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  • Volatility continues

    Tokyo stocks plummet again over China worries

    TOKYO -- Japanese stocks plunged again Tuesday amid worries over the Chinese economy, sliding far more sharply than other Asian shares. The Nikkei Stock Average declined 724.79 points -- the third-largest drop this year -- or 3.84% to close at 1

    September 2, 2015 05:15 am JST
  • Staving off crisis

    Likely US rate hike sets stage for debate at G-20

    TOKYO -- An anticipated U.S. interest rate hike is expected to dominate the upcoming meeting of the Group of 20 nations, as emerging economies warn that a hasty move by Washington could exacerbate market jitters triggered by concerns over China.

    September 1, 2015 11:07 pm JST
  • Signs of pullback growing

    Spiking gold to oil ratio points to trouble for world economy

    TOKYO -- The world economy is showing signs of stress, as reflected in turbulent global stock markets. Investors and policymakers are on guard, with the outlook China and other emerging economies particularly grim. One closely watched commodity

    September 1, 2015 02:15 pm JST
  • Nariman Behravesh

    What are the ramifications of the 'rolling routs' in financial markets on US and global growth?

    Global financial markets have been gripped by fear in recent weeks. What began as "Taper Panic" two years ago turned into "The Great Deflation" in commodity prices last year, and finally morphed into a huge stock market sell-off this summer, first i

    September 1, 2015 09:28 am JST
  • Stuck in high gear

    Steel product prices sinking amid flood of Chinese exports

    SHANGHAI -- With an economic slowdown having put a damper on Chinese demand for steel products, manufacturers unable to cut production significantly are flooding global markets, sending prices into a tailspin. China's steel product exports jumpe

    September 1, 2015 05:50 am JST
  • Casting a wider net

    Countries to bolster measures against tax avoidance

    TOKYO -- About 40 countries have agreed on a set of measures for combating tax avoidance by multinational corporations, taking aim at shell companies operating in tax havens. The framework was solidified in a recent round of working-level talks

    September 1, 2015 02:00 am JST
  • Dollar drops vs yen and euro as stocks weaken, on track for monthly loss

    LONDON (Reuters) -- The dollar lost ground against the safe-haven yen and the low-yielding euro on Monday as global stock markets began the week in the red, prompting investors to trim bets against currencies popularly used to fund risky carry trade

    August 31, 2015 05:10 pm JST
  • G-20 meeting

    World leaders to try and stop stock rout

    TOKYO -- It remains uncertain whether the market confusion triggered in China will subside. The issue is likely to dominate a meeting of finance ministers and central bank chiefs from the Group of 20 leading world economies in Ankara on Friday and S

    August 31, 2015 04:00 pm JST
  • Auto industry realignment

    Suzuki celebrates end to VW tie-up, but problems remain

    TOKYO -- Suzuki Motor will buy back the entire 19.9% stake held by Volkswagen, as a nearly four-year dispute finally ends. Suzuki had sought to dissolve the tie-up with the German automaker since 2011, but VW had refused to do so. An Internation

    August 31, 2015 01:41 am JST
  • Medical research

    Genomic screening project aims to foster trials of new cancer drugs

    TOKYO -- Drugmakers in Japan, U.S. and Europe are teaming up to discover new drugs based on human genetic data. Led by the National Cancer Center of Japan, the joint research by private companies and academic institutions will collect genetic inform

    August 30, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Nicholas Spiro

    China the real worry for emerging market investors

    Investor sentiment towards emerging markets remains bleak. Emerging market stocks have lost 10% in dollar terms this month, resulting in a 20% decline over the past three months. In the period between Aug. 19 and 26, emerging market bond funds s

    August 28, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Investing for growth

    Mitsubishi to take 20% stake in food giant Olam

    TOKYO -- Japanese trading house Mitsubishi Corp. will acquire a 20% interest in Southeast Asia's biggest food company, Olam International, for 130 billion yen ($1.07 billion). Mitsubishi will purchase shares in Olam via a private placement and f

    August 28, 2015 02:00 am JST
  • Nouriel Roubini

    A Financial Early-Warning System

    NEW YORK -- Recent market volatility - in emerging and developed economies alike - is showing once again how badly ratings agencies and investors can err in assessing countries' economic and financial vulnerabilities. Ratings agencies wait too long

    August 28, 2015 12:35 am JST
  • Building branded offerings

    Itochu to sell Orobianco bags in Japan

    TOKYO -- Itochu will market and sell Italian bag maker Orobianco's products here, strengthening its portfolio of well-known apparel brands. Along with the general trader holding distribution rights to Orobianco's products in Japan, the two compa

    August 27, 2015 01:31 am JST
  • Doubts still linger

    Easing by China starts to stabilize stock markets

    TOKYO -- Global stock prices are settling down following additional monetary easing by China, but with investors widely skeptical of the effectiveness of Beijing's response, the markets could still face further turmoil ahead. The Nikkei Stock Av

    August 27, 2015 12:04 am JST
  • Tata Group stalls takeovers after mixed results

    MUMBAI -- Tata Group, India's biggest conglomerate, is reassessing how it does business after two of its major acquisitions yielded contrasting results. British automaker Jaguar Land Rover, which Tata Motors bought in 2008, has become a group ca

    August 27, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Crisis takes its toll on currencies

    BANGKOK -- Knee-jerk reactions to Chinese moves in equity markets are currently grabbing headlines. But a longer-term perspective looking at the currency market shows just how deeply connected China has become with the global economy. The Nikkei

    August 27, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • International cooperation will be essential

    TOKYO -- The unrest rippling through global markets will test policymakers' ability to work together, calm investors and maintain economic momentum. Fears of slowing Chinese growth have cast a pall over the global economy and investors are scram

    August 27, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Peter Tasker: Global investors juggle euphoria and gloom

    TOKYO -- In investment, as elsewhere, averages can be seriously misleading. Despite recent turbulence, on average, world stock markets are at the same level as a year ago and valuations seem reasonable. Yet a closer look reveals a more disturbing pi

    August 27, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Modern restoration

    TOKYO -- Likened to a medical doctor for paintings, her patients have included works by Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh and Pablo Picasso. With time, any masterpiece can degrade, fall ill, and if untreated, become unrecognizable. Her job is to breath

    August 27, 2015 12:00 am JST