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  • Last-minute progress

    TPP nations seen reaching basic agreement

    ATLANTA -- Following days of intense negotiations, 12 nations of the Asia-Pacific region are set to reach a basic agreement on a major trade deal, Japanese Economic and Fiscal Policy Minister Akira Amari said Sunday. The U.S., Australia and othe

    October 5, 2015 02:18 am JST
  • Down to the wire

    Nations trying to bridge gaps in fifth day of trade talks

    ATLANTA -- Still divided on the thorny issues of pharmaceuticals and dairy products, trade ministers from the 12 countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership head into the fifth day of negotiations here on Sunday striving to forge a sweeping

    October 4, 2015 11:45 pm JST
  • TPP

    Pacific trade talks to extend for another day over drug patent rows

    ATLANTA (Kyodo) -- Continued disputes over pharmaceutical patents and other thorny issues forced ministerial talks on a sweeping Pacific free trade initiative to extend for yet another day to Sunday, a Japanese official said Saturday. The d

    October 4, 2015 02:30 pm JST
  • TPP

    New Zealand warns of longterm fallout if Pacific trade talks fail

    ATLANTA (Reuters) -- New Zealand Trade Minister Tim Groser said on Saturday a landmark Pacific free trade deal is within reach at talks in Atlanta and warned failing to finalize the pact would have worrisome longterm strategic implications. Talk

    October 4, 2015 11:20 am JST
  • Oil prices and power

    Cheap crude working to America's advantage for now

    BEIJING/HAVANA -- Russia's Vladimir Putin and Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro have a few things in common. Both presidents like to rail against the U.S. And their countries' fortunes depend to varying degrees on hydrocarbons. So it came as no surpris

    October 4, 2015 07:00 am JST
  • IPO market

    A global dearth of new listings

    LONDON -- Startups and young companies around the world are thinking twice about going public amid uncertainty in global financial markets, China's recent stock market crash and with an array of suitors waiting to give them cash. As a result, money

    October 4, 2015 02:40 am JST
  • TPP

    Negotiations on Pacific trade deal to go on another day

    ATLANTA -- Representatives from the 12 countries trying to finalize the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal have given themselves another 24 hours to make the trade pact happen, Japanese chief negotiator Akira Amari told reporters. As they continued last

    October 4, 2015 02:30 am JST
  • At least nine killed in U.S. air strike on Afghan hospital

    KABUL (Reuters) -- A U.S. air strike hit a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in the Afghan city of Kunduz on Saturday, killing at least nine people in what the U.S. military called possible "collateral damage" in the battle to oust Taliban in

    October 3, 2015 11:43 pm JST
  • Robert A. Manning

    Trying to bridge the US-China trust deficit

    WASHINGTON -- Now that the dust has settled from Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to the U.S., what does it all add up to? His summit with President Barack Obama took place amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and China as well as gro

    October 3, 2015 10:30 pm JST
  • Joseph E. Stiglitz, Adam S. Hersh

    The trans-Pacific free-trade charade

    NEW YORK -- As negotiators and ministers from the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries meet in Atlanta in an effort to finalize the details of the sweeping new Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), some sober analysis is warranted. The bigges

    October 3, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • TPP talks

    Pacific trade negotiators in last-minute struggle over drug patents

    ATLANTA (Kyodo) -- Twelve Pacific Rim countries on Friday continued last-minute efforts for the conclusion of a free trade initiative, making limited progress as they struggled with thorny issues such as drug patents and market access for dairy prod

    October 3, 2015 12:15 pm JST
  • Scandal blow

    VW's September sales down in Japan, US

    FRANKFURT, Germany-- Sales of Volkswagen vehicles are slowing in the U.S. and Japan as the brand image suffers from the diesel-emissions scandal. In Japan, VW does not sell diesel models. But its September sales fell 9% on the year, according to

    October 3, 2015 06:30 am JST
  • Going into overtime

    Dairy, drug data bring trade talks down to the wire

    ATLANTA -- As negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement here run into overtime, dairy products and pharmaceutical data remain the toughest nuts to crack, even as the 12 participating countries move closer to a resolution on autom

    October 3, 2015 05:40 am JST
  • Stocks, bond prices climb after weak payrolls report

    NEW YORK (Reuters) -- Bond prices climbed on Friday after a weak U.S. employment report increased worry about slowing global growth, while global equities were able to rebound from an initial selloff to close with strong gains. The economy creat

    October 3, 2015 05:38 am JST
  • A study in angst

    Fears for the future hang over VW's American outposts

    DETROIT -- Consumer anger over the Volkswagen emissions scandal has left the German automaker's showrooms virtually empty in the U.S., raising concerns about jobs at its sole production site in the country. A manager at a dealership in the New

    October 3, 2015 05:33 am JST
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership

    Vietnam, Canada ready to drop tariffs on Japan autos

    ATLANTA -- Vietnam and Canada are expected to agree to eliminate import tariffs on Japanese automobiles within 10 years of a Pacific Rim trade deal coming into force. Trade ministers from the 12 countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnershi

    October 3, 2015 05:00 am JST
  • New age of marketing

    Chat app Line, Intel teaming up on Internet of Things

    TOKYO -- The Japanese company behind the Line free messaging app and U.S. chipmaker Intel said Friday they will jointly develop a business advertising and marketing platform based on the Internet of Things. Line is widely used for personal commu

    October 3, 2015 02:19 am JST
  • Heading back out

    Sekisui House, other Japanese homebuilders seeking growth abroad

    OSAKA -- Sekisui House is among the Japanese homebuilders going on the offensive overseas with major projects in Australia and greater Asia. The Osaka-based company plans to construct 6,200 units, including luxury condominiums, in Australia by f

    October 3, 2015 02:16 am JST
  • Interview

    'Another disappointing year' for global growth: World Bank's Kose

    WASHINGTON -- The global economy this year does not appear likely to achieve even the modest improvement predicted in June, Ayhan Kose, director of the World Bank's Development Prospects Group, told The Nikkei. Excerpts from the interview follow

    October 3, 2015 02:00 am JST
  • US-China diplomacy

    Maritime security rift proves summit fizzled

    TOKYO -- When national leaders hold official talks, usually the first thing they think about is what kind of joint report they will make. If a country invites a leader as a state guest, the document takes on even greater importance. In that sense, C

    October 2, 2015 07:20 pm JST