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  • Yemen turmoil

    India evacuates 350 nationals from Aden

    NEW DELHI -- With an estimated 4,000 of its nationals still thought to be in war-torn Yemen, India has evacuated 350 people from the port city of Aden. The evacuees were ferried to neighboring Djibouti for onward repatriation by air. More th

    April 1, 2015 11:31 pm JST
  • Foreign intelligence debate

    Japan mulls its own CIA-like agency

    TOKYO -- A recent spate of deadly incidents involving Japanese nationals abroad has reignited debate over whether Japan should create its own version of the CIA. Japan was rocked by the murder of two Japanese hostages held by the Islamic State g

    March 31, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Opinion & Analysis

    Japan grapples with the age of terrorism

    As Japan grappled with the notion that it had become a target for the extremist group Islamic State following the hostage crisis earlier this year, the country's foreign minister Fumio Kishida outlined a strategy for dealing with Islamic terrorism.

    March 29, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Commodity prices rise

    Yemen unrest, dollar send oil, gold higher

    TOKYO -- The stronger dollar and unrest in the Middle East have caused international prices of commodities such as gold and crude oil to climb off recent lows. The Nikkei Commodity Index, which indicates total price fluctuations for dollar-denom

    March 28, 2015 04:47 am JST
  • Saudi Arabia, allies launch air strikes on rebels in Yemen

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab allies launched air strikes in Yemen against Houthi fighters who have tightened their grip on the southern city of Aden where the country's president had taken refuge, the Saudi envoy to Washing

    March 26, 2015 09:46 am JST
  • US, China heading toward face-off, says Mearsheimer

    TOKYO -- If China continues to grow economically and militarily, the possibility of armed conflict in Asia will grow as countries such as Japan and the U.S. step up their security efforts, says John J. Mearsheimer, a professor of political science a

    March 26, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Dnata buys travel agencies

    Emirates Group expands operations on the ground, too

    DUBAI -- The Emirates Group-owned supplier of aviation services, dnata, is steadily diversifying and expanding operations. The United Arab Emirates-based company, which provides a variety of ground handling services to 22 airports around the wor

    March 23, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Looming shadow

    Tunisia museum attack highlights growing terrorist threat

    CAIRO -- The deadly Wednesday attack in a museum in Tunisia reminded the world that even democratic, relatively stable countries can fall victim to terrorist attacks, especially when underlying social tensions go unaddressed. Gunmen killed at le

    March 20, 2015 05:07 am JST
  • 21 killed in Tunisia museum attack, including at least 3 Japanese

    TUNIS/TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Gunmen stormed a museum in Tunis on Wednesday killing 18 foreign tourists and three Tunisians, and injuring 44 others, the Tunisian government said. Three Japanese nationals have been confirmed among the dead along with vi

    March 20, 2015 03:18 am JST
  • Gunmen storm Tunisian museum, kill 17 foreign tourists, two Tunisians

    TUNIS (Reuters) -- Gunmen in military uniforms stormed Tunisia's national museum, killing 17 foreign tourists and two Tunisians on Wednesday in one of the worst militant attacks in a country that has largely escaped the region's "Arab Spring" turmoi

    March 19, 2015 04:44 am JST
  • Hub airport competition heats up

    SINGAPORE/HONG KONG -- Asia's busiest international air hubs are each moving forward with major expansion projects as competition between them intensifies. Singapore Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew announced to parliament March 11 that the city-

    March 19, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Commodities

    Oil markets brace for change as Saudi oil minister nears end of career

    TOKYO -- Questions are being raised about the durability of Saudi Arabia's crude oil production policy with the death of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud in January, despite the reappointment of Oil Minister Ali bin Ibrahim al-Naimi by King Salma

    March 18, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Volatile oil

    Speculative money shaking up crude market

    TOKYO -- A flood of investment money is sending the price of crude oil on wild swings, with market players split over which direction it will end up going. U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude began plunging in the latter half of 2014, f

    March 17, 2015 04:13 am JST
  • Young companies rake in cash via private equity

    LONDON -- Startups around the world are raising hefty sums of money even before they hit the stock market. A global share-price upswing has prompted investors, sovereign wealth funds among them, to seek out promising unlisted companies and jump aboa

    March 12, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Crude in flux

    Sweeping changes in global oil trade

    TOKYO -- The shale oil revolution in the U.S. has shifted the currents of the global oil trade in major ways. The U.S. is still the top importer of crude oil, but daily imports are nearly 30% below what they were a decade ago. During that same t

    March 11, 2015 03:03 am JST
  • Oil, gas pipes

    JFE Steel to help build plant in Abu Dhabi

    TOKYO -- JFE Steel plans to build a joint-venture plant in Abu Dhabi to produce large-diameter steel pipes for use in pipelines. The plant will be owned 51% by Abu Dhabi state-owned investment company Senaat, 27% by JFE Steel and 22% by trading

    March 5, 2015 03:30 am JST
  • Carmen M. Reinhart

    Are negative real interest rates the 'new normal'?

    Some questions can only be answered by examining the broad sweep of history. Over the past 150 years, "world" real interest rates have ventured into negative territory (yielding less than the rate of inflation) on a sustained basis on only four occa

    March 5, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Higher banana prices highlight risk of crop 'clones'

    TOKYO -- Produce prices are often influenced by the weather, but there is another -- and more serious -- reason behind the recent hike in banana prices. In late January, growers and major Japanese trading companies reached a rough agreement on l

    March 5, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Carmen M. Reinhart: Are negative real interest rates the 'new normal'?

    Some questions can only be answered by examining the broad sweep of history. Over the past 150 years, "world" real interest rates have ventured into negative territory (yielding less than the rate of inflation) on a sustained basis on only four occa

    March 5, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Vijay Sakhuja

    China's 'infrastructure diplomacy' alive and well

    China's infrastructure investment drive in Sri Lanka appears to have hit a temporary roadblock. Shortly after his election in January, President Maithripala Sirisena warned of scrapping the $1.34 billion Colombo port project inaugurated during last

    March 4, 2015 07:00 pm JST