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  • UN talks agree building blocks for new-style climate deal in 2015

    LIMA (Reuters) -- About 190 nations agreed on Sunday the building blocks of a new-style global deal due in 2015 to combat climate change amid warnings that far tougher action will be needed to limit increases in global temperatures. Under the de

    December 14, 2014 06:18 pm JST
  • Super Rugby comes to Asia

    Japan ready to take its bruises in top league

    TOKYO -- Japan is preparing to raise its game -- its rugby game, that is. The country will join Super Rugby, the Southern Hemisphere's top league, in 2016. For the Japanese players, it is going to be a grueling and bruising but potentially rewar

    December 14, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Mitsui in Mozambique

    Japanese trading house has finger on pulse

    TOKYO -- Mitsui & Co.'s strategy for growth in Mozambique puts it in the thick of a key African emerging market. The Japanese trading house said Tuesday it will take part in two connected projects there: developing a vast coal deposit and the ra

    December 11, 2014 12:38 am JST
  • Coal in Mozambique

    Mitsui to help develop mine, rail system, port all at once

    TOKYO -- Mitsui & Co. will make a major investment in Mozambique involving a coal mine, railway and port facilities, hoping to aid the country's infrastructure development. The Japanese trading house will target a mine in Moatize, to the northwe

    December 5, 2014 06:10 am JST
  • Tejraj M. Aminabhavi: Carbon -- a versatile gift from nature

    Carbon is available in many different forms: carbon dioxide, methane gas, coal, petroleum and natural gas. It is the active element of photosynthesis -- a key process for all living matter that combines water, sunlight and carbon dioxide to create u

    December 4, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Battling Ebola

    Toyama Chemical's Avigan showing promise against disease

    TOKYO -- More than 5,000 people around the world have died in the latest outbreak of Ebola, with many more expected to succumb to the disease. The antiviral drug Avigan, which was developed by midsize Japanese pharmaceutical company Toyama Chemi

    November 29, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Chinese regional jet takes flight with future up in the air

    ZHUHAI, China -- China's first homegrown passenger jet is ready for the skies. But will it find customers outside of China? And given the size of the Chinese market, does foreign demand really matter? The state-owned Commercial Aircraft Corp. of

    November 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Japan-Singapore partnership

    Joint plan to help developing countries build infrastructure

    TOKYO -- Japan and Singapore plan to provide developing countries in the Middle East, Africa and the Pacific region with technological assistance for infrastructure development beginning in fiscal 2015. The first step for two governments will be

    November 26, 2014 02:00 pm JST
  • Ebola in India

    Officials look to strengthen defenses after 'survivor' isolated

    NEW DELHI -- An Indian man who was treated and "cured" of Ebola in Liberia has been quarantined upon his return home, after his semen tested positive for the virus. Although officials say they have contained the risk of this particular case, the cou

    November 20, 2014 10:02 am JST
  • Islamic State: The new face of terror

    In its quest to acquire manpower and support for its operations in Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State militant group is making deep inroads into Asia -- and achieving a level of success that al-Qaida could only have dreamed of. The growing presence o

    November 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Kamal Alam: Syria offers clues to Islamic State's future in Asia

    One of the more remarkable documents found in the Osama bin Laden compound included a letter to the Islamic State group of Iraq and Syria cautioning Abu Musab al-Zarqawi over his group's extreme violence. The insurgency in Fallujah and Tal Afar

    November 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Islamic bonds gain global momentum

    LONDON -- Islamic finance is spreading beyond its traditional strongholds in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Worldwide issuance of sukuk -- bondlike instruments that respect the religion's ban on interest -- is projected to reach the second-high

    November 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • G-20 leaders vow to tackle Ebola impact on global economy

    BRISBANE, Australia (Kyodo) -- Leaders from the Group of 20 economies issued a statement Saturday pledging to fight the Ebola pandemic, a move suggesting they see the outbreak in West Africa as a serious downside risk to the world economy. The s

    November 15, 2014 06:30 pm JST
  • Chinese regional jet takes flight, but future remains unclear

    ZHUHAI, China -- China's first homegrown passenger jet took to the skies at an air show this week, but with most of the demand coming from China itself, it's unknown whether the plane can find success in the global market. The state-owned Commer

    November 15, 2014 07:36 am JST
  • Ebola deaths top 5,000, up by 1,000 in one month: U.N. agency

    GENEVA (Kyodo) --The number of Ebola cases in the outbreak centered on West Africa reached 14,098 in eight countries, with the death toll hitting 5,160, up by around 1,000 in one month, the World Health Organization said Wednesday. The U.N. heal

    November 13, 2014 10:12 am JST
  • Keith B. Richburg: Facing 'pathological hatred' at home, Obama may find he can still lead during his Asia tour

    U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Asia this week a damaged leader, weakened at home after midterm elections saw his Democratic Party rejected across the board and, most crucially, his Republican opponents take control of the Senate for the firs

    November 13, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Scientists slowly unmasking Ebola

    TOKYO -- Researchers are starting to get a better read on the Ebola virus, the deadly hemorrhagic fever that continues to plague West Africa. The good news: The prevailing view is that the infectiousness of the virus, or the ease with which it s

    November 11, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Keith B. Richburg: Asia provides refuge from 'Obama derangement syndrome' -- but then what?

    U.S. President Barack Obama arrives in Asia in the coming days a damaged leader, weakened at home after midterm elections saw his Democratic Party rejected across the board and, most crucially, his Republican opponents take control of the U.S. Senat

    November 7, 2014 07:30 pm JST
  • Japan to provide new aid of up to $100M to Ebola-hit West Africa

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan will provide up to $100 million in additional humanitarian assistance to Ebola-hit West Africa, the government said Friday. The aid comes on top of $40 million Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged at the U.N. General Assembl

    November 7, 2014 11:38 am JST
  • An Asian post-election checklist for Obama

    Just days after the Nov. 4 midterm election transformed the U.S. political landscape by handing control of Congress to Republicans, President Barack Obama will land in Asia for a series of summits with regional and world leaders. The timing is signi

    November 5, 2014 07:00 pm JST