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  • Interview

    Unilever CEO values sustainable-development opportunities in Asia

    SINGAPORE -- When the United Nations issued its 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which were adopted by the organization in September 2015, Unilever Chief Executive Paul Polman stood out as the only business leader who took part in drafting the docu

    October 15, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Taiwan's OLED display panel makers fight for life

    TAIPEI -- Display panel manufacturers in Taiwan are looking for ways to survive increasingly fierce market offensives by Chinese and South Korean competition.At the Touch Taiwan panel industry trade fair held recently in Taipei, AU Optronics unveile

    October 15, 2017 10:10 am JST
  • As Xi tightens grip, party's interests may trump market's

    SHANGHAI -- China's taste for political intervention in the economy could grow even stronger if President Xi Jinping amasses more power at a key Communist Party meeting, dashing hopes of substantive market-oriented reforms.For a moment in August, th

    October 15, 2017 08:00 am JST
  • China discovers sashimi

    DALIAN, China -- Chinese are falling in love with sashimi.It is a relationship that has become easy to indulge, thanks to logistical advances that allow seafood to make it to the dining table with all its flavors intact. There are other reasons -- a

    October 15, 2017 12:00 am JST
  • China confirms will amend party constitution, likely to include Xi's theories

    BEIJING (Reuters) -- China's ruling Communist Party has agreed to amend the party constitution, expected to embed President Xi Jinping's political thought, ahead of next week's five-yearly party congress in which Xi will further tighten his grip on

    October 14, 2017 09:04 pm JST
  • G-20 upbeat on world economy, affirms coordination over risks

    WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- Finance chiefs from the Group of 20 major economies agreed Friday to step up coordination in better coping with risk factors to the world economy such as North Korea, amid signs that 2017 will be the best year for global growth

    October 14, 2017 08:13 pm JST
  • Kazakhstan 'dry port' key hub for China's 'Belt and Road' scheme

    KHORGOS, Kazakhstan -- A four-hour drive from Almaty, the largest city in Kazakhstan, in the vast wasteland to the east leads to a new logistics station in the China-border city of Khorgos. The so-called dry port, developed by Kazakhstan Temir Zholy

    October 14, 2017 08:00 pm JST
  • Is Japan a bad example of democracy for China?

    BEIJING -- It has been a while now since the term "intraparty democracy" fell off the radar with the Chinese leadership.Former President Hu Jintao instigated a push for giving party members a say in who the next leader should be, albeit through a gr

    October 14, 2017 11:30 am JST
  • Japan intercepting more Russian warplanes

    TOKYO -- Japan scrambled fighter jets 561 times from April to September in response to foreign military aircraft in or near its airspace, including nearly 50% more incidents involving Russian planes than a year earlier.The total is 6% less than the

    October 14, 2017 05:29 am JST
  • Beijing's green car push helps Chinese battery makers reign

    TOKYO -- Chinese makers of lithium ion batteries for electric cars have snagged a nearly two-thirds share of the global market with heavy state support, and their spending shows no signs of slowing as they encroach on technologically advanced rivals

    October 14, 2017 04:48 am JST
  • South Korea, unofficially, reveals renewal of China currency pact

    SEOUL/BEIJING -- China and South Korea renewed their currency swap pact earlier this week but opted not to make an announcement, apparently out of consideration for Beijing's political conundrum ahead of the Communist Party congress.But keeping the

    October 14, 2017 04:17 am JST
  • China would rank second in IMF under funding proposal

    WASHINGTON -- International Monetary Fund members began Thursday discussing a plan to raise funding quotas that would likely give China more sway in the body than Japan, the second-most-influential voter.Finance ministers and central bank governors

    October 14, 2017 02:06 am JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index gains as Singapore stocks rally on economic growth

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan rose Friday, helped by a rally in Singapore shares after better-than-expected third-quarter economic growth in the city-state.Samsung Electronics declined as record earnings were overshadowed by the

    October 13, 2017 08:45 pm JST
  • World Bank eyes redirecting Myanmar funds for Rohingya crisis

    YANGON -- Governors of the World Bank Group will consider proposals to allocate at least $270 million worth of funds to address the crisis in Myanmar's Rakhine state, where more than 600,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees have fled into neighboring Bangla

    October 13, 2017 08:17 pm JST
  • Commodity eye

    Oil, shipping industries play waiting game on new fuel rules

    TOKYO -- New environmental rules on shipping fuel due to come into force in a few years will affect the global crude oil market, with big cost implications for maritime shippers and fuel producers.The decision by the International Maritime Organizat

    October 13, 2017 04:08 pm JST
  • Anthony Couse

    Green office blocks secure better tenants

    Singapore's Asia Square Tower 2 made headlines last month when it was sold to CapitaLand Commercial Trust for $1.5 billion, setting the record for the biggest office deal in Asia Pacific this year. In 2016, Asia Square Tower 1 was acquired by Qatar

    October 13, 2017 03:00 pm JST
  • Hong Kong shares struggle after Wall Street pullback

    HONG KONG (Nikkei Markets) -- Hong Kong stocks were little changed on Friday after modest overnight losses on Wall Street and range-bound trading for mainland equities as investors awaited a key Communist Party meeting in China next week.The Hang Se

    October 13, 2017 02:43 pm JST
  • South Korea extends $56bn currency swap with China for 3 years

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- South Korea said on Friday it has agreed with China to extend a currency swap deal between the countries' central banks, a decision that points to an easing of diplomatic tensions with Beijing over security issues.The $56 billion

    October 13, 2017 01:18 pm JST
  • Asia Super Grid: SoftBank's latest dream stretches over 6 countries

    TOKYO -- SoftBank Group is launching an ambitious project to build a huge power transmission network stretching over six countries in Asia.Even Son Masayoshi, the hard-charging CEO of the telecom and internet conglomerate, who is known for boasting

    October 13, 2017 12:59 pm JST
  • China's Sept imports from North Korea down 37.9%, drop for 7th straight month

    BEIJING (Reuters) -- China's imports from North Korea fell 37.9 percent in September from a year earlier, marking the 7th consecutive month of decline, the customs office said on Friday.China-U.S. ties have been strained by President Donald Trump's

    October 13, 2017 12:59 pm JST