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  • Volcanic eruptions from 2011 quake still possible

    TOKYO -- Could the magnitude-9 earthquake that struck off Japan's northeast coast on March 11, 2011, still trigger volcanic eruptions? A panel advising the Japan Meteorological Agency says yes. "We still cannot rule out the possibility of volcan

    April 17, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Fast-growing Asian companies set to take on world

    IHH Healthcare, Jollibee Foods, VGI Global Media -- these companies are not exactly household names in most countries. And they are dwarfed by their Western counterparts, say, Hospital Corporation of America, McDonald's or Publicis Omnicom Group. Bu

    April 17, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Emerging markets grow their own corporate giants

    To find the business giants of the future, The Nikkei Veritas has created a list of companies with high return on equity in emerging countries, as well as some that satisfy certain requirements, including high return on sales. VGI Global Media is

    April 17, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Emerging-economy investors banking on reform

    As investors seek to identify emerging-market countries that are both politically stable and economically promising, a clear dividing line can be drawn between those that have good prospects for reform and those that do not. In Indonesia, Jakart

    April 17, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • 'Fragile Five' currencies rally on waning US interest rate fears

    TOKYO -- Emerging-market currencies are rebounding as concerns subside regarding U.S. monetary tightening in the near term. Currencies of the so-called Fragile Five nations -- Turkey, South Africa, India, Brazil and Indonesia, had fallen prey to

    April 16, 2014 03:23 am JST
  • Stephen Grenville: IMF ignores its own data on emerging economies

    Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, told the Group of 20 summit in St. Petersburg last September: "Just as some advanced economies have begun to gather momentum, many emerging markets are slowing." With this warn

    April 15, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Investment in emerging nations may hinge on political reform

    TOKYO -- As investors seek to identify emerging countries that are both politically stable and economically promising, a clear dividing line could be drawn around expectations for reform. Venezuela may boast a current-account surplus from procee

    April 10, 2014 12:15 am JST
  • Beautiful game brings plentiful cash

    April 10, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Singapore's Global Logistic Properties to build distribution center in Japan

    SINGAPORE -- Singapore-based logistics service provider Global Logistic Properties will build a new distribution center in western Japan. The facility will be built for Trinet Logistics, a Japanese third-party logistics provider and will serve as th

    April 8, 2014 06:05 pm JST
  • Asian and European companies bought US companies at near-record values last quarter

    NEW YORK -- The first quarter of 2014 saw the highest level of purchases of U.S. companies by Asian and European businesses since 2007. For the January-March period of this year, acquisitions of U.S. companies by non-U.S. businesses totaled $75.

    April 4, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Stocks rising worldwide as risk factors ease

    TOKYO -- Stock prices are recovering worldwide as investors put money back into risk assets in light of steady economic trends in the U.S. and subsiding concerns over Ukraine and emerging markets. On Thursday, the Nikkei Stock Average ended at 1

    April 4, 2014 06:41 am JST
  • World beckons for more open Asian businesses

    TOKYO -- Asian companies are on the march around the world, with some offering innovative ideas that challenge rivals in the U.S. and other advanced economies. But to succeed globally, they need to become more open to outsiders. Tarun Khanna, who

    April 3, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Gree Electric's strategy pushes technology to be master of cooling

    BEIJING -- Chinese consumer electronics manufacturers are becoming major players in the global market thanks to the country's relatively cheap labor and a huge consumer market. Gree Electric Appliances is one of the biggest of these players. Gre

    April 3, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Asian countries hoist the 'Students Wanted' sign

    TOKYO -- Enthusiasm for higher education in Asian countries is growing as more citizens find themselves being able to afford quality schooling for their children. Governments and institutions have noticed, and are competing to attract talented youth

    April 3, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Can eggheads make sprinters run faster?

    TOKYO -- The 100 meters, one of track's most popular events, is also the most scientifically studied footrace. For decades, the world record has been dropping. Some experts forecast the men's world record will fall to around 9.3 seconds by the m

    April 3, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Gree Electric's strategy pushes technology to be master of cooling

    BEIJING -- Chinese consumer electronics manufacturers are becoming major players in the global market thanks to the country's relatively cheap labor and a huge consumer market. Gree Electric Appliances is one of the biggest of these players. Gre

    April 3, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • The productivity tightrope

    April 3, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • M8.2 quake rocks northern Chile, tsunamis could reach Japan

    RIO DE JANEIRO (Kyodo) -- An earthquake with a magnitude of 8.2 struck off the northern coast of Chile on Tuesday night, the U.S. Geological Survey said, leading to six deaths. The resulting tsunami triggered by the 8:46 p.m. quake hit parts of

    April 2, 2014 11:55 pm JST
  • Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC opens Brazil office

    SINGAPORE -- Singapore's sovereign wealth fund, GIC, opened an office in Sao Paulo to boost its investments in Latin America. The fund, which manages Singapore's foreign reserves, is a growing force in emerging markets, including Brazil. The ne

    April 2, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Chile rocked by powerful earthquake

    RIO DE JANEIRO (Kyodo) -- An earthquake with a magnitude of 8.2 was recorded off the northern coast of Chile around 8:46 p.m. Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The resulting tsunami hit parts of northern Chile, causing landslides that b

    April 2, 2014 12:21 pm JST