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  • Trump administration says no US trading partners manipulate currency

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. President Donald Trump's administration declined to name any major trading partner as a currency manipulator in a highly anticipated report on Friday, backing away from a key Trump campaign promise to slap such a label o

    April 15, 2017 09:21 am JST
  • US-China '100-day plan' yields tactical win for Xi

    TOKYO -- The 100-day plan agreed to last week by U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping seems at first to be a sizable compromise from Beijing. But close examination reveals that it is a vague promise that does not seem to le

    April 15, 2017 07:00 am JST
  • US, North Korea issue threats as tensions escalate

    WASHINGTON/SEOUL -- The U.S. and North Korea are ramping up their rhetoric against each other, with some observers expecting Pyongyang to launch another military provocation on Saturday to honor the 105th anniversary of founder Kim Il Sung's birth.T

    April 15, 2017 06:00 am JST
  • Abe cranks up tension in North Korea statements

    TOKYO -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's statements on North Korea took on a sharper edge this week, indicating the government's level of preoccupation with the issue and possibly reflecting the seriousness of U.S. President Donald Trump.After the U.S.

    April 15, 2017 06:00 am JST
  • Tussle over Toshiba chip unit heats up as field thins

    TOKYO -- Though Toshiba has begun narrowing down the candidates to acquire its memory unit, no favorite has emerged, and the remaining players are doing all they can to gain an edge.About 10 enterprises participated in the first round of bidding for

    April 15, 2017 05:00 am JST
  • Japan looks to revive moribund TPP, sans US

    TOKYO -- Japan is mobilizing the remaining members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact to resurrect the agreement without the United States, seeking a path forward for free trade in Asia with Tokyo as the senior partner.U.S. President Donald

    April 15, 2017 04:20 am JST
  • Debt and corruption muddy US-Cambodia relations

    SINGAPORE -- In contrast to the anguish and astonishment expressed in many national capitals, Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen welcomed Donald Trump's election as U.S. president in November. While the warm response augured well for Phnom Penh's oft

    April 15, 2017 12:00 am JST
  • Jurek Martin

    Good morning Pyongyang

    More than 30 years ago while living in Japan I used to listen most mornings to Radio Pyongyang's English-language broadcasts. This was not a conscious decision. I would habitually tune into the BBC on short-wave, but just before 8.00 a.m. there woul

    April 14, 2017 11:30 pm JST
  • North Korea should see no bluff in 'mother of all bombs'

    TOKYO -- The U.S. dropped the most powerful non-nuclear bomb in its arsenal for the first time in combat on an Islamic State group facility in Afghanistan.The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb, nicknamed the "mother of all bombs," is designed

    April 14, 2017 06:22 pm JST
  • LNG spot prices plunge in Asia on supply glut concerns

    TOKYO -- Spot prices of liquefied natural gas in Asian markets slid 40% from a high seen in January, foreshadowing a possible drop in Japanese electricity prices if weak demand and rising output abroad exacerbate a glut of the fuel.Spot LNG is curre

    April 14, 2017 04:00 pm JST
  • Daniel Twining

    What the world has learned about Trump's foreign policy

    Many expected the insurgent presidency of Donald Trump to be accompanied by a revolutionary foreign policy that broke with the record of American internationalism since 1945. On the campaign trail and in his inaugural address, Trump promised an "Ame

    April 14, 2017 02:45 pm JST
  • US ready for preemptive strike against North Korea nuke test: report

    WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- The United States is ready to launch a preemptive attack with conventional weapons against North Korea should officials become convinced that Pyongyang is about to conduct a nuclear weapons test, a U.S. television network repor

    April 14, 2017 12:51 pm JST
  • Insuring Cambodia: Manulife, Prudential and peers move into a ripe new market

    PHNOM PENH -- At the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital in central Phnom Penh, Cheum Sor, 61, is lying on the hospital floor with an intravenous drip attached to his arm. The gloomy, crowded ward does not have any air conditioning or even a nurse call

    April 14, 2017 12:10 pm JST
  • Wall Street slides as investors weigh bank results, global risks

    NEW YORK (Reuters) -- Major U.S. stock indexes fell on Thursday for a third straight day as investors weighed earnings reports from big U.S. banks and geopolitical tensions, while the tech sector fell for a tenth consecutive session.Wells Fargo shar

    April 14, 2017 06:40 am JST
  • Pyongyang stands firm as America turns up the heat

    SEOUL -- North Korea remains defiant as the U.S. flexes its military muscles to add pressure on the rogue state, with leader Kim Jong Un strutting before state media and the army preparing for a sixth nuclear test.Kim observed army special forces at

    April 14, 2017 05:35 am JST
  • US uses 'mother of all bombs' for first time in Afghanistan

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The United States dropped a massive GBU-43 bomb, the largest non-nuclear bomb it has ever used in combat, in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday against a series of caves used by Islamic State militants, the military said.It was

    April 14, 2017 05:02 am JST
  • Trump adds currency policy to diplomatic arsenal

    WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's unusual expression of concern about the dollar "getting too strong" suggests that he seeks to use currency policy as a tool to extract concessions and cooperation from such countries as China and Japan.Since th

    April 14, 2017 05:00 am JST
  • China gets serious on North Korea sanctions

    BEIJING/WASHINGTON -- China halved coal imports from North Korea in the quarter ended in March compared with a year earlier, signaling tougher enforcement of international sanctions as the U.S. hints at trade incentives for stronger steps.China brou

    April 14, 2017 04:55 am JST
  • Trump says North Korea problem 'will be taken care of'

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that Pyongyang is a problem that "will be taken care of," as speculation rose that North Korea might be on the verge of a sixth nuclear test.Trump, responding to a question about w

    April 14, 2017 03:58 am JST
  • Trump irked by strong dollar caused by his own policy

    TOKYO -- President Donald Trump is moving to rein in the dollar's appreciation as investors hopeful of economic stimulus snap up the U.S. currency, even though his America-first policy is the main culprit for the greenback's ascent. Trump told the

    April 14, 2017 03:30 am JST