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  • Obesity remains a mystery but hormones, genes may be keys

    OSAKA -- The world is getting fatter. Obesity is a global epidemic. Studying the mechanism of weight gain has uncovered hormones associated with appetite and genes associated with obesity, but effective methods of prevention and treatment are still

    March 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Yellen's two words heard round the world: 'six months'

    WASHINGTON -- Janet Yellen, chair of the Federal Reserve, threw the money market off balance recently by suggesting an interest rate hike may come in spring 2015. If nothing else, the scrutiny she invited is a reminder that when you are the head of

    March 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Nations around the world jostle to carve up Antarctic resources

    TOKYO -- As summer sea ice levels continue to drop year by year, interest in developing undersea natural resources and opening new shipping routes through the Arctic region has been growing. While in Antarctica, at the other side of the world, some

    March 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Abe, Park, Obama affirm cooperation on North Korea

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- The leaders of Japan and South Korea held their first formal talks here Tuesday, confirming they will partner more closely in dealing with the threat posed by North Korea's nuclear weapons and missile development. Japan

    March 26, 2014 06:29 am JST
  • Chinese shift on energy investment seen impacting oil majors

    FRANKFURT, Germany -- A change of course prompting China's leading oil companies to invest in fewer development projects will likely have a ripple effect on Western oil majors, which have also acted as sellers of oil and gas interests. They may

    March 26, 2014 06:21 am JST
  • G-8 strife threatens to leave world rudderless

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- Russia has managed to be the talk of the Nuclear Security Summit here even without the presence of President Vladimir Putin. The crisis in Ukraine has pushed the already-dysfunctional Group of Eight to the edge of colla

    March 26, 2014 04:45 am JST
  • Japan seeks united front on North Korea: Abe

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- Japan's Shinzo Abe wants to work closely with South Korean President Park Geun-hye in dealing with an unpredictable North Korea, the prime minister said ahead of their first formal talks. Speaking to reporters, Abe said

    March 26, 2014 03:30 am JST
  • Hyundai betting on all-new Sonata to regain ground in S. Korea, U.S.

    SEOUL -- South Korea's Hyundai Motor is ready to roll out its all-new Sonata midsize sedan in its home market and the U.S. to rebuild its presence there. "The Sonata has played a key role in lifting the status of Hyundai into a global automaker,

    March 25, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Ukraine crisis -- wake-up call not just for Europe, but Japan too

    TOKYO -- Ukraine is in a serious crisis, with Russia having absorbed the Crimean Peninsula. In terms of economic size, Ukraine is not a big country. In fact, its gross domestic product is only slightly over $170 billion, roughly the same as Japa

    March 25, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Yellen remark highlights importance of communication skills

    TOKYO -- The leaders of governments and monetary authorities around the world are being tested on their ability to communicate with the market. Five years since the 2008 global financial crisis, the economy is now at a turning point for recovery. Th

    March 25, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Retooled Japan Inc. outearning global rivals

    TOKYO -- An earnings comparison of major companies worldwide underscores the particularly strong performance of Japanese companies in fiscal 2013, thanks to reforms over the past few years and the tail wind provided by a softer yen. In the auto i

    March 25, 2014 04:48 am JST
  • NEC acquires grid energy storage business of A123 Systems

    TOKYO -- NEC added another element in its new business strategy Monday, announcing the acquisition of the grid energy storage unit of A123 Systems from Chinese autoparts company Wanxiang Group. The Japanese electronics giant is shifting its focu

    March 25, 2014 03:36 am JST
  • Shimadzu ramping up R&D, sales in Asia

    KYOTO -- Shimadzu announced Monday that it will spend 102 billion yen ($987 million) on capital investment and R&D in the three years ending March 2017, 40% more than in the prior three-year period, with a focus on Asia outside Japan. As part of

    March 25, 2014 02:26 am JST
  • Yellen's 'six months' comment raises doubts over Fed policy

    WASHINGTON -- U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's remarks last week about a potential interest rate hike by spring 2015 has unbalanced the money market, dampening expectations that the U.S. central bank will continue its dovish policy manageme

    March 24, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Toyota forecasts record profit, sales of 10 million units

    TOKYO -- Toyota Motor President Akio Toyoda spent much of his first five years in office coping with massive product recalls and other setbacks. Now that the automaker has likely ended fiscal 2013 with a record profit and projects global sales o

    March 24, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Japanese creators seek future man-machine fusion

    TOKYO -- A robotic arm developed by auto parts maker Denso is adding a high-tech visual twist to this year's Denou-sen shogi master-versus-machine series, and raising questions about the future of man and machine. The shogi (Japanese chess)-play

    March 24, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Japan steel giant eyes overseas expansion

    TOKYO -- Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal has been setting up more facilities overseas since being created in October 2012. "Workers here are more eager than Japan's young engineers to improve work efficiency, they just need more experience," said

    March 24, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • John H. Makin: America's interests lie with Abe's new Japan

    The economic and geopolitical interests of the U.S. are far better aligned with Japan's goals than with China's. Now Japan is at an important turning point, and Washington needs to take notice. World War II has been over for nearly 70 years, at

    March 24, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • US arm-twisting gets Abe, Park to inch closer

    TOKYO -- America has persuaded the leaders of its two East Asian allies to agree to their first formal sit-down. That is a step on what looks to be a long, hard road to a true rapprochement between Japan and South Korea. "I think that's great,"

    March 22, 2014 02:31 am JST
  • Japan Airlines to expand US service through JetBlue

    TOKYO -- Japan Airlines customers may soon find it easier to reach destinations in the U.S., after JAL adds more flights and increases code-share service in the country with low-cost carrier JetBlue Airways. JAL, which sees its busy routes to No

    March 20, 2014 06:00 am JST