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  • Think the RCEP is about free trade? Think again

    SINGAPORE -- Delegates from Pakistan's remote Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province were all smiles as they signed an economic cooperation agreement with China on April 17."We have set the stage to begin [a] journey of industrialization," the province's chief

    April 27, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Think the RCEP is about free trade? Think again

    SINGAPORE Delegates from Pakistan's remote Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province were all smiles as they signed an economic cooperation agreement with China on April 17."We have set the stage to begin [a] journey of industrialization," the province's chief mi

    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
  • From the White House, echoes of North Korean radio propaganda

    More than 30 years ago while living in Japan, I used to listen most mornings to Radio Pyongyang's English-language broadcasts. This was not a conscious decision. I would habitually tune in to the BBC on shortwave, but just before 8 a.m., there would

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Russia on high alert for possible clash in North Korea

    VLADIVOSTOK, Russia -- Reports that Russia is moving troops to its border with North Korea have fueled speculation that the Kremlin is preparing for a military crisis on the Korean Peninsula.Locals in the Russian Far East have apparently witnessed t

    April 26, 2017 06:50 am JST
  • Japanese tech to figure heavily in Russian projects

    TOKYO -- Japanese technologies will be applied to ease traffic congestion and repair an aging sewage system in a city near Moscow as part of economic cooperation the Japanese and Russian leaders are expected to agree on this week.The two sides will

    April 26, 2017 05:00 am JST
  • JGC building huge modular LNG plant in the Arctic

    TOKYO -- A fleet of ships is en route to the Russian Arctic, loaded with materials for construction of a huge liquefied natural gas plant on the Yamal Peninsula by JGC, a leading Japanese engineering corporation.As the fleet makes its way from more

    April 25, 2017 05:00 pm JST
  • Russia hints at support for extending OPEC output cuts

    MOSCOW -- Crude oil's current price level in the $50 range per barrel "suits both producer countries and consumer countries," Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said, implying that Moscow is inclined to support extending joint production cuts w

    April 22, 2017 02:30 am JST
  • Russian company to begin regular ferry service to North Korea in May

    MOSCOW -- A Russian company will begin a regular cargo-passenger ferry service between Russia and North Korea in May, The Nikkei learned on Wednesday.Vladimir Baranov, director general of Russia's InvestStroiTrest, the operator of the new regular ro

    April 19, 2017 12:50 pm JST
  • Jurek Martin

    Good morning Pyongyang

    More than 30 years ago while living in Japan I used to listen most mornings to Radio Pyongyang's English-language broadcasts. This was not a conscious decision. I would habitually tune into the BBC on short-wave, but just before 8.00 a.m. there woul

    April 14, 2017 11:30 pm JST
  • Prada turns to internet as Chinese shopping spree ebbs

    FLORENCE, Italy -- Italian luxury fashion brand Prada will expand its online sales platform, offering more products and adding new markets, in the face of falling sales at bricks-and-mortar stores.The company will open online stores for China, South

    April 14, 2017 01:22 am JST
  • Minxin Pei: The Syria airstrike takes the shine off the Trump-Xi summit

    Chinese and American leaders have held many summits since U.S. President Richard Nixon landed in Beijing in February 1972. Most of these summits produced results that improved or stabilized bilateral relations.The just-concluded talks between Chines

    April 13, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Russia wields veto on Western-led UN rebuke of Syria gas attack

    UNITED NATIONS -- Russia cast its eighth U.N. Security Council veto supporting the government of Bashar Assad since the Syrian conflict began six years ago, blocking a resolution Wednesday condemning the reported chemical weapons attack on the Syria

    April 13, 2017 06:50 am JST
  • G-7 meeting to focus on US attacks on Syria, North Korean tests

    LUCCA, Italy -- Foreign ministers from the seven leading industrial nations are gathering in the Italian city of Lucca on Monday afternoon. The talks will mainly focus on the growing tensions in Syria, as well as North Korea's missile and nuclear th

    April 10, 2017 02:30 pm JST
  • Singapore, Malaysian shares little changed as US strike on Syria dents risk appetite

    SINGAPORE (Nikkei Markets) -- Singapore shares ended little changed on Friday as a U.S. missile strike on Syria hurt investors' risk appetite, boosting demand for safe-haven assets. Malaysia shares recovered from losses to edge higher, helped by dem

    April 7, 2017 08:13 pm JST
  • The internet poised to dethrone TV as ad king

    PALO ALTO, U.S. -- Television's reign as the dominant advertising medium appears near its end, as sellers increasingly reach out to consumers through mobile devices.The rise of smartphones provides a tailwind for spending on internet ads, which is e

    April 7, 2017 08:00 am JST
  • Hedge funds suffer money exodus

    TOKYO -- Once wielding powerful influence on global financial markets, hedge funds are losing customers as more investors shun their high fees amid poor returns.Hedge funds tracked by Eurekahedge saw fund outflows of $60.7 billion by the end of Febr

    April 6, 2017 09:00 am JST
  • Tensions flare at UN as Russia races to defend Syrian regime

    UNITED NATIONS -- Tensions rose at the United Nations Security Council Wednesday as Russia sparred with the U.S. and other major Western powers over the latest allegations of the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime against civilians in the

    April 6, 2017 05:00 am JST
  • China has its eyes on water in Russian lake

    IRKUTSK, Russia -- A Chinese proposal to pump water from Lake Baikal, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and carry it across two borders to help alleviate water shortages seems to be a real problem solver.The Russian lake holds roughly 20% of the world's

    April 5, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • US assumes presidency of UN Security Council

    UNITED NATIONS -- Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. under President Donald Trump, cited peacekeeping reform, human rights and North Korea among the new administration's priorities at a news conference Monday in her new role as president o

    April 4, 2017 07:24 am JST