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  • Not empty-handed

    Modi clinches nuclear, fighter jet deals

    NEW DELHI -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi returns home from nine days in Europe and Canada with assurances of nuclear fuel and warplanes for his country, but he made no visible progress in attracting direct investment in manufacturing. Ne

    April 18, 2015 03:58 am JST
  • Heading back to 0.2%

    Low yields in Europe fueling rally in Japan's government bonds

    TOKYO -- With loose monetary policy in Europe causing interest rates there to sink, investors are flocking to Japanese government bonds in search of higher yields. As benchmark June bond futures rose further in Tokyo trading Friday afternoon, th

    April 18, 2015 01:41 am JST
  • Tarnished arches

    McDonald's takes cue from French unit in drive to regain luster

    TOKYO -- McDonald's Holdings (Japan) will focus on renovations and cutbacks to return to profitability, but its fortunes ultimately may hinge on the ability to rebrand itself as a healthier, more locally oriented eatery. McDonald's Japan expects

    April 17, 2015 05:19 am JST
  • Nuclear security

    IAEA hopeful Iran will allow inspections of atomic sites

    TOKYO -- The International Atomic Energy Agency has high hopes that Iran will submit to snap inspections of its nuclear facilities, Director General Yukiya Amano told The Nikkei in a recent interview. Amano welcomed the tentative nuclear framewo

    April 17, 2015 02:35 am JST
  • Marketing offensive

    UK's Dyson chooses Tokyo for first store

    TOKYO -- Dyson, the British company known for its futuristic vacuums and fans, will make Tokyo the home of its only directly run store in the world, opening the outlet Friday as part of a campaign to bolster its already-strong presence in the Japane

    April 17, 2015 01:32 am JST
  • Why Japan said 'no'

    On the AIIB question, did Tokyo defer to Washington?

    TOKYO -- While other countries lined up to become founding members of the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, Japan opted to stay out of the game. Some observers suspect Tokyo simply paid heed to Washington's wishes, rather than making i

    April 16, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Stumbling block at 10M

    Volkswagen faces new challenge after sales expansion

    FRANKFURT/NEW YORK -- Having achieved the milestone of 10 million unit sales in a year, Volkswagen is now struggling with profitability issues -- a new challenge for the global auto giant. Last year's figure represents a doubling of the group's

    April 16, 2015 06:16 am JST
  • Google and competition

    Antitrust law must not stifle IT industry's creativity

    TOKYO -- Search engines, to the eyes of European Commission regulators, serve as infrastructure that allow access to information, belonging to the public sphere where a variety of options must be available and no specific company should be given an

    April 16, 2015 05:08 am JST
  • Seeking common ground

    G-7 shows united front on China, Russia

    LUEBECK, Germany -- The Group of Seven foreign ministers sought to display their unity by reaching some consensus on China and Russia here Wednesday, while avoiding more contentious issues such as the new China-led development bank. G-7 members

    April 16, 2015 04:09 am JST
  • Joint declaration

    G-7 ministers speak out on Chinese maritime expansionism

    LUEBECK, Germany -- The Group of Seven foreign ministers issued their first joint declaration focusing on maritime issues Wednesday, prompted by Chinese expansionism in its neighboring waters. The G-7 countries will "continue to observe the situ

    April 16, 2015 02:40 am JST
  • Gaining on US and Japan

    China furthering economic ambitions with AIIB

    BEIJING -- China is taking another step toward creating an economic sphere of its own with the progress on the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, with the 57 members so far not far behind the rival Asian Development Bank's roster of 67. China

    April 16, 2015 02:33 am JST
  • Shell's BG buy a game changer for industry, Asian LNG

    TOKYO -- Anglo-Dutch oil giant Royal Dutch Shell's $70 billion bid to acquire Britain's BG Group signals the onset of another major industry shakeout, as well as changes for the Asian energy market. Over the past few years, the oil majors have s

    April 16, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Mobile provider Telenor finds growth by serving Asia's poor

    BANGKOK/NEW DELHI -- State-run Norwegian wireless carrier Telenor has become a major player in Asia, building a base of 168 million subscribers by targeting low-income earners with cut-rate plans.Opportunities for womenDamka is a quiet farming villa

    April 16, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Menenberg, Rodriguez: Japan grapples with the age of terrorism

    As Japan grappled with the notion it had become a target for the extremist group Islamic State following the hostage crisis earlier this year, the country's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida outlined a strategy for dealing with Islamic terrorism. In a

    April 16, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • EU charges Google in Internet search anti-trust case

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) -- The European Union accused Google Inc on Wednesday of cheating competitors by distorting Internet search results to favour its shopping service, and launched another antitrust investigation into its Android mobile operating sys

    April 15, 2015 10:02 pm JST
  • AIIB launch

    China offered Japan No. 2 post at new bank

    TOKYO -- China offered Japan the post of the top-ranking vice president at the planned Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. Japan did not accept the offer, and instead toed the U.S. line, according to informed sources. At Diaoyutai State Guesth

    April 15, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Off-the-record admonition

    BOJ's Kuroda warns Abe about bond rules

    TOKYO -- Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda earlier this year urged Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to make serious efforts to improve the nation's finances, sources said Tuesday. Kuroda made the remarks Feb. 12 during a meeting of the Council on Econ

    April 15, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Nonferrous metals markets

    Chinese hedge funds boost influence

    TOKYO -- Chinese hedge funds are reinforcing their influence on global nonferrous metals markets. While demand in China has a large impact on nonferrous metals markets, Chinese market players are also making themselves felt. Market watchers spec

    April 15, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • New China-led development bank to have 57 founding members

    BEIJING (Kyodo) -- China on Wednesday announced a lineup of 57 countries that will be founding members of a Beijing-led international development bank focused on building infrastructure in Asia. The most recent additions to the roster of members

    April 15, 2015 03:05 pm JST
  • Analysts on the ECB meeting

    Ripples may push up Japan stocks

    TOKYO -- The European Central Bank's monetary easing program, launched March 9, and other factors have caused long-term interest rates on the Continent to tumble. In Switzerland and Germany, rates have sunk into negative territory. And like in Japan

    April 15, 2015 03:00 pm JST