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    Tokyo to push for TPP without US, says Aso

    TOKYO -- Japan wants to convince 10 other Pacific Rim countries to enter into the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal without the U.S., Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso said on Thursday.In a reversal of earlier reticence about a TPP minus the U.S., Japan n

    April 27, 2017 09:00 pm JST
  • TPP talks to get going -- with notable absentee

    TOKYO -- The 11 remaining signatories to the Trans-Pacific Partnership will start talks next week aimed at putting the trade agreement into force, without the participation of the U.S. Lead negotiators gather in Canada to begin the new talks on May

    April 27, 2017 06:35 pm JST
  • The long, frustrating quest for free trade in Asia

    SINGAPORE -- It was a punch in the gut for Jenesis (Shenzhen) when the U.S. called it quits on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Just like that, the contract electronics manufacturer's very raison d'etre was thrown into question.Jenesis, which supplies

    April 27, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Think the RCEP is about free trade? Think again

    SINGAPORE -- Delegates from Pakistan's remote Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province were all smiles as they signed an economic cooperation agreement with China on April 17."We have set the stage to begin [a] journey of industrialization," the province's chief

    April 27, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • If US won't lead on trade, China will: Ex-US trade rep

    TOKYO America's withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership leaves the door open for China to set the agenda in Asia-Pacific trade, warns former U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman.Now a distinguished fellow at the Council on Foreign Relation

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Think the RCEP is about free trade? Think again

    SINGAPORE Delegates from Pakistan's remote Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province were all smiles as they signed an economic cooperation agreement with China on April 17."We have set the stage to begin [a] journey of industrialization," the province's chief mi

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • The long and frustrating quest for free trade in Asia

    SINGAPORE It was a punch in the gut for Jenesis (Shenzhen) when the U.S. called it quits on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Just like that, the contract electronics manufacturer's very raison d'etre was thrown into question.Jenesis, which supplies el

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • G-20 reaffirms commitment on orderly currency movements

    WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- Finance chiefs from the Group of 20 major economies on Thursday reaffirmed a G-20 commitment to orderly currency movements as a way to promote world economic growth and ensure stability in financial markets, according to Japane

    April 21, 2017 03:02 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
  • Sumitomo to dive into Brazilian water infrastructure

    TOKYO -- Sumitomo Corp. will enter the water and sewage management business in Brazil, where the market for such services is expanding amid a government-led privatization push.A consortium including Sumitomo and Canadian investment company Brookfiel

    April 11, 2017 05:30 am JST
  • China's selfie editor app to tap Europe, Latin America

    HONG KONG -- Meitu, the creator of a popular image-enhancing app in China, is preparing to expand its business into Europe and Latin America.The company plans to open offices in the U.K., France, Germany, Argentina and Mexico by the end of the year,

    April 9, 2017 04:00 pm JST
  • The internet poised to dethrone TV as ad king

    PALO ALTO, U.S. -- Television's reign as the dominant advertising medium appears near its end, as sellers increasingly reach out to consumers through mobile devices.The rise of smartphones provides a tailwind for spending on internet ads, which is e

    April 7, 2017 08:00 am JST
  • Global debt hits $215tn in 2016, led by emerging markets -- IIF

    Global debt rose to 325 percent of the world's gross domestic product in 2016, totalling $215 trillion, an Institute for International Finance report released on Monday showed, boosted by the rapid growth of issuance in emerging markets.Global debt

    April 4, 2017 09:14 am JST
  • Trump to order trade review targeting China, Japan

    WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Tramp is expected to sign a new executive order on Friday aimed at reducing the country's trade deficit with China, Japan and a number of other countries, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told reporters on Thursday.

    March 31, 2017 01:48 pm JST
  • The Asian-American community reacts

    Donald Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric and sweeping proposals have stirred reactions from the Asian-American community. Here is what experts are saying.Aamina AhmedRaised in both the U.S. and Pakistan, Aamina Ahmed worries about the consequences of

    March 30, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • The Asian-American community reacts

    Donald Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric and sweeping proposals have stirred reactions from the Asian-American community. Here is what experts are saying.Aamina AhmedRaised in both the U.S. and Pakistan, Aamina Ahmed worries about the consequences of

    March 30, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • China tries to rely less on US soybeans

    TOKYO -- China is encouraging farmers to switch from corn to soybeans in an effort to reduce dependence on American soybeans amid tensions with the new administration.China relies on imports to satisfy 90% of its demand for soybeans.Beijing laid out

    March 30, 2017 05:05 am JST
  • Interview

    Brazil central bank chief hints at deeper rate cuts

    SAO PAULO -- Bigger interest rate cuts are an option for Brazil's central bank, Gov. Ilan Goldfajn told The Nikkei, signalling an emphasis on supporting South America's largest economy as inflation falls faster than expected.The central bank has low

    March 29, 2017 07:40 am JST
  • Brazil meat scandal opens way for Aussie beef in China

    SYDNEY -- Brazil's tainted beef scandal looks to be almost over with China lifting its import ban, but a new meat agreement between China and Australia offers Australian beef exporters a chance to reclaim market share lost to the South American coun

    March 28, 2017 04:20 pm JST
  • China, others lift ban on meat imports in boost for Brazil

    BRASILIA/BEIJING (Reuters) -- China lifted a ban on imports of meat from Brazil on Saturday after Brazilian authorities clarified details of a police investigation into alleged bribery of health inspectors, in a victory for President Michel Temer's

    March 26, 2017 09:58 am JST