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  • Sony tries a rational approach to rebuilding -- but can it retain its 'Sonyness'?

    TOKYO -- The red ink had been spilling thick and fast in Japan's consumer electronics sector, but big names such as Panasonic and Sharp have returned to profitability. That leaves one former icon as the sole loser: Sony. Can the company that gave th

    May 22, 2014 11:00 am JST
  • Unicharm to let Chinese, Indian units call the shots locally

    TOKYO -- Unicharm plans to have its subsidiaries in China and India handle marketing and product development, positioning the leading Japanese diaper maker to more nimbly respond to local needs. The company aims to more than double sales from As

    May 22, 2014 04:37 am JST
  • Five economic challenges for India's new boss

    Welcoming foreign retailers like WalmartDozens of small shops line the streets of Worli, a township in the southern part of India's commercial hub of Mumbai. Each shop is less than 5 meters square, but they sell a wide range of daily necessities, fr

    May 22, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Five economic challenges for India's new boss

    Welcoming foreign retailers like WalmartDozens of small shops line the streets of Worli, a township in the southern part of India's commercial hub of Mumbai. Each shop is less than 5 meters square, but they sell a wide range of daily necessities, fr

    May 22, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Philippines' Emperador out to build global liquor empire

    MANILA -- With 33 million cases sold last year, Emperador is the world's top producer of brandy by volume. But the Philippine distiller announced a deal in earlier this month that shows the company's thirst for growth remains unquenched. Emperad

    May 22, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Modi government must push bold economic reform

    India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party achieved a landslide victory in the recent general election, bringing the party back to power for the first time in 10 years. In a country of countless political parties, the BJP's resurgence also marks

    May 22, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • India-Russia ties acing the test of time

    Ever since India gained independence in 1947, it has enjoyed close relations with Russia. It was Russia, after all, that played a critical role in helping India build up its economy virtually from scratch after the country was liberated from its col

    May 22, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Inequality not just a Western quandary

    Books on economics rarely become instant best-sellers, but Thomas Piketty's "Capital in the Twenty-First Century" managed that feat with impressive speed. Only a few weeks after its March release in the U.S., the French professor's tome sold out on

    May 22, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Can Modi's managerial magic work on the national stage?

    May 22, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • From humble beginnings to leader of 1.2 billion

    NEW DELHI -- Narendra Modi, India's new prime minister, received a hero's welcome in New Delhi on May 17. In the world's biggest general election, his Bharatiya Janata Party won an outright majority with 282 seats. Supporters credit Modi, a self-mad

    May 22, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Breaking into the Indian consumer market requires vision, resolve and a local touch

    MUMBAI -- Many small cars became visible on the roads after leaving the Mumbai area for a half-day drive through rural villages on the way to the Ajanta-Ellora Caves in the western Indian state of Maharashtra. In Mumbai, the capital of Maharasht

    May 22, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Reformist prime minister can expect to find opponents at every turn

    TOKYO -- India's Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies gained a landslide victory in the general election, returning the main opposition force to power for the first time in 10 years and ensuring that BJP leader Narendra Modi will become the country

    May 22, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Philippines' Emperador out to build global liquor empire

    MANILA -- With 33 million cases sold last year, Emperador is the world's top producer of brandy by volume. But the Philippine distiller announced a deal in earlier this month that shows the company's thirst for growth remains unquenched. Emperad

    May 22, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Sony tries a rational approach to rebuilding -- but can it retain its 'Sonyness'?

    TOKYO -- The red ink had been spilling thick and fast in Japan's consumer electronics sector, but big names such as Panasonic and Sharp have returned to profitability. That leaves one former icon as the sole loser: Sony. Can the company that gave th

    May 22, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • India's emerging sense of national greatness

    NEW DELHI -- An Indian politician who was once regarded as a nuisance internationally has become a much sought-after name in many countries seeking to forge stronger relations with the South Asian country. It became clear on May 16 that Narendra

    May 21, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • January-March gold demand flat worldwide, down in China

    TOKYO -- Global demand for gold held steady in the first three months of 2014, with demand falling in No. 1 consumer China, according to a report released Tuesday by the World Gold Council. Worldwide demand totaled 1,074 tons, virtually unchange

    May 21, 2014 03:53 am JST
  • Indian motorcycle market going electric

    MUMBAI -- The clamor echoing along India's bustling streets could soon be muffled by the low hum of electric motorcycles as local and Japanese manufacturers scramble to develop electric models for this teeming market, one of the largest in the world

    May 21, 2014 01:43 am JST
  • Singapore leader envisions Asean as arbiter between powers

    SINGAPORE -- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations can play a major role in balancing power in Asia, according to Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. The bloc, in Lee's view, is well-positioned to promote communication and help ease ten

    May 20, 2014 11:52 pm JST
  • TPP vital not just economically but strategically: Lee Hsien Loong

    SINGAPORE -- Differences between the U.S. and Japan over tariff reductions and the reluctance of Southeast Asian nations to eliminate advantages their state-owned companies have over private rivals have hampered negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Pa

    May 20, 2014 11:00 pm JST
  • Modi ushers in new era in Indian politics

    Narendra Modi, leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party and chief minister of the western state of Gujarat will mark a new era in India's politics as the country's next prime minister. The citizens of the world's biggest democracy handed a thumping

    May 20, 2014 01:00 pm JST