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  • Thai Airways

    New chief struggles to refresh national carrier

    BANGKOK -- Thai Airways International's recruitment of the former chief of the country's stock exchange in an attempt to breathe new life into its ailing business has not convinced the market that the carrier is on the path to recovery. The airl

    March 2, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Godrej in Africa

    Indian group lifts stakes in hair care units

    MUMBAI -- Godrej Consumer Products, an Indian household and personal care goods company, is beefing up investment in Africa. The company said it raised its stakes in the South African and Mozambican subsidiaries of Darling Group Holdings -- a So

    February 26, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Expanding in Africa

    Tokio Marine & Nichido to tie up with South Africa's Hollard

    TOKYO -- Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance will enter a partnership with South Africa's Hollard Insurance Group to gain a foothold in the relatively untouched African market. Established in 1980, the Hollard group offers life and nonlife ins

    February 25, 2015 02:57 am JST
  • Fallout from China's economic slump

    Copper, nickel prices down 10% in 2015

    TOKYO -- International prices for copper and nickel are down 10% or so since the start of the year and remain sluggish due largely to a prolonged slowdown in growth of Chinese demand, which accounts for 40% of global demand. Copper is currently

    February 24, 2015 04:15 am JST
  • Drug-resistant malaria

    Experts warn of disease's deadly spread in Asia

    As virulent, drug-resistant strains of malaria spread in Asia, governments in the Asia-Pacific region must redouble their efforts to eradicate the disease, amid the growing risk that these new forms will spread to South Asia, China and Africa, accor

    February 20, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Growth market seen

    Japan to offer yen loans for east African logistics hub

    TOKYO -- The Japanese government will lend more than 100 billion yen ($833 million) to developers of a logistics hub in east Africa to help Japanese companies move into the area, sources told The Nikkei. Tokyo in 2015 will provide yen loans of r

    February 15, 2015 02:00 am JST
  • Satoshi Ikeuchi

    Spread of radical Islamic ideology cannot be stopped by force

    The question of how to understand the Muslim world is taking on greater importance at the national, social and individual levels. The terrorist attack on the French newspaper Charlie Hebdo, the rise of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and the milita

    February 5, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Satoshi Ikeuchi: Spread of radical Islamic ideology cannot be stopped by force

    The question of how to understand the Muslim world is taking on greater importance at the national, social and individual levels. The terrorist attack on the French newspaper Charlie Hebdo, the rise of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and the milita

    February 5, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • 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