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  • 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
  • NTT to buy Australia's Oakton for $160M, boost cloud services

    TOKYO -- Major Japanese telecommunications provider NTT is set to buy an Australian consulting and technology company through its South African subsidiary, as it looks to strengthen its cloud computing business overseas. Nippon Telegraph and Tel

    August 12, 2014 02:00 pm JST
  • Ebola outbreak deaths in West Africa top 1,000: WHO

    NAIROBI (Kyodo) -- The death toll from the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has reached 1,013 as of Friday, according to the World Health Organization's latest update. The dead are among 1,848 confirmed or suspected cases of infection with Eb

    August 12, 2014 12:15 pm JST
  • Spreading Ebola epidemic has widening economic ramifications

    GENEVA -- The World Health Organization declared Friday that the Ebola epidemic is an international health emergency. Although the outbreak is concentrated in West Africa, a case of Ebola infection has been confirmed in the Middle East. Given th

    August 9, 2014 04:08 am JST
  • WHO declares Ebola outbreak int'l public health emergency

    GENEVA (Kyodo) -- The World Health Organization declared Friday the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa a public health emergency of international concern. "This is the largest, most severe outbreak in the nearly four decades' history of the dis

    August 9, 2014 12:16 am JST
  • Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ ties up with South African bank

    LONDON -- The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ is tying up with FirstRand Bank of South Africa to capitalize on FirstRand's customer base and to expand lending opportunities in the African country and other growth markets in Sub-Saharan Africa. This

    August 8, 2014 02:00 pm JST
  • US offers new military, economic support to Africa

    WASHINGTON -- The U.S. pledged $110 million a year in military support and $33 billion in new investments for Africa at a multilateral summit on Wednesday, seeking to counterbalance China's influence in the region. The series of associated meeti

    August 8, 2014 04:35 am JST
  • GM entering the fray in Southeast Asia, India

    BANGKOK/SINGAPORE/SHANGHAI -- General Motors shifted its international headquarters from Shanghai to Singapore on Tuesday, taking a step toward challenging Japanese dominance in Southeast Asia and South Asia. Now that the company has bounced bac

    August 6, 2014 03:17 am JST
  • Frank-Jurgen Richter: Infrastructure -- the invisible hand in full view

    We all use the infrastructure around us without usually noticing it, just as we ignore our skeleton unless we suffer a strain. Recently in Asia, I have read calls for greater support for local industries to mimic the German Mittelstand model of rely

    August 4, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Abe, Xi crisscross globe in race for emerging-market deals

    TOKYO -- Japan's Shinzo Abe has set foot on every continent save Antarctica since returning to the prime minister's office, most recently South America. All this economic diplomacy is meant to keep pace with China. Chinese President Xi Jinping s

    August 2, 2014 01:49 am JST