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  • France begins voting in second round of presidential election

    PARIS (Reuters) -- Voting stations opened in France for the second round of the presidential election, with opinion polls indicating Emmanuel Macron was likely to beat Marine Le Pen.Macron wants to deregulate the economy and deepen European Union in

    May 7, 2017 03:11 pm JST
  • China and Japan put their industrial shortcomings on display

    FRANKFURT, Germany -- There were some surprising trends at this year's Hannover Messe, the world's largest trade fair for industrial technology.One was how quickly "Industry 4.0" has gone from a national strategic plan -- unveiled by Germany in 2011

    May 6, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • Autoparts suppliers duke it out in electric, self-driving tech

    WOLFSBURG, Germany -- Four of the world's largest car parts manufacturers are battling for leadership in technology for electric and self-driving vehicles through a flurry of new partnerships and acquisitions.Robert Bosch, the world's largest suppli

    May 6, 2017 03:00 am JST
  • Japan's Ajinomoto to dish out frozen foods in France

    TOKYO -- Seasoning producer Ajinomoto will begin selling frozen foods for the consumer market in Europe, starting with eight products to be carried by major French retailer Carrefour.Ajinomoto currently sells frozen foods to consumers in the U.S., H

    May 5, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • Interview

    Future of luxury lies in Asia, says LVMH head

    TOKYO -- Bernard Arnault, the French chairman and CEO of luxury goods giant LVMH, recently sat down with the Nikkei to discuss Brexit, elections in Europe, the impact of the global rise of protectionism and longer-term consumer trends in Asia and el

    May 4, 2017 06:00 pm 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 4, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Researchers eye supermassive black hole in quest for answers

    TOKYO Enigmatic and nearly defying explanation, black holes have baffled scientists for decades. Now, an international team of researchers hopes to solve the riddle.An ambitious project just underway aims to observe a supermassive black hole. Design

    May 4, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • China and Japan put their industrial shortcomings on display

    FRANKFURT, Germany There were some surprising trends at this year's Hannover Messe, the world's largest trade fair for industrial technology.One was how quickly "Industry 4.0" has gone from a national strategic plan -- unveiled by Germany in 2011 to

    May 4, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Uniqlo doubling European footprint by 2020

    LONDON -- Fast-fashion chain Uniqlo plans to double its European presence to 100 stores in three years, making forays into Spain and Italy and adding locations in regional cities on the continent to tap what it sees as a ready market.The Fast Retail

    May 4, 2017 05:00 am JST
  • Philippe Le Corre

    Future of French engagement with Asia rides on vote

    French President Francois Hollande's term in office will end on Sunday after five stormy years on the domestic front.On that day, the outgoing president, who is not seeking a second term, will know, along with the rest of the world, whether his succ

    May 3, 2017 06:03 pm JST
  • Gordon French

    Japan's search for yield is an opportunity for Asia

    Japan is steering a course for new galaxies. 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. No

    May 2, 2017 09:00 am JST
  • BBC focusing on 'slow news' to counter fake news: Top editor

    TOKYO -- The British Broadcasting Corp. intends to put a greater emphasis on deeply researched reports and news analysis in an effort to shine a light on fake news, an executive at the U.K. news company told The Nikkei in a recent interview here."La

    May 2, 2017 05:55 am JST
  • CVC picks ex-SMBC banker as Japan president

    TOKYO -- The Japanese arm of U.K.-based CVC Capital Partners is set to welcome a former deputy president of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. as its president, it was learned.The decision by Europe's largest private equity firm to hire Nobuaki Kurumatan

    May 2, 2017 05:40 am JST
  • Interview

    French energy company Total shifting focus to LNG, renewables -- CEO

    TOKYO -- The energy business is in a state of flux as ongoing tensions continue in the Middle East and over North Korea's nuclear and missile programs. In addition, an uncertain political climate across the world is casting a shadow over the issue o

    May 2, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • Inpex falls further behind on Aussie LNG project

    TOKYO -- Japanese oil company Inpex says a liquefied natural gas project in Australia will begin production by next March, moving back the deadline again by as much as half a year.The Ichthys project involves extracting gas from a field off the coas

    May 1, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • Pope urges mediation to end N.Korea crisis, avert devastating war

    ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (Reuters) -- Pope Francis said on Saturday a third country, such as Norway, should try to mediate the dispute between North Korea and Washington, to cool a situation that had become "too hot" and posed the risk of nuclear deva

    April 30, 2017 11:30 am JST
  • Japanese PM Abe asks UK PM May for 'smooth Brexit' for business

    LONDON (Reuters) -- Japanese leader Shinzo Abe asked Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday to ensure a smooth Brexit to allow Japanese companies to continue to operate as the United Kingdom exits the European Union.The leader of the world's third lar

    April 29, 2017 01:56 am JST
  • Hitachi enters Europe elevator market with UK acquisition

    TOKYO -- Hitachi announced Thursday the acquisition of British elevator vendor Temple Lifts, marking the Japanese multinational's expansion into the European elevator market in the face of slowing business at home and in China.Temple's shareholders

    April 28, 2017 03:59 am JST
  • Toyota Motor's global vehicle sales hit record high

    TOKYO -- Toyota Motor on Thursday said its global vehicle sales grew 1.6% from a year ago to reach a new all-time fiscal-year high of 10,251,000 in the period to March, but performed worse than German rival Volkswagen.The figure, which includes sale

    April 27, 2017 03:35 pm JST
  • Think the RCEP is about free trade? Think again

    SINGAPORE -- Delegates from Pakistan's remote Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province were all smiles as they signed an economic cooperation agreement with China on April 17."We have set the stage to begin [a] journey of industrialization," the province's chief

    April 27, 2017 12:00 pm JST