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  • Japanese-made missile part set for takeoff to US

    TOKYO -- Japan's government is expected to approve the sale of a domestically made missile component to the U.S., which would mark the first export of military equipment under new, looser rules. The part in question is a sensor that goes into Pa

    April 17, 2014 05:43 am JST
  • JAL to bring Wi-Fi service to entire fleet

    TOKYO -- Japan Airlines will begin offering Wi-Fi service on all domestic and international flights by the end of fiscal 2016, with the exception of soon-to-retire small aircraft and propeller planes. Although the installation of equipment w

    April 17, 2014 04:37 am JST
  • Toyota overhauls Camry to counter Hyundai's spiffy new Sonata

    NEW YORK -- Toyota Motor unveiled an upgraded Camry sedan at the New York Auto Show on Wednesday, counting on the sportier-looking sedan to steal the spotlight from Hyundai's all-new Sonata. The 2015 Camry, to debut this fall, features a bolder

    April 17, 2014 04:10 am JST
  • US defense chief Hagel supports bigger Japan alliance role

    WASHINGTON -- For the first time, a U.S. cabinet member has voiced support for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's decision to confront a long-standing taboo against fighting alongside allies under fire. "We welcome Japan's efforts to play

    April 17, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Americans lean toward TPP support

    President Barack Obama will make a state visit to Japan April 23-25, the first such formal journey to the Land of the Rising Sun by an American leader since President Bill Clinton's visit in 1996. High on the agenda in Obama's bilateral discussi

    April 17, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • EU needs better business with China

    China's prominence in global affairs has been on an unstoppable trajectory, and the nation is increasingly in the foreground of major political, social and economic events. This is true for business as well, as Chinese companies pursue increasin

    April 17, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • US jury tells Takeda to pay $6B in Actos case

    TOKYO -- A jury in a Louisiana federal court said on April 8 that Takeda Pharmaceutical must pay $6 billion in punitive damages in a case in which the plaintiff claimed to have developed bladder cancer after taking the diabetes drug Actos. The v

    April 17, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Trade key to diplomatic success with US

    TOKYO -- U.S. President Barack Obama's Japan visit next week comes at a critical time for the bilateral relationship and for Asia. A key point of contention is the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. Tokyo and Washington are still at odds ove

    April 17, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Obama visits a troubled East Asia

    WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's state visit to Japan on April 23-25 comes at a fraught moment for the U.S.-Japan relationship. The cautious U.S. response first to China's declaration of an air defense identification zone in November and t

    April 17, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Obama visits a troubled East Asia

    WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's state visit to Japan on April 23-25 comes at a fraught moment for the U.S.-Japan relationship. The cautious U.S. response first to China's declaration of an air defense identification zone in November and t

    April 16, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • U.S. backlash may turn activist investors toward Japanese stocks

    TOKYO -- Growing hostility toward excessive investor activism in the U.S. could make an impact on the Japanese stock market in the near future, as such investors may move beyond the U.S. to other countries in search of greener pastures. A letter

    April 16, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • US sounds alarm on possible North Korean nuclear test

    WASHINGTON -- The U.S. is holding a flurry of talks with Asian allies over a possible nuclear test by North Korea amid growing concern ahead of President Barack Obama's tour of the region later this month. North Korea launched ballistic missile

    April 16, 2014 04:32 am JST
  • Obama to seek TPP, defense cooperation during Japan trip

    WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Barack Obama will try to revive troubled trans-Pacific trade talks and praise Japan's attempt to play a more assertive military role when he meets with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe next week. The White House officially

    April 16, 2014 04:19 am JST
  • Shin-Etsu looking into building ethylene plant in US

    TOKYO -- Shin-Etsu Chemical announced Tuesday that it has begun studying the feasibility of building a plant in the U.S. capable of producing some 500,000 tons of ethylene a year. With an abundance of shale gas making the ethane feedstock cheap

    April 16, 2014 03:27 am JST
  • 'Fragile Five' currencies rally on waning US interest rate fears

    TOKYO -- Emerging-market currencies are rebounding as concerns subside regarding U.S. monetary tightening in the near term. Currencies of the so-called Fragile Five nations -- Turkey, South Africa, India, Brazil and Indonesia, had fallen prey to

    April 16, 2014 03:23 am JST
  • Imax to up China screen count on investment from local funds

    NEW YORK -- Canadian big-screen movie theater operator Imax will sell a stake in its Chinese subsidiary to two local investments funds to pave the way for further expansion in China. Imax hopes the deal will allow the subsidiary to procure funds on

    April 15, 2014 03:40 pm JST
  • Obama asks Putin to urge pro-Russia militants to back down in Ukraine

    WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- U.S. President Barack Obama urged Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday to use his influence to get pro-Russia militants in eastern Ukraine to leave government and police buildings they have seized, the White House said.

    April 15, 2014 01:17 pm JST
  • Stephen Grenville: IMF ignores its own data on emerging economies

    Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, told the Group of 20 summit in St. Petersburg last September: "Just as some advanced economies have begun to gather momentum, many emerging markets are slowing." With this warn

    April 15, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Obama to visit Japan on April 23-25: White House

    WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- U.S. President Barack Obama will visit Japan for three days from April 23 on the first leg of a weeklong Asian tour that will also take him to South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines, the White House said Monday. Obama w

    April 15, 2014 10:01 am JST
  • Nickel, palladium prices rising amid Ukraine turmoil

    TOKYO -- International prices of nickel and palladium are climbing amid worries about supplies from Russia, a major producer of both metals, in light of the geopolitical turmoil in Ukraine. If the U.S. and Europe toughen their economic sanctions

    April 15, 2014 05:30 am JST