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  • Crude oil prices are in for a protracted slump

    TOKYO -- International crude oil prices have been tumbling since summer, with U.S. crude oil futures declining to half the record high of $147 a barrel set in 2008. Lower oil prices will help improve corporate earnings and lead to a future uptur

    November 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Rich Chinese smitten with foreign metropolises

    DALIAN, China -- A 56-story luxury condominium on the banks of the River Thames in London has caught the eye of Chinese investors. "One Nine Elms," the brainchild of Dalian Wanda Group, China's largest commercial property company, is the conglom

    November 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Asset managers taking their opinions into Japan Inc. boardrooms

    TOKYO -- Institutional investors are changing. Now, they not only buy and sell stocks but also rack their brains on behalf of the companies they invest in. This has raised hopes that more shareholders will play a role in fostering companies lead

    November 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Game wars

    New software titles pit 'Pokemon' against rival 'Yokai Watch'

    TOKYO -- Pokemon Co. of Japan on Nov. 21 released the latest video game in its popular "Pokemon" series for the Nintendo 3DS to reach a new generation of fans in Japan and beyond, at a time when a huge hit product from rival "Yokai Watch" is stealin

    November 26, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Alicia Garcia-Herrero

    What the EU banking stress tests tell Asia

    The European Central Bank released the results of the first comprehensive assessment of European banks late last month. As many expected, the outcome was generally positive. Only 16 banks out of 150 institutions failed to meet the minimum criter

    November 25, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Chinese industrial robots

    In the world's biggest market, success isn't automatic

    SHANGHAI -- Chinese manufacturers are rushing to automate their factories to offset rising wages, a trend that bodes well for the nation's robot makers. Yet industry watchers say robotics companies face the same problem that has vexed domestic autom

    November 25, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Global auto sales

    Economic, political woes slow new-car sales in developing nations

    GUANGZHOU, China -- Economic and political uncertainties have slammed the brakes on new-car sales in emerging economies, and winning over these markets has once again become a pressing goal for the world's automakers. The number of new cars sold

    November 25, 2014 04:27 am JST
  • Japan-EU trade

    Japan needs more open rail sector, French economy minister says

    PARIS -- Reducing nontariff barriers to trade in rail equipment and other markets will be important for Japan to reach an economic partnership agreement with the European Union, France's economy minister recently told The Nikkei. Japan and the E

    November 25, 2014 02:41 am JST
  • Keeping tabs on trucks

    Isuzu to expand sales of tracking system

    TOKYO -- Isuzu Motors will broaden its international marketing next year of a telematics system that lets dispatchers track commercial vehicles and monitor their performance. The Japanese automaker already sells the wireless monitoring system in

    November 25, 2014 01:52 am JST
  • Drugmaker ranking

    Japan's Chugai tops drug patent asset ranking

    TOKYO -- Japan's Chugai Pharmaceutical topped the asset value ranking of drug patents registered with the Japan Patent Office during fiscal 2013, according to Patent Result, a Japan-based company that analyzes patents. But many big Japanese phar

    November 24, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Slippery commodity

    Crude oil prices may face protracted slump

    TOKYO -- International crude oil prices have continued to tumble since this past summer, with U.S. crude oil futures declining to half the record high of $147 a barrel set in 2008. Lower oil prices will lead to improvements in corporate earnings

    November 23, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • QE in Europe

    Draghi readying to take the plunge

    BERLIN -- Comments by President Mario Draghi suggest that the European Central Bank is gearing up to start large-scale purchases of sovereign bonds. "We will do what we must to raise inflation and inflation expectations as fast as possible, as o

    November 22, 2014 07:17 am JST
  • Garment industry shift

    Vietnam emerges as next big factory floor

    TOKYO/YANGON -- Cost-sensitive garment businesses around the world increasingly regard Vietnam as a top choice for production, in anticipation of a trans-Pacific trade deal that would eliminate tariffs on clothes entering the U.S. A factory esta

    November 22, 2014 06:41 am JST
  • China auto demand

    Kobe Steel to deepen ties with Austria's voestalpine

    TOKYO -- Japan's Kobe Steel will supply steel sheet to an autoparts factory being built in China by the Austrian steelmaker voestalpine, in a partnership aimed at meeting surging demand. The two steelmakers had entered a technological tie-up in

    November 22, 2014 02:50 am JST
  • Halal medicine

    Drugmakers seek new opportunities in Islamic world

    DUBAI -- As the population and economic clout of the Muslim world continues to grow, pharmaceutical companies are putting more effort into developing medicines that comply with Islamic law. Demand for advanced medical treatment has been growing

    November 21, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Japanese automakers race ahead

    Toyota leads pack with record net profit

    TOKYO -- Japanese automakers enjoyed solid earnings for the fiscal 2014 first half, helped by a weak yen and robust North American market, while recall woes and unfavorable exchange rates eroded profits at U.S. and South Korean rivals. The Nikke

    November 21, 2014 02:13 am JST
  • New low-cost manufacturers

    US, Mexico identified as increasingly competitive

    TOKYO -- The U.S. and Mexico have emerged as new low-cost manufacturing economies, but Brazil and other emerging nations have seen their cost competitiveness decline, according to a report by the Boston Consulting Group. The U.S.-based cons

    November 20, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Islamic State: The new face of terror

    In its quest to acquire manpower and support for its operations in Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State militant group is making deep inroads into Asia -- and achieving a level of success that al-Qaida could only have dreamed of. The growing presence o

    November 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Kamal Alam: Syria offers clues to Islamic State's future in Asia

    One of the more remarkable documents found in the Osama bin Laden compound included a letter to the Islamic State group of Iraq and Syria cautioning Abu Musab al-Zarqawi over his group's extreme violence. The insurgency in Fallujah and Tal Afar

    November 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Tax time-out

    Abe finds global sympathy for delay

    TOKYO -- The world is greeting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's decision to postpone a tax increase on consumers with a mixture of relief that the Japanese economy will be spared another blow and concern about the fiscal repercussions. In China and S

    November 19, 2014 05:34 am JST