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  • Japan bolsters defense-technology cooperation with Europe

    TOKYO -- Japan plans to conclude separate treaties on transfer of defense equipment and technology with Italy, Germany and Sweden that will give Japan's Self-Defense Forces access to advanced technology from those countries.Strengthening cooperation

    May 11, 2017 01:50 pm JST
  • Luxe 'lite' takes flight in Asia

    How many among the legions of budget travelers who struggle down the narrow aisles of a plane toward the nether regions of "cattle-class" have not looked wistfully at the cool, comfortable passengers sipping pre-takeoff champagne in their deluxe bus

    May 11, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • China's rising leverage is a growing risk

    Worries over China's rising leverage have been growing, especially since the country's ratio of debt to gross domestic product surpassed 250% in 2016. This figure might appear reasonable when compared with developed countries, especially Japan and m

    May 11, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • French voters propel centrist Macron to victory in presidential poll

    PARIS In a strong vote for inclusion in the European Union, French voters propelled independent centrist Emmanuel Macron to victory in the presidential election on May 7. The former minister of economy, industry and digital affairs, who calls for en

    May 11, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Luxe 'lite' takes flight in Asia

    How many among the legions of budget travelers who struggle down the narrow aisles of a plane toward the nether regions of "cattle-class" have not looked wistfully at the cool, comfortable passengers sipping pre-takeoff champagne in their deluxe bus

    May 11, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Let the debate over animal 'organ factories' begin

    TOKYO The humble hog may be destined for a critical role in regenerative medicine -- provided researchers can work around a number of technological challenges and ethical qualms.In January, a research team including members from the University of To

    May 11, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Semiconductor sector surging on IoT, smartphones

    TOKYO -- The semiconductor industry is riding a wave of demand for memory chips thanks to the "internet of things" technology and ever-evolving smartphones.The momentum is so strong that three of Japan's six major chipmaking equipment manufacturers

    May 11, 2017 06:00 am JST
  • Gold prices drop as investors exit havens

    TOKYO -- Gold prices are falling as investors leave havens and take on risks. They are betting that more interest rate hikes are on the way in the U.S. and that political risks hanging over Europe and North Korea are on the wane.However, gold could

    May 10, 2017 07:00 pm JST
  • Japan's top trading houses pile up profits as commodities recover

    TOKYO -- All five of Japan's top trading conglomerates expect profit growth for the current fiscal year, largely thanks to rebounding prices of commodities. The bright outlook crystallized on Tuesday, when four of the Big Five announced their result

    May 9, 2017 08:50 pm JST
  • Kanebo Cosmetics to bring namesake brand to China in 2020

    TOKYO -- Kanebo Cosmetics aims to bring its new line of skin care products to China in 2020, with a debut in Europe and Russia already slated for this fall as the Japanese maker seeks a bigger global presence. The lineup, marketed under the name "Ka

    May 9, 2017 06:00 pm JST
  • Carlos Ghosn set to square off against new French president

    TOKYO/PARIS -- As Emmanuel Macron celebrated his win in the French presidential election on Sunday over Marine Le Pen, markets breathed a sigh of relief, sending stocks and the euro higher.The victory of the centrist Macron over his far-right rival,

    May 9, 2017 12:35 pm JST
  • ADB facing pressure to change

    TOKYO -- As the Asian Development Bank finds its regional hegemony threatened by the China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, members of the ADB are pushing for internal reform.During the 50th annual meeting that ended Sunday in Yokohama,

    May 9, 2017 06:44 am JST
  • EU dodges bullet with Macron, but real challenge lies ahead

    TOKYO -- Sunday's presidential runoff saw French voters reject Marine Le Pen of the anti-European Union, far-right National Front and instead hand pro-EU centrist Emmanuel Macron a mandate for change. This hopeful sign, though, is just an early step

    May 9, 2017 06:16 am JST
  • Tokyo market hits 17-month high as global risks abate

    TOKYO -- Japanese shares climbed Monday as investors sold off yen and loosened their purse strings after a tense French election, making up for turbulence earlier this year.The Nikkei Stock Average ended the day up 2.31% at 19,895 for its highest cl

    May 9, 2017 04:25 am JST
  • Le Pen's rise offers lessons for economic integration in Asia

    TOKYO -- It is said that on first glance European affairs may not seem to have much of an impact on Asia. But, in reality, they most certainly do. That thought occurred to me following news that centrist candidate and former Economy, Industry and Di

    May 8, 2017 07:00 pm JST
  • Japanese shares surge on news of Macron presidential win

    TOKYO -- Japanese shares ended higher Monday in the wake of Emmanuel Macron's victory in the final round of the French presidential election.The Nikkei Stock Average closed at a 17-month high of 19,895.70, up 2.3%, from its previous close May 2, aft

    May 8, 2017 03:47 pm JST
  • Asian stocks rise after Macron wins French elections, China lags

    HONG KONG (Nikkei Markets) -- Asian markets edged higher on Monday as risk appetite firmed after pro-European Union candidate Emmanuel Macron comfortably won French presidential elections and energy prices rebounded.The Nikkei Asia300 index rose 0.3

    May 8, 2017 02:15 pm JST
  • Euro, shares rally on relief as Macron wins French presidency

    TOKYO (Reuters) -- The euro firmed and U.S. stock futures hit a record high on Monday after centrist Emmanuel Macron comfortably won the French presidential election.The euro rose to as high as $1.1024, its highest in about six months, before steppi

    May 8, 2017 08:56 am JST
  • Centrist Emmanuel Macron becomes France's youngest president

    PARIS (AP) -- French voters elected centrist Emmanuel Macron as the country's youngest president ever on Sunday, delivering a resounding victory to the unabashedly pro-European former investment banker and strengthening France's place as a central p

    May 8, 2017 04:18 am JST
  • AI gives medical research a shot in the arm

    TOKYO "Beyond the pill" is becoming a popular catch phrase among executives at major U.S. and European drug makers, and for good reason.Having developed drugs for lifestyle-related diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure, as well as antibioti

    May 7, 2017 07:00 pm JST