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  • Qatar row with Gulf states hits Japan businesses

    DUBAI -- The transport disruptions caused by the fallout between Qatar and its Persian Gulf neighbors is beginning to impact Japanese companies that do business in the region.Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt have severed dip

    June 28, 2017 12:17 pm JST
  • US Supreme Court breathes new life into Trump's travel ban

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed a victory to President Donald Trump by reviving parts of a travel ban on people from six Muslim-majority countries that he said is needed for national security but that opponents decry

    June 27, 2017 06:07 am JST
  • Toyota-backed fund invests in Israeli auto chip venture

    TOKYO -- An investment fund backed by Toyota Motor has provided $5 million to Israel-based automotive chip startup Autotalks.Autotalks develops chipsets for vehicle-to-everything, or V2X, communications. Its offerings are known to perform well even

    June 26, 2017 05:31 pm JST
  • Turkey willing to mediate Gulf dispute

    TOKYO -- Turkey is willing to play a mediating role in the diplomatic crisis between Qatar and some of its Gulf neighbors, its foreign minister said.In an interview with the Nikkei Asian Review on Thursday, Mevlut Cavusoglu also criticized the Gulf

    June 23, 2017 09:32 am JST
  • Crown prince title cements Saudi reformer's power

    TEHRAN, Iran -- Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman, son of King Salman, has replaced his cousin Mohammed bin Nayef as crown prince following a surprise promotion, adding to his already sizable authority on foreign relations and economic matters.The 31

    June 22, 2017 04:13 am JST
  • Saudi Arabia's Mohammed bin Salman appointed Crown Prince

    DUBAI (Reuters) -- Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef has been relieved of his post and replaced by Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a royal decree said on Wednesday, in a promotion for King Salman's 31-year-old son that confirms him as n

    June 21, 2017 01:50 pm JST
  • Vandana Hari

    Qatar crisis: Oil supply vulnerability in time of plenty

    The diplomatic rift that opened without much warning between gas-rich OPEC member Qatar and some of its prominent Arab neighbors on June 5 -- then quickly escalated into a full-blown embargo with the severance of land, sea and air links between the

    June 21, 2017 09:00 am JST
  • J. Berkshire Miller

    Qatar crisis presents both threat and opportunity for Japan

    In early June, Saudi Arabia and its allies -- the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt -- sent ripples through financial markets and global diplomatic circles by blacklisting Qatar, accusing the state of sponsoring and nurturing ties with terrori

    June 19, 2017 06:00 pm JST
  • Japan's drug sector to unite for emerging-market push

    TOKYO -- Around 25 Japanese companies including Eisai and Takeda Pharmaceutical plan to jointly develop and distribute medicines in emerging economies, leveraging a government partnership to take on Western giants.The group will aim to develop marke

    June 17, 2017 01:49 am JST
  • UN launches second round of nuclear ban talks

    UNITED NATIONS -- Delegates from more than 80 countries kicked off a second and possibly final round of negotiations Thursday on an international treaty to ban nuclear weapons, seeking to adopt a final text by the July 7 end of the conference."As we

    June 16, 2017 05:30 am JST
  • Crude prices sag amid doubts over OPEC's influence

    TOKYO -- Crude oil prices have dropped this week in response to several reports that show rising output and lackluster demand, with market players questioning the effectiveness of OPEC's production cuts.The spot price of Dubai crude, the benchmark f

    June 16, 2017 02:51 am JST
  • Southeast Asia tries on affordable Middle East fashions

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Max Fashion, owned by Dubai-based retailer Landmark Group, opened its first apparel store on Wednesday, targeting middle-income consumers while eyeing regional expansion.Its 1208-sq.-meter store in IOI City Mall on the outskirts of t

    June 15, 2017 06:49 pm JST
  • Editorial: Washington must work to quell the Persian Gulf feud

    Several countries in the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, have severed diplomatic ties with Qatar over what they call its support for terrorist groups.Saudi Arabia and Qatar are among world's biggest oil and n

    June 15, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • No end in sight to weak Asian LNG spot prices

    TOKYO -- Spot prices for liquefied natural gas in Asian markets remain in the doldrums, hovering at levels more than 40% lower than their most recent high, seen in January.While new LNG production projects go on stream one after another, demand in J

    June 14, 2017 06:30 pm JST
  • Meet AI rock star Nvidia

    TOKYO -- For all but tech geeks and gamers, the name Nvidia may not ring a bell. But the American chipmaker is no "new kid in town;" he is already a tech community celebrity.Though still relatively young, Nvidia has already joined hands with the wor

    June 13, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Qatar dispute threatens Japan's helium supply

    OSAKA -- Helium shipments from Qatar have stalled following the severing of diplomatic ties between the resource-rich emirate and several of its neighbors, raising concerns about the supply of the gas used in semiconductor production.Qatar is the wo

    June 13, 2017 06:15 am JST
  • Islamic State calls for attacks in West, Russia, Middle East, Asia during Ramadan

    CAIRO (Reuters) -- An audio message purporting to come from the spokesman of Islamic State called on followers to launch attacks in the United States, Europe, Russia, Australia, Iraq, Syria, Iran, and the Philippines during the Islamic holy month of

    June 13, 2017 06:04 am JST
  • South Asia pushes Gulf nations to resolve Qatar crisis

    NEW DELHI -- South Asian countries are demanding a quick resolution to the deepening crisis in Qatar, concerned about their migrant workers in the gas-rich Persian Gulf nation after Saudi Arabia and its allies cut diplomatic and economic ties last w

    June 13, 2017 01:38 am JST
  • Vietnam suspends sending workers to Qatar

    HO CHI MINH CITY -- Labor-exporting companies in Vietnam have been asked to suspend sending workers to Qatar after other Gulf nations severed diplomatic ties with Doha.Officials from Vietnam's Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs on Thursd

    June 9, 2017 11:20 pm JST
  • SoftBank's $93bn fund goes a long way to help US-Saudi ties

    TOKYO -- Ties frayed between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia while former President Barack Obama was in office, but with new U.S. President Donald Trump making the Middle East kingdom the starting point of his first overseas trip, the relationship looks t

    June 9, 2017 04:05 pm JST