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  • Macron trip to Japan in works as top ministers set to meet

    TOKYO -- Arranging a first visit to Japan by French President Emmanuel Macron will be on the agenda Friday when the diplomatic and defense chiefs of both countries meet here to discuss security issues including North Korea.Japanese Foreign Minister

    January 22, 2018 05:23 am JST
  • Paul Mortimer-Lee

    Eurozone 2018: Business is bright, but political landscape remains clouded

    With the eurozone economy humming along at its most rapid pace since 2011 and the European Central Bank having committed to keep its quantitative easing policy going until at least September and then to raise rates only "well after" quantitative eas

    January 21, 2018 07:00 am JST
  • BOJ trim of bond purchases flags risks of market overreaction

    TOKYO -- Many bond market participants were caught off guard on Jan. 9 when the Bank of Japan unexpectedly reduced its purchases of government bonds, instantly pushing yields higher. In the nine days that followed, long-term rates -- yields on 10 ye

    January 20, 2018 06:10 pm JST
  • Exclusive

    Japan in talks over bid for UK uranium powerhouse

    TOKYO -- The Japanese government has entered into negotiations to acquire U.K.-based Urenco, a major European producer of enriched uranium, in a deal that is expected to be worth several billions of dollars.The state-owned Japan Bank for Internation

    January 20, 2018 07:34 am JST
  • Samsung denies 'planned obsolescence' allegation

    SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics on Friday denied an allegation that the tech conglomerate intentionally slowed down its smartphones and other devices through software updates, raised by the Italian antitrust authority.The South Korean tech conglomerate

    January 19, 2018 10:02 pm JST
  • France, Germany to make joint bitcoin regulation proposal at G20 summit

    PARIS (Reuters) -- France and Germany will make joint proposals to regulate the bitcoin cryptocurrency at the next summit of the G20 group of major economies in Argentina in March, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Thursday."We will hav

    January 19, 2018 02:06 pm JST
  • Japan, France to hold ministerial security talks on Jan. 26

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan and France will hold talks between their foreign and defense ministers in Tokyo on Jan. 26 to strengthen defense ties and work together on restraining North Korea's nuclear and missile ambitions, Japanese Defense Minister Itsu

    January 19, 2018 01:36 pm JST
  • Ghosn plots next step for evolving Renault-Nissan alliance

    PARIS -- Carlos Ghosn signaled Wednesday he may end his roughly 13-year tenure as CEO of Renault to devote more attention to its alliance with Nissan Motor and Mitsubishi Motors, laying the groundwork for a handover that would still let him retain o

    January 19, 2018 04:23 am JST
  • CP Group tycoon says Trump's US ripe for investment

    BANGKOK -- Thailand's Charoen Pokphand Group, the agribusiness conglomerate led by billionaire Dhanin Chearavanont, is eyeing more trade and investment with the U.S. as it sees there is "good sentiment" for doing business in the country under the ad

    January 19, 2018 12:05 am JST
  • Beijing's Marriott web ban sends warning to multinationals

    HONG KONG -- China's temporary ban on Marriott International's Chinese websites was a warning to international companies that they must comply with the Communist Party's political agenda if they want to do business in the world's second largest econ

    January 18, 2018 08:39 pm JST
  • Asia300 Summit 2018

    Japan and Germany stand to gain from 'Industry 4.0'

    SINGAPORE -- Countries with strong manufacturing know-how, including Japan and Germany, have an opportunity to regain their competitive technological edge as big data ushers in the "Industry 4.0," era, Christian Brecher, Director of Germany's Fraunh

    January 18, 2018 01:40 pm JST
  • Better paydays are in store for Asia

    TOKYO Asian workers are expected to enjoy the highest real wage growth in the world in 2018 thanks to solid growth and changes in the region's economic structure, while their counterparts in Japan and the West will see wages stagnate amid budding in

    January 18, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • Nikkei Editorial

    Cooperative global framework needed to protect world's open economic order

    The free trade order that has served as the foundation of today's global economy is faltering. This is because the U.S., a longstanding champion of free trade, is now behaving more like a challenger to the established order. To maintain and reinforc

    January 18, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • Wanda sells landmark London project to pay down debt

    HONG KONG -- A Hong Kong-listed arm of Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group has agreed to sell a London skyscraper project to pay down debt amid Beijing's crackdown on "irrational" overseas deals.Wanda Hotel Development said in a Tuesday night st

    January 17, 2018 07:05 pm JST
  • Japanese cobalt traders find there is none left to buy

    TOKYO -- Prices of cobalt roughly doubled in 2017 as automakers scrambled to secure the silvery element, which is used in batteries that power emission-free vehicles. The global shortage is hitting Japanese traders of the metal.One Tokyo trading com

    January 17, 2018 01:15 pm JST
  • German parts maker adding China's Chery to self-driving collaboration

    DETROIT, U.S. -- ZF Friedrichshafen will team up with Chery Automobile to bring its automated-driving system to China, the German autoparts manufacturer said Tuesday.ZF has been working with American graphics processor company Nvidia and Chinese int

    January 17, 2018 06:38 am JST
  • Nissan to paint Infiniti brand green as regulatory net tightens

    DETROIT, U.S. -- Japan's Nissan Motor plans to transform its upscale Infiniti brand into an electrified line amid a wave of international automakers hastening to add eco-cars as stricter environmental rules press in around the world.From 2021 on, al

    January 17, 2018 03:14 am JST
  • Global carmakers to invest at least $90bn in electric vehicles

    DETROIT, U.S. (Reuters) -- Ford Motor Co's plan to double its electrified vehicle spending is part of an investment tsunami in batteries and electric cars by global automakers that now totals $90 billion and is still growing, a Reuters analysis show

    January 16, 2018 07:38 am JST
  • Fiat Chrysler CEO says no plans to sell brands to Chinese

    DETROIT, U.S. (Reuters) -- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV's (FCA) has no intention of breaking up the company or selling individual brands to China or other parties, the company's chief executive said on Monday, adding that the group was counting on i

    January 16, 2018 06:44 am JST
  • Low interest rates driving households to hoard cash

    TOKYO -- The amount of paper money and coins in circulation in Japan, the U.S. and Europe has ballooned to nearly $4 trillion as households increasingly shun bank deposits that offer paltry interest rates.More than 106 trillion yen ($958 billion) in

    January 16, 2018 06:04 am JST