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  • Japanese companies in the Middle East

    Mitsubishi, Tepco win power plant order in Qatar

    TOKYO -- Mitsubishi Corp. and Tokyo Electric Power have received an order to construct a large power plant in Qatar. The project entails building a gas-fired plant with an output capacity of 2.4 million kilowatts and a seawater desalination plan

    May 25, 2015 02:00 am JST
  • UN disarmament talks flop over nuke-free zone plan for Middle East

    NEW YORK (Kyodo) -- A four-week U.N. review conference on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty ended Friday without adopting a consensus document, with negotiators failing to narrow differences over a proposal to make the Middle East a nuclear weapo

    May 23, 2015 02:23 pm JST
  • Elephant in the room

    Europe embraces China despite terrible human rights record

    TOKYO -- Beset by economic woes, Europe has embraced China's proposal to create a new multilateral development bank, turning a blind eye to the country's suppression of freedom and human rights. China is widely recognized for showing little resp

    May 11, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Japanese investors

    African nations work to woo new industries

    TOKYO -- African countries are trying to woo investors from Japan with a variety of preferential treatment, in a bid to foster industry and achieve greater social stability. The push for investors comes at a time when energy-rich African nations

    May 11, 2015 04:15 pm JST
  • Ben Simpfendorfer: A golden era for midsize companies

    Midsize companies are Asia's new champions. Big multinationals and local conglomerates used to be the kings of the region's consumer goods business. They were able to build up in a way that no midsize company could hope to replicate. But size is

    May 7, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Beyond the basics

    Japanese foreign aid going upscale

    TOKYO -- Japan will focus on environmentally friendly vehicles, medical equipment and disaster management in its official development assistance to higher-income economies, hoping to help sell homegrown technologies. The Development Cooperation

    May 6, 2015 06:12 am JST
  • Abu Dhabi oil deal

    Public-private push pays off for Inpex

    TOKYO/DUBAI -- A Japanese company's new onshore oil rights in Abu Dhabi may herald a broader shift in an industry long dominated by big Western players. Inpex managed to get ahead of such majors, as well as emerging rivals from South Korea and China

    May 2, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • How safe are your medical records from viruses?

    TOKYO -- Hospitals have always had to be careful about the spread of infections. But in this modern era of networked healthcare, the danger of viruses has taken on new meaning. Threats from both opportunistic computer viruses and deliberate cyberatt

    April 30, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Indonesia's Widodo urges break from Western-led order

    JAKARTA -- Indonesian President Joko Widodo staked out a new, more prominent role for his country among developing economies in opening remarks at the Asia-Africa summit, where he called on emerging nations to break away from the Western economic or

    April 30, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Nath Aldalala'a

    Strategic competition between China, Japan could help Yemen

    The recent halt to Saudi Arabia's monthlong campaign of airstrikes against Iran-backed rebels in Yemen was brief. Even a more durable end to hostilities, when it comes, will not bring a lasting resolution to the civil war in the country, nor herald

    April 28, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Japanese energy

    Inpex to acquire Abu Dhabi oil interest

    TOKYO -- Inpex of Japan has agreed with the Abu Dhabi Co. for Onshore Petroleum Operations, or ADCO, to acquire the right to purchase roughly 80,000-90,000 barrels of crude oil per day from an onshore field. The 40-year contract, which will star

    April 27, 2015 12:20 pm JST
  • Ben Simpfendorfer

    A golden era for midsize companies

    Midsize companies are Asia's new champions. It used to be that big multinationals and local conglomerates were the region's biggest consumer goods success stories. They were able to build and scale in a way that no midsize company could hope to repl

    April 26, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Storage at sea

    Cheap crude means higher rates for oil tankers

    TOKYO -- Spot freight rates for very large crude carriers have been showing an uptrend of late, as falling crude oil prices are encouraging countries to store the commodity in vessels at sea. On a major sea route between the Middle East and the

    April 26, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Have halal guide, will travel

    Muslim consumers and their mighty dinar

    SINGAPORE -- When final-year students at Wheelock College in Singapore prepare for their stay on the home campus in Boston, in the U.S. state of Massachusetts, they get a list from the previous year's seniors showing where to buy halal groceries, fi

    April 23, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Asia-Africa summit

    Indonesia's Widodo urges break from Western-led order

    JAKARTA -- Indonesian President Joko Widodo staked out a new, more prominent role for his country among developing economies in opening remarks at the Asia-Africa summit, where he called on emerging nations to break away from the Western economic or

    April 23, 2015 04:48 am JST
  • Shifts in one country's farm policy can impact globe

    TOKYO -- Price fluctuations are always dangerous in global agricultural markets, not just when they go up but when they go down, as is happening now. In an interconnected world, what looks like a relatively minor change in one place can trigger a ch

    April 23, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Asian African Conference

    Japan to help train 350,000 people in Asia, Africa says Abe

    JAKARTA (Kyodo) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday pledged the country's assistance in the training of as many as 350,000 people in Asia and Africa over the next five years as part of efforts to ensure "quality growth" and eradicate

    April 22, 2015 02:31 pm JST
  • Increasing clout

    Asian, African countries eye better market cooperation

    JAKARTA -- Representatives from over 100 countries are discussing ways to link growing Asian and African markets into a cohesive global force at a five-day conference that began here Sunday. The two regions have not yet collaborated in a way tha

    April 22, 2015 03:54 am JST
  • Up to 700 feared dead after migrant boat sinks off Libya

    PALERMO, Italy (Reuters) -- As many as 700 people were feared dead after a fishing boat packed with migrants capsized off the Libyan coast overnight, in what may be one of the worst disasters of the Mediterranean migrant crisis, officials said on Su

    April 19, 2015 07:49 pm JST
  • Emerging-market alliance

    Asian, African leaders eye closer ties

    JAKARTA -- Asian and African leaders will discuss various forms of economic cooperation when they meet in Indonesia next week to mark the 60th anniversary of the landmark Bandung Conference. Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi has put fort

    April 18, 2015 03:04 am JST