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  • French food group Danone's shares rise after bid speculation report

    PARIS (Reuters) -- Shares in French food group Danone rose on Monday after the New York Post newspaper said in a report over the weekend that Danone could be a takeover target.Danone's shares were up 1.5 percent at 65.86 euros at 1030 GMT, valuing t

    August 15, 2017 12:14 am JST
  • Angel Gurria

    Making the digital age work for ASEAN

    Southeast Asia is one of the world's most dynamic regions, with vast endowments of natural resources, an increasingly diversified economy, an expanding middle class and growing global influence. With the launch of the ASEAN Economic Community in 201

    August 14, 2017 09:00 am JST
  • Japan lags behind on free trade, despite EU partnership

    TOKYO -- The share of Japan's total trade which is covered by free trade pacts or economic partnership agreements will stand at a little more than 30% when its EPA signed with the European Union takes effect, according to data from the Japan Externa

    August 13, 2017 12:54 am JST
  • Tata Motors and Volkswagen Group halt partnership talks

    MUMBAI -- India's Tata Motors and Skoda Auto, part of Germany's Volkswagen Group, have called off talks of a partnership that would have involved sharing manufacturing facilities and car platforms.The companies said the sorts of collaboration discus

    August 11, 2017 09:09 pm JST
  • BBC mulling micropayments for news site, executive says

    TOKYO -- The British Broadcasting Corp. could start charging for news on the web to offset flagging advertising revenue, the head of a commercial unit tells The Nikkei.BBC Global News is considering such options as a "micropayment" system offering a

    August 11, 2017 07:25 am JST
  • JR East, Abellio clinch UK rail franchise

    TOKYO -- East Japan Railway, Dutch rail operator Abellio and Japanese trading house Mitsui & Co. won a license to operate the U.K.'s West Midlands rail network starting in December, it was announced Thursday, marking JR East's first time running tra

    August 11, 2017 07:21 am JST
  • Foreign scrutiny 'impacting Chinese dealmakers'

    HONG KONG -- The drive for protectionism and growing hostility to foreign investments are forcing Chinese dealmakers to revise their strategies when acquiring assets abroad.The U.S. is mulling strengthening the role of the Committee on Foreign Inves

    August 11, 2017 01:33 am JST
  • Japan's SMBC Nikko to raise overseas staff by half

    TOKYO -- Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group unit SMBC Nikko Securities will increase its overseas staff to about 750 people by the end of fiscal 2020 from 500 at present, aiming to better handle efforts by domestic and foreign companies to procure fund

    August 11, 2017 12:00 am JST
  • Asian music sensations break the sound barrier

    Move over, K-pop. South Korea has been a dominant force in Asian entertainment for about a decade, but a powerful combination of economic development and social media is changing the game. From Southeast Asia to China, other countries are producing

    August 10, 2017 03:30 pm JST
  • Asian music sensations break the sound barrier

    Move over, K-pop. South Korea has been a dominant force in Asian entertainment for about a decade, but a powerful combination of economic development and social media is changing the game. From Southeast Asia to China, other countries are producing

    August 10, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Toyota and Mazda bolster ties amid seismic shifts in auto industry

    TOKYO/CHONGQING/GUANGZHOU A sense of urgency underpinned the words of Toyota President Akio Toyoda and Mazda counterpart Masamichi Kogai at a joint news conference on Aug. 4 about their newly strengthened alliance. With the likes of Google, Apple an

    August 10, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Decline in trades forces London Metal Exchange to rethink fees

    HONG KONG -- Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing said Wednesday it will adjust the fee structure of the London Metal Exchange, which it purchased in 2012, in a bid to stem its trading decline.Still relying on an old-fashioned open outcry system to set pr

    August 10, 2017 01:07 am JST
  • James D.J. Brown

    Russia plays dual game on North Korean crisis

    On Aug. 5, Russia joined the rest of the United Nations Security Council in voting for a U.S.-sponsored resolution to toughen sanctions on North Korea in response to Pyongyang's intercontinental ballistic missile tests on July 3 and 28. Nikki Haley,

    August 9, 2017 03:00 pm JST
  • Air Liquide, other gas suppliers find growth in China

    PARIS -- Air Liquide, the world's top industrial gas provider, is accelerating its expansion into China. The French company recently won contracts to supply gases to Chinese fiber optics makers. It has also set up a lab in Shanghai. Amid acceleratin

    August 9, 2017 02:00 pm JST
  • Vietnam-Germany relations sour over intrigue in Berlin

    HANOI -- The alleged kidnapping of a national of Vietnam on German soil by Vietnamese intelligence may have economic repercussions on top of the usual political ones, with Berlin vowing further action over what it deems a flagrant violation of the l

    August 9, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Asian global property investment hits record

    HONG KONG -- Asian investors are increasingly buying into bricks and mortar abroad, with real estate capital flows from the region hitting record highs in the first half of this year.Five of the 10 largest cross-border spenders globally are now from

    August 8, 2017 08:20 pm JST
  • Toyota adding hybrid options in Europe ahead of diesel bans

    FRANKFURT, Germany -- Toyota Motor plans to fill out its hybrid vehicle lineup in Europe, adding lower-cost, higher-power and other new grades of existing models as the continent moves away from fossil-fuel-burning cars.Toyota now offers only one gr

    August 8, 2017 06:51 am JST
  • Germany says China must make good on promise to open markets

    BERLIN (Reuters) -- German Economics Minister Brigitte Zypries on Monday forecast big opportunities for German firms to expand trade with China, but urged Beijing to make good on a promise to open its markets and stop insisting that foreign firms cr

    August 8, 2017 03:57 am JST
  • Geely, Volvo deepening tech ties with joint ventures

    SHANGHAI -- Chinese automaker Zhejiang Geely Holding Group and subsidiary Volvo Cars of Sweden will deepen cooperation on advanced technologies such as electric vehicles through two new joint ventures, promoting innovation that will keep the group c

    August 5, 2017 05:23 am JST
  • More seek slice of Japan's $27bn reactor shutdown efforts

    TOKYO -- As Japan moves toward the expensive process of shutting down nuclear power plants, reactor makers are joined by electric equipment manufacturers and others to claim a piece of the action and keep their relevant technologies from gathering d

    August 5, 2017 05:02 am JST