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  • 2018 eyed for Naruhito to ascend the throne

    TOKYO A Japanese government panel submitted a final report on April 21, recommending a one-off law to let Emperor Akihito step down, paving the way for the throne to change hands as early as next year.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he would do all

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Trump's No. 2 brings an olive branch to Asia

    TOKYO During his roughly weeklong tour of South Korea, Japan, Indonesia and Australia in late April, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence stressed to his hosts that the U.S. was not shifting its strategy in the Asia-Pacific region under its new president,

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Finance chiefs fret as Trump grumbles about a strong dollar

    WASHINGTON Finance ministers and central bankers from the Group of 20 major economies avoided serious debate over exchange rates at their latest gathering in Washington, instead simply reaffirming their commitment to economic stability. But they wil

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Calvin Koh: Sports in Asia could spark global VR breakthrough

    The sandy shores of Copacabana Beach were thousands of miles away for most sports fans, but many were able to soak up the atmosphere at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games thanks to 300 hours of virtual reality coverage.The Olympic Games is the kind of

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Nobel laureate has high hopes for donor iPS cells

    KYOTO A team of Japanese doctors recently performed a landmark surgery involving the use of donated induced pluripotent stem, or iPS cells, to treat macular degeneration, an intractable eye disease.The operation, which used cells gathered and prepar

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Stockpiling iPS cells brings treatment one step closer

    TOKYO Japanese researchers performed the world's first transplant of retina cells made from donor-derived induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells into a patient's eye in late March. Compared with using the patient's own cells to create the iPS cells, t

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Call it a poison, but it just may save your life

    TOKYO The assassination of Kim Jong Nam at a Malaysian airport in February was an alarming display of the power of poison. All it took to murder the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was to wipe a substance on his face.That substance t

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Editorial: G-20 leaders must stand up for free trade

    The global economy seems to be getting back on track, but there are major downside risks, the most dangerous of which is the spread of protectionism. Leaders of the Group of 20 major economies should stand at the vanguard of efforts to promote free

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • AI now and tomorrow

    Fudan University professor sees bright AI future for China

    SHANGHAI -- China is turning out a growing number of world-class artificial intelligence researchers, and rapidly catching up with the U.S. in terms of the number of patent applications.Its work in the field is led by universities such as Peking and

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Abe starts 4-day trip to Russia, Britain for summits

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left Japan on Thursday for a four-day trip to Russia and Britain for one-on-one meetings with the countries' leaders on security and economic affairs.In a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin later

    April 27, 2017 09:08 am JST
  • Japan's online video market faces wave of natural selection

    TOKYO -- Even as the online video on-demand market grows steadily in Japan, the industry looks to be flooded with too many service providers from home and abroad, inevitably leaving less competitive players falling by the wayside.The latest casualty

    April 27, 2017 09:00 am JST
  • AI now and tomorrow

    Help wanted -- young AI engineers in demand in Japan

    SHANGHAI/TOKYO -- The room was silent aside from the sound of fingertips tapping on keyboards. Some 50 graduate students from the top of their classes at Peking University, Tsinghua University and other schools were single-mindedly typing away as th

    April 27, 2017 09:00 am JST
  • Export fund seeks inroads for Japanese produce into Asia's middle class

    TOKYO -- A Japanese public-private fund will back an effort to sell domestic produce at supermarkets elsewhere in Asia to middle-class consumers who have mainly seen these imports as a luxury rather than everyday shopping.The Cool Japan Fund's partn

    April 27, 2017 08:00 am JST
  • Crimped market ever reliant on BOJ lending government bonds

    TOKYO -- Unable to find the government bonds they need on the market, Japanese financial institutions are relying on the costly measure of borrowing from the Bank of Japan for days on end, underscoring the strain caused by the bank's grip on the ass

    April 27, 2017 06:30 am JST
  • Chinese envoy signals active role on North Korea

    TOKYO -- As tensions between the U.S. and North Korea continued to rise, China on Wednesday stood by its commitment to ridding the Korean Peninsula of nuclear weapons through diplomatic and other non-military means.China is committed to denucleariza

    April 27, 2017 05:55 am JST
  • Ajinomoto preparing war chest for acquisitions

    TOKYO -- Seasoning producer Ajinomoto is cooking up about 200 billion yen ($1.79 billion) in funds over the next three years for acquisitions."We are considering acquisitions in three areas: overseas, cutting-edge medicine and flavor-related busines

    April 27, 2017 05:35 am JST
  • Japan's electronic parts makers enjoy upswing in orders

    OSAKA -- Demand for electronic components is recovering, with combined orders at six major Japanese manufacturers for the January-March quarter expanding about 12% from a year earlier on strong buying for use in smartphones and automobiles.The Nikke

    April 27, 2017 05:00 am JST
  • Takata seen turning over air bag, other ops to new company

    TOKYO -- Japan's Takata is considering selling all operations to a newly created company after filing for bankruptcy protection, leaving the stripped-down autoparts maker to repay creditors such as car manufacturers for expenses linked to a massive

    April 27, 2017 04:52 am JST
  • Tokyo Disney may dip below 30m visitors in fiscal 2017

    TOKYO -- Apparently nobody goes to Tokyo Disney Resort anymore -- because it's too crowded.Oriental Land, the operator of twin theme parks Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea at the site, will set a goal of around 29.5 million visitors for fiscal 2

    April 27, 2017 04:20 am JST
  • Japanese life insurers buying foreign bonds at slower pace

    TOKYO -- Alarmed by the prospect of U.S. interest rate hikes, Japanese life insurance companies are purchasing foreign bonds at a much slower pace and shifting more of their investment focus to real estate and infrastructure.Japan's 10 major life in

    April 27, 2017 04:11 am JST