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  • Following Trump won't cheer up industry

    TOKYO -- Even before he was inaugurated, U.S. President Donald Trump Twitter-bullied certain automakers that produce cars in Mexico. All totaled, the number of cars these companies plan to make south of the U.S. border comes to more than 700,000 a y

    January 24, 2017 07:30 pm JST
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    Kirin bowing out of Brazil beer market

    TOKYO -- Japan's Kirin Holdings will sell its Brazilian beer operations to Heineken of the Netherlands as soon as this year, leaving the huge market as the business loses its fizz to a stagnant economy.The two breweries have largely agreed to an arr

    January 20, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • Developing countries share acquired know-how with peers

    MANILA -- "When the rice seedlings grow to about this high, transplant them to a paddy," Lea Abaoag at the Philippine Rice Research Institute instructed. "Calculate how many hours of sunlight they'll get to plan when you'll harvest them."Abaoag was

    January 19, 2017 02:30 pm JST
  • Taiwan President Tsai visits Americas amid Beijing harassment

    SAN FRANCISCO Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen completed a nine-day visit on Jan. 15 to Central America with two layovers in the U.S., the island's most important strategic partner, dogged by Chinese military threats and saber-rattling.Upon her retu

    January 19, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Interview

    The Spanish carmaker that keeps on surviving

    FRANKFURT, Germany -- Want to take a quiz? What is Europe's second largest auto-producing country?Germany, of course, is No. 1.Ready for the answer?It's Spain, which builds approximately 2.6 million vehicles in 2015, thanks to all the foreign carmak

    January 18, 2017 06:30 am JST
  • Protectionism just doesn't work anymore

    Tokyo -- Globalization is so deeply rooted around the world that it will surmount the rising protectionist, inward-looking trade policies now being touted by the next U.S. presidentBusinesses are already making wise moves.In the Mexican city of Sant

    January 15, 2017 03:00 pm JST
  • Big global expansion in works for Freetel budget smartphones

    TOKYO -- Plus One Marketing, the Tokyo-based maker and seller of the Freetel brand of budget smartphones, will set sail in March on a new voyage of global expansion that will include landings in 10 countries in the Middle East and Africa and expand

    January 13, 2017 05:46 am JST
  • Sugar prices expected to stabilize after a dramatic rise

    BANGKOK - - Sugar has just seen off one of its strongest years yet, ranking as the best performing soft commodity for 2016. Prices have more than doubled from 2015 due to the rare occurrence of production falling short of demand.This represents a ma

    January 11, 2017 11:13 pm JST
  • Asian teams hit goal with World Cup expansion

    KUALA LUMPUR -- The decision by FIFA, soccer's world governing body, to expand the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams starting from 2026 will give more Asian nations a chance to compete at the world's biggest sporting event.While the exact allocations fo

    January 11, 2017 03:00 pm JST
  • World Bank arm to make bond market debut

    TOKYO -- The World Bank Group will issue debt for the first time to help fund aid to the poorest countries in an effort to prevent terrorism and instability from spreading through the most fragile regions of the world.The International Development A

    January 10, 2017 07:10 am JST
  • American lawmakers toeing pro-Taiwan line, Tsai-Cruz talks show

    WASHINGTON -- Sunday's meeting between Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz shows how Republican officials are following the lead of President-elect Donald Trump, much to Beijing's chagrin.Tsai and Cruz met in Houston, in the sena

    January 10, 2017 05:30 am JST
  • Banyan Tree opens first Dhawa resort in Cuba

    SINGAPORE -- Hotel and resort operator Banyan Tree Holdings is opening its first resort hotel in Cuba under its new brand, Dhawa, to broaden its customer base.The Dhawa Cayo Santa Maria is in Jardines del Rey archipelago known for its pristine beach

    January 9, 2017 09:16 pm JST
  • LG, Samsung consider new US plants to appease Trump

    SEOUL -- South Korea's two largest electronics companies are considering building factories in the U.S. for the production of home appliances in view of incoming President Donald Trump's "Make in America" pledge.LG Electronics is set to announce its

    January 9, 2017 07:51 pm JST
  • Taiwanese leader kicks off visit to Central America with transit through US

    HOUSTON -- Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen departed on Saturday for an official visit to the island's four allies in Central America, with transit stops in the U.S. both on her way to and from the region.There has been speculation in local media th

    January 7, 2017 07:30 pm JST
  • My Personal History

    Carlos Ghosn (6) Turbulence and triumph in Brazil

    The first thing you noticed about Francois Michelin was his height. What you learned by working beside him was that he was also sophisticated, dignified and polite. He was appointed co-owner of the Michelin tire company in 1955 and held that positio

    January 7, 2017 02:30 am JST
  • Welcome to the Trump era, Japan Inc.

    TOKYO/NEW YORK -- Toyota Motor on Thursday in the U.S. got called out on Twitter by America's next president about a Mexican factory it has in the works.The Japanese automaker had a reply ready for Donald Trump, saying that it will not decrease the

    January 6, 2017 04:30 pm JST
  • Petrobras makes financial cleanup high priority: CEO

    SAO PAULO -- Brazil's Petrobras plans to sell sizable noncore assets and slash investment in the coming years to rebuild its balance sheet following a massive corruption scandal, the state-run oil giant's CEO told The Nikkei in an interview.Pedro Pa

    January 6, 2017 07:00 am JST
  • Trump tweets Toyota: 'NO WAY' to new Mexico plant

    NEW YORK -- American President-elect Donald Trump challenged Toyota Motor on social media platform Twitter Thursday, writing that there was "NO WAY" the Japanese automaker could export its Corolla cars to the U.S. from a planned Mexican plant withou

    January 6, 2017 05:30 am JST
  • Mexico changes foreign ministers, hoping for link to Trump

    MEXICO CITY -- The former finance minister behind Donald Trump's trip to Mexico in August has been made foreign minister at a time of growing tensions across the border and little communication with the incoming U.S. administration.Luis Videgaray's

    January 6, 2017 04:47 am JST
  • My Personal History

    Carlos Ghosn (3) The unforgettable Father Lagrovole

    Following the doctor's recommendation, we moved to Rio de Janeiro, but my condition didn't improve much. Concerned about my slow recovery, my mother convinced my father that I should continue treatment in a nicer environment with fresher air.My fath

    January 4, 2017 02:30 am JST