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    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
  • Pacific trade pact countries eye way forward on integration

    VINA DEL MAR, Chile (Reuters) -- The 11 remaining members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) said after meeting on Wednesday that they had discussed "a way forward that would advance economic integration in the Asia Pacific," but did not elabora

    March 16, 2017 08:49 pm JST
  • Multinationals in Asia: Heineken's future depends on Southeast Asia

    HANOI/GENEVA The world's second-largest brewer, Heineken, is on the offensive in Southeast Asia.The Dutch company plans to expand production capacity more than tenfold at its Vietnamese plant, and has begun operating new plants in other locations li

    March 16, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • H&M, Zara operator fashion aggressive global expansion

    GENEVA -- Two European apparel titans are aggressively expanding their store networks and introducing various brands to new markets, wielding the resources to support a well-rounded growth that rivals appear unable to match.Inditex, which operates t

    March 16, 2017 06:45 am JST
  • Japan's carmakers take solace in home market

    TOKYO -- Japanese automakers are savoring signs of an apparent recovery in a domestic market that nevertheless has a murky outlook beyond next March. Meanwhile, they are left with uncertainty in a U.S. market now under the rhetorical siege of Presid

    March 15, 2017 03:00 pm JST
  • Bridgestone targets 5-6% annual profit growth in Americas, says vice president

    TOKYO -- Bridgestone will aim for operating profit growth of 5-6% annually in its mainstay North and South American business, Executive Vice President Akihiro Eto told The Nikkei.The Americas segment is a major earnings driver, with operating profit

    March 14, 2017 04:00 am JST
  • Multinationals in Asia

    Heineken's 'future depends' on Southeast Asia

    HANOI/GENEVA -- The world's second-largest brewer, Heineken, is on the offensive in Southeast Asia.The Dutch company plans to expand production capacity more than tenfold at its Vietnam plant, and has begun operating new plants in other locations li

    March 12, 2017 12:00 pm JST
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    Brazil airplane maker Embraer sees growing demand in Asia

    SAO PAULO -- Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer is expecting strong demand in emerging economies especially in Asia, the chief executive officer of the Sao Paulo-based company said."There are many uncertainties in emerging markets. However, we still s

    March 9, 2017 10:05 am JST
  • Mexico seeking alternatives to US for farm imports

    TOKYO -- Mexico is exploring alternatives to the U.S. for sourcing grains and other agricultural products with renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement expected to start as early as June, Agriculture Secretary Jose Calzada Rovirosa t

    March 9, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • Heavy snow in US strains Japan's corn feed supply

    TOKYO -- Japanese animal feed makers are struggling to obtain corn, a key ingredient for their products, after heavy snow in the Western U.S. stalled shipments.Japan imports 10 million tons of corn feed a year, and around 70% comes from the U.S. Bet

    March 8, 2017 03:30 am JST
  • Bulk carrier shipping rates climb

    TOKYO -- The Baltic Dry Index, which indicates the overall condition of the bulk carrier market, has surged in recent weeks thanks to a rise in bulk carrier rates on routes to China since the Lunar New Year.Rates, which dipped in the lead-up to the

    March 4, 2017 03:20 am JST
  • Traders help small producers beef up Japanese-food exports

    TOKYO -- Japanese trading houses and food wholesalers are bolstering efforts to cash in on the growing appetite for the country's cuisine worldwide, aiding smaller food processors that lack expertise in international business.General trader Kanemats

    March 1, 2017 05:00 am JST
  • ICTSI pulls out of Oregon amid labor woes

    MANILA -- International Container Terminal Services on Tuesday said it will pull out of the U.S. state of Oregon by the end of March, seven years after securing its first deal in the U.S., which was dogged by labor strikes.In a stock exchange filing

    February 28, 2017 08:10 pm JST
  • Toray sets sights on auto industry in carbon fiber offensive

    TOKYO -- Toray Industries is planning a major expansion of its carbon fiber business over the next few years, including spending more than 20 billion yen ($176 million) to boost production of automobile components.Inside and outThe Tokyo-based compa

    February 22, 2017 05:45 am JST
  • Global pact to make customs procedures easy, transparent

    TOKYO -- A World Trade Organization pact designed to simplify and standardize customs procedures is expected to enter into force Wednesday, a boost to global trade amid worries of rising protectionism.The Trade Facilitation Agreement, adopted by WTO

    February 22, 2017 05:20 am JST
  • Kirin set to revamp its domestic beer business

    TOKYO -- Kirin Holdings has decided to pull the plug on its money-losing Brazilian beer and soft drink business after six years of battling ferocious competition in the world's third-largest market. The beverage giant is now setting its sights on re

    February 19, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • Peter Gordon: China's 'silver way' around US trade impediments

    It can, on occasion, seem that no country takes the Shakespearean dictum "what's past is prologue" as much to heart as China, steeped in history. One of the most fertile periods has been that of the ancient Silk Road, now rooted in the popular and p

    February 16, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • ANA launches service to Mexico City

    TOKYO -- All Nippon Airways on Wednesday began running flights between Narita Airport near Tokyo and Mexico City, targeting business travelers at Japanese companies, particularly automakers.Despite the recent shift toward protectionist policy in the

    February 16, 2017 02:00 am JST