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  • G-7 leaders to focus on terrorism at meeting after UK bombing

    TOKYO -- Responding to Monday's bomb attack in Manchester, England, Group of Seven leaders will address anti-terrorism efforts at their summit this week, and can be expected to jointly condemn the explosion and promise to stand firm together.The lea

    May 24, 2017 06:37 am JST
  • British police name suicide bomber, May condemns 'sickening' attack

    MANCHESTER, England, May 23 (Reuters) - British police on Tuesday identified the suicide bomber who killed 22 people, including children, in an attack on a crowded concert hall inManchester, and said they were trying to establish whether he had acte

    May 24, 2017 05:44 am JST
  • Volkswagen gets green light for third Chinese tie-up

    GUANGZHOU -- China's state-owned JAC Motors and Volkswagen have been granted regulatory approval to co-produce electric vehicles, an arrangement that reflects the aligned interests of an ambitious German automaker and a government eager to foster a

    May 24, 2017 03:00 am JST
  • At least 22 killed in suicide attack at Ariana Grande concert in Britain

    MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) -- At least 22 people, including some children, were killed and 59 wounded when a suicide bomber struck as thousands of fans streamed out of a concert by U.S. singer Ariana Grande in the English city of Manchester on Mo

    May 23, 2017 04:00 pm JST
  • Interview

    Trade is not to blame for joblessness, WTO chief says

    TOKYO -- The director-general of the World Trade Organization on Monday pushed back against one of the central notions behind the spread of protectionism: that trade leads to unemployment. He also suggested that forging ahead with the Trans-Pacific

    May 22, 2017 10:35 pm JST
  • Company in focus

    Hong Kong's MTR is praised abroad for efficiency, but criticized at home

    HONG KONG -- MTR has been venturing abroad long before the Belt and Road Initiative was proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013.But it was not until recently that the monopoly operator of Hong Kong's profitable metro system said it wante

    May 21, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Gold's rise cools quickly on market optimism, risk tolerance

    TOKYO -- Gold's fear-based surge is losing momentum, as rebounding optimism for U.S. interest rate hikes and economic health overcome the political storm in Washington, while the market appears to be getting used to ongoing risk.The precious metal's

    May 20, 2017 06:12 am JST
  • Beyond udon -- Japanese chain winding its way to success

    TOKYO -- Takaya Awata, the 55-year-old founder of Japan's Toridoll Holdings, has a dream. He wants to make his company one of the world's biggest restaurant groups. But the operator of Japan's largest udon chain doesn't plan on doing that with the t

    May 19, 2017 04:15 pm JST
  • Four carmakers settle claims over Takata inflators for $553m

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Four automakers agreed to a $553 million settlement to address class-action economic loss claims covering owners of nearly 16 million recalled vehicles with potentially defective Takata airbag inflators, according to court do

    May 19, 2017 10:52 am JST
  • T-Mobile sees benefits in merger with Sprint: CFO

    NEW YORK (Reuters) -- T-Mobile US Inc would benefit from greater scale in the industry if it were to combine with rival Sprint Corp , the chief financial officer of the No. 3 wireless carrier said at a conference on Thursday."There is a huge prize w

    May 19, 2017 09:58 am JST
  • Deutsche Bank leans on Chinese cash for recovery

    BERLIN -- At Deutsche Bank's general shareholders meeting Thursday in Frankfurt, Germany, one name in particular on the proposed supervisory board stood out: Alexander Schuetz, founder of Austrian asset manager C-Quadrat Investment, which manages a

    May 19, 2017 09:00 am JST
  • Philippines to reject EU grants after criticism of drug war

    MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte's government said on Thursday it will decline donor support from the European Union if it is used as a license to "interfere" in Philippine domestic affairs.Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the presid

    May 19, 2017 12:00 am JST
  • Old movie could show a new approach to Anglo-Japanese relations

    It was 50 years ago, in the summer of 1967, that the fifth James Bond film, "You Only Live Twice," hit the world's cinema screens. Set mostly in Japan, the film has a tongue-in-cheek plot that deviates drastically from Ian Fleming's original story.B

    May 18, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Gordon French: As domestic returns wane, Japanese investors should go south

    If finance was science fiction, Japanese pension funds and insurance companies would be the inhabitants of a planet where the most precious commodity -- return on investment -- has all but disappeared. Now they must leave behind their familiar plane

    May 18, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • A Japanese lakebed gives scientists a perfect climate record

    TOKYO Advances in paleoclimatology are shining a light on the climate conditions of the distant past, with big implications for understanding today's climate -- and what changes may be in store for us.By analyzing tree rings, ice cores and sediment

    May 18, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Asia-Europe marine container shipments notch new record

    TOKYO -- The volume of marine shipping containers sent from Asia to Europe has reached an all-time high for January to March this year, with healthy European private consumption driving the growth.Some 3.81 million twenty-foot-equivalent units, or T

    May 18, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • Oil market seesaws over US supply increases, OPEC cut

    TOKYO/HONG KONG -- Crude oil futures have been volatile as investors expect U.S. shale gas supplies to rise while oil-producing countries continue to cut output to prop up prices.According to the U.S. Intercontinental Exchange or ICE, net long posit

    May 17, 2017 08:00 pm JST
  • Tea Leaves

    007 shows how Tokyo and London can revive security alliance

    It was 50 years ago, in the summer of 1967, that the fifth 007 film, "You Only Live Twice," hit the world's cinema screens. Set mostly in Japan, the film has a tongue-in-cheek plot that deviates drastically from Ian Fleming's original story.The one

    May 17, 2017 08:00 pm JST
  • Shakeouts gathering steam in global chemical industry

    TOKYO -- Realignment is heating up in the global chemical industry. While two Chinese state-run chemical companies may be merged into the world's biggest manufacturer, the industrial gas and paint industries are witnessing a series of moves to creat

    May 17, 2017 02:00 pm JST
  • Tiny Italian city hosts Asia's biggest cinema showcase in West

    UDINE, Italy -- Udine is one of northern Italy's most elegant cities, a sleepy charmer at the foot of the Alps with Renaissance arcades and cobblestone piazzas. Every spring it undergoes a transformation, as some of the biggest names in Asian cinema

    May 16, 2017 06:00 pm JST