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  • Hunt for yield heats up: subprime loans, anyone?

    TOKYO -- With long-term interest rates at historic lows in much of the rich world, investors are reaching eagerly for exotic sovereign bonds and even repackaged loans to questionable borrowers. Monetary policy in the U.S., Europe and Japan has s

    July 29, 2014 04:18 am JST
  • Global market volatility boosts hopes for Japan stocks

    TOKYO -- Global financial markets are stuck, their declining volatility posing a critical dilemma to hedge funds, who find their profits in the margins. I was recently invited to deliver a lecture about Abenomics in New York at a meeting of hed

    July 28, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Lawrence Freedman: A look at the beginnings of World War I and the salami-slicers of today

    As we reach the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, we find there is still no consensus on its origin. This is because there was no single cause. The complicated background to the war inevitably limits our ability to draw clear lessons. T

    July 28, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • China set to lose some e-cigarette production

    BEIJING -- These should be good times for makers of electronic cigarettes. Global sales have surged from almost nothing in 2008 to around $2.2 billion today, and are expected to keep growing at double-digit rates for years to come. Some forecasters,

    July 28, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Myanmar military mum on politics but still involved

    YANGON -- Myanmar's military, which had long provoked international criticism for cracking down on democracy activists, more recently has been attracting high-profile visits from other countries' defense officials. The trend suggests that, three yea

    July 28, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Alicia Garcia-Herrero: EU must end China schizophrenia

    Europe's economic relationship with China is as vast as it is poorly understood. The European Union is China's main trading partner, with two-way trade valued at more than $1.35 billion per day. However the U.S. still clearly dominates China's forei

    July 25, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Need for security network growing in Asia

    TOKYO -- When a flotilla of ships of the Russian Pacific Fleet called at the Vietnamese naval base at Cam Ranh in June, it was a clear indication that Vietnam was courting Russia in a bid to counter China's growing clout. The port call followed

    July 25, 2014 02:40 pm JST
  • Japan, China battle over financial infrastructure

    TOKYO -- The Japanese government released the revised version of its Japan Revitalization Strategy for 2014 late last month. There was a low-profile but important measure in the strategy: Strengthening the yen's infrastructure. The measure is de

    July 24, 2014 01:20 pm JST
  • Interest rates, Russia risks dragging euro down

    TOKYO -- The euro reached on Wednesday its lowest point against the dollar in Tokyo since November 2013, amid falling interest rates and worries about the impact on the euro zone of European Union sanctions against Russia. The euro softened to $

    July 24, 2014 03:49 am JST
  • Foreign companies accelerate cheap yen funding

    TOKYO -- Non-Japanese companies have been raising more funds in yen this year, with low interest rates lifting samurai loans to a record high in the first half. U.S. and European banks cut back on lending after the 2008 financial crisis, leading

    July 24, 2014 02:02 am JST
  • Brahma Chellaney: To prevent another MH17, examine root causes

    Despite the international outrage over its tragic fate, Malaysia Airlines' MH17 is not the first civilian airliner thought to have been shot down by rebels with an anti-aircraft missile. Nor will it be the last, unless urgent steps are taken interna

    July 24, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Brand Japan almost 400 years old

    An imaginary European palace adorned with roughly 100 reproductions of antique Imari porcelain exported from Japan between the mid-17th and 19th centuries is the venue of the 34th Summer Festival of Arita & Imari Porcelain. The show runs through

    July 24, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Lynda Gratton: Corporate vitality key to success

    I wrote a book a couple of years back called "The Shift." What I described there was the way I thought the world would change: the technological changes that are facing us, the globalization changes. And in the book, I talked about the three shifts

    July 24, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Ken Kutaragi: In-car IT ready for masses

    Android Auto drew strong attention at this year's Google I/O, an annual software developer-focused conference held in June. The platform extends the use of Google's Android operating system to automobiles. It functions by connecting users' smartphon

    July 24, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Weaponizing the world

    Military spending in 2013 showed year-on-year growth worldwide in all regions except for the U.S., Europe and Oceania. Increases were particularly high in emerging economies. China has nearly tripled its military spending over a decade, and now acco

    July 24, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Update: 5 detained in China expired meat scandal as police launch probe

    BEIJING (Kyodo) -- Shanghai police have detained five suspects in connection with an expired meat scandal that has rocked major fast food chains in China, Japan and the United States, local media reported Wednesday. Chinese authorities have plac

    July 23, 2014 05:18 pm JST
  • 5 detained in China tainted meat scandal as police launch probe

    BEIJING (Kyodo) -- Shanghai police have detained five suspects in connection with a tainted meat scandal that has rocked major fast food chains in China, Japan and the United States, Chinese state media reported Wednesday. Authorities have place

    July 23, 2014 04:15 pm JST
  • MH17 black boxes to be sent to Britain for analysis: Malaysia

    KUALA LUMPUR (Kyodo) -- The black boxes of the Malaysia Airlines jetliner that was shot down over rebel-held eastern Ukraine will be sent to Britain for forensic analysis, Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said in a statement Wednesday.

    July 23, 2014 10:43 am JST
  • Hitachi throws down gauntlet to top 3 train makers

    TOKYO/LONDON -- Hitachi on Monday unveiled standard rail cars developed for overseas customers, an occasion that revealed the company's vaulting ambition for a market dominated by three giants. Switching to standardized production helps Hitachi

    July 23, 2014 05:52 am JST
  • Fortune 500 shows how badly corporate Japan lags West

    TOKYO -- In Fortune magazine's latest ranking of the world's top 500 companies by revenue, 57 Japanese businesses made the cut, five fewer than last year. In 2000, the figure exceeded 100, meaning over 20% of the companies in the global elite were J

    July 22, 2014 01:00 pm JST