotiations over Syria in his favor

    November 30, 2015 03:00 am JST
  • Iranian oil

    Bigger share of profits promised to global oil majors

    TEHRAN, Iran -- The Iranian government on Saturday unveiled a new contract model for oil and gas field development that offers foreign contractors bigger opportunities to make money. The new program will allow foreign businesses to be involved i

    November 28, 2015 11:20 pm JST
  • Combating the Islamic State

    Russia, Turkey spar over alleged black-market oil

    MOSCOW -- Russia has accused Turkey of funding the Islamic State group through illicit oil purchases, threatening retaliation and reigniting complex historical tensions after the downing of a fighter jet. The Islamic State raises most of its fun

    November 28, 2015 07:45 am JST
  • Crude oil

    Prices may test $40 again as glut persists

    TOKYO -- The world continues to be awash in crude oil ahead of the OPEC meeting Dec. 4, raising the possibility that prices could again dip below $40 a barrel. This past Monday, Saudi Arabia indicated it was preparing to cooperate with other oil

    November 28, 2015 02:55 am JST
  • Syria crisis

    UN refugee chief alarmed by rejection of migrants

    TOKYO -- With European and other governments increasingly averse to taking in Syrian refugees since the Paris attacks, the head of the United Nations' refugee agency expressed deep concern here Thursday and contended that terrorists can be weeded ou

    November 27, 2015 07:45 am JST
  • Middle East conflict

    Russia, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey tussle over Syria, oil prices

    TOKYO -- Russia, Saudi Arabia and Iran have intensified diplomatic maneuvering over the ongoing Syrian conflict and crude oil prices. Turkey's recent shooting down of a Russian military airplane has further complicated the situation surrounding

    November 26, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Syria crisis

    Regional fault lines impede united front against Islamic State

    MOSCOW/ISTANBUL -- After a brief flash of solidarity following the Paris terrorist attacks, the odds seem against the U.S., Europe and Russia joining forces to defeat the Islamic State group. The nations around warn-torn Syria are pursuing their

    November 26, 2015 07:30 am JST
  • Editorial: Break the chain of terror and hate

    Rage over the terrorist attacks in Paris has led people across the world to mourn the victims and show solidarity with France. The modern republican system of government came into being with the French Revolution. The system's underlying values

    November 26, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Turkey-Russia crisis

    Egyptian foreign minister calls for calm

    TOKYO -- Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry called for Turkey and Russia to contain tensions over the Turkish military's downing of a Russian fighter jet and to "find a reasonable and just solution." "It is a dangerous situation," Shoukry t

    November 25, 2015 08:00 pm JST
  • Tunisia attack

    Apparent suicide bombing on presidential guard bus kills 12

    TUNIS (Reuters) -- At least 12 people were killed on Tuesday when an explosion tore through a bus full of Tunisian presidential guards in an attack that one source said was probably the work of a suicide bomber. Ambulances rushed wounded from th

    November 25, 2015 08:17 am JST
  • Iranian influence

    Shadowy general reshaping the Middle East

    TOKYO -- In late July, the commander of a shadowy and powerful Iranian military unit secretly visited Moscow. The Iranian military officer, who sports an impressive silvery beard, unfurled a map of Syria in front of Russian President Vladim

    November 22, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Global air travel

    Hub airports lure travelers with layover frills

    TOKYO -- With ever-expanding direct-flight and transit options, major international airports can no longer rely on their convenient location alone to attract travelers. Since fewer airport users means a loss of jobs and businesses, airports are

    November 21, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Dubai Airshow

    No high-profile deals this time

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- This year's Dubai Airshow, held here Nov. 8-12, failed to wow the airline industry. The lackluster list of purchases announced at the show stands in sharp contrast with the bevy of high-profile deals struck during

    November 20, 2015 05:00 pm JST
  • Russia

    Putin aims to mend fences with West via anti-terror fight

    MOSCOW -- The deadly rampage in Paris last week appears to be bringing Russia and the West closer in their fight against the Islamic State, providing President Vladimir Putin with an opening to end the country's international isolation. Group of

    November 20, 2015 05:35 am JST
  • Agriculture commodities

    Cocoa, sugar futures surge amid shortage concerns

    TOKYO -- Cocoa and sugar prices have taken an upward swing as market observers speculate that exporting countries will produce less of the commodities, which would extend shortages into 2016. Cocoa futures were hovering around 2,300 pounds ($3,5

    November 20, 2015 01:06 am JST
  • Asia-Pacific leaders condemn terror, commit to growth

    MANILA (Kyodo) -- Asia-Pacific leaders on Thursday condemned the terrorist attacks in Paris, Egypt and elsewhere, and called for cooperation to propel growth as a way to stem terrorism as they wrapped up a two-day summit in Manila. In a joint de

    November 19, 2015 09:55 pm JST
  • Secrets of endurance

    China's slowing growth is casting a pall on the world economy. Low commodities prices have resource companies feeling the squeeze. New technologies are disrupting old industries. But in global business, the only constant is change. The question is,

    November 19, 2015 12:00 pm JST