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  • Jon Liden: Ebola -- Asia's biggest fear is fear itself

    This is the big one. For the three West African countries at the heart of the Ebola crisis -- Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia -- the current outbreak of the deadly virus is heading for a catastrophe of unimaginable scale. With infection spreading e

    October 23, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Japan getting the lowdown on Ebola from US military

    TOKYO -- Japan sent five officials, including members of the Self-Defense Forces, to the headquarters of the United States Africa Command in Germany on Tuesday to collect information about the Ebola outbreak and help prevent the spread of the diseas

    October 22, 2014 04:03 am JST
  • Ebola: Asia's biggest fear is fear itself

    This is the big one. For the three West African countries at the heart of the Ebola crisis -- Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia -- the current outbreak of the deadly virus is heading for a catastrophe of unimaginable scale. With infection spreading e

    October 21, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Fujifilm to boost supplies of potential Ebola drug

    TOKYO -- Fujifilm said Monday it will ramp up production of its Avigan influenza drug to prepare for shipment once the product is proven to be effective in treating Ebola in overseas clinical trials. The company currently has a stockpile of cour

    October 21, 2014 02:13 am JST
  • US, Japan muster new aid for Ebola fight

    WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is ready to appoint an official to oversee the response to a potential outbreak of Ebola fever in the U.S., while Japan began weighing additional support for fighting the disease. American anxiety about Ebola

    October 18, 2014 02:11 am JST
  • UN's Ebola fund low on cash as pledges fail to appear

    UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations trust fund for Ebola has only $100,000 left despite an appeal to the international community for $1 billion, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday. Ban told reporters at U.N. headquarters that the

    October 17, 2014 05:46 am JST
  • UN warns of weak response to Ebola outbreak

    UNITED NATIONS -- The international community has failed to mount an adequate response to the Ebola outbreak, the United Nations Security Council warned Wednesday, urging the world to scale up assistance to afflicted nations. All countries and o

    October 16, 2014 06:30 am JST
  • West African health systems dysfunctional: Mali prime minister

    PARIS -- Malian Prime Minister Moussa Mara said the health care systems serving West Africa are weak and called on developed nations to aid the region in combating the Ebola outbreak, in an interview here with The Nikkei. Mali has had no confirm

    October 15, 2014 06:22 am JST
  • Ebola casting shadow on global economy

    WASHINGTON -- Rising concern over a possible global outbreak of Ebola, especially in the wake of the new cases in Spain and the U.S., is putting investors on edge and has begun affecting the global economy. The disease will likely prove a long-t

    October 15, 2014 06:19 am JST
  • Ebola death toll surpasses 4,000: WHO

    GENEVA (Kyodo) -- The death toll from the Ebola virus outbreak topped 4,000 by midweek, doubling in about a month, the World Health Organization said Friday. The pace of infection appears to be picking up in West Africa, while cases have been re

    October 11, 2014 07:17 pm JST
  • Sumitomo Rubber to put $100 million into South African factory

    OSAKA -- Sumitomo Rubber Industries will ramp up production capacity at its South African factory in a 1.1 billion rand ($100 million) investment, having identified long-term potential in the region. The Japanese tire maker officially opened the

    October 10, 2014 06:17 am JST
  • Fujifilm's flu drug treating more Ebola patients in Europe

    TOKYO -- Fujifilm Holdings' influenza drug Avigan is now being used to treat Ebola patients in Spain and Norway, in addition to France and Germany. Avigan has been approved in Japan as an influenza treatment. Its efficacy on Ebola is unknown, bu

    October 10, 2014 01:51 am JST
  • 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