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  • Financial shock

    Touchy derivatives market spreading Deutsche Bank waves

    TOKYO -- Doubts about Deutsche Bank's creditworthiness are rocking financial markets, amplified by investor insecurities about the massive global derivatives industry. Shares in the German bank plummeted Monday as analysts signaled doubts about

    February 10, 2016 07:54 am JST
  • Philips CEO interview

    Internet, big data key to new health care

    AMSTERDAM -- Dutch electronics giant Philips is looking to revolutionize health care by providing more personal, interconnected services powered by the Internet and big data. CEO Frans van Houten spoke with The Nikkei about this convergence of t

    February 10, 2016 07:20 am JST
  • Philips reimagined

    New identity lies with health-related data services

    AMSTERDAM -- European electronics giant Philips is reinventing itself as a comprehensive health care company dealing with everything from equipment to information services, while striving to maintain a connection to consumers -- unlike many of its c

    February 10, 2016 06:00 am JST
  • Financial markets

    Stocks slide worldwide as European fears spread

    TOKYO -- Shock waves triggered by the European banking sector reverberated through global markets Tuesday, sinking equities and bond yields as investors dashed for safety. The Nikkei Stock average sank 918 points to 16,085 in its largest drop of

    February 10, 2016 05:31 am JST
  • Marine products

    Yamaha Motor buys Finnish boat giant in European push

    TOKYO -- Yamaha Motor has bought Finnish boat maker Inha Works as part of efforts to cultivate the European and Russian markets further. Inha Works, known for its Buster brand, is Europe's biggest provider of aluminum boats, used for fishing and

    February 10, 2016 05:01 am JST
  • Negative interest rates

    Europe feels the heat for further easing

    LONDON -- Pressure is mounting on the European Central Bank to adopt negative rates as risk-averse investors drive up the euro to levels from before ECB decided on quantitative easing in January 2015. "The risks of acting too late outweigh the r

    February 10, 2016 03:36 am JST
  • Global military balance

    China's territorial ambitions driving up Asia's defense spending

    LONDON -- Asia was the only region in the world to see increased military spending in 2015, largely due to solid expansion of China's military budget, according to the Military Balance 2016 report. The latest edition of the annual publication on

    February 10, 2016 03:15 am JST
  • Acquisitions

    Asahi offers over 400bn yen for Peroni, Grolsch

    TOKYO -- Asahi Group Holdings is offering a little over 400 billion yen ($3.48 billion) to purchase two European beer brands from SABMiller, proposing the biggest-ever overseas acquisition by a Japanese beer company. Asahi finalized its proposal

    February 10, 2016 02:15 am JST
  • Japanese debt

    Negative long-term yields a warning from markets

    TOKYO -- Investors' rush for cover has pushed yields on even long-term Japanese government debt into negative territory, signaling a need for concerted action to tame rampant alarm about the global economy. Global companies and financial institu

    February 10, 2016 02:06 am JST
  • Market Scramble

    Foreign funds flip the script on Tokyo market

    TOKYO -- Overseas investment funds that profit from negative bets on assets seem to have had a wild time here Tuesday pouncing on what they see as a liquidity-driven market overdue for a takedown. Chris Morrison, head of strategy at U.K. hedge f

    February 10, 2016 02:00 am JST
  • North Korea

    Regime dances around sanctions

    SEOUL -- North Korea is pushing ahead with its nuclear and missile development programs in defiance of international threats to impose new sanctions. It has also shown an ability to skirt sanctions that are already in place. The United Nations S

    February 9, 2016 08:15 pm JST
  • FT: Europe steadies after Tokyo slide

    LONDON/HONG KONG -- European bourses are inching off recent lows even after Japanese stocks plunged and yields on the country's benchmark bonds turned negative as the global "risk-off" rout hit Asia. Investor fretting has caused a dash for tradi

    February 9, 2016 05:40 pm JST
  • Agrochemical industry

    ChemChina-Syngenta deal may help China meet food challenges

    FRANKFURT, Germany -- The purchase of Switzerland's agrochemical maker Syngenta by China National Chemical, or ChemChina, has sent shock waves through the industry. The $43 billion deal, the biggest-ever overseas acquisition by a Chinese state-o

    February 9, 2016 05:00 pm JST
  • Paul Mortimer-Lee

    New front in currency wars

    The recent move by the Bank of Japan to institute a negative deposit rate prompts the question as to its implications for other central banks, including the European Central Bank. The ECB last eased policy in December when it cut its own deposit

    February 9, 2016 01:00 pm JST
  • Peter Tasker

    Changing the deflationary dynamic

    Mr. Market is in a gloomy frame of mind. The imaginary person dreamed up by Benjamin Graham, the godfather of investment gurus, is expecting economic storms ahead. From the start of the year, powerful moves in world markets for bonds, commodities an

    February 9, 2016 11:12 am JST
  • Japanese trading houses

    Itochu to invest in US cocoa ingredients processor

    TOKYO -- Itochu is entering the business of cocoa ingredient processing and sales by taking a nearly 20% stake in American processor Transmar. The Japanese trading house will buy new shares from Transmar's London-based holding company within the

    February 9, 2016 03:30 am JST
  • Negative interest rates

    What Europe's experience tells us about the BOJ's experiment

    TOKYO -- The Bank of Japan hopes its negative interest rate will help to boost prices. Haruhiko Kuroda, the central bank's governor, argues the policy will spur consumption and capital spending. But do negative interest rates work? And what side eff

    February 8, 2016 07:00 pm JST
  • Beer market

    China's brewers face an unfamiliar challenge -- sinking sales

    DALIAN, China -- After years of steady growth, China's beer market is losing its fizz as the economy slows and consumers turn to other types of alcohol. To stay afloat, the country's brewers are looking to reduce overcapacity and otherwise downsize

    February 8, 2016 07:00 pm JST
  • Japanese statecraft

    Tokyo's governor acts more like diplomat

    TOKYO -- During the two years since he became Tokyo's governor, Yoichi Masuzoe has been acting more like a diplomat than a local government chief. He has made many trips to foreign capitals on official business and met with a number of foreign polit

    February 6, 2016 01:00 pm JST
  • Toshiba restructuring

    Canon, Fujifilm among possible buyers of medical unit

    TOKYO -- Toshiba has selected two coalitions of companies, which include domestic players such as Canon, Konica Minolta and Fujifilm Holdings, as potential buyers of its medical equipment unit, it was learned Friday. The first coalition consists

    February 6, 2016 07:31 am JST