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  • Opinion & Analysis

    How much debt is too much?

    The 2008 global financial crisis was a dramatic demonstration that ill-considered debt causes major damage, affecting the entire global economy. If excessive national debt was the key problem around the world seven years ago, what has happened to de

    March 3, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • HTC's gamble

    Handset maker sees better odds upmarket

    TAIPEI -- HTC is making no secret of where it wants to go: the high end. The One M9, the latest flagship handset from Taiwan's leading smartphone maker, is designed to strengthen the company's presence upmarket, where it is up against powerhouse

    March 3, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • World's most expensive cities

    Singapore still priciest place for expats

    SINGAPORE -- Singapore remains "the most expensive city to live in," according to this year's survey on worldwide costs of living complied by The Economist Intelligence Unit. It is the second consecutive year for the city to be ranked the world's pr

    March 3, 2015 06:20 pm JST
  • Japanese arms exports

    Contractors uneasy as Abe chases orders

    TOKYO -- Japan's government is working hard to line up international orders for defense equipment. Yet among the domestic companies that stand to benefit from the push -- defense contractors -- there is a sense of anxiousness. In its rush to win con

    March 3, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Not sweating the weak yen

    Japan Inc. steps up acquisitions abroad

    TOKYO -- Japanese businesses are not letting a weak home currency get in the way of their global expansion plans. Some companies have been hit by stock declines after announcing foreign acquisitions, due to investor concerns about the yen's dep

    March 3, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • End of the tunnel

    Brent crude leading recovery in oil prices

    TOKYO -- Crude oil prices may be bottoming out, with a rise in North Sea Brent futures leading an uptrend in Dubai as well. But the market is still suffering from strong concerns over a supply glut, even as investors start preparing for a future inc

    March 3, 2015 07:31 am JST
  • Survival game

    Samsung, HTC moving up with new smartphone models

    BARCELONA, Spain -- Smartphone market leader Samsung Electronics of South Korea and Taiwan's HTC unveiled their latest flagship wares at the Mobile World Congress, which opened here Monday. Both companies hope that their top-of-the-line models c

    March 3, 2015 06:19 am JST
  • A call for arms

    Ukraine needs defense aid, foreign minister says

    TOKYO -- Shelling continues in eastern Ukraine despite a cease-fire between pro-Russian separatists and government forces, Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said Monday, calling for international aid to help his country defend itself. "We don't hav

    March 3, 2015 05:21 am JST
  • Moving past scandal

    Novartis CEO talks about digitized medicine

    BASEL, Switzerland -- Sit down with the chief of the world's biggest pharmaceutical company, and pretty soon the conversation will turn to the coming together of technology and biology. Call it digitized medicine. There will be an app for that.

    March 2, 2015 11:30 pm JST
  • Monetary policy

    As US, Japan diverge, yen in for rough ride

    TOKYO -- In the first two months of the year, the yen has traded between 115 and 120 against the dollar. As was the case last year, developments in Japanese and U.S. monetary policy are likely to be key to exchange rates. In 2014, the Japanese c

    March 2, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Britain's Prince William meets Japan quake-tsunami survivors

    SENDAI (Kyodo) -- Britain's Prince William expressed his sympathy Sunday as he met survivors of the 2011 quake and tsunami during a visit to Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan. The 32-year-old Duke of Cambridge told a couple who lost the

    March 1, 2015 02:43 pm JST
  • Britain's Prince William visits Fukushima with Abe

    FUKUSHIMA (Kyodo) -- Britain's Prince William visited Fukushima Prefecture on Saturday with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to help dispel safety concerns in the prefecture hit by the 2011 nuclear disaster. The 32-year-old Duke of Cambridge,

    February 28, 2015 08:50 pm JST
  • Eyeing growth

    Nikon to purchase UK medical instrument maker

    TOKYO -- Nikon is taking the plunge into the medical equipment field by acquiring British company Optos, the world's leading manufacturer of retinal imaging devices. Under an offer announced Friday, the Japanese company will spend 260 million po

    February 28, 2015 04:11 am JST
  • European foothold

    NTT unit to buy German data center operator

    TOKYO -- NTT Communications entered into the final stages of negotiations Friday to acquire German data center operator e-shelter, aiming to tap growing demand in Europe for secure data storage amid reports of U.S. surveillance. The purchase is

    February 28, 2015 02:09 am JST
  • Greek debt crisis

    German lawmakers back bailout extension

    BERLIN (Reuters) -- Germany's parliament approved an extension of Greece's bailout on Friday after Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, who has voiced doubts about whether Athens can be trusted, promised he would not let Greece "blackmail" its euro

    February 27, 2015 09:25 pm JST
  • Telstra shakeup

    Incoming CEO to lead overseas expansion

    BANGKOK -- The CEO-designate of Telstra, Australia's top telecommunications company, has vowed to speed up its international expansion. David Thodey, the current CEO, surprised investors when he announced his retirement on Feb. 20. Andy Penn, ch

    February 27, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Chelsea sign huge shirt deal with Japanese firm

    LONDON (Reuters) -- Premier League leaders and Capital One Cup finalists Chelsea agreed "one of the biggest shirt sponsorships ever signed" with the Yokohama Rubber Company on Thursday. Financial details were undisclosed but media reports said t

    February 27, 2015 05:35 pm JST
  • New field for Itochu

    Japanese trader gets into social lending

    TOKYO -- Japan's Itochu is starting a new online lending service, aiming to match people who need small loans with parties willing to provide cash. The goal is to accommodate demand for funding in various markets, including emerging ones. The t

    February 27, 2015 02:00 pm JST
  • Hitachi has a dream

    Smart railroads today, smart cities tomorrow

    TOKYO -- Hitachi, the Japanese electronics and heavy machinery conglomerate, thinks it is on track to becoming a major player in the global infrastructure industry. At the very least, it went a little further along that path Tuesday when it off

    February 27, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Two-seaters

    Yamaha to make, sell tiny cars in Europe

    TOKYO -- Yamaha Motor plans to make and sell small cars in Europe starting around 2019, President Hiroyuki Yanagi told the Nikkei Thursday. The world's second-biggest motorbike maker will invest tens of billions of yen to set up a plant for two-

    February 27, 2015 04:37 am JST