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  • Beijing may cut crude oil to Pyongyang, says Chinese expert

    BEIJING -- China likely will halt crude oil exports to North Korea should Pyongyang conduct its sixth nuclear test, a prominent Chinese expert told The Nikkei, signaling a tougher attitude by Beijing toward its rogue neighbor.A nuclear test or the l

    April 21, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • Gold price edges up to five-month high, widens spread between platinum

    TOKYO/HONG KONG -- Rising tensions over North Korea and Syria are pushing nervous investors to place their money in the safe haven of gold, lifting the price of the precious metal and widening the spread between it and platinum.Benchmark New York go

    April 20, 2017 08:30 pm JST
  • 14-nation Pacific pact breaks through trade gloom

    AUCKLAND -- Fourteen Pacific nations, some of the world's smallest and poorest, agreed Thursday to a trade and economic agreement with rich neighbors Australia and New Zealand after 8 years of tortuous negotiations.In the wake of the collapse of the

    April 20, 2017 08:16 pm JST
  • Pence, Widodo vow to step up security cooperation

    JAKARTA -- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence met with Indonesian President Joko Widodo in Jakarta on Thursday, reaffirming Washington's commitment to work with Indonesia to combat terrorism and other threats. At a news conference following the meeting

    April 20, 2017 04:56 pm JST
  • Toshiba shares soar on reported Hon Hai plan for US plant

    TOKYO -- Toshiba shares soared in morning trading in Tokyo on Thursday, after a Japanese media report that Hon Hai Precision Industry, also known as Foxconn, plans to build a plant in the country as part of its buyout bid for Toshiba's memory busine

    April 20, 2017 04:00 pm JST
  • Asian startups step out of Silicon Valley's shadow

    TOKYO/JAKARTA -- Nur Dwi Sasi's daily commute to her workplace in South Jakarta used to be a daunting task. The 47-year-old office worker had to walk in the scorching heat to catch a jam-packed minibus before changing to another, equally crowded bus

    April 20, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • US considers restoring Pyongyang to terror sponsor list -Tillerson

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday the United States is looking at ways to bring pressure to bear on North Korea over its nuclear program, including whether Pyongyang should have been removed from a U.S. list

    April 20, 2017 10:31 am JST
  • Honda says US driver seriously injured in Takata inflator rupture

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Honda Motor Co Ltd said on Wednesday a driver of a 2002 Accord was seriously injured after a faulty Takata air bag inflator ruptured during a March 3 crash in Las Vegas, Nevada.The Japanese automaker said the inflator had not

    April 20, 2017 10:29 am JST
  • Asia's venture capital firms learn Silicon Valley tricks

    BANGKOK On March 10, at the SXSW event in Austin, Texas, in the U.S., self-driving electric car maker NIO revealed plans to make a near-fully autonomous electric car commercially available in the U.S. by 2020, aiming at becoming one of the first com

    April 20, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Asian startups step out of Silicon Valley's shadow

    TOKYO/JAKARTA Nur Dwi Sasi's daily commute to her workplace in South Jakarta used to be a daunting task. The 47-year-old office worker had to walk in the scorching heat to catch a jam-packed minibus before changing to another, equally crowded bus. T

    April 20, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • India's Flipkart karts in $1.4bn from Tencent, eBay and Microsoft

    NEW DELHI India's e-commerce boom has triggered an intense battle for supremacy, with the top two players pulling no punches and deep-pocketed global investors swooping in.The homegrown Flipkart, India's largest e-tailer, on April 10 announced it ha

    April 20, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Toshiba keeps fighting, but its future looks grim

    TOKYO Toshiba's problems just won't go away. The company failed to get its auditor's approval of a delayed earnings report. The sale of its prized memory chip business is faltering. And wary creditors are casting doubt over future funding. It's defi

    April 20, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • The US and Japan kick off economic talks on different pages

    TOKYO/WASHINGTON Japan and the U.S. kicked off high-level economic talks in Tokyo on April 18, with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who co-chaired the meeting along with Japanese Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso, expressing hope f

    April 20, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Behind the bluster, North Korea and the US angle for peace

    SEOUL/WASHINGTON Behind the bluster and saber rattling, both the U.S. and North Korea appear keen to avoid an all-out war without losing face. With China attempting to play the role of peacemaker, the three countries have become embroiled in a tangl

    April 20, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Neuroscience reveals the secret to Neymar's skills

    TOKYO What makes world-class athletes like those who participate in the Olympics or World Cup soccer different from the rest of us? For most people, the first answer that likely comes to mind is either physical traits -- amount of muscle or cardiopu

    April 20, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Tiny self-driving vehicles will reshape our idea of mobility

    TOKYO Mention automated vehicles these days and you are apt to hear people rhapsodize (or worry) about driverless cars whizzing people to and from their homes and offices, as they dream of closing the door, punching their destination into a computer

    April 20, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Trump asks for probe into imports of foreign-made steel -officials

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday will sign a directive asking for a speedy probe into whether imports of foreign-made steel are hurting U.S. national security, two administration officials said on Wednesday.Trump is to

    April 20, 2017 09:40 am JST
  • Russia blocks Security Council response to North Korea's failed missile test

    UNITED NATIONS -- A U.N. Security Council statement condemning North Korea's latest attempted missile launch was obstructed Wednesday following Russian objections to its tough stance.The statement would have demanded an immediate end to violations o

    April 20, 2017 07:30 am JST
  • IBM sends S&P 500, Dow lower; Nasdaq advances

    NEW YORK (Reuters) -- The S&P 500 and Dow closed lower and the Nasdaq advanced on Wednesday as investors digested the latest round of earnings, while a drop in oil prices weighed on the energy sector.IBM sank 4.9 percent to $161.69 after the company

    April 20, 2017 06:47 am JST
  • Australia wants TPP despite US exit: trade minister

    TOKYO -- Australia is eager to put the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact into effect even without the U.S., Steven Ciobo, the country's minister for trade, tourism and investment, told The Nikkei here on Wednesday.In light of U.S. President Donal

    April 20, 2017 05:00 am JST