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  • Japan aiming to grow nuclear plant exports with new pacts

    TOKYO -- Japan is discussing nuclear energy agreements with five more countries, making progress on a key component of the government's plan to boost exports of infrastructure, including nuclear power plants. It has already signed such deals wit

    April 19, 2014 05:01 am JST
  • Japanese companies seeking nuclear business abroad

    TOKYO -- Japan's approval Friday of nuclear energy agreements with Turkey and the United Arab Emirates was good news for Japanese companies in the nuclear business, where minimal domestic demand has forced a pivot overseas. The agreements are ex

    April 19, 2014 04:26 am JST
  • Fast-growing Asian companies set to take on world

    IHH Healthcare, Jollibee Foods, VGI Global Media -- these companies are not exactly household names in most countries. And they are dwarfed by their Western counterparts, say, Hospital Corporation of America, McDonald's or Publicis Omnicom Group. Bu

    April 17, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Saudi's succession battle adds to Mideast turmoil

    DALIAN, China -- Saudi Arabia's "Ironman" has been busy lately. When the top echelon of the Saudi royal family travel, they are accompanied by a secretary, a doctor, a squad of bodyguards and a man who irons their keffiyeh. He is called the Ironman,

    April 16, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Stephen Grenville: IMF ignores its own data on emerging economies

    Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, told the Group of 20 summit in St. Petersburg last September: "Just as some advanced economies have begun to gather momentum, many emerging markets are slowing." With this warn

    April 15, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Nuclear reactors on the rise in Asia

    TOKYO -- Three years after the Fukushima disaster, the future role of nuclear power in Japan remains unclear, but in many other countries, the importance of atomic energy is only increasing. With no prospect of major new projects in the domestic

    April 14, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • Japan, Gulf nations launching Palestine aid project

    TOKYO -- Japan will launch a program to provide economic assistance to Palestine in cooperation with Islamic countries. Tokyo will set up a trust fund at Islamic Development Bank, based in Saudi Arabia, and implement projects with money rai

    April 13, 2014 02:00 am JST
  • Chinese buying Israeli firms, seeking new tech

    DALIAN, China -- Chinese companies are taking over Israeli companies to benefit from their technologies, following in the footsteps of Intel and Microsoft of the U.S., which have in the past bought up Israeli startups to acquire ideas for new busine

    April 11, 2014 03:00 pm JST
  • No one taking helium shortage lightly

    TOKYO -- A global shortage of helium gas has ramifications that go far beyond spoiling the fun of party balloons. Helium is a precious resource obtained as a byproduct from natural gas processing, and its uses range from the manufacture of semic

    April 10, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Singapore health care company stakes claims for Australian launch

    SINGAPORE -- International Healthway Corporation, a Singaporean health care company known as IHC, is laying the groundwork for expansion into Australia. IHC has acquired roughly 110 million Australian dollars ($102 million) worth of commercial p

    April 10, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Beautiful game brings plentiful cash

    April 10, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Thailand's Minor picks up Mozambique hotel chain

    BANGKOK -- Thailand's Minor Hotel Group has taken over operations at three resorts in Mozambique. The hotel operator under Minor International will by the end of the year rebrand the resorts into either of its own hotel brands -- Anantara and Avani.

    April 8, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • The lure of Asian hegemony, and the trap of attrition

    DALIAN, China -- In the beginning of March, as pro-Russian forces were taking over Crimea building by building, the Ukrainian government hurriedly arranged for the delivery of an uncompleted hovercraft from the Feodosiya Shipyard. The Zubr hovercraf

    April 7, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Universities from industrial nations putting down stakes in Islamic countries

    TOKYO -- Japan, the U.S. and Europe are competing for Islamic minds. At least their institutions of higher education are. Many academic institutions from major industrial nations are expanding into various Islamic nations as demand grows for hig

    April 7, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • Desert sand kicks up demand for car washes in UAE

    DUBAI -- At a parking complex in a major shopping mall here, uniformed vendors equipped with buckets, brushes and sprayers approach drivers to hawk their services, offering to scrub the cars clean in about 20 minutes for just 18 dirhams ($4.90).

    April 7, 2014 01:31 am JST
  • Chinese diplomats writhe to keep up with turmoil in Middle East

    DALIAN, China -- When China was suffering from international isolation after quashing the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, paramount leader Deng Xiaoping is said to have gathered his foreign policy advisers and ordered that China "maintain a low p

    April 6, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Japan plans exports of nuclear tech to Middle East

    TOKYO -- The atom is heading to Ankara. Japan looks set to export the materials and technologies needed to build nuclear power facilities to Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. Politicians in Tokyo are expected to enact nuclear power agreement

    April 4, 2014 02:00 pm JST
  • How can India produce more talent like Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella?

    NEW DELHI -- Indians all over the world rushed to congratulate Satya Nadella when he clinched the top job at Microsoft in February. Sree Srinivasan, a prominent Indian-American digital strategist at Columbia University, told CNBC: "It's a really

    April 3, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Asia's economic rise changing world order

    BANGKOK -- Asia's increasing economic clout -- backed by population growth and a burgeoning middle class -- is forcing changes to the Western-led global corporate order. Late last year, the mayor of a city in suburban Belgrade, Serbia, gave an

    April 2, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Apple's chip deals: in brains we trust

    SILICON VALLEY -- Apple is unlikely to stop at purchasing a Japanese display-chip maker as it seeks to challenge the powerful combination of Qualcomm processors and Google's Android operating system. Better known for how its devices look, Apple

    April 2, 2014 03:57 am JST