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  • China tries softer approach to win over world

    BEIJING -- Taking a page right out of Sun Tzu's "The Art of War", China is looking to win the battle for global dominance without ever fighting. The strategy is to win over the international community with culture and values. But Beijing's playbook

    October 20, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Anders Corr: China threat requires an Asian NATO

    China's increasing belligerence in the East and South China seas, and toward India, has fundamentally destabilized the security dynamics of Asia. Japan is seeking a closer alliance with India and is likely seeking advanced offensive weapons from the

    October 16, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Peace prize spotlights children's rights

    NEW DELHI -- This year's Nobel Peace Prize went to children's rights activists from Pakistan and India, bringing home the need for the world to tackle religious extremism, child labor and other threats that keep many away from school. The award co

    October 16, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Peace prize winners help shine light on children's rights

    NEW DELHI -- This year's Nobel Peace Prize went to two tireless fighters for children's rights, bringing into sharp relief the need for the world to tackle religious extremism, child labor and other threats that keep many away from school. Malal

    October 11, 2014 03:41 am JST
  • With cut-rate calls, Norway's Telenor joins Myanmar's mobile fray

    YANGON -- Telenor has made its Myanmar debut with discount rates, intensifying competition in a young mobile phone market long monopolized by a state-run company. The Norwegian operator began selling SIM cards in Mandalay, the Southeast Asian co

    October 10, 2014 05:23 am JST
  • Maritime piracy on the rise in Southeast Asia

    TOKYO -- Maritime piracy continues to be a major threat to global supply chains, though the pirates have moved to different oceans. The number of pirate attacks has declined sharply in waters off Somalia as countermeasures taken by Japan, China,

    October 8, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Japanese farm group launching fund to boost Mideast sales

    TOKYO -- Setting its sights on the largely untapped Middle Eastern market, Japan's agricultural cooperative group will work with Mizuho Bank to raise funds for building refrigeration facilities in the region to keep Japanese farm exports fresh.

    October 6, 2014 02:00 am JST
  • Five online fashion sites to become one global portal

    FRANKFURT, Germany -- Five major e-commerce fashion sites in emerging economies are about to become one, as two European investment funds work to create a giant, global online fashion group by the end of this year. Investment AB Kinnevik of Swed

    October 3, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Abe pledges $50M in humanitarian aid to stem Islamic State crisis

    NEW YORK (Kyodo) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged $50 million in emergency aid for the Islamic State-induced humanitarian crisis in the Middle East in his address to the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday. World leaders have gathered

    September 26, 2014 02:56 am JST
  • Obama urges global unity in Islamic State fight

    UNITED NATIONS -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday called for international cooperation in combating the Sunni extremists of the Islamic State group, which has seized wide swaths of territory across Iraq and Syria. "ISIL must be degraded

    September 25, 2014 05:49 am JST
  • Japan, US affirm cooperation in fight against Islamic militants

    NEW YORK -- Japan's foreign minister on Tuesday expressed support for U.S.-led airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria, offering humanitarian aid to refugees fleeing the Sunni militants who have terrorized the region. In a meeting here wit

    September 24, 2014 03:40 am JST
  • U.S.-led forces launch airstrike on Islamic State militants in Syria

    WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- U.S.-led forces have launched airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria, the Defense Department said Monday. The attack came after President Barack Obama said the United States would destroy the militants -- a re

    September 23, 2014 12:30 pm JST
  • Japan to announce $50M in humanitarian aid for Middle East

    NEW YORK -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to announce about $50 million in aid to the Middle East for refugee support and other measures at the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday. Japan plans to work with international

    September 23, 2014 06:14 am JST
  • Afghan election body names Ghani president-elect

    KABUL (Kyodo) -- Afghanistan's election commission on Sunday named former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani as the country's president-elect in announcing the final result of June's second round run-off vote. "The Independent Election Commission of

    September 21, 2014 10:30 pm JST
  • Algeria rejects arbitration in row with Japanese construction venture

    TOKYO -- A dispute between a joint venture made up of five Japanese companies and Algeria over a huge highway project is deepening, as the African country refuses international arbitration. The joint venture, which includes Kajima and Taisei, as

    September 21, 2014 12:40 am JST
  • UN Security Council stands with Iraq against Islamic State militants

    UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations Security Council expressed support Friday for Iraq's fight against the Islamic State (ISIL), with many countries pledging military and humanitarian aid. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry chaired the meeting,

    September 20, 2014 06:26 am JST
  • Japanese megabanks to help fund power plant in Morocco

    TOKYO -- Japan's three megabanks will team up with the Japan Bank for International Cooperation and foreign lenders to provide a $2.1 billion syndicated loan to fund construction of a coal-fired power plant in Morocco. The government-backed JBIC

    September 19, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • Ajinomoto heats up its frozen food business with Windsor

    TOKYO -- Ajinomoto aims to whip up more business in the U.S. by acquiring Windsor Quality Holdings, a leading frozen food company based in Texas. The Japanese seasonings maker, which announced the roughly $800 million deal Sept. 10, intends to u

    September 18, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Japan's SMBC finds partner to help build Islamic finance business

    LONDON -- Japan's Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. is ready to expand lending in countries where Islamic finance prevails. The Japanese bank on Sept. 15 signed a memorandum of understanding with the Islamic Corporation for the Insurance of Investme

    September 16, 2014 02:30 pm JST
  • Star Alliance rivals SkyTeam, oneworld close gap on global sky leader

    NEW YORK -- Three airline groups are intensifying their battle over which will take leadership of the skies. Though Star Alliance has been firmly in the lead, SkyTeam and oneworld are gaining ground by expanding services through the addiction of new

    September 16, 2014 01:00 pm JST