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  • Rising inflation

    Brazil sinks into recession

    SAO PAULO -- The Brazilian economy contracted for a second straight quarter as a dismal job market and high inflation depressed consumer spending. April-June gross domestic product shrank 1.9% from the preceding three months, the Brazilian Insti

    August 29, 2015 03:25 am JST
  • Nicholas Spiro

    China the real worry for emerging market investors

    Investor sentiment towards emerging markets remains bleak. Emerging market stocks have lost 10% in dollar terms this month, resulting in a 20% decline over the past three months. In the period between Aug. 19 and 26, emerging market bond funds s

    August 28, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Forex headwinds

    Mizuno to jump into Brazilian production

    OSAKA -- Mizuno plans to make athletic shoes in Brazil, an important market whose weakening currency has hurt the profitability of the Japanese sporting goods manufacturer's footwear exports from Asia. The company is weighing such details as the

    August 28, 2015 04:00 am JST
  • Nouriel Roubini

    A Financial Early-Warning System

    NEW YORK -- Recent market volatility - in emerging and developed economies alike - is showing once again how badly ratings agencies and investors can err in assessing countries' economic and financial vulnerabilities. Ratings agencies wait too long

    August 28, 2015 12:35 am JST
  • Xiaomi looks overseas for growth

    BEIJING/MUMBAI/SAO PAULO -- Top Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is looking overseas for growth opportunities. It plans to export its business model to emerging markets such as India and Brazil. Xiaomi offers a limited number of price-busting sma

    August 27, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Crisis takes its toll on currencies

    BANGKOK -- Knee-jerk reactions to Chinese moves in equity markets are currently grabbing headlines. But a longer-term perspective looking at the currency market shows just how deeply connected China has become with the global economy. The Nikkei

    August 27, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • International cooperation will be essential

    TOKYO -- The unrest rippling through global markets will test policymakers' ability to work together, calm investors and maintain economic momentum. Fears of slowing Chinese growth have cast a pall over the global economy and investors are scram

    August 27, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Tied to China

    Crisis takes toll on currencies

    BANGKOK -- Knee-jerk reactions to Chinese moves in equity markets are currently grabbing headlines. But a longer-term perspective looking at the currency market shows just how deeply connected China has become with the global economy. The Nikkei

    August 26, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Batten down the hatches

    China brews a global economic storm

    TOKYO -- Market participants are rereading a year-old International Monetary Fund paper that took up the question of the global consequences of slower Chinese growth. China's economic ties with the rest of Asia have deepened not only in terms of

    August 26, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Responding to world's largest market

    Sumitomo Chemical to develop agrochemicals in Brazil

    TOKYO -- Sumitomo Chemical will open a research and development center in Brazil for crop protection chemicals, making inroads into the world's largest agrochemical market as global crop demand swells. The Japanese chemical maker aims to have th

    August 26, 2015 03:11 am JST
  • Peter Tasker

    From porridge to pizza, global investors juggle euphoria and gloom

    In investment, as elsewhere, averages can be misleading. On the face of it, world stock markets have, on average, gone nowhere over the past year and valuations seem reasonable. Yet a closer look reveals a more disturbing picture. Rather than a

    August 23, 2015 07:40 pm JST
  • On heels of normalized relations

    Japanese companies spice up Cuban travel offerings as interest grows

    TOKYO -- Travel companies here are boosting their Cuba tour offerings in response to growing demand as normalized relations between the country and the U.S. grab the attention of travelers. Travel company JTB will offer eight tour courses in the

    August 21, 2015 02:29 am JST
  • Interview with Dilma Rousseff

    Brazil's president holds the line on budget cuts

    SAO PAULO -- Despite Brazil's lurch into recession, President Dilma Rousseff still intends to reduce public spending to try to put her country's fiscal house in order. Her government has taken "fiscal adjustment measures" while trying to moderni

    August 21, 2015 02:00 am JST
  • Supachai Panitchpakdi: TPP would be a 2nd-best outcome for Asia

    We are witnessing an unprecedented phenomenon in the postwar history of world trade. For the last four years, GDP has uncharacteristically outpaced growth in trade volume. As trade has always been a key driver of global growth, the contraction of it

    August 20, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Appetite for stevia brings Japan back to Paraguay

    SAN VICENTE, Paraguay -- Facing growing competition for the natural sweetener stevia, Japan is seeking to corner production in Paraguay, the original source of the herb. Japan, the world's top consumer of stevia, halted imports from Paraguay ove

    August 20, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Yuan devaluation hits emerging economies hard

    Investor sentiment about emerging markets was bleak even before Aug. 11, the day of the Chinese central bank's dramatic and unexpected devaluation of the yuan, the sharpest in two decades. The equity markets of developing economies have fallen 1

    August 20, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Renewable energy

    Japan's Sojitz buys 49% stake in Peru megasolar plant operator

    TOKYO -- Major Japanese trading house Sojitz has acquired a 49% stake in a Peruvian company that operates megasolar power plants domestically. Sojitz purchased the interest from Madrid-based T-Solar, the Peruvian company's parent and a member of

    August 16, 2015 02:00 am JST
  • Dani Rodrik

    Back to fundamentals in emerging markets

    CAMBRIDGE -- Following 15 years of hype, a new conventional wisdom has taken hold: emerging markets are in deep trouble. Many analysts had extrapolated rapid growth in countries such as Brazil, Russia, Turkey, and India into the indefinite future, c

    August 14, 2015 08:26 pm JST
  • Desperately seeking sustainability

    Xiaomi looks overseas for growth

    BEIJING/MUMBAI/SAO PAULO -- Top Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is looking overseas for growth opportunities. It plans to export its business model to emerging markets such as India and Brazil. Xiaomi offers a limited number of price-busting sma

    August 14, 2015 03:30 pm JST
  • 70 years after WWII

    Rise of China not yet challenging 'American century'

    WASHINGTON -- This year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. In an interview with The Nikkei, Joseph Nye, a former U.S. assistant secretary of defense and chairman of the U.S. National Intelligence Council, and now a professor at H

    August 13, 2015 07:00 pm JST