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  • Passage to Africa

    Japanese automakers using India as export base

    NEW DELHI -- Japanese automakers are now actively exporting vehicles from their Indian factories to the African market. The plants are closer to Africa than their Japanese and Southeast Asian factories. The low-priced and small cars that are the

    January 28, 2015 06:26 am JST
  • Indian Ocean trade swells

    Indonesia becomes a base for reaching markets around the rim

    JAKARTA/DALIAN, China/MUMBAI -- An economic transformation is gathering pace around the Indian Ocean. Countries that encircle it are increasingly doing business with one another, creating what could soon become a new locus of global growth. And Indo

    January 23, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Stephen Grenville: Low oil prices provide a fleeting chance for reform

    If the global price of oil had jumped by 50%, there is little doubt that economic commentators would be calling it a disaster for world growth. The price has in fact fallen by more than 50% since last June, but this ray of good news has not yet pier

    January 22, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Flying to Africa

    Well-situated carriers scurry to connect world with continent

    ISTANBUL/DUBAI -- Air carriers and governments in the Middle East and North Africa are increasingly turning their attention southward. By opening more routes to destinations across Africa, they hope to take full advantage of their home region's

    January 17, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Curtis S. Chin and Jose B. Collazo: Asia infrastructure needs reform, not more development banks

    Amid talk of the "Asian century," one of the most important questions is how best to finance the continent's tremendous infrastructure needs. Whether crumbling roads in the Philippines or power blackouts in India, the region's physical infrastructur

    January 15, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Sovereign wealth strategies

    Oil exporters could go risk-off as prices fall, populations age

    TOKYO -- Falling crude oil prices and aging populations could cause oil-producing nations to become risk-averse and sell off their stockholdings to make up revenue shortfalls. Abundant money from oil-producing countries has often helped avert or

    January 10, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Global risk

    Crude shock could squeeze spending in exporting countries

    CAIRO -- Falling crude oil prices may be a boon to the global economy as a whole, but the accelerating pace of declines since the start of the year is raising concerns among oil-producing countries, which could be forced to take such measures as spe

    January 7, 2015 05:49 am JST
  • From Asia to the world

    Japanese truckmakers to export more Asian output

    TOKYO -- Japanese commercial-vehicle manufacturers are exporting more of their Asian output to the rest of the world in order to stabilize production volumes and cultivate new markets in Africa and elsewhere. In Thailand, Isuzu Motors will incre

    January 5, 2015 02:26 am JST
  • Fighting terrorism

    Japan to help secure Sahara's southern edge

    TOKYO -- The Japanese government will step up assistance to improve security in the area between the Sahara Desert and the savanna to its south, helping to fight terrorism in the region. Japan is expected to supply vehicles for patrolling border

    January 3, 2015 03:26 am JST
  • Emerging global risks

    Ebola, terrorism and the return on capital

    In 2014, Russo-U.S. ties soured, the extremist Islamic State group turned terrorism uglier, and Ebola killed thousands and frightened millions. These and other threats appeared quickly and sent ripples far and wide. Russia is heavily involved in

    December 31, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Curtis S. Chin and Jose B. Collazo

    Asia infrastructure needs reform not more development banks

    Amid talk of the "Asian century," one of the most important questions is how best to finance the continent's tremendous infrastructure needs. Whether crumbling roads in the Philippines or power blackouts in India, the region's physical infrastructur

    December 29, 2014 12:00 pm JST
  • Growth strategy

    French food maker Danone hankering for acquisitions in Africa, China

    PARIS -- French food producer Danone is doggedly pursuing merger and acquisition opportunities in developing countries, looking to quickly build a base in those regions from which to corral consumers. The company sees growing demand for its prod

    December 28, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • 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