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  • Abe, Merkel want Russia to behave, urge dialogue

    BERLIN -- The leaders of Japan and Germany agreed Wednesday to call on Russia to act responsibly in Ukraine while affirming the need to maintain dialogue with Moscow. Wary of punishing Russia with sanctions for its intervention in the former Sov

    May 1, 2014 03:55 am JST
  • West deserves better logistics infrastructure

    All roads lead to Rome, the expression goes. Of course, that depends where you are. When the Roman Empire was at its height, it had a web of roads radiating from its seat of power, Rome. The empire had conquered many surrounding territories and

    May 1, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Hoping to strengthen alliances, Japan lifts ban on arms exports

    TOKYO -- Japan is poised to supply to the U.S. a key component used in an advanced missile system, the first concrete result of a landmark decision to ease a self-imposed, postwar ban on arms exports. According to a Nikkei report confirmed by Ja

    May 1, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Daimler has just the travel packages for Chinese with $20,000 to spend

    DALIAN, China -- Have you ever dreamed of being alone in the Sistine Chapel, or maybe lunching at the mountaintop restaurant where a James Bond film was made? If you live in China, and have more money than you know what to do with, the German au

    May 1, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Japan, France to work together on next-generation reactors

    TOKYO -- The Japanese and French governments are working toward an agreement to cooperate in the development of fast reactors, a technology designed to reduce nuclear waste. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Francois Hollande will likely a

    April 30, 2014 04:40 am JST
  • Emerging markets top developed ones in cross-border M&A deals

    GENEVA -- Companies from developing and transition economies accounted for a majority of cross-border mergers and acquisitions by value for the first time last year, making their presence felt on the international stage. According to a survey by

    April 29, 2014 05:02 am JST
  • Ukraine tensions drive nickel prices higher

    TOKYO -- International nickel prices are climbing as tensions in Ukraine raise the specter of supply instability. The metal settled at around $18,600 a ton on the London Metal Exchange on Monday after touching a 15-month high of $18,715. The

    April 29, 2014 02:52 am JST
  • Pepsi tie-up puts Myanma Golden Star in orbit

    YANGON -- The founder of Myanmar's biggest food and beverage company earned the nickname "Pepsi" Thein Tun as the nation's cola king in the 1990s. He started a trading house in 1961 while still in his 20s but abandoned it as the economy succumbe

    April 29, 2014 12:59 am JST
  • TPP talks make farm reform doubly urgent for Japan

    TOKYO -- After decades of declining production and unheeded calls for change, Japan's cosseted agriculture sector is facing renewed pressure to reform itself. If an agreement is reached on the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement, Japan

    April 28, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Threatened by generics, drug majors turning to takeovers

    FRANKFURT/NEW YORK -- With their key patents expiring, global pharmaceutical companies are launching more takeovers to cope with increasing competition from manufacturers of generic drugs. The biggest shake-ups are happening in Europe, where the

    April 27, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Japan's Orix to merge Hartford unit with own life insurer

    TOKYO -- Orix plans to combine U.S.-based Hartford Financial Services Group's Japanese life insurer with its own after acquiring the unit, people familiar with the matter said Friday. The Japanese group, whose businesses include leasing and real

    April 26, 2014 02:00 am JST
  • Move over supercars: SUVs shine at Beijing auto show

    BEIJING -- Chinese drivers are increasingly keen on SUVs, and leading carmakers are giving them plenty to choose from at this year's Beijing auto show. Auto China 2014, the 13th Beijing International Automotive Exhibition, opened to the public o

    April 24, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Burberry won't renew licensing deal in Japan

    TOKYO -- British designer brand Burberry does not intend to renew its licensing agreement in Japan, paving the way for it to open more directly run stores here once the contract expires next year. Burberry sells trenchcoats and other apparel tha

    April 24, 2014 02:44 am JST
  • China again takes Go title

    TOKYO -- Chinese university student Wang Chen won the 12th World Students Go Oza Championship in Tokyo on Feb. 25-26. This was the first time in two years for a Chinese player to win the title, and the seventh time overall. In the annual amateur

    April 24, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Japan slow to attract foreign executive talent

    When a non-Japanese manager is appointed to a top position at a large Japanese company, it is news and prompts speculation in the business press about whether Japan Inc. is finally opening up to outsiders. The most recent event was the naming of

    April 24, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Mongolia's green power pioneers keep Asian Super Grid dream alive

    ULAN BATOR -- There is another name for Mongolia: Land of the Eternal Blue Sky. Take the country's many hours of sunshine and add its wild, windswept steppes, and you would think it is a renewable energy paradise. In reality, 95% of Mongolia's p

    April 24, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Hyundai's fuel cell SUV to debut in home market

    SEOUL -- Hyundai Motor predicts that the age of mass-market fuel cell cars will begin in 2020, but it will start selling them in South Korea before then. The automaker expects to deliver 40 hydrogen-powered versions of its Tucson SUV in the coun

    April 23, 2014 01:17 am JST
  • Nifco to buy German autoparts supplier KTW

    TOKYO -- Japanese autoparts manufacturer Nifco will acquire German peer KTW to increase its dealings with European automakers. The two companies are expected to reach an agreement on Tuesday. Under the deal, Nifco will likely buy all shares in K

    April 22, 2014 02:49 am JST
  • Daniel Twining: Asia's pivot to America

    When U.S. President Barack Obama launches his four-country Asian trip in Japan on April 23, his main priority will be to reassure anxious allies that there will be no Asian Crimea. Just as no European nation wants to be part of a new Russian Empire,

    April 21, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Japan-EU trade talks coming to a head

    TOKYO -- Trade negotiations between Japan and the European Union, launched a year ago, are at a crucial juncture. The talks on an economic partnership agreement have not drawn as much attention as those between Japan and the U.S. over the Trans-

    April 21, 2014 07:00 pm JST