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  • Japan automakers

    Uneven performance by region challenges Toyota

    NAGOYA -- A closer look at Toyota Motor's stellar earnings announced Friday reveals increasingly uneven results by region, with Europe and resource-rich markets languishing in the shadows of brisk performances in North America and China. Toyota

    February 6, 2016 05:10 am JST
  • Curtis S. Chin and Jose B. Collazo

    Obama must leave a legacy of closer links with SE Asia

    At a ceremony in New Zealand on Feb. 4, representatives of the United States and 11 other Asia-Pacific nations formally signed on to what may well become one of the largest ever multinational trade deals. The Trans-Pacific Partnership will, if imple

    February 5, 2016 07:25 pm JST
  • Chinese economy

    Central bank desperate to stabilize yuan ahead of Lunar New Year

    SHANGHAI -- For the People's Bank of China, the Lunar New Year is a precarious time of year. The Chinese New Year, also called the Spring Festival, begins on Feb. 8 this year. Around this time of year, funding demand in China always sharply incr

    February 5, 2016 01:00 pm JST
  • Andreas Kolbe

    Collapsing crude prices are hurting emerging-market debt

    Investors in emerging-market debt might have hoped for a different start to the New Year. As oil prices have fallen to new lows, markets have demanded ever-larger premiums for buying emerging-market debt. Risk premiums for such debt are now at their

    February 5, 2016 01:00 pm JST
  • Pacific Rim free trade deal signed in NZ ceremony

    AUCKLAND, New Zealand (Kyodo) -- Twelve Pacific Rim countries representing around 40 percent of the world economy signed a free trade deal Thursday in a ceremony in Auckland, New Zealand. Japan, the United States, New Zealand and nine other cou

    February 4, 2016 03:00 pm JST
  • Tobias Harris

    US uncertainty should not stop Asian leaders from ratifying TPP

    The Trans-Pacific Partnership was signed in New Zealand on Feb. 4, starting the race to ratify the historic twelve-country trade agreement. By signaling that it intends to pass TPP implementing legislation during the 2016 ordinary session, the cabin

    February 4, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Andreas Kolbe: Oil's collapse is battering emerging-market debt

    Investors in emerging-market debt might have hoped for a different start to the New Year. As oil prices have fallen to new lows, markets have demanded ever-larger premiums for buying emerging-market debt. Risk premiums for such debt are now at their

    February 4, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Edward Alden

    TPP's big ambition could be its undoing

    When the trade ministers of 12 Pacific Rim nations meet in Auckland, New Zealand this week to affix their signatures to the landmark Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, they could be forgiven a moment to bask in the accomplishment. After more

    February 2, 2016 01:00 pm JST
  • World Health Organization declares global emergency over Zika virus

    GENEVA (Kyodo) -- The U.N. health agency declared on Monday a global public health emergency over the Zika virus chiefly affecting Brazil and other countries in the region, the first such warning since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014.

    February 2, 2016 12:38 pm JST
  • Japanese air travel

    ANA plans direct flights to Mexico as business travel booms

    TOKYO -- All Nippon Airways will start daily direct flights between Japan and Mexico in the second half of fiscal 2016, tapping surging demand for business travel as Japanese companies make inroads into the country. The ANA Holdings unit will of

    January 29, 2016 01:50 am JST
  • Commodities markets

    Will El Nino's sister hold sway in 2016?

    SINGAPORE -- The El Nino weather phenomenon wreaked havoc worldwide last year. Its counterpart, La Nina, could cause more trouble in 2016. The term El Nino, Spanish for "the boy," was coined by Peruvian fishermen to refer to a warm ocean current

    January 28, 2016 01:00 pm JST
  • Plunging indexes mark ominous start for 2016

    Markets around the world are in a tailspin. The perfect storm of a U.S. interest rate hike, a Chinese slowdown and plummeting crude oil prices means the outlook for the world economy is dismal. If investor fears continue to grow, the global economy

    January 28, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Recovery risks

    Plunging indexes mark ominous start for 2016

    Markets around the world are in a tailspin. The perfect storm of a U.S. interest rate hike, a Chinese slowdown and plummeting crude oil prices means the outlook for the world economy is dismal. If investor fears continue to grow, the global economy

    January 27, 2016 05:30 pm JST
  • Nissan-Renault CEO interview

    Ghosn sees 'healthy' growth in maturing Chinese auto market

    TOKYO -- China's auto market will continue expanding at a healthy rate of 5-6% a year, says Nissan Motor CEO Carlos Ghosn, painting a relatively rosy picture amid concern over the sputtering mainland economy. China should no longer be lumped in

    January 26, 2016 07:15 am JST
  • Commodity markets

    Weaker resource prices cast pall over global economy

    TOKYO/LONDON/NEW YORK -- British mining giant Anglo American, which owns 85% of De Beers, the dominant power in the global diamond business, is in dire financial straits. In recent years, Anglo American has invested aggressively, betting the re

    January 25, 2016 07:45 pm JST
  • Soccer transfers

    Chinese clubs gobbling up Brazilian talent

    TOKYO -- Chinese teams are continuing to lure top-notch players and coaches away from Brazil and Europe by outspending even the big, household-name clubs in those soccer hotbeds. After its national league matches wind up in early December, Brazi

    January 24, 2016 01:00 pm JST
  • BRICS

    Resource, currency plunges leave Brazil, Russia in bind

    SAO PAULO/MOSCOW -- Resource producers Russia and Brazil, key members of the BRICS bloc of promising emerging markets, face similar predicaments as sinking oil prices erode revenue and currency depreciation feeds inflation. Public discontent is risi

    January 22, 2016 04:30 am JST
  • Interactive graphics

    Corralling billion-dollar 'unicorns'

    A few years back, yet-to-be-listed tech startups valued at $1 billion or more were so rare they were dubbed "unicorns" in the U.S., after the mythical creatures. Now these pricey startups are becoming more and more common. The graphic below show

    January 21, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Corralling billion-dollar 'unicorns'

    A few years back, yet-to-be-listed tech startups valued at $1 billion or more were so rare they were dubbed "unicorns" in the U.S., after the mythical creatures. Now these pricey startups are becoming more and more common. The graphic below show

    January 21, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • TPP

    Pacific trade pact signing to take place in Auckland on Feb. 4: N.Z.

    SYDNEY (Kyodo) -- New Zealand said Thursday it will host a signing ceremony for the Trans-Pacific Partnership pact in Auckland on Feb. 4 ahead of the implementation of one of the world's largest free trade zones. "New Zealand has issued invitati

    January 21, 2016 09:00 am JST