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    Edward Morse and Aakash Doshi -- Commodities prices are stumbling toward 'normality'

    After significantly underperforming all other global asset markets for three years running, it seems as if commodities are poised for a positive turn -- a stumble toward normality -- as we approach the middle of the second quarter of 2016.Benchmark

    April 29, 2016 03:00 pm JST
  • China prompts criticism with tough curbs on foreign NGOs

    BEIJING (Reuters) -- China's parliament passed a controversial law governing foreign non-government organizations, Xinhua state news agency said on Thursday, giving wide powers to the domestic security authority and prompting criticism from Amnesty

    April 29, 2016 01:40 pm JST
  • Wall St sinks on BOJ fears, Icahn comments

    NEW YORK (Reuters) -- U.S. stocks closed down on Thursday as the Bank of Japan's shocking call to cap monetary stimulus continued to rattle investors while a late day decline in Apple shares on remarks by billionaire investor Carl Icahn added to sel

    April 29, 2016 07:00 am JST
  • Japan abandons hope of recovering X-ray satellite

    TOKYO -- Japan's space agency will cease efforts to recover the Astro-H astronomical satellite, which became inoperative shortly after its mid-February launch.The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, said Thursday the decision was made after

    April 29, 2016 06:49 am JST
  • Samsung scores big profit gain in phones with leaner, sooner approach

    SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics' smartphone business has gotten a second wind as the Apple rival has changed its game to stay profitable in a tough market.The South Korean manufacturer on Thursday reported a third straight quarter of year-on-year grow

    April 29, 2016 06:15 am JST
  • Nintendo's divestment from Mariners highlights focus on NX console

    OSAKA -- Nintendo's planned sale of its majority interest in Major League Baseball's Seattle Mariners underscores the Japanese company's diligent focus on the NX, an upcoming game console on which the company is betting its success.The Kyoto-based c

    April 29, 2016 02:00 am JST
  • North Korean midrange missile tests fail: Seoul

    SEOUL -- A pair of North Korean intermediate-range ballistic missile launches apparently failed Thursday, South Korean military sources say.A projectile thought to be a Musudan missile was fired around 6:40 a.m. near the eastern coastal city of Wons

    April 29, 2016 02:00 am JST
  • Parts makers' profits seen plateauing amid smartphone slowdown

    OSAKA -- Earnings at five of six major Japanese electronic components manufacturers are expected to fall in the fiscal year ending March 2017 amid slumping smartphone sales and a significantly stronger yen.Murata Manufacturing projects net profit to

    April 29, 2016 02:00 am JST
  • U.S. economy stalls in first quarter as activity weakens broadly

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. economic growth braked sharply to its slowest pace in two years as consumer spending softened and a strong dollar continued to undercut exports, but a pick-up in activity is anticipated given a buoyant labor market.Gross

    April 28, 2016 09:36 pm JST
  • Japan should not seek an apology over atomic bombings during Obama visit

    The Nikkei Asian Review sat down with Naoyuki Agawa, a leading scholar on the U.S. at Doshisha University, to discuss President Barack Obama's planned visit to Hiroshima in late May.Q: Why is this visit significant? A: It shows that the relationship

    April 28, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Japan should not seek an apology over atomic bombings during Obama visit

    The Nikkei Asian Review sat down with Naoyuki Agawa, a leading scholar on the U.S. at Doshisha University, to discuss President Barack Obama's planned visit to Hiroshima in late May.Why is this visit significant? It shows that the relationship betwe

    April 28, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Frederic Neumann: US presidential candidates' protectionist lurch spells trouble

    Free trade is under attack -- notably in the U.S. For all their disagreements, one theme appears to unite the U.S. presidential candidates on both the left and right: Unfettered market access is harming American workers. The proposed solution is to

    April 28, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • The significance of an Obama visit to Hiroshima

    WASHINGTON/TOKYO Early in his presidency, Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize in part for his advocacy of nuclear disarmament. Now, he is poised to bookend his time in office by becoming the first sitting U.S. leader to visit Hiroshima. U.

    April 28, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • For commodities markets, the bad times are just beginning

    For the commodities market, the good times have come and gone, but the bad times are only just beginning. Each commodities supercycle, defined as a decadelong bull market, has always been followed by a downturn that lasted just as long, or longe

    April 28, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • A true recovery in oil prices remains elusive

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland A warm breeze is blowing through the commodities markets, stirring hopes that the long, harsh winter is over. Such optimism is not entirely without reason: Since the beginning of the year, prices of crude oil, nonferrous

    April 28, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • John Edwards: Sentiment may have improved, but the fundamentals haven't changed

    The prices of two raw materials essential to the global economy have sharply increased lately. Not long ago the spot price of iron ore saw its biggest one-day rally in history, after nearly five years of decline. That spike was soon followed by oil,

    April 28, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Nintendo to reduce stake in Seattle Mariners

    Nintendo of America said Wednesday that it planned to reduce its stake in the Seattle Mariners to 10% by selling the majority of its interest in the Major League Baseball team to other members of the current ownership group.As part of the deal, curr

    April 28, 2016 11:42 am JST
  • Wall St ticks up as hawkish Fed fears ebb; Apple weighs

    NEW YORK (Reuters) -- U.S. stocks ended slightly higher on Wednesday after fears eased that the Federal Reserve would strongly signal it would raise interest rates in June, though a slump in Apple shares weighed on the Nasdaq index. Stocks in th

    April 28, 2016 06:42 am JST
  • As iPhone's fortunes fade, software may write Apple's next chapter

    SILICON VALLEY -- The almost mythical story of Apple's growth has reached a turning point. After a rise propelled by innovative devices released with impeccable timing, the Cupertino, California-based company has suffered its first quarterly revenue

    April 28, 2016 06:28 am JST
  • Fed keeps rates unchanged, signals faith in US economy

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged on Wednesday but signaled confidence in the U.S. economic outlook, leaving the door open to a hike in June. The U.S. central bank's policy-setting committee said the labor

    April 28, 2016 05:14 am JST