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  • Japan to support Brazilian offshore drilling, infrastructure

    BRASILIA, Brazil -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff agreed Friday to pursue cooperation in areas including offshore oil drilling and grain transportation. Speaking to reporters after their summit here, A

    August 2, 2014 05:45 am JST
  • Abe goes prospecting in Latin America

    BRASILIA, Brazil -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is rounding out a five-nation Latin American tour on which he has pitched Japanese technology and investment with 70-odd business leaders in tow. The visits form a visible part of Tokyo's ef

    August 2, 2014 05:35 am JST
  • Hyundai eyes Mexican plant, other steps against strong won

    SEOUL -- The Hyundai Motor group is moving to build more cars to local specifications in growth markets, aiming to expand the scope of its global business while minimizing the impact of the strong won back home. It plans to construct its first M

    August 2, 2014 04:38 am JST
  • Abe, Xi crisscross globe in race for emerging-market deals

    TOKYO -- Japan's Shinzo Abe has set foot on every continent save Antarctica since returning to the prime minister's office, most recently South America. All this economic diplomacy is meant to keep pace with China. Chinese President Xi Jinping s

    August 2, 2014 01:49 am JST
  • Japan, Chile to deepen mining ties: leaders

    SANTIAGO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chile's President Michelle Bachelet agreed here Thursday to seek stronger cooperation on developing the Andean nation's abundant mineral resources. Japan imports 48% of its copper and 87% of its

    August 1, 2014 05:59 am JST
  • Japanese businesses increasingly smitten with Colombia

    BOGOTA -- Japanese companies are lining up to tap into Colombia's wealth of natural resources and promising infrastructure projects, and the South American country is more than willing to welcome them. At the ninth Japan-Colombia Joint Economic

    July 31, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Simon Smiles: How to avoid Olympic white elephants

    The soccer World Cup is over, and most Brazilians would rather forget the host nation's performances. But the country will be faced with a daily reminder of the summer of 2014, because many of the specially constructed stadiums and associated infras

    July 31, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Chinese yuan coming up in the world

    HONG KONG -- Companies the world over are increasingly using China's currency to make settlements for trade and investment as they seek to hedge risk and do more business with the massive Chinese market. Yuan-denominated settlements as a proport

    July 31, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Chinese investors continue scooping up British brands

    LONDON -- The wave of Chinese investment in the U.K. is showing no signs of cresting. China- and Hong Kong-based private equity firms are snapping up Western brands, and Britain, with its open economy and numerous well-established companies, is seen

    July 31, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Global new car sales up 3% in April-June

    TOKYO -- New car sales in major global markets rose 3% in the April-June period. Sales were strong in China and the U.S., but weaker in emerging economies. Data compiled from automobile manufacturers associations and research companies in l

    July 30, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Chinese automakers rapidly expanding in South America

    BEIJING -- Chinese automakers are on the offensive in South America as they tout low-priced cars and eat away at the market dominance of European manufacturers. These automakers from China are investing in more production and expanded sales netw

    July 30, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Japan, Colombia to agree on acceleration of free trade talks

    BOGOTA (Kyodo) -- Japan and Colombia are expected to agree to accelerate talks to conclude a bilateral free trade agreement when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Juan Manuel Santos meet Tuesday in Bogota. The two nations opened free trade

    July 29, 2014 07:14 pm JST
  • Japan moves to counter China, Russia influence in Caribbean

    PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago -- Japan's prime minister met here Monday with leaders and top officials representing 14 Caribbean nations, in a bid to shore up ties in a region where Russia and China have recently made robust overtures of their

    July 29, 2014 04:24 am JST
  • Japan, US must finish TPP talks by September: Mexico minister

    MEXICO CITY -- Japan and the U.S. must finish bilateral tariff negotiations by September if broad agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership is to be reached at an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in November, Mexico's Economy Minister Ilde

    July 29, 2014 03:58 am JST
  • Japan to set up new economic aid programs for Caribbean Community

    PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago (Kyodo) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday pledged to launch new economic aid programs for the 14 member states of the Caribbean Community to continue support for the countries even after Japan's offic

    July 29, 2014 03:53 am JST
  • Ajinomoto's April-June op profit likely dipped 10%

    TOKYO -- Ajinomoto is expected to report an operating profit of about 13 billion yen ($126 million) for the three months ended June 30, down roughly 10% on the year, hit by declining profitability for feed-use amino acids. Sales reached around 2

    July 29, 2014 02:00 am JST
  • Japan, Trinidad and Tobago eye stronger ties

    PORT OF SPAIN (Kyodo) -- Japan and Trinidad and Tobago agreed Sunday to bolster cooperation in a range of areas including the economy and disaster prevention, as Japan's leader visited the resource-rich Caribbean country on the second leg of his tri

    July 28, 2014 03:46 pm JST
  • JAL, ANA vie for Latin American partner

    TOKYO -- Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways are battling each other for code-sharing partners in Latin America's growing aviation market. In fact, they are both after one partner in particular, TAM Airlines, Brazil's largest airline. At the e

    July 28, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Japan's ANA studying direct flights to Mexico

    MEXICO CITY -- All Nippon Airways is considering offering direct service from Japan to Mexico, an increasingly popular destination for Japanese investment. "Coming here this time, I've gained a renewed sense of how rapidly Japanese companies are

    July 28, 2014 01:17 am JST
  • Abe urges Latin America to give Japan a crack at its resources

    MEXICO CITY -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is asking his Latin American counterparts to invite Japanese companies to help develop the region's oil, natural gas, copper and other resources during an 11-day trip to the Americas. His intenti

    July 27, 2014 12:20 am JST