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  • Giant truck 'platoons' head for Australia's main roads

    SYDNEY -- At some point in the next decade, driverless trucks in Australia will make the jump from mine sites to main roads. When that happens, transport experts predict big gains for road safety and freight economics, but disruption for some of the

    June 14, 2017 03:00 pm JST
  • Noble's woes raise specter of commodities meltdown

    TOKYO -- Once the shining star of Asia's commodities market, Noble Group is now facing trouble on all sides with a net loss for the January-March quarter, a stock price plunge, massive debt and harsh credit ratings downgrades.The Hong Kong-based, Si

    June 14, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Australia's Crown Resort says employees charged with gambling offences in China

    SYDNEY (Reuters) -- Australian casino giant Crown Resorts Ltd said on Tuesday more than a dozen of its employees held in China since October have been charged with offences relating to promotion of gambling.Chinese authorities have referred the case

    June 13, 2017 11:43 am JST
  • Mitsubishi to cash out of 2 Aussie coal mines

    TOKYO -- Mitsubishi Corp. has decided to sell its interests in a pair of coal mines in New South Wales, Australia, as weak resource prices prompt trading companies to replace existing interests with new assets.Combined proceeds are seen topping 100

    June 13, 2017 06:36 am JST
  • Islamic State calls for attacks in West, Russia, Middle East, Asia during Ramadan

    CAIRO (Reuters) -- An audio message purporting to come from the spokesman of Islamic State called on followers to launch attacks in the United States, Europe, Russia, Australia, Iraq, Syria, Iran, and the Philippines during the Islamic holy month of

    June 13, 2017 06:04 am JST
  • Ahead of elections, NZ opposition flags 40% immigration cut

    WELLINGTON -- New Zealand's main opposition political party said Monday it would cut immigration by up to 40% if it wins national elections on Sept. 23.Andrew Little, leader of the center-left New Zealand Labour Party, said immigration had to be rei

    June 12, 2017 08:01 pm JST
  • Lavina Lee

    Turnbull speaks truth to Beijing on South China Sea

    Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull highlighted the dilemmas facing so-called "middle power" countries in his most significant address on regional affairs at the Shangri- La Dialogue meeting in Singapore of top defense officials.Some of what

    June 9, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Fujifilm's accounting headache spreads to Australia

    TOKYO -- Questions over Fujifilm Holdings' corporate governance have deepened with the discovery of accounting irregularities at an Australian unit, highlighting the possibility of inadequate internal controls at the Japanese multinational.The Japan

    June 9, 2017 06:38 am JST
  • Greg Colton

    US exit from Paris deal marks end of influence in South Pacific

    President Donald Trump has unapologetically withdrawn from the Paris Agreement on climate change. Consequently, the U.S. joins only Syria and Nicaragua as a non-signatory to the treaty. Syria is amidst a horrific civil war and sanctions mean it is h

    June 8, 2017 03:00 pm JST
  • Australia's 25-year run without a recession ties record

    SYDNEY -- The Australian economy grew a seasonally adjusted 0.3% in the January-March period, the Australian Bureau of Statistics announced Wednesday, marking 103 quarters, or 25 years and nine months, without a recession.A recession is traditionall

    June 8, 2017 04:52 am JST
  • India's Adani gives final approval for $4bn Australia coal mine

    SYDNEY (Reuters) -- India's Adani Enterprises said on Tuesday that it has given final investment approval for its controversial $4 billion Carmichael mine and rail project in Queensland."The project has Final Investment Decision approval, which mark

    June 6, 2017 11:24 am JST
  • Japan reaches out to devout travelers with religious accommodations

    TOKYO -- A prayer room opened in Tokyo Station on Monday, the latest effort by Japan to attract more Muslims, Buddhists and other religiously observant tourists from Asia.The 8-sq.-meter space is located in the station's travel service center. The s

    June 6, 2017 10:47 am JST
  • Australian PM says Melbourne siege 'a terrorist attack'

    SYDNEY (Reuters) -- Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Tuesday police were treating a deadly siege in the southern city of Melbourne as an "act of terrorism" after a claim by the Islamic State group that one of its fighters was the g

    June 6, 2017 09:51 am JST
  • The Future of Asia 2017

    Beware of robots, says Indonesian Vice President Kalla

    TOKYO -- Sophisticated automation technology, such as robotics, could spell disaster for the world economy, Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla said at a forum in Tokyo on Monday."If advanced economies decide to use robots and automation technolog

    June 6, 2017 08:00 am JST
  • Australia police kill hostage taker; Islamic State claims responsibility

    SYDNEY (Reuters) -- Australian police on Monday shot dead a gunman in the city of Melbourne who had been holding a woman hostage, police said, a confrontation for which the militant group Islamic State claimed responsibility.Australia, a staunch all

    June 6, 2017 06:18 am JST
  • US, Australia want China to do more on North Korea

    SYDNEY -- The top diplomats and defense chiefs of the U.S. and Australia affirmed Monday that North Korea's nuclear and missile development poses a global threat, and they urged China to ratchet up the pressure on its neighbor.The two sides "speak w

    June 6, 2017 05:04 am JST
  • The Future of Asia 2017

    Indonesia has 'lost interest' in TPP without US, vice president says

    TOKYO -- Indonesia has lost its motivation to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership, due to the U.S. withdrawal from the trade pact, the Southeast Asian country's vice president told the Nikkei Asian Review in an interview on Monday."The allure of the

    June 5, 2017 06:38 pm JST
  • Interview

    BHP CEO: Shale not a long-term goal, potash has potential

    MELBOURNE -- As it celebrates 50 years of business with Japan, BHP Billiton mulls the future after four years of restructuring that left "a stronger, simpler company", according to Chief Executive Officer Andrew Mackenzie.In a wide-ranging interview

    June 5, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • BHP aims to grow potash mining into a core business

    SYDNEY -- BHP Billiton is increasing its investment in potash mining and seeking to divest its U.S. shale gas assets.Andrew Mackenzie, CEO of the world's largest miner, told The Nikkei that "under some circumstances, we might start to grow potash to

    June 5, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Asian sovereign wealth funds look overseas for returns

    ADELAIDE, Australia -- Asia's sovereign wealth funds are plowing more capital into the U.S. and other big Western economies in search of better returns and portfolio diversification, despite increased government scrutiny of deals, particularly those

    June 5, 2017 11:00 am JST