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  • Emerging-market relations

    Latin American infrastructure bank chief touts Asian ties

    BUSAN, South Korea -- Latin America has grown more closely linked to business cycles in Asia, Inter-American Development Bank President Luis Alberto Moreno said Thursday at a seminar on economic cooperation between the two regions. The bank, whi

    March 27, 2015 05:11 am JST
  • Falling demand

    Brazil's Petrobras to quit oil business in Japan

    TOKYO -- Brazilian state oil company Petrobras will jettison its Japanese oil business, shutting down an Okinawa Prefecture refinery as early as this year. Shrinking gasoline demand here and cheap crude have taken a toll on profitability. Petrob

    March 27, 2015 02:00 am JST
  • Hybrids in emerging markets

    Brazil to become third overseas production hub for Prius

    SAO PAULO -- Toyota Motor is planning to begin manufacturing Prius hybrid vehicles in Brazil starting in 2018. This third foreign production base would allow Toyota to steer around import taxes and price the Prius lower for greater penetration i

    March 25, 2015 02:00 am JST
  • Bumper crop

    Soybean futures hit 5-month low

    TOKYO -- International soybean prices have retreated 7% from a recent high in late February to a five-month low amid robust shipments from Brazil and slowing demand in China. Soybean futures on the Chicago Board of Trade -- the international bel

    March 19, 2015 03:20 am JST
  • Bracing for capital flight

    Slide in emerging markets' currencies gains momentum

    LONDON/JAKARTA -- As low crude oil prices improve economic conditions, emerging markets are loosening their tight monetary stances and seemingly tolerating some currency depreciation to boost exports. The Brazilian real has weakened by 17% again

    March 14, 2015 06:28 am JST
  • Indonesia's diplomacy

    Punishments for foreigners strain relations

    JAKARTA -- Indonesia's refusal to offer legal leniency to foreign nationals is straining its relationships with other countries. President Joko Widodo's government has taken a hard-line approach, maintaining the death penalty for foreign drug dealer

    March 12, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Helen Clark

    Taking sustainable development beyond band-aid solutions

    The last time the international community came together at a world conference to address the impact of disasters was in Kobe, Japan, in 2005, only weeks after the Indian Ocean tsunami killed over 230,000 people. I was Prime Minister of New Zealand a

    March 10, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Carmen M. Reinhart

    Are negative real interest rates the 'new normal'?

    Some questions can only be answered by examining the broad sweep of history. Over the past 150 years, "world" real interest rates have ventured into negative territory (yielding less than the rate of inflation) on a sustained basis on only four occa

    March 5, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Higher banana prices highlight risk of crop 'clones'

    TOKYO -- Produce prices are often influenced by the weather, but there is another -- and more serious -- reason behind the recent hike in banana prices. In late January, growers and major Japanese trading companies reached a rough agreement on l

    March 5, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Carmen M. Reinhart: Are negative real interest rates the 'new normal'?

    Some questions can only be answered by examining the broad sweep of history. Over the past 150 years, "world" real interest rates have ventured into negative territory (yielding less than the rate of inflation) on a sustained basis on only four occa

    March 5, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • A game of contagion

    Competitive central banking

    TOKYO -- Call it beggar-thy-neighbor central banking. Interest rates around the world are coming down. The monetary authorities of emerging nations as well as those of countries that export a lot of natural resources are doing a lot of the pulling.

    March 1, 2015 07:00 am JST
  • New field for Itochu

    Japanese trader gets into social lending

    TOKYO -- Japan's Itochu is starting a new online lending service, aiming to match people who need small loans with parties willing to provide cash. The goal is to accommodate demand for funding in various markets, including emerging ones. The t

    February 27, 2015 02:00 pm JST
  • A step forward

    Takeda on front foot after rough start for president

    TOKYO/SINGAPORE -- Takeda Pharmaceutical is stepping up its emerging-market business, an area where it has lagged behind, as President Christophe Weber finally starts to look ahead after spending months on damage control. Japan-based Takeda open

    February 26, 2015 04:49 am JST
  • Brazilian beans

    Coffee prices sink to one-year low on improved crop outlook

    TOKYO -- Coffee prices tumbled to their lowest levels in a year as concerns over production in Brazil eased. Arabica beans, which are used for regular coffee, are currently trading at about 150 cents per pound on the ICE Futures U.S. exchange.

    February 20, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Agriculture at risk

    Higher banana prices highlight risk of crop 'clones'

    TOKYO -- Produce prices are often influenced by the weather, but there is another -- and more serious -- reason behind the recent hike in banana prices. In late January, banana producers and major Japanese trading firms reached a rough agreement

    February 20, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • BRICs in flux

    Ex-Goldman guru says it's India's time to shine

    The so-called BRICs grouping of developing countries -- comprising Brazil, Russia, India and China -- helped drive the global economy after the financial crisis erupted in 2008. But the dynamics among these nations are changing, with powerhouse Chin

    February 19, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Foreign dollar holdings

    Looming Fed rate rise could spark panic

    TOKYO -- The latest U.S. employment figures released on Feb. 6 seemed enough to end the heated debate on when U.S. interest rates will rise. One million jobs were created in the country in the three months through January, marking the highest level

    February 19, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Looming Fed rate rise could spark dollar panic

    TOKYO -- The latest U.S. employment figures released on Feb. 6 seemed enough to end the heated debate on when U.S. interest rates will rise. One million jobs were created in the country in the three months through January, marking the highest level

    February 19, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Ex-Goldman guru says it's India's time to shine among BRICs

    The so-called BRICs grouping of developing countries -- comprising Brazil, Russia, India and China -- helped drive the global economy after the financial crisis erupted in 2008. But the dynamics among these nations are changing, with powerhouse Chin

    February 19, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Toyota taking emerging-market cars in greener direction

    TOKYO -- Convinced that it is only a matter of time before environmental regulations in developing countries are as strict as those anywhere on the planet, Toyota Motor is fully redesigning its IMV series of cars for emerging markets to make them gr

    February 19, 2015 12:00 am JST