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  • Japan, EU set to kick off bold new trade agreement

    TOKYO -- Japan and the European Union are expected to reach an initial agreement on Thursday regarding the Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement. The move underscores the intent of Japan and the EU to take the lead in promoting free trade while th

    July 5, 2017 03:37 pm JST
  • Geely's Volvo to go all electric with new models from 2019

    STOCKHOLM (Reuters) -- Geely-owned Volvo Car Group said on Wednesday all new models launched from 2019 will be fully electric or hybrids, spelling the eventual end to nearly a century of Volvos powered solely by the internal combustion engine.The Go

    July 5, 2017 02:13 pm JST
  • Yen gains on tensions in Korean peninsula, Canadian dollar near 10-month high

    TOKYO (Reuters) -- The dollar slipped against the yen on Wednesday on concerns about rising tensions between the United States and North Korea while the Canadian dollar held firm after the nation's central bank chief backed an interest rate increase

    July 5, 2017 09:47 am JST
  • US bond yields bounce on resilient economy

    TOKYO -- Cheerful U.S. economic news, combined with Europe signaling monetary contraction, is sending American bond yields to rarely seen highs, a trend that has implications for a softer yen.Fueling the rate surge is an expanding American manufactu

    July 5, 2017 06:36 am JST
  • Asahi Kasei takes fight to Germany's Siemens with 'green hydrogen'

    TOKYO -- Asahi Kasei will begin selling "green hydrogen" produced using renewable energy sources such as wind, as the Japanese chemical company plays catch-up with German leader Siemens.The company aims to take its first order for industrial hydroge

    July 5, 2017 06:32 am JST
  • US steel tariffs could throw a wrench into G-20 summit

    WASHINGTON -- Japan, Europe and other American allies are increasingly concerned that a new measure under consideration by U.S. President Donald Trump to restrict steel imports could cause friction at the two-day Group of 20 summit opening Friday in

    July 5, 2017 04:15 am JST
  • Auto tariff deal brings Japan-EU trade pact near finish line

    TOKYO -- The European Union is prepared to eliminate an import tariff on Japanese automobiles over the course of seven years, bringing the two sides a large step closer to a broad trade agreement they hope to complete by Thursday.Japanese vehicles e

    July 5, 2017 01:49 am JST
  • Japan seen left out of global exit from easy money

    TOKYO -- Yields on long-term government bonds are climbing across the world as major central banks signal an end to the era of easy money, possibly leaving the Bank of Japan fighting a lonely battle against deflation.German long-term rates topped 0.

    July 4, 2017 03:23 am JST
  • Toshiba eyes IPO for Swiss power meter unit Landis+Gyr

    TOKYO -- Toshiba is thinking about taking Swiss smart meter unit Landis+Gyr public, as the embattled Japanese conglomerate rushes to generate cash for its turnaround.Toshiba on Monday said it may list the unit on the SIX Swiss Exchange by the end of

    July 3, 2017 05:41 pm JST
  • Toyota takes 'just-in-time' production to another level

    TOKYO -- Toyota Motor will streamline its compact vehicle production by eliminating last-minute changes in the assembly sequence -- thus relieving the need for suppliers to hold extra inventory.Faced with tougher competition in the compact vehicle m

    July 3, 2017 03:00 pm JST
  • Can newspapers survive in the 21st Century?

    TURIN, Italy -- Is there a future for newspapers? It is becoming tougher to sell with advertisements falling, newsrooms shrinking and readers cancelling subscriptions, opting instead to consume news free on Facebook.On a sunny afternoon in June, the

    July 3, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Interview

    Cartier sees opportunity in evolving Chinese spending habits

    LISBON -- It is no secret that China's consumer spending is evolving, but nowhere is that more evident than in luxury markets. In a recent interview with The Nikkei, Cyrille Vigneron, CEO of Cartier, explained how the company has had to react to the

    July 1, 2017 03:00 pm JST
  • Global stocks, bonds slip on fears of monetary policy shift

    TOKYO -- Stocks and bonds pulled back noticeably toward the end of the week, as stock investors worldwide came to the realization that the U.S. and European central banks could start cutting back on their monetary easing programs sooner than they ha

    July 1, 2017 07:49 am JST
  • Brexit fears prompt SMFG move to Germany

    TOKYO -- Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group intends to establish its new European head office in Frankfurt, relocating to Germany because the current U.K. subsidiary likely will become unable to lead the Japanese megabank's operations in the European U

    July 1, 2017 02:01 am JST
  • Mobike starts to roll around the world

    TOKYO -- Chinese bike-sharing startup Mobike began operating in Europe on Thursday, betting that its innovative sharing system will catch on outside its home market.The bike-sharing pioneer said the service was launched in Manchester, England on Thu

    June 30, 2017 09:30 am JST
  • Cheese still sticking point as Japan, EU seek trade deal

    TOKYO -- As ministers from Japan and the European Union gather for late-stage talks on a bilateral trade pact, Tokyo's slate of tariffs on dairy products is proving one of the toughest issues to slice through.Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida

    June 30, 2017 06:20 am JST
  • Chiyoda, British company teaming up for offshore projects

    TOKYO -- Chiyoda Corp. will partner with the U.K.'s Subsea 7 in offshore energy development as the construction company seeks to expand its business to new regions.Subsea 7's experience with underwater construction projects in the North Sea, the U.S

    June 30, 2017 05:10 am JST
  • Japan could dump wine tariff to sweeten EU trade deal

    TOKYO -- Japan will offer an immediate removal of its tariff on wine from the European Union in the proposed trade pact between the two sides, hoping to win concessions from Brussels as negotiations near a conclusion.Tokyo levies an import tariff of

    June 30, 2017 04:52 am JST
  • Philippe Le Corre

    Hong Kong sinks into a 'greater' bay

    In 1997, I wrote a book in French called "Apres Hong Kong," outlining three possible futures for the newly formed special administrative region.In the first, Hong Kong would remain an international business center, home to the headquarters of multin

    June 29, 2017 05:00 pm JST
  • Brahma Chellaney: India's nuclear industry deserves a place in the sun

    The Indian government recently approved the construction of 10 commercial nuclear power reactors of indigenous design, initiating the largest nuclear building program in the world since the 2011 Fukushima disaster in Japan. The global nuclear power

    June 29, 2017 10:00 am JST