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  • Abe-Putin relationship of trust can help advance territorial talks

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Feb. 8, the day after Abe attended the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympic Games in the Russian city of Sochi. The leaders of major European countries and

    February 19, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Russian crude exploring Asian markets

    TOKYO -- Russia is boosting oil shipments to Asia, hoping to capitalize on the region's burgeoning energy demand and cultivate a growth market beyond Europe. The Russian government envisions raising the ratio of its Asia-bound oil exports to 32%

    February 18, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Ukraine's currency continues slide amid concerns over default

    MOSCOW -- The Ukrainian currency, the hryvnia, has been weakening against the dollar, and looks ready to keep dropping as political unrest continues in Ukraine. At the beginning of this year, the hryvnia was at the lower-8 level against the doll

    February 18, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Japan's nuclear plant builders look for new spark

    TOKYO -- Japanese nuclear equipment manufacturers are struggling amid gloomy prospects in the domestic market and intense competition with South Korean and Russian rivals overseas. Toshiba in January signed a deal to acquire a majority stake in

    February 13, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Abe-Putin relationship of trust can help advance territorial talks

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Feb. 8, the day after Abe attended the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympic Games in the Russian city of Sochi. The leaders of major European countries and

    February 13, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • WWI, Japan and a wider perspective

    TOKYO -- This year marks the centennial of the outbreak of World War I, and historians are taking the opportunity to examine some of the oft-neglected aspects of the conflict. In Japan, the country's participation in the war is generally understo

    February 13, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • WWI, Japan and a wider perspective

    TOKYO -- This year marks the centennial of the outbreak of World War I, and historians are taking the opportunity to examine some of the oft-neglected aspects of the conflict. In Japan, the country's participation in the war is generally understo

    February 13, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Japan, Russia to help tighten Central Asian borders

    TOKYO -- Japanese money and Russian know-how will combine in an effort to improve border security in Central Asia, where spotty enforcement lets terrorists and drug and weapons smugglers infiltrate. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe proposed th

    February 12, 2014 01:03 am JST
  • Japanese car insurers look overseas

    TOKYO -- Japanese nonlife insurance companies are stepping up efforts to expand their automobile insurance businesses overseas. They aim to find new business opportunities by taking advantage of the know-how they have accumulated in Japan. The d

    February 11, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • JGC: Japan's Gallant Corporation

    TOKYO -- Arctic terrain, desert landscapes and rugged coastlines: Wherever you are in the world, you will find JGC. The Japanese engineering giant, and one of the nation's leading global enterprises, is expanding operations in all corners of the

    February 8, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Investors seek winners among Japanese Olympic athlete sponsors

    TOKYO -- Investors chased gold in Japan's stock market Friday, flocking to companies sponsoring contenders in the Winter Olympics. Kitano Construction's team includes women's moguls skier Aiko Uemura, who is aiming for a long-sought medal in her

    February 8, 2014 01:52 am JST
  • Will Olympics sap dollar-yen trading yet again?

    TOKYO -- The Sochi Winter Olympics kick off Friday, showcasing the world's top athletes in an international celebration of sport and peace. Figure skater Mao Asada and other medal hopefuls on Japan's national team will no doubt move the Japanese pub

    February 8, 2014 12:44 am JST
  • Russian carmaker trying to turn around with help from Renault-Nissan alliance

    MOSCOW -- Russia's leading automobile maker AvtoVAZ aims to cut 7,500 jobs, 11% of its total payroll, under the initiative of its new CEO Bo Andersson. The initiative comes as the Russian car market, Europe's second largest, slows down. Upon bec

    February 7, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Japan brokers take aim at individual investors in emerging Asia

    TOKYO -- Two Japanese securities firms will start offering new services targeting individual investors in emerging Asian economies as rising income levels are fueling the growth of individual investors in the region. SBI Securities will launch o

    February 7, 2014 12:24 pm JST
  • Abe hopes to warm up Putin, unfreeze island talks

    TOKYO -- In his fifth summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in just over a year, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will try to lay the groundwork for a possible breakthrough this fall on a decades-long territorial dispute. Meeting Saturday

    February 7, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • Chinese, Russian oil companies vie for firmer foothold in Mideast

    TOKYO -- Russian and Chinese oil and gas companies are cutting a stronger profile in the Middle East as U.S. rivals increasingly channel their energies into North America's shale gas boom. Iraq, which after Saudi Arabia boasts the region's large

    February 5, 2014 01:58 am JST
  • Abe follows in father's footsteps with focus on Russia

    TOKYO -- As a politician, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has often been compared to his late grandfather, former Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi. But when it comes to diplomacy, Abe's focus on Russia clearly owes much to his father, who as Japan's foreign

    February 3, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Russian politics feature in Olympic buildup

    TOKYO -- Homophobia, political oppression and terrorist threats: Sochi 2014 has them all. So can the city keep the Winter Olympics' focus on sport? The games in the Black Sea resort are drawing near. As they approach, hopes and fears about Russi

    January 28, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Emmanuel Todd: The paradox of America's fading empire

    The most important event of 2013 was the change in the relationship between the U.S. and Iran (through the nuclear talks). This is a major point. I have always said that a new kind of civil society has emerged in Iran, so there is nothing new as far

    January 26, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Nissan, Renault fusing production, development on global scale

    TOKYO -- Nissan Motor and Renault will take their alliance a step further by pooling their manufacturing facilities and bringing production and development departments under joint operations management. The partners aim to cut more than 400 bill

    January 24, 2014 02:50 am JST