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  • East Asia to go easy on endangered Japanese eel

    TOKYO -- Three months after the Japanese eel was designated an endangered species, a quartet of East Asian governments have agreed to scale back farming in 2015 and may consider further reductions starting in 2016 to forestall a ban on trade. Re

    September 18, 2014 06:35 am JST
  • Seoul leans closer to Tokyo, but summit still out of reach

    TOKYO -- South Korea's government is showing flexibility for talks with Japan -- as long as they are not between Park Geun-hye and Shinzo Abe. Park remains adamant about Japan apologizing for its wartime treatment of Korean "comfort women" befor

    September 18, 2014 03:33 am JST
  • South Korean company feeding Southeast Asia's appetite for Japanese anime

    SINGAPORE -- A South Korean pay-TV provider has found a niche in Southeast Asia -- Japanese anime. Aniplus is now available in Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore. It reaches 3 million households in Southeast Asia and is working to expand into other c

    September 18, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • US welcomes change in its Japan alliance

    TOKYO -- Shinichi Kitaoka, the president of International University of Japan and a security policy adviser to Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, paid a visit to Washington in mid-June this year. He was anxious to make sure his old American friends

    September 18, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • US supports rapprochement between Japan, neighbors: Kennedy

    TOKYO -- The U.S. wants Japan, China and South Korea to work together more closely, U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy told The Nikkei in an exclusive interview earlier this month, calling strong ties vital to regional peace, prosperity and efforts to

    September 18, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Asia's growing trend of late retirement

    Economic growth in Asia is creating labor shortages and an urgent need for more workers, which has led governments to push back legal retirement ages. In 2013, Malaysia pushed up its legal retirement from 55 to 60. South Korea has passed a law to ke

    September 18, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Gi-Wook Shin: Why Japan cannot ignore Beijing's 'charm offensive' toward Seoul

    With tensions between Japan and South Korea continuing over historical and territorial issues, Beijing is more than willing to use the history card to woo Seoul. In a recent visit to South Korea, Chinese President Xi Jinping said that "in the first

    September 17, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Former Japanese PM Mori to meet with South Korean President Park

    TOKYO -- Former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori plans to visit South Korea and hold talks with President Park Geun-hye on Friday, diplomatic sources said on Wednesday. Mori is expected to convey a message from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as p

    September 17, 2014 11:45 am JST
  • French container shipper's deal consolidates East-West alliances

    COLOGNE, Germany -- CMA CGM, the world's No. 3 container-shipping company, is teaming up with smaller peers China Shipping Container Lines and United Arab Shipping Co. to share vessels on busy routes linking Europe, Asia and the U.S. The French

    September 17, 2014 04:14 am JST
  • LG Chem looks to supply batteries for Nissan's electric cars

    SEOUL -- LG Chem is hoping to clinch a contract to supply next-generation batteries to Nissan Motor, the world's largest manufacturer of electric vehicles. The South Korean chemical giant already has contracts to supply batteries to over 20 auto

    September 17, 2014 03:54 am JST
  • Mitsubishi Heavy refuses mediation in Korean forced labor suit

    SEOUL -- Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has turned down a South Korean court's recommendation of a mediated settlement with plaintiffs seeking compensation for forced wartime labor, arguing that the matter has already been resolved. A wide gulf rem

    September 17, 2014 01:58 am JST
  • Understanding depression in Asia

    As humans, we tend to chase after the global notion of "success" while neglecting its true value, which isn't fame, fortune or power but "emotional well-being." According to the World Health Organization's first report on suicide prevention, rel

    September 16, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Japan, China, South Korea finance chiefs to meet after 29-month break

    TOKYO -- The finance ministers of Japan, China and South Korea are finalizing preparations for their first talks in two years and five months, The Nikkei has learned. The meeting will be their first since Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe came

    September 16, 2014 02:00 pm JST
  • Star Alliance rivals SkyTeam, oneworld close gap on global sky leader

    NEW YORK -- Three airline groups are intensifying their battle over which will take leadership of the skies. Though Star Alliance has been firmly in the lead, SkyTeam and oneworld are gaining ground by expanding services through the addiction of new

    September 16, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • LVMH's fund buys into K-pop company

    SINGAPORE -- L Capital Asia, an investment fund under the French luxury group LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, is buying into one of the largest K-Pop agencies, YG Entertainment. According to the agreement signed by both parties on Saturday, L Capi

    September 16, 2014 12:40 pm JST
  • S. Korean Foreign Minister Yun meets Japan envoy for 1st time

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung Se and Japanese Ambassador to Seoul Koro Bessho held talks Sunday at a cultural exchange event in Seoul as the two countries struggle to mend strained relations. It was Yun's first meetin

    September 14, 2014 06:40 pm JST
  • US supports rapprochement between Japan, neighbors: Kennedy

    TOKYO -- The U.S. wants Japan, China and South Korea to work together more closely, U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy told The Nikkei in an exclusive interview earlier this month, calling strong ties vital to regional peace, prosperity and efforts to

    September 13, 2014 03:30 am JST
  • Japan, China, South Korea eye ministerial talks this year

    SEOUL -- Japan, China and South Korea will try to arrange a meeting of their foreign ministers this year, but the prospect of restarting once-regular trilateral summits remains out of sight. Senior diplomats gathered here Thursday acknowledged t

    September 12, 2014 05:41 am JST
  • South Korea's LG seeking renewed growth driven by EV batteries

    SEOUL -- South Korea's multinational conglomerate LG is staking its future on batteries for electric vehicles and other car products. The group has decided to bet on the rapid growth of the global market for EV batteries as its chemical uni

    September 11, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Japan, China, S Korea hold talks for possible summit

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- Senior officials from Japan, China and South Korea met here Thursday to discuss the possibility of holding a trilateral summit that has not taken place for more than two years. The meeting was attended by Japanese Deputy Foreign

    September 11, 2014 06:45 pm JST