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  • BOJ bracing for summer CPI woes

    TOKYO -- These days, the Bank of Japan seems to be contradicting itself. At a press conference following the central bank's policy board meeting April 30, BOJ Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda cited falling crude oil prices and sluggish consumer spending as reas

    May 7, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Are Japan stocks soaring straight into a storm?

    TOKYO -- Stock markets are impatient. As soon as new information looks like it might come in, it is promptly priced in by players trying to get a step ahead. This holds equally true for the Japanese market, where traders seem to be hastily snapp

    May 7, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Japan faces alien invasion -- of bugs

    TOKYO -- More and more invasive pests are finding their way to Japan, stowing away amid cargo as international trade expands. Alien species of bees and spiders that are aggressive toward people have been spotted; mosquitoes carry exotic diseases, le

    May 7, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Tesla's Musk plots an energy revolution

    SILICON VALLEY -- When it comes to Japan, U.S. company Tesla is in it for the long haul. CEO Elon Musk said the company will invest "whatever it takes" to woo Japanese drivers. Tesla plans to set up charging stations across Japan to lay the grou

    May 7, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Suntory University preps workers for global growth

    TOKYO -- On his way to elementary school each morning, Zempei Tobo would pass a redbrick building and wonder about the strange aroma coming from inside. The answer, he later found out, was whiskey. The building is the birthplace of Japanese whiskey,

    May 7, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Western autoparts makers use Japan as Asian launchpad

    TOKYO -- European and U.S. auto component makers are reinforcing their Japanese ties to capitalize on Asia's growing car market. Although Japan's own auto market is tapering, the popularity of Japanese vehicles in Southeast Asia and India has pr

    May 7, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Japan banks open door to modern finance in Myanmar

    YANGON -- Myanmar has opened its banking sector to foreign entrants, and Japan's Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. were among the first to open branches in the country earlier in April. See related video Another Japa

    May 7, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Japan's envoy to Hollywood

    TOKYO -- In the 1970s, Yoko Narahashi wrote a song, in English, for a popular Japanese rock band called Godiego. "I thought I reached the end, the end of a long, long journey," went the lyrics, "only to find it's not over, there's so much more to di

    May 7, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Beyond the Nazis' grasp

    SHANGHAI -- Jews fleeing Nazi persecution before and during World War II had precious few options for escape. Shanghai was a rare safe haven, though things took a turn for the worse when refugees there were forced into a cramped ghetto. Now, a m

    May 7, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Private sector essential to Asian infrastructure development

    Asia is now a driving force for the global economy. But if the region is to grow further, it is essential to press ahead with the infrastructure development that underpins industrial activity, improves people's livelihoods and facilitates the distri

    May 7, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Ben Simpfendorfer: A golden era for midsize companies

    Midsize companies are Asia's new champions. Big multinationals and local conglomerates used to be the kings of the region's consumer goods business. They were able to build up in a way that no midsize company could hope to replicate. But size is

    May 7, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • ADB reforming as members speak out

    BAKU, Azerbaijan -- The Asian Development Bank is out of its comfort zone amid pressure from member states. It has stepped up efforts to meet the region's enormous financing needs. On May 1, the day before the start of the bank's annual meeting,

    May 7, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Old friends revamp their relationship

    Seventy years after the end of World War II, the U.S.-Japan alliance is in transition. The modern partnership, which has constantly evolved in peacetime, brought prosperity to Japan and stability to East Asia. How will the transforming alliance face

    May 7, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Shifting times lead to changing alliance

    TOKYO -- On April 29, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe quoted his grandfather Nobusuke Kishi when he addressed a joint session of the U.S. Congress. In June 1957, Kishi highlighted Japan's firm "belief in democratic principles and ideals" in his o

    May 7, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • An A-plus speech to some, 'shameless' to others

    WASHINGTON/SEOUL/BEIJING -- Shinzo Abe's speech to the U.S. Congress earned largely positive reviews from both sides of the political aisle. The Japanese prime minister did not satisfy his staunchest congressional critics, however, let alone South K

    May 7, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • US companies no longer passing Japan by

    NEW YORK -- Jeffrey Immelt, chairman and CEO of General Electric, says "Japan is interesting again." Since the financial crisis of 2008, GE sales in Japan plateaued at around $4 billion, until an upward bump last year. What does he see in Japan

    May 7, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • TPP talks trigger nostalgia for trade wars

    SINGAPORE -- Japanese bureaucrats wrought fear in their trade negotiation opponents at one time. Some U.S. officials, hitting brick walls in Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations, miss those days. "Are there no trade samurai in Japan now?

    May 7, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Bruce Stokes: In diplomacy, history is ever-present

    "Historical issues" frame many current policy debates in much of the Asia-Pacific region, souring relations between China, Japan and South Korea in particular. Historical memory creates fewer difficulties for U.S.-Japan ties, despite a roller-coaste

    May 7, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Volcanic alert raised for Mount Hakone as small eruption deemed possible

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japanese authorities raised the volcanic alert for Mt. Hakone, a popular tourist spot southwest of Tokyo, on Wednesday morning, anticipating a possible small eruption that could impact the nearby Owakudani hot spring district and ca

    May 6, 2015 04:10 pm JST
  • Travel trends

    Chinese tourists to Japan a boon for companies back home

    DALIAN/SHANGHAI -- In years past, Chinese tourists to Japan tended to visit the same destinations -- Tokyo and Kyoto -- at the same times -- the Lunar New Year in January or February and the long National Day long holiday in October. But as rising i

    May 6, 2015 01:00 pm JST