Search results

Results 1461 - 1480 of 1514
  • The silver lining to America's 'fizzling pivot'

    WASHINGTON -- On the face of it, Harry Reid, the U.S. Senate majority leader, was simply doing what any self-respecting protectionist might do in response to a government initiative seen as a potential threat to local jobs: A day after President Bar

    February 5, 2014 07:58 pm JST
  • Japan hopes to cow U.S. with beef bluff

    TOKYO -- Could the prospect of losing Japanese dinner tables to cheaper Australian beef convince America to lessen its pressure for drastic tariff concessions? Japan thinks so. With Australia's new government, headed by Prime Minister Tony Abbot

    February 4, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • Demand in Japan, China bodes well for heavy equipment stocks

    TOKYO -- Booming construction in Japan and China is providing support to the sagging bottom lines of Japan's big construction machinery makers such as Komatsu. The sector's slump may be ending, as manufacturers benefit from rising construction

    February 2, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • Australia mulls end to carmaker subsidies by 2020

    SYDNEY -- With Australia's tax revenue shrinking and manufacturers still fleeing, Prime Minister Tony Abbott's government is considering a proposal to cut off financial support to automakers. Australia offers manufacturers subsidies based on suc

    February 1, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • Talk growing of New Zealand interest-rate hike in March

    TOKYO -- There is widespread speculation that the Reserve Bank of New Zealand will soon raise the official cash rate as the country's economy grows and inflation pressures mount. Many market players believe this could happen in March. The situat

    January 30, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Japan's Itochu climbs aboard Australian rail project

    TOKYO -- An international consortium including Itochu will supply rolling stock and build a rail depot in the Australian state of Queensland, the Japanese trading house said Wednesday. Including long-term maintenance, the order will be worth A$4

    January 30, 2014 12:51 am JST
  • Australia's prime minister mulls visit to Japan in early April

    SYDNEY -- Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is mulling a visit to Japan in early April to discuss the economic partnership agreement between the two countries. Tokyo and Canberra are making arrangements. He and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe woul

    January 28, 2014 02:00 pm JST
  • Australia bringing test-tube steaks to Asia

    SYDNEY -- An Australian cattle grower is looking to produce high-quality beef cattle for Asian countries by utilizing in vitro fertilization technology. AGRrural-Genomix was established in the state of Queensland by a family business after secur

    January 26, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Setting tariff parameters by August next step for East Asian pact talks

    TOKYO -- Establishing targets for tariff elimination will be the focus of the third round of talks for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership free trade agreement, which opened in Malaysia Tuesday. The RCEP includes Japan, China, South

    January 22, 2014 04:44 am JST
  • Australia admits vessels "breached Indonesian territorial sovereignty"

    SYDNEY (Kyodo) -- Australia admitted Friday that its naval vessels have repeatedly breached Indonesian territorial sovereignty while carrying out operations to prevent further arrivals of boats carrying asylum seekers, and apologized to Jakarta.

    January 17, 2014 07:44 pm JST
  • TPP nations to meet in February, push ahead despite rifts

    TOKYO -- Having blown a year-end deadline, countries trying to hammer out the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement plan to meet again late next month amid concerns that further delays may complicate U.S. Congressional approval of the pact.

    January 17, 2014 04:59 am JST
  • Where to?

    Property bubbles, regional trade tie-ups, territorial disputes -- Asian countries face these challenges and more this year. Wage-hike pressures continue to mount, and the dreaded "middle-income trap" is beginning to ensnare many countries. India and

    January 16, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Can the 'lucky country' live up to its nickname?

    MELBOURNE, Australia -- Tony Abbott, Australia's conservative prime minister, declared in mid-December that his first 100 days in office had been "a strong start." Many critics described this as an overly favorable assessment. The economy of the

    January 16, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Australian interest rates on hold while weaker dollar takes effect

    MELBOURNE -- Official interest rates are on hold in Australia for the foreseeable future, as the Australian dollar weakens against the greenback and the domestic economy slowly gathers pace. The Australian dollar has fallen as much as 16 U.S. c

    January 15, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Toyota's Thai-made Corolla barreling into Mideast, Oceania

    BANGKOK -- Toyota Motor will start shipping its Thailand-made Corolla to not just Southeast Asian markets but also the Middle East and Oceania, part of a broader shift to produce all export-bound versions of the model outside Japan. Exports of t

    January 15, 2014 01:07 am JST
  • Japan to help Palau get greener

    TOKYO -- The Japanese government will from January support the introduction of renewable energy and coral reef conservation in Palau. Japan is aiming to strengthen cooperation with island nations that have a say in international negotiations on

    December 29, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • Mining firms boosting iron ore output while curbing costs

    SYDNEY/SHANGHAI -- Major resource firms have again begun increasing production of iron ore in anticipation of a jump in exports to China, but lingering concerns about an oversupply of steel there has companies looking for ways to rein in costs in ca

    December 27, 2013 04:14 am JST
  • Cashed-up Telstra heads from Australia into Asia

    MELBOURNE, Australia -- Telstra, Australia's largest telecommunications company, is scouring Asia for investments, joint ventures and partnerships. On Dec. 20, the company made the surprise announcement that it would to sell its Hong Kong mobil

    December 26, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Cashed-up Telstra heads from Australia into Asia

    MELBOURNE, Australia -- Telstra, Australia's largest telecommunications company, is scouring Asia for investments, joint ventures and partnerships. On Dec. 20, the company made the surprise announcement that it would to sell its Hong Kong mobil

    December 26, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Australia a wild card in Japan's quest for TPP pact

    TOKYO -- The U.S. is not the only country looking to drive a hard bargain with Japan in the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks, as sticky issues surrounding beef and cars in bilateral negotiations between Japan and Australia threaten to further complic

    December 24, 2013 03:39 am JST