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  • Ebola: Asia's biggest fear is fear itself

    This is the big one. For the three West African countries at the heart of the Ebola crisis -- Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia -- the current outbreak of the deadly virus is heading for a catastrophe of unimaginable scale. With infection spreading e

    October 21, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • China woos Australia, South Korea for regional development bank

    BEIJING -- China is seeking to rope Australia and South Korea into the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank partnership to boost the institution's prestige and make it less menacing to the world's existing financial order. The fifth consultation

    October 21, 2014 05:06 am JST
  • Australia may join China-led development bank: finance minister

    TOKYO -- Australia is "actively considering" joining the China-headed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, Finance Minister Joe Hockey told The Nikkei here on Monday. Australia plans to sign a memorandum of understanding this week. Hockey said

    October 21, 2014 03:19 am JST
  • US giant in smart-home systems entering Japanese market

    SILICON VALLEY -- Icontrol Systems of the U.S. will partner with Tokyu to provide smart-home systems in Japan that allow customers to remotely control air conditioning, security cameras and other home appliances on the Internet. Tokyu cable TV p

    October 21, 2014 02:00 am JST
  • Indonesia's new president stresses self-reliance, maritime ambitions

    JAKARTA -- Indonesia's newly sworn-in president on Monday vowed to achieve political, economic and cultural self-reliance and rallied compatriots to "redeem our glory as a maritime country." "We will maintain a free and active" foreign policy as

    October 21, 2014 12:40 am JST
  • China tries softer approach to win over world

    BEIJING -- Taking a page right out of Sun Tzu's "The Art of War", China is looking to win the battle for global dominance without ever fighting. The strategy is to win over the international community with culture and values. But Beijing's playbook

    October 20, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Jordi Martin: Innovation is changing how the world works, be ready

    Flying into Tianjin, China's fourth-largest city, I could see from the air just how big China's major cities are. This was early September and I was in this metropolis of 14 million for the World Economic Forum's "Annual Meeting of the New Champ

    October 20, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • The myth of China's strategic shrewdness

    TOKYO --Imagine if just a few days before China's leader Xi Jinping made his first official visit to Japan, the Chinese navy entered the Japanese territory around Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. Should it happen, tensions would boil over, mak

    October 20, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Signs of bubble collapse appearing in emerging Asia

    TOKYO -- The imminent normalization of U.S. monetary policy may spell bad news for investors. How bad? According to a recent report by the International Monetary Fund, the shift could see market players lose 8%, or $3.8 trillion, on their bond portf

    October 19, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • Climate change causes all kinds of chaos: Gore

    SAN FRANCISCO -- Global warming, unsustainable growth and globalization have serious knock-on effects that must be recognized and addressed if we are to secure a future of peace and prosperity, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore asserted in a recent

    October 19, 2014 12:30 am JST
  • Bad week for Japanese stocks ends amid jitters over tax hike

    TOKYO -- A 205-point drop Friday ended a short but painful week for Japanese equities, with the Nikkei Stock Average losing 5% in four sessions. The 768-point retreat made it the third-worst week this year for Japan's benchmark stock index.

    October 18, 2014 05:24 am JST
  • Apple's appeal falters in China as iPhone 6 fails to impress

    BEIJING/SILICON VALLEY -- A lack of enthusiasm over the launch of Apple's newest iPhone in China bodes ill for the U.S. company, which is threatened by homegrown brands in the world's largest smartphone market. Apple released the iPhone 6 and iP

    October 18, 2014 04:26 am JST
  • Kanematsu, JFE Steel building pipe processing plant in Texas

    TOKYO -- Kanematsu and JFE Steel will build a pipe processing plant in Texas, increasing U.S. output by 50% with the aim of tapping into growing demand generated by the shale oil and gas boom. Benoit Premium Threading, a subsidiary of a holding

    October 18, 2014 04:22 am JST
  • US, Japan muster new aid for Ebola fight

    WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is ready to appoint an official to oversee the response to a potential outbreak of Ebola fever in the U.S., while Japan began weighing additional support for fighting the disease. American anxiety about Ebola

    October 18, 2014 02:11 am JST
  • McDonald's Japan faces first operating loss as public company

    TOKYO -- McDonald's Holdings Japan is bracing for a group operating loss for the year through December 31, the fast-food giant's first since listing its stock in 2001. The slump owes primarily to the scandal in which the company's hamburger rest

    October 18, 2014 01:21 am JST
  • Daniel Twining: Upending the new global order

    The world has a new G-7. The Group of Seven once comprised the world's leading industrialized economies -- in North America, Europe and Japan. Now, the International Monetary Fund calculates that the combined gross domestic product of the seven bigg

    October 17, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Facebook utilizes personal information for new targeted ads

    TOKYO -- Facebook, the world's biggest online social network based in the U.S., is taking full advantage of its real name registration policy to market its highly targeted advertising service to corporate clients eager for access to its 1.3 billion

    October 17, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Indian shoppers drop 'can't touch, won't buy' mantra

    NEW DELHI -- Led by companies such as Flipkart and Amazon.com, e-commerce has begun to flourish in India as consumers outgrow a "can't touch, won't buy" approach that had subdued online growth. Bangalore-based Flipkart, the largest e-commerce co

    October 17, 2014 03:00 pm JST
  • Toshiba, United Technologies tie up in smart-building solutions

    TOKYO -- Toshiba will partner with United Technologies to offer energy-saving building equipment and maintenance services around the world. Under their alliance, to be announced Friday, the two will pool their expertise: The Japanese company is

    October 17, 2014 05:43 am JST
  • No consensus on what lies ahead for nervous markets

    TOKYO -- Global investors seem torn between confidence that equities are simply undergoing a correction and despair at the prospect of the end of an easy-money-fueled bull run. The Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbled more than 200 points early

    October 17, 2014 05:14 am JST