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  • Combating the Islamic State

    Russia, Turkey spar over alleged black-market oil

    MOSCOW -- Russia has accused Turkey of funding the Islamic State group through illicit oil purchases, threatening retaliation and reigniting complex historical tensions after the downing of a fighter jet. The Islamic State raises most of its fun

    November 28, 2015 07:45 am JST
  • Commodity prices

    Copper's slide linked to massive selling by Chinese

    TOKYO -- The week's plunging copper prices in London stemmed partly from a surge in short positions in Shanghai, adding uncertainty to the market outlook. Copper sank to $4,443 a ton Monday on the London Metal Exchange, its lowest in six and hal

    November 28, 2015 06:57 am JST
  • Automakers' first-half results

    Toyota stays on top, Volkswagen suffers amid scandal

    TOKYO -- Japan's Toyota Motor defended its top spot among world automakers in both net returns and earning power for the first half of fiscal 2015. The top 10 performers were reported based on a survey of earnings at the world's leading automake

    November 27, 2015 01:15 pm JST
  • Syria crisis

    UN refugee chief alarmed by rejection of migrants

    TOKYO -- With European and other governments increasingly averse to taking in Syrian refugees since the Paris attacks, the head of the United Nations' refugee agency expressed deep concern here Thursday and contended that terrorists can be weeded ou

    November 27, 2015 07:45 am JST
  • China Railway Group

    Shares rebound on Hungary railway project

    HONG KONG -- China Railway Group stock climbed Thursday after a three-day swoon, driven by news that the company will lead a Hungarian railway project. The railway construction giant said on Wednesday night that the governments of China and Hung

    November 27, 2015 12:50 am JST
  • Asia300

    Region's companies swarming into the $10 billion club

    BANGKOK -- Asia's breakneck economic growth has sent corporate market values soaring across the region. Excluding Japan, Asian companies accounted for 22% of the global $10 billion club as of the end of October, up from just 9% a decade earlier and

    November 26, 2015 02:00 pm JST
  • Richard Lumb

    Bank boards in urgent need of tech-savvy directors

    There is no business sector that spends more on information technology than banking. But with the digital era disrupting the landscape, technology is causing an industry-wide identity crisis that must be addressed at board level. Traditionally,

    November 26, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Guntram Wolff

    The ECB and politics in an era of low interest rates

    The European Central Bank is often criticized for its low interest rate policy -- especially in Germany, where this is felt to be an attack on savers. However, this argument fails to recognize that real interest rates have been falling since the 198

    November 26, 2015 10:20 am JST
  • Syria crisis

    Regional fault lines impede united front against Islamic State

    MOSCOW/ISTANBUL -- After a brief flash of solidarity following the Paris terrorist attacks, the odds seem against the U.S., Europe and Russia joining forces to defeat the Islamic State group. The nations around warn-torn Syria are pursuing their

    November 26, 2015 07:30 am JST
  • Investment in China

    Germany's BASF beefing up R&D, output

    SHANGHAI -- German chemical producer BASF is reinforcing its development and production setup in China in anticipation of growth in consumer spending. In early November, the company added a new wing to its research and development site in Shangh

    November 26, 2015 05:00 am JST
  • Maritime shipping

    Oversupply, weak demand depress container rates 60%

    TOKYO -- Spot rates for container ships departing from Asia have dropped across the board due to an oversupply of ships coupled with slowing freight movement. The spot rate for maritime containers shipped to the U.S. West Coast is currently arou

    November 26, 2015 04:52 am JST
  • Japanese nonlife insurers

    Sompo Japan Nipponkoa sets up Swiss reinsurance unit

    TOKYO -- Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Holdings has established a reinsurance company under British unit Canopius. Headquartered in Zurich, the company will begin operations as early as this year. It is capitalized at 100 million Swiss francs ($97.6 mil

    November 26, 2015 01:31 am JST
  • Smoking isn't cool anymore but why should Asia care?

    It is hard to imagine that smoking cigarettes was once cool -- a social "must" for the in crowd at glittering soirees, or a meditative puff for macho men astride majestic horses. It is even harder to remember that people once smoked freely in office

    November 26, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Asian leaders get a handle on Twiplomacy

    Social media's role in politics continues to grow as more elected officials take to the Internet to reach their audiences directly. For many globe-trotting world leaders, Twitter in particular has emerged as a popular diplomatic tool. A total of

    November 26, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Asia300 companies in the world top 100

    Welcome to Asia300, our list of must-watch companies from across the region, excluding Japan. As the global economy shifts focus to Asia, more of these 331 blue chips will come under the international spotlight. Some of the names are already among t

    November 26, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Corporate Asia swarming into the $10 billion club

    BANGKOK Asia's breakneck economic growth has sent corporate market values soaring across the region. Excluding Japan, Asian companies accounted for 22% of the global $10 billion club as of the end of October, up from just 9% a decade earlier and nea

    November 26, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Introducing the Asia300

    November 26, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Q&A with Daniel Yergin: US shale boom shaking up the global energy order

    TOKYO Oil prices remain stuck at low levels, unaffected by the waves of risk washing over the world amid mounting geopolitical tension. What is driving that trend, and how long will it last? The Nikkei Asian Review put these and other questions to D

    November 26, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Arthur Herman: UN Security Council must face modern realities

    In mid-October Japan was named to the United Nations Security Council for the usual temporary two-year term -- the country's 11th since it was admitted to the U.N. in 1956. But Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and others are arguing it is tim

    November 26, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Editorial: Break the chain of terror and hate

    Rage over the terrorist attacks in Paris has led people across the world to mourn the victims and show solidarity with France. The modern republican system of government came into being with the French Revolution. The system's underlying values

    November 26, 2015 12:00 am JST