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  • Sumitomo to build gas-fired power plant in Ghana

    TOKYO -- Sumitomo plans to construct and operate a power plant in Ghana, becoming the first Japanese company to do so. The trading house aims to tap the western African country's electric power market, which is growing at a 7% annual clip, as it

    September 24, 2014 03:56 am JST
  • Humphrey Hawksley: Scottish vote holds lessons for Asia

    The United Kingdom has survived; it remains a single sovereign state comprising the three nations of England, Scotland and Wales, and the province of Northern Ireland. But Scotland's referendum vote on Sept. 18 was so tense, and the result so close

    September 20, 2014 09:30 pm JST
  • UN Security Council calls for massive Ebola response

    UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations Security Council on Thursday urged the world to scale up its response to the Ebola epidemic in western Africa, calling for the lifting of travel bans to allow for swift deliveries of relief supplies and personnel

    September 19, 2014 06:58 am JST
  • Mitsubishi to join development of major Ivory Coast oil field

    TOKYO -- Mitsubishi Corp. plans to begin large-scale crude oil production in Ivory Coast in 2019, aiming to provide another source for fuel-hungry Japan to lessen the nation's dependence on the Middle East. The trading house has agreed to take a

    September 12, 2014 02:00 am JST
  • Viruses: Nanoscopic takers (and possibly givers) of life

    TOKYO -- The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has claimed more than 1,500 lives and continues to accelerate, prompting the World Health Organization to call it an international public health emergency. In Japan, dengue fever has reappeared for the firs

    September 11, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Ashvin Dayal: Resilience to climate change a must

    Climate change creates unique public health challenges in the developing world. Fluctuations in temperature, precipitation and humidity can exacerbate chronic problems such as drought or contribute to weather shocks such as larger and more frequent

    September 11, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Nissan targets 10% market share in Africa

    TOKYO -- Nissan Motor is cultivating business in African countries such as Morocco and Kenya, aiming to expand its market share of just over 7% on the continent to 10% by the year ending March 2017. Africa's auto market stands at around 1.6 mill

    September 9, 2014 02:52 am JST
  • Japan's education ministry to make big push in overseas infectious disease research

    TOKYO -- Japan's Ministry of Education hopes to coordinate Japanese scientists already in Asia, Africa and other parts of the world conducting full-scale research into infectious diseases. It will request money for the project in the next fiscal yea

    September 5, 2014 01:40 pm JST
  • Tourist hot spots

    The number of travelers going abroad reached 1.035 billion in 2012, surpassing 1 billion for the first time, according to the U.N. World Tourism Organization. In 2013, the number increased 5%, to 1.087 billion. Europe remains the most popular touris

    September 4, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Stephen Grenville: How to reboot world trade talks

    Expanding trade has been the lynchpin of globalization. Total world trade rose from 42% of global gross domestic product in 1980 to 62% in 2007, according to the International Monetary Fund. Trade slowed during the 2008 crisis and since then has bar

    September 2, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Viruses: nanoscopic takers (and possibly givers) of life

    TOKYO -- The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has claimed more than 1,500 lives and continues to accelerate, prompting the World Health Organization to call it an international public health emergency. In Japan, dengue fever has reappeared for the firs

    August 29, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Ebola crisis starting to affect economies across Africa

    CAIRO -- The worst-ever Ebola outbreak is hurting not just the countries in West Africa where the disease has been found, but the entire continent. Neighboring countries have banned their citizens from traveling to the Ebola-stricken countries.

    August 26, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • China-aided trans-Africa railway line likely to transform regional trade

    DALIAN, China -- A century old British dream of building a transcontinental railway connecting the Atlantic and Indian oceans is becoming a reality with Chinese financing. Cutting through the belly of Angola, passing through the copper belt of the D

    August 25, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Japan-Africa summit to be held every 3 years, down from 5

    TOKYO -- Japan will hold a summit with African leaders every three years, instead of the current every five years, to deepen dialogue and strengthen cooperation with the continent, government sources said Saturday. Thus far, African leaders have

    August 24, 2014 02:00 am JST
  • Oki unit to check for 'conflict minerals'

    TOKYO -- The engineering service unit of Japan's Oki Electric Industry will launch a service tracing the origin of raw minerals used in industrial parts to determine whether they are so-called conflict minerals. With gold, tin, tantalum and tung

    August 23, 2014 02:00 am JST
  • Ebola impacting resource development

    FRANKFURT, Germany -- The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has forced resource developers to delay projects in the region, raising concerns that economic growth in the area could be depressed. ArcelorMittal, the world's largest steelmaker, began pr

    August 21, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Echoes of SARS in market analysts' Ebola reports

    TOKYO -- The outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa is emerging as a possible trigger for risk aversion among investors. Brokerages are issuing reports on how the hemorrhagic fever could affect the financial markets. Depending on how the

    August 21, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Ebola impacting resource development in Africa

    FRANKFURT, Germany -- The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has forced resource developers to delay projects in the region, raising concerns that economic growth in the area could be depressed if the epidemic drags on. ArcelorMittal, the world's lar

    August 15, 2014 04:53 am JST
  • Echoes of SARS in market analysts' reports on Ebola

    TOKYO -- The outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa is emerging as a possible trigger for risk aversion among investors. Brokerages are issuing reports on how the hemorrhagic fever could affect the financial markets. Depending on how the

    August 14, 2014 05:00 pm JST
  • WHO approves experimental treatments to combat Ebola

    GENEVA/WASHINGTON -- With the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa spinning out of control, the World Health Organization on Tuesday endorsed the use of untested drugs to curb the epidemic. The highly unusual step by the world health body reflects t

    August 13, 2014 02:58 am JST