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  • 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 mi

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Chinese automakers come into their own

    SHANGHAI State-owned Chinese automakers are working to develop more models under their own brands in an effort to prepare for intensifying competition in the world's largest auto market.Chongqing Changan Automobile unveiled a new sport utility vehic

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Macron-Le Pen runoff shows the depth of France's EU divide

    PARIS Centrist Emmanuel Macron won the first round of voting on April 23, qualifying for a May 7 runoff alongside Marine Le Pen of the far-right National Front.The first-round results of France's presidential election show a profoundly unsure public

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Finance chiefs fret as Trump grumbles about a strong dollar

    WASHINGTON Finance ministers and central bankers from the Group of 20 major economies avoided serious debate over exchange rates at their latest gathering in Washington, instead simply reaffirming their commitment to economic stability. But they wil

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • From the White House, echoes of North Korean radio propaganda

    More than 30 years ago while living in Japan, I used to listen most mornings to Radio Pyongyang's English-language broadcasts. This was not a conscious decision. I would habitually tune in to the BBC on shortwave, but just before 8 a.m., there would

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Call it a poison, but it just may save your life

    TOKYO The assassination of Kim Jong Nam at a Malaysian airport in February was an alarming display of the power of poison. All it took to murder the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was to wipe a substance on his face.That substance t

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Editorial: G-20 leaders must stand up for free trade

    The global economy seems to be getting back on track, but there are major downside risks, the most dangerous of which is the spread of protectionism. Leaders of the Group of 20 major economies should stand at the vanguard of efforts to promote free

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Abe starts 4-day trip to Russia, Britain for summits

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left Japan on Thursday for a four-day trip to Russia and Britain for one-on-one meetings with the countries' leaders on security and economic affairs.In a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin later

    April 27, 2017 09:08 am JST
  • Ajinomoto preparing war chest for acquisitions

    TOKYO -- Seasoning producer Ajinomoto is cooking up about 200 billion yen ($1.79 billion) in funds over the next three years for acquisitions."We are considering acquisitions in three areas: overseas, cutting-edge medicine and flavor-related busines

    April 27, 2017 05:35 am JST
  • Hitachi lands US air compressor ops from Accudyne

    TOKYO -- Hitachi is purchasing a U.S. air compressor manufacturing unit from Luxembourg-based Accudyne Industries for $1.24 billion in a move designed to build upon a core business at the Japanese technology giant.Accudyne, which makes industrial ma

    April 26, 2017 06:17 am JST
  • Market rebounding for synthetic fiber feedstock

    TOKYO -- The cost of raw materials for synthetic fibers is increasing due to tight supplies, raising the specter of higher prices on clothing and other products for consumers.The average price of caprolactum, the main ingredient in nylon, rose 10% i

    April 26, 2017 05:30 am JST
  • JGC building huge modular LNG plant in the Arctic

    TOKYO -- A fleet of ships is en route to the Russian Arctic, loaded with materials for construction of a huge liquefied natural gas plant on the Yamal Peninsula by JGC, a leading Japanese engineering corporation.As the fleet makes its way from more

    April 25, 2017 05:00 pm JST
  • Hitachi, UK fund partner on $1.8bn bid for Toshiba's Swiss unit

    TOKYO -- Hitachi has made an acquisition proposal for Swiss smart meter maker Landis+Gyr, a Toshiba subsidiary, sources told The Nikkei. The offer, put forth with U.K. private equity firm CVC Capital Partners, is believed to be worth around 200 bill

    April 25, 2017 11:05 am JST
  • AI now and tomorrow

    As AI technology advances, 'bad' robots become real

    SAN FRANCISCO/TOKYO -- Artificial intelligence can be a friend or foe to humans depending on how it is used. The question is how we control it.In response to Pyongyang's continued provocations, such as conducting ballistic missile and nuclear tests,

    April 25, 2017 09:00 am JST
  • Gold keeps its glitter as risk outlasts French vote

    TOKYO -- Gold remains untarnished for investors seeing the metal as a safe asset, with its price barely dented as a modicum of stability in France proves unable to outshine ongoing geopolitical risk and uncertainty over American monetary policy.Pro-

    April 25, 2017 05:33 am JST
  • Macron-Le Pen runoff shows depth of France's EU divide

    PARIS -- The first-round results of France's presidential election show a profoundly unsure public, and these wide divisions within one of the European Union's core members signal difficult times ahead for the bloc no matter who wins the runoff.A fl

    April 25, 2017 05:10 am JST
  • Nikon sues Dutch rival ASML after settement 13 years ago

    TOKYO -- Nikon is suing Dutch company ASML Holding and its German supplier for patent infringement in chipmaking equipment, demanding suspension of product sales and damages.The Japanese company has launched legal actions against ASML and its suppli

    April 25, 2017 04:22 am JST
  • German trade fair showcases smart factories, robots

    HANNOVER, Germany -- Artificial intelligence took center stage at the Hannover Messe 2017 trade show that opened Monday, with many manufacturers showing how systems crunch data gathered via the "internet of things" to predict breakdowns and optimize

    April 25, 2017 04:11 am JST
  • Exclusive

    Nidec to grab German refrigerator compressor maker Secop

    OSAKA -- Japanese motor giant Nidec plans to fully acquire the Secop group, a German refrigerator components maker, in a play to capture demand generated by tightening environmental regulations worldwide.The deal seen at around 25 billion yen ($227

    April 25, 2017 03:00 am JST
  • Postwar policy failures lead to rise of French extremism

    LONDON -- Extremism is on the march in France. Two of the four leading candidates in the first round of the country's presidential elections on Sunday are populists -- one on the right and one on the left. The policies of both can be traced to the p

    April 24, 2017 07:00 pm JST