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  • If US won't lead on trade, China will: Ex-US trade rep

    TOKYO America's withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership leaves the door open for China to set the agenda in Asia-Pacific trade, warns former U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman.Now a distinguished fellow at the Council on Foreign Relation

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Think the RCEP is about free trade? Think again

    SINGAPORE Delegates from Pakistan's remote Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province were all smiles as they signed an economic cooperation agreement with China on April 17."We have set the stage to begin [a] journey of industrialization," the province's chief mi

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • The long and frustrating quest for free trade in Asia

    SINGAPORE It was a punch in the gut for Jenesis (Shenzhen) when the U.S. called it quits on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Just like that, the contract electronics manufacturer's very raison d'etre was thrown into question.Jenesis, which supplies el

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • 14-nation Pacific pact breaks through trade gloom

    AUCKLAND -- Fourteen Pacific nations, some of the world's smallest and poorest, agreed Thursday to a trade and economic agreement with rich neighbors Australia and New Zealand after 8 years of tortuous negotiations.In the wake of the collapse of the

    April 20, 2017 08:16 pm JST
  • Sumitomo to dive into Brazilian water infrastructure

    TOKYO -- Sumitomo Corp. will enter the water and sewage management business in Brazil, where the market for such services is expanding amid a government-led privatization push.A consortium including Sumitomo and Canadian investment company Brookfiel

    April 11, 2017 05:30 am JST
  • China's selfie editor app to tap Europe, Latin America

    HONG KONG -- Meitu, the creator of a popular image-enhancing app in China, is preparing to expand its business into Europe and Latin America.The company plans to open offices in the U.K., France, Germany, Argentina and Mexico by the end of the year,

    April 9, 2017 04:00 pm JST
  • The internet poised to dethrone TV as ad king

    PALO ALTO, U.S. -- Television's reign as the dominant advertising medium appears near its end, as sellers increasingly reach out to consumers through mobile devices.The rise of smartphones provides a tailwind for spending on internet ads, which is e

    April 7, 2017 08:00 am JST
  • Trump to order trade review targeting China, Japan

    WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Tramp is expected to sign a new executive order on Friday aimed at reducing the country's trade deficit with China, Japan and a number of other countries, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told reporters on Thursday.

    March 31, 2017 01:48 pm JST
  • The Asian-American community reacts

    Donald Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric and sweeping proposals have stirred reactions from the Asian-American community. Here is what experts are saying.Aamina AhmedRaised in both the U.S. and Pakistan, Aamina Ahmed worries about the consequences of

    March 30, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • The Asian-American community reacts

    Donald Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric and sweeping proposals have stirred reactions from the Asian-American community. Here is what experts are saying.Aamina AhmedRaised in both the U.S. and Pakistan, Aamina Ahmed worries about the consequences of

    March 30, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • China tries to rely less on US soybeans

    TOKYO -- China is encouraging farmers to switch from corn to soybeans in an effort to reduce dependence on American soybeans amid tensions with the new administration.China relies on imports to satisfy 90% of its demand for soybeans.Beijing laid out

    March 30, 2017 05:05 am JST
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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
  • 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