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  • When it comes to Xi, history makes the man

    SHANGHAI Xi Jinping conducts politics and diplomacy like a man convinced this is a dog-eat-dog world. The bloody story of China's second president -- and Xi's own experience during the Cultural Revolution -- may offer insights as to why.A 33-year-ol

    November 10, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • When it comes to Xi, history makes the man

    SHANGHAI Xi Jinping conducts politics and diplomacy like a man convinced this is a dog-eat-dog world. The bloody story of China's second president -- and Xi's own experience during the Cultural Revolution -- may offer insights as to why.A 33-year-ol

    November 10, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Global Logistic profit up 52%, thanks to Japan, US

    SINGAPORE -- Global Logistic Properties on Tuesday posted a 51.8% jump in net profit for the second quarter ended September, helped by higher fund management fees and improved operations in Japan and the U.S.For the quarter, the logistics company re

    November 8, 2016 08:15 pm JST
  • Paris climate agreement going into force

    PARIS -- A landmark international pact designed to combat climate change starting in 2020 becomes binding Friday as participating nations enter the rule-making phase.Over 55 countries producing 55% of the world's greenhouse gases needed to ratify th

    November 4, 2016 05:00 am JST
  • IDB and Japan to increase infrastructure co-financing

    TOKYO -- Inter-American Development Bank is accelerating efforts to attract investment from Japanese companies for development deals in Central and South America.IDB, Inter-American Investment Corp., an investment arm of IDB, and Japan Bank for Inte

    November 2, 2016 01:20 pm JST
  • Abe weighs visiting Argentina next month

    TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is mulling a visit to Argentina to meet with President Mauricio Macri after next month's summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Peru, the Nikkei has learned.The leaders would likely discu

    October 30, 2016 02:00 am JST
  • Richard McGregor: China does itself no favors with its threats

    There was something chilling, and, oddly enough, almost reassuringly familiar, about the threats brandished by Beijing and its proxies against Singapore in early October over its stance on the South China Sea.Jin Yinan, a professor at the military's

    October 27, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Japan has the worst pension system in Asia

    SINGAPORE -- Japan's pension system was ranked the second-worst among 27 countries globally and at bottom place in Asia, due to the rapid pace the population is aging, according to U.S. consulting company Mercer. Singapore came out top in Asia.The i

    October 25, 2016 09:59 pm JST
  • Marubeni buys into Mexican tire seller

    TOKYO -- Japan's Marubeni has taken a minority stake in a Mexican tire dealer, aiming to capitalize on growing maintenance demand as economic growth boosts car ownership.The trading house bought 49% of shares in Radial Llantas for several billion ye

    October 22, 2016 12:27 am JST
  • Scientist says Southeast Asia not admitting to Zika spread

    SYDNEY -- The Zika virus is far more prevalent in Southeast Asia than many nations are willing to admit, according to a leading Australian scientist.Scott O'Neill, dean of science at Monash University in Melbourne, said Asian nations might be in den

    October 21, 2016 07:55 pm JST
  • Game developer DeNA retreats to Japan

    TOKYO -- DeNA is withdrawing from smartphone game development in Europe and the Americas.The Japanese mobile gaming company has already closed its base in Europe, and said Tuesday it would also dissolve subsidiaries in the U.S. and Chile. Once it do

    October 19, 2016 03:30 am JST
  • Brazil seeks Japanese support for privatization push: president

    TOKYO -- Brazil hopes for fresh Japanese investment as it tries to pull its economy out of recession by opening up its state sector, President Michel Temer told reporters here Tuesday.Brazil's economic development is starting up again, Temer said in

    October 19, 2016 02:15 am JST
  • Brahma Chellaney

    BRICS reduced to a 'talk shop'?

    On paper, the five BRICS countries -- Brazil, China, India, Russia and South Africa -- look like a powerful grouping: the member states combined represent more than a quarter of the earth's landmass, over 42% of the global population, almost 25% of

    October 17, 2016 01:24 pm JST
  • NEC surveillance system detects soccer hooligans at Colombia stadium

    TOKYO -- NEC's facial recognition systems are in place in some 40 countries, mostly for immigration controls at airports. Recently, the Japanese electronics giant introduced one of the systems for the first time in a sports arena, in Colombia.The so

    October 15, 2016 01:00 pm JST
  • Corporate culture, housework block women from the boardroom

    In the West, promoting women to management posts has become commonplace. In France, for example, the law requires that women comprise 40% of company boards. So how does Asia stack up?In a survey conducted by the International Labor Organization cove

    October 13, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • OPEC laying groundwork to slow output with nonmembers

    ISTANBUL -- OPEC nations and nonmember oil-producing states are moving closer to a six-month output reduction arrangement, with both sides agreeing to discuss specifics at the end of October.At an unofficial meeting here Wednesday, OPEC representati

    October 13, 2016 04:40 am JST
  • Artistic odyssey from Sao Paulo to Tokyo and New York

    NEW YORK -- Lydia Okumura grew up around midcentury Sao Paulo as the offspring of Japanese laborers who had moved to Brazil to work in the coffee trade. It was an entirely different world from the multimedia artist's current studio in New York's sma

    October 9, 2016 01:00 pm JST
  • Global corn prices tumble on looming glut

    TOKYO -- International corn prices are falling, with Chicago's benchmark price down 2% in two days to around $3.40 per bushel as of Friday afternoon in the U.S. Back in September, corn stocks were found to be lower than market expectations, accordin

    October 8, 2016 05:00 am JST
  • Shale oil revival may cap crude rally

    TOKYO -- Crude oil futures have recovered past $50 a barrel in New York, supported by OPEC countries' deal to curb production. But the higher shale oil output likely to result has created doubt as to whether the upturn will be sustained.Members of t

    October 8, 2016 02:30 am JST
  • Panama's look into tax havens post-Papers falls flat

    TOKYO -- A Panamanian investigation sparked by revelations in the so-called Panama Papers appears to have faltered, hindering unified international efforts to combat tax avoidance.The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, or ICIJ, s

    October 6, 2016 02:00 am JST