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  • Japan seeks out more global infrastructure projects

    TOKYO -- Japan's transport ministry is keeping an eye on 22 additional overseas projects, such as plans for an urban railway in Bangkok and a subway in Manila, for the next three to four years as part of its push to export infrastructure.The Japanes

    March 24, 2017 06:20 am JST
  • Saudi Arabia cedes crown as top oil exporter in key markets

    TOKYO -- Saudi Arabia lost its spot as the biggest supplier of crude oil to China and India in 2016 as stiff price competition from Russia and Iraq cut into its market share.Saudi export volume to the top 10 markets reached 7.61 million barrels a da

    March 23, 2017 02:30 am JST
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    Russia faces prospect of social unrest

    MOSCOW -- The Russian economy is expected to log its first growth in three years in 2017 on a pickup in prices of crude oil, the nation's principal export item. This would be a turnaround from the 3.7% contraction in 2015, which was due in part to e

    March 22, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • James D.J. Brown

    For Japan and Russia, '2+2' equals trouble

    In 2014, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, that in pursuing domestic reform, he was "willing to act like a drill bit; strong enough to break through the solid rock of vested interests". In realit

    March 21, 2017 04:20 pm JST
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    Oil producers to keep pumping up prices: Showa Shell CEO

    TOKYO -- International crude oil prices are hovering around $50 a barrel. The Nikkei recently spoke with Showa Shell Sekiyu CEO Tsuyoshi Kameoka about the prospects for oil prices and for producing countries to work together to curtail output. Q: Oi

    March 13, 2017 04:00 pm JST
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    Riding high in US, Subaru takes it 'slow and steady' in Asia

    TOKYO -- The 2010s have been kind to Fuji Heavy Industries, the company better known by its Subaru auto marque. After years of swift growth, its global vehicle sales surpassed the 1 million mark in 2016.The catch is that most of those sales were mad

    March 13, 2017 08:00 am JST
  • Russian Ainu leader calls for greater respect

    PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY, Russia -- When Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin met in December, the two leaders agreed to begin talks to promote joint economic development of four islands that Japan calls the Northe

    March 3, 2017 05:00 pm JST
  • Nepotism strangles democracy in Central Asia

    ISTANBUL -- Nepotism is nothing new in former Soviet states, particularly those rich in natural resources. But the tendency to run the country like a family business is becoming more pronounced, at the cost of fostering healthy and functioning democ

    March 3, 2017 04:30 pm JST
  • Russia ending land grants on disputed islands

    MOSCOW -- Russia will exclude islands also claimed by Japan from a system of land grants to citizens, aiming to keep ties with Tokyo cordial and accelerate joint economic development of the territories.The government last June began letting Russians

    March 3, 2017 05:16 am JST
  • Japan's entry to shake up Asia's casino market

    TOKYO/SINGAPORE -- Top executives from U.S. and Asian casino operators were in an optimistic mood as they gathered in Tokyo in late February. Speaking at a gathering of investors, each expressed an eagerness to go into business in the world's third-

    March 2, 2017 11:30 am JST
  • Japan's entry to shake up Asia's casino market

    TOKYO/SINGAPORE Top executives from U.S. and Asian casino operators were in an optimistic mood as they gathered in Tokyo in late February. Speaking at a gathering of investors, each expressed an eagerness to go into business in the world's third-lar

    March 2, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Nepotism strangles democracy in Central Asia

    ISTANBUL Nepotism is nothing new in former Soviet states, particularly those rich in natural resources. But the tendency to run the country like a family business is becoming more pronounced, at the cost of fostering healthy and functioning democrac

    March 2, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Greg Priddy: Oil is nearing a new equilibrium, but don't unbuckle your seat belts

    Since the second half of 2014, the world oil market has been on a roller coaster, as the excessive oil supply has proved very persistent. Demand growth has been reasonably solid, above the recent trend line in 2015 and 2016, but an expanding supply

    March 2, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Carlini and Khoo

    A national security master stroke from Trump

    Donald Trump has made some questionable appointments to his administration but Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster is not one of them. On the contrary, tapping him for the post of national security adviser complements the appointment of Rex Tillerson, former Ex

    March 1, 2017 06:00 pm JST
  • Russia, China veto UN resolution on Syrian chemical weapons use

    UNITED NATIONS -- Russia and China on Tuesday blocked a United Nations Security Council resolution aimed at imposing sanctions on members and agencies of the Syrian government for using chemical weapons against civilians."It is a sad day on the Secu

    March 1, 2017 06:40 am JST
  • Japan has Northern Territories deal ready for Russia

    TOKYO -- The Japanese government is set to propose to Russia specific plans for joint economic development in what it calls the Northern Territories and what Moscow refers to as the Southern Kurils, The Nikkei has learned.In December, Japanese Prime

    February 26, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • Greg Priddy

    Oil market rebalancing -- the beginning of the end

    Since the second half of 2014, the world oil market has been on a roller coaster, as excessive global oil supply has proved to be very persistent. Demand growth has been reasonably good, with global growth in 2015 and 2016 above the recent trend lin

    February 24, 2017 07:00 pm JST
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    Emerging-market demand yet to bottom out -- Komatsu CFO

    TOKYO -- Shares of Japan's Komatsu have risen fairly consistently since mid-2016, and the price is now 60% higher than the level a year ago. The investor enthusiasm was prompted by data showing the operating hours of its machinery in China have been

    February 24, 2017 06:40 pm JST
  • A Kazakh mining town races to reinvent itself

    ARKALYK, Kazakhstan Arkalyk, a town of fewer than 30,000 people in the central belt of Kazakhstan, wears its mining heritage proudly. By the municipal museum, a hunk of bauxite stands atop a plinth, close to the excavator bucket that tore it out of

    February 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Praise for late Russian ambassador at UN, and row over tribute

    UNITED NATIONS -- U.N. Security Council diplomats mourned the sudden death of their Russian colleague Tuesday, observing a moment of silence and sharing statements of tribute before heading into a contentious debate on conflicts in Europe.Vitaly Chu

    February 22, 2017 07:30 am JST