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  • TPP talks

    Emerging economies to open up public works projects to foreign companies

    LAHAINA, Hawaii -- Countries such as Malaysia, Vietnam and Australia will offer foreign companies the opportunity to participate in public works projects under an agreement reached by negotiators of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact. The

    July 29, 2015 04:25 am JST
  • First-half sales crown

    VW knocks Toyota from perch atop global car market

    FRANKFURT, Germany -- Germany's Volkswagen became the world's biggest automaker for the first time, selling 5.04 million cars to surpass Japan's Toyota Motor in the January-June period. Strong European sales drove the company to the top, accordi

    July 29, 2015 02:17 am JST
  • Japanese carmakers stumble

    Toyota wilts on weak sales in emerging markets

    NAGOYA/TOKYO -- Toyota Motor lost its bragging rights as the world leader in group sales during the January-June half, with sales at home and in developing countries flagging for Japanese automakers overall. A booming North American market pulle

    July 29, 2015 02:17 am JST
  • TPP talks

    Japan ready to slash duties on US beef, pork

    LAHAINA, Hawaii -- Japan stands poised to lower or phase out import tariffs on a range of farm goods from the U.S., excluding the still-problematic rice and dairy products, as the two biggest economies negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership seek

    July 29, 2015 02:00 am JST
  • Global repercussions

    Chinese economic anxieties ripple through Wall Street

    NEW YORK -- As China's stock market turmoil continues, U.S. shares are feeling the pinch. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell for the fifth straight session Monday, hitting a low not seen in roughly six months. The index stood higher late Tues

    July 29, 2015 01:22 am JST
  • Strong dollar reverberations

    Speculators cut their gold, oil net long positions

    TOKYO -- Investment funds and other speculative investors are pulling out of the commodity market as the strong dollar has made commodities more expensive and concern grows over China's economic slowdown. In the U.S. commodities market, speculat

    July 28, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • A bumpy ride

    The inescapable impact of Uber's expansion

    SILICON VALLEY -- Uber Technologies is adapting its ride-hailing platform into a host of new services, and everyone from regulators to competitors to companies on the fringes of the "Uber ecosystem" are feeling the effects. Depending on the mark

    July 28, 2015 05:30 pm JST
  • Nouriel Roubini

    Alpha, beta, and beyond

    NEW YORK -- Even in normal times, individual and institutional investors alike have a hard time figuring out where to invest and in what. Should one invest more in advanced or emerging economies? And which ones? How does one decide when, and in what

    July 28, 2015 10:30 am JST
  • Using resources wisely

    Mitsubishi's US plant sale shows limits for midtier carmakers

    TOKYO -- Mitsubishi Motors' plan to sell its U.S. plant illustrates a trend among midtier Japanese automakers to narrow their focus geographically and by the types of vehicles they produce. The company said Monday it intends to sell its Illinois

    July 28, 2015 02:12 am JST
  • Paving way for TPP dealings

    Malaysia bolstered response to human trafficking, US says

    WASHINGTON -- The U.S. government has upgraded its assessment of Malaysia's policies to combat human trafficking and forced labor, a move some see as an attempt to smooth the way for conclusion of ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade negotia

    July 28, 2015 01:05 am JST
  • U.S. upgrades Malaysia, Cuba in trafficking report

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The United States upgraded Malaysia in an annual report on human trafficking on Monday despite calls by human rights groups and nearly 180 U.S. lawmakers to keep the Southeast Asian country on a list of worst offenders in fai

    July 27, 2015 10:20 pm JST
  • Level playing field

    TPP nations moving to rein in state-owned enterprises

    LAHAINA, Hawaii -- The 12 countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact have basically agreed to curb preferential treatment for state-owned enterprises. Chief negotiators meeting here Saturday agreed to craft rules banning

    July 27, 2015 01:30 am JST
  • Bilateral relations

    South Korea gets pragmatic in its dealings with Japan

    SEOUL -- After getting nowhere with the stick, South Korea is trying the carrot approach with Japan. Seoul's diplomatic tack now involves reaching out, building bridges and being willing to compromise -- to an extent, at least. One sign of this

    July 26, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Seizing the opportunity

    Japan's big banks snap up assets of downsizing Western counterparts

    TOKYO -- Japanese megabanks are increasingly purchasing the assets and businesses of European and U.S. financial institutions. General Electric's planned sale of its Japanese leasing business has drawn the interest of many. Stagnation in the Eur

    July 26, 2015 07:00 am JST
  • TPP talks heat up

    Japan mulls scrapping most tariffs on US chicken

    LAHAINA, Hawaii -- Japan on Friday leaned toward abolishing tariffs on most imported chicken from the U.S., according to sources. Hiroshi Oe, Japan's deputy chief trade negotiator, intimated as much to Darci Vetter, chief agricultural negotiator for

    July 26, 2015 01:50 am JST
  • Interview with 'Love Hina' author

    Can the TPP play nice with Japan's manga universe?

    TOKYO -- Japan's comic and anime fans, and even some of its professional authors, have a message for the 12 countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership: Do not lock up intellectual property so tightly that cosplayers and writers of fan ficti

    July 26, 2015 01:15 am JST
  • 'Otaku' on alert

    Why cosplay fans fear the TPP

    TOKYO -- A Japanese girl with short blond hair takes a fighting stance, holding a gigantic sword and looking like she has just stepped out of a "Final Fantasy" video game. Right behind her, Sailor Moon and her warrior friends gather around, taking a

    July 25, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Cam-do company

    GoPro's shoot-and-share model is good fun -- and good business

    SILICON VALLEY -- Camcorders have changed a lot since the days the Japanese dominated the market. The new leader, California upstart GoPro, has achieved phenomenal growth by giving thrill-seekers the tools to take action shots of themselves and harn

    July 25, 2015 02:00 am JST
  • Interview with Nicholas Woodman

    GoPro is in the business of experiences, not electronics: CEO

    SILICON VALLEY -- GoPro sees its role as enabling people to create and share content, not merely as a camera manufacturer, founder and CEO Nicholas Woodman told The Nikkei recently. Edited excerpts from the interview follow.Q: How do you see yo

    July 25, 2015 02:00 am JST
  • WTO negotiators agree to expand tariff-free technology product list

    GENEVA (Kyodo) -- Negotiators from countries and territories participating in World Trade Organization talks to remove tariffs on information technology products agreed Friday to expand the list of products covered, negotiation sources said. The

    July 24, 2015 11:55 pm JST