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  • Viruses: nanoscopic takers (and possibly givers) of life

    TOKYO -- The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has claimed more than 1,500 lives and continues to accelerate, prompting the World Health Organization to call it an international public health emergency. In Japan, dengue fever has reappeared for the firs

    August 29, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Eurozone interest rates scrape new lows

    LONDON -- Long-term interest rates in eurozone countries have reached record lows amid expectations of further monetary easing by the European Central Bank, and uncertainty over the region's economy is fueling fears of deflation. The yield on 10

    August 29, 2014 04:19 am JST
  • Leading Thai seafood company fishing abroad for acquisitions

    BANGKOK -- Thai Union Frozen Products (TUF), the world's largest canned-tuna manufacturer, is mulling further brand acquisitions overseas having built a strong global presence as an original product supplier. TUF President Thiraphong Chansiri wa

    August 28, 2014 10:00 pm JST
  • Stem the spread of export curbs on natural resources

    The World Trade Organization, ruling on a dispute over China's export restrictions on rare earth metals and other mineral resources, has almost entirely acknowledged the claims of Japan, the U.S. and the European Union. The final decision, published

    August 28, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Global acquisitions hold key to competitiveness

    TOKYO -- Southeast Asian companies' acquisitions within the region have been aimed at building stronger business foundations, reflecting their defensive stance. But it is crucial that they also maintain an offensive strategy through purchases elsewh

    August 28, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Modi reforms bring foreign cash to India

    TOKYO -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and co-leaders have been working on loosening regulations since taking office in May. Foreign businesses have responded by boosting their activity in the country. Flipkart, India's biggest e-commerce

    August 27, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Western drugmakers try to shop their way out of danger

    TOKYO -- Soaring research-and-development costs are making it tougher for drugmakers to come up with fresh products. But some big Western pharmaceutical companies are finding a way to ease the burden of innovation and enhance efficiency: snapping up

    August 27, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • BOC Aviation latest to buy more jets as aircraft leasing soars in Asia

    HONG KONG -- Aircraft leasing company BOC Aviation, based in Singapore but owned by the Bank of China, has placed an order for 80 narrow-body 737 passenger jets from Boeing. The 8.8 billion dollar order is the largest the company has ever placed

    August 27, 2014 03:29 am JST
  • Gurunavi, Michelin to launch gourmet website in Japan

    TOKYO -- Michelin is teaming up with Gurunavi to create a new website dedicated to Michelin-starred restaurants in Japan. Nihon Michelin Tire and the Japanese operator of online restaurant guides plan to launch the site next April. The site will

    August 26, 2014 02:00 pm JST
  • The need for climate change resilience

    Climate change creates unique public health challenges that impact communities in the developing world. Temperature, precipitation and humidity variations can exacerbate chronic stresses such as drought or contribute to weather shocks such as la

    August 26, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Forbes finds innovation strong in Southeast Asia

    SINGAPORE -- Two Southeast Asian companies have been ranked among the 10 most innovative in the world by Forbes magazine. In the tabulation by Forbes of the 'World's Most Innovative Companies', Unilever Indonesia, the Indonesian arm of the Anglo

    August 25, 2014 10:48 pm JST
  • Volvo Cars first-half sales in fast lane in China, Europe

    FRANKFURT, Germany -- Volvo Car Group (Volvo Cars) has seen an uptick in earnings, thanks to strong sales in China, which is now a larger market for the Swedish luxury make than the U.S. Volvo aims to capitalize on its status as part of a major

    August 25, 2014 07:45 pm JST
  • Italy's Givi aims to boost Asia presence

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Italian motorbike accessories maker Givi continues in boosting its business in emerging markets through an Asian partnership. A joint venture in Malaysia, Givi Asia, has extended its presence in more than 10 countries in the regi

    August 25, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Japan's Hitachi aims to bulk up, take on world's train giants

    TOKYO -- Japanese electronics-to-machinery giant Hitachi is pushing ahead with plans to expand its railway equipment business overseas, chasing contracts for locomotives and rail cars, and looking to buy smaller operators, to try and catch up with b

    August 25, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • That bug you just swatted could be key to a new material -- thanks to biomimetics

    TOKYO -- Humans have a lot to learn from nature. Living organisms evolve and adapt to their environments, developing unique and highly efficient characteristics. Birds and bats are able to fly despite their small statures, lizards' feet cling to sur

    August 25, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Japanese carmakers eye turbo boost in race to downsize engines

    TOKYO -- Toyota, Nissan and other Japanese automakers are stepping up efforts to make gasoline-powered vehicles more fuel-efficient with turbochargers, which allow the use of smaller engines without compromising power. These companies have led t

    August 25, 2014 02:00 am JST
  • Oil majors pulling back from geopolitically risky areas

    FRANKFURT, Germany -- Western oil companies are increasingly reluctant to develop oil fields or drill in geopolitically volatile areas such as Libya and Nigeria, temporarily freezing production or selling off concessions. The April-June profits

    August 22, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Russia rushes to diversify import sources amid tensions with West

    MOSCOW -- Russia is scrambling to diversify the sources of its imports in response to the recent round of tit-for-tat sanctions between Moscow and the West. The U.S. and European countries imposed sanctions on Russia over the crisis in Ukraine a

    August 21, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Toyoko Inn to open business hotels in Europe, US

    TOKYO -- As part of its Western expansion, business hotel operator Toyoko Inn plans to open hotels in Germany and France and possibly the U.S. In doing so, it is building on an overseas adventure that already includes six hotels in South Korea a

    August 21, 2014 03:58 am JST
  • Is Asia's richest man pulling out of China?

    HONG KONG -- On May 8, Cheung Kong (Holdings) announced that it wanted to buy Australia's Envestra for 2.37 billion Australian dollars ($2.2 billion) in cash. The offer, made by a consortium formed with two group companies, represented a 16.8% premi

    August 21, 2014 12:00 am JST