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  • Expanding mobile payments

    Apple Pay to face tough local competition in China

    SHANGHAI -- Apple seems to be poised to make a foray into China's vast and fast-expanding market for mobile payment services with its Apple Pay platform. The U.S. electronics giant has partnered with China UnionPay, China's largest cash and cred

    May 4, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Teaching 1-2-3s

    Sony to launch online math service with US, Chinese startups

    TOKYO -- Sony will partner with American and Chinese education startups to offer online math courses, aiming to attract 1 million users worldwide in 2017. Sony Global Education, established this spring, has developed an app centering around quiz

    May 4, 2015 03:16 am JST
  • Peter Tasker

    Is Japan the new Britain?

    "Special relationships" are often volatile in international politics as they are in the personal sphere. After a long period of harmonious partnership, one couple may decide on a trial separation, while another may choose to renew their vows. This a

    May 3, 2015 06:20 pm JST
  • Boxing

    Mayweather beats Pacquiao via unanimous decision

    LAS VEGAS (Reuters) -- Floyd Mayweather Jr. preserved his unbeaten record as a professional with a unanimous decision victory over Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines in their welterweight megabout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday. The 38

    May 3, 2015 02:21 pm JST
  • Fighting back against the AIIB

    China, the driving force behind Japan-US TPP talks

    WASHINGTON -- On April 27, the day before Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's summit with President Barack Obama, some 200 people attended a discussion on trade and investment between the U.S. and China at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce -- 100 or so meters fr

    May 3, 2015 07:00 am JST
  • Fed getting cold feet

    Waning potential for a US rate hike

    WASHINGTON -- OK, Asia, exhale. The Federal Reserve Board continues to watch for progress toward "maximum employment and price stability" but has removed references to an interest rate hike, according to a statement issued Wednesday following a

    May 3, 2015 07:00 am JST
  • From North America

    Japanese automakers bringing some production back home

    TOKYO -- After years of aggressively shifting manufacturing abroad, Japanese automakers are now taking advantage of the weak yen and bringing some North American production back home. Toyota Motor has manufactured almost all of its Camrys at ove

    May 3, 2015 02:10 am JST
  • Abe seeks war anniversary statement showing future of Japan

    LOS ANGELES (Kyodo) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday he will deliver a statement on the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II this summer that will show the future direction of Japan. Speaking to Japanese reporters in Los

    May 2, 2015 05:50 pm JST
  • High-speed Abenomics

    In California, prime minister promotes Japan's bullet trains

    SAN FRANCISCO -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday pitched the Japanese shinkansen to California's governor for use in high-speed rail lines planned for the U.S. state. At his meeting with Gov. Jerry Brown at a hotel here, Abe played up the

    May 2, 2015 06:00 am JST
  • Self-driving cars

    Nissan begins tests on public roads in California

    TOKYO -- Nissan Motor has begun testing its self-driving cars on the public roads of California. The objective of the road tests is to collect information Nissan will need to improve technologies such as image analysis and make autonomous drivin

    May 2, 2015 01:15 am JST
  • Stefan Szymanski interview

    The beautiful game's 'pure' economy

    TOKYO -- Professional soccer, or as it is known in many places, football, has become big business. The most successful clubs are household names around the world. Europe's elite teams dominate. Why? And what does this mean for the future of Asia

    May 1, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Japan to help smaller firms enter Silicon Valley: Abe

    SAN FRANCISCO (Kyodo) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe promoted his interest in high technology in San Francisco on Thursday, revealing a plan to help Japanese ventures enter Silicon Valley and enjoying a ride in an electronic vehicle. Aft

    May 1, 2015 03:09 pm JST
  • Economy vs. environment

    EU, US, China being tactical ahead of climate conference

    PARIS -- The U.S., European Union and China are trying to play it smart ahead of the United Nations climate change conference planned here in December. Because the outcome of the conference likely will restrict economic activity over the next de

    May 1, 2015 06:17 am JST
  • Smartphone slowdown

    MediaTek hit by price pressure amid weaker market

    TAIPEI/BEIJING -- Taiwanese chipmaker MediaTek is facing a downturn stemming from weaker growth in the global smartphone market and price wars in emerging markets. Group net profit declined on the year for the first time in 12 quarters in Januar

    May 1, 2015 05:46 am JST
  • Dignity or denial?

    Abe's remorse goes deep enough for some in Congress

    WASHINGTON -- Shinzo Abe achieved a measure of success with his speech to Congress on Wednesday, arguably the hardest part of his latest U.S. visit. Abe became the first Japanese prime minister to address a joint meeting of Congress. Expressing

    May 1, 2015 05:00 am JST
  • New blood

    BTMU taps American to lead US business

    TOKYO -- Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ will appoint a seasoned American banker to head its U.S. operations, part of a broader effort to tap local talent. Stephen Cummings, a former UBS executive, will officially take the reins on May 18, becoming

    May 1, 2015 04:38 am JST
  • Tokyo stocks

    Nikkei plummets after weak US growth, risk aversion in Europe

    TOKYO -- The Nikkei Stock Average plunged Thursday in its sharpest decline in about 15 months amid worries over the U.S. economy. The index fell 538.94 points, or 2.69%, to 19,520.01 after rising in the previous session. The stocks had soare

    May 1, 2015 04:37 am JST
  • Laser communications

    Airbus invites Japanese companies to join Space Data Highway

    TOKYO -- The year is 2050. An employee at Lloyd's of London is sitting at her desk observing real-time images from the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) the company deployed to follow a cargo ship they have insured. She picks up the phone and contacts t

    April 30, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Deep remorse for war

    Abe's speech to US Congress draws criticism

    SEOUL/WASHINGTON -- Media in South Korea and China lashed out Thursday after the speech by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe before the U.S. Congress, claiming he did not offer any word of apology despite showing "deep remorse" over Japan's wartime

    April 30, 2015 02:18 pm JST
  • Fed's downgrade of economic outlook signals longer rate hike wait

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The Federal Reserve downgraded its view of the U.S. labor market and economy on Wednesday in a policy statement that suggested the central bank may have to wait until at least the third quarter to begin raising interest rates

    April 30, 2015 07:58 am JST