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  • China up close

    Xi Jinping breaks taboo and enters the Forbidden City

    TOKYO -- Mao Zedong, the founding father of modern China, never once set foot inside the walls of Beijing's Forbidden City. While he did sometimes stand on the rostrum of Tiananmen -- the southernmost gate of the sprawling 72-hectare complex -- incl

    November 20, 2017 08:00 am JST
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    One-party Cambodia's grim message

    With the stroke of a judge's pen, political opposition to Cambodia's long-ruling prime minister, Hun Sen, has effectively ceased to exist. On Nov. 16, the country's Supreme Court did what most observers expected and ordered the dissolution of the po

    November 20, 2017 07:00 am JST
  • Toshiba looks to raise more than $5bn, end risk of delisting

    TOKYO -- Toshiba's board of directors decided to raise some 600 billion yen ($5.35 billion) in capital, the Japanese electronics maker said Sunday, in a move to ensure that the company remains listed if plans to sell its memory chip unit do not proc

    November 20, 2017 05:38 am JST
  • Japan defense chief to visit US anti-missile test site

    TOKYO -- Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera will visit a test site in Hawaii for the Aegis Ashore missile defense system during his January trip to the U.S. for a meeting with American counterpart Jim Mattis in Washington to discuss the Nort

    November 20, 2017 05:28 am JST
  • Documents show U.S. mulled Japan nuke deployment request in 1960s

    WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- The U.S. government weighed its chances of convincing Tokyo in the late 1960s to allow the deployment of nuclear weapons on mainland Japan if an East Asia crisis broke out, declassified documents showed Sunday.The idea, which

    November 19, 2017 09:58 pm JST
  • Police detect alcohol from US serviceman after Okinawa fatal crash

    NAHA, Japan (Kyodo) -- Police detected alcohol from a U.S. serviceman after a military truck he was driving collided with a light truck, leaving the Japanese driver dead, in Okinawa Prefecture on Sunday.The police said they are questioning the servi

    November 19, 2017 02:37 pm JST
  • Governments keep global climate deal on track despite U.S. pullout

    BONN, Germany (Reuters) -- Almost 200 nations kept a 2015 global agreement to tackle climate change on track on Saturday after marathon talks overshadowed by U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to pull out.Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama,

    November 18, 2017 07:28 pm JST
  • Japan to offer dollar-denominated loans to developing nations

    TOKYO -- Japan's government will start offering dollar-denominated development assistance loans, heeding the wishes of borrowing countries to reduce exposure to exchange-rate risks.The move will likely increase demand from countries whose currencies

    November 18, 2017 05:00 pm JST
  • Trudeau steals hearts and ruffles feathers in Asia

    MANILA -- A din of giggles, whispers and squeals greeted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as he strode into the hall where most journalists were confined during the recent Association of Southeast Asian Nations summits.With media garrisoned ab

    November 18, 2017 09:00 am JST
  • China's envoy agrees to promote ties with aide of North Korean leader

    BEIJING (Kyodo) -- A special envoy of Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed Friday with the closest aide of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to promote better bilateral ties, amid an ongoing pause in Pyongyang's saber-rattling.The agreement was reached

    November 18, 2017 08:14 am JST
  • Wall St pulls back at week's end with tax changes mulled

    NEW YORK (Reuters) -- Wall Street ended the week on a sour note on Friday, with major indexes slipping modestly as investors weighed the fate of the Republicans' tax overhaul plan.Investors have been hopeful that a tax bill under debate in Congress

    November 18, 2017 06:43 am JST
  • Japan's big new trade deals still face tricky endgame

    TOKYO -- As major trade agreements with Pacific Rim economies and Europe edge closer to taking effect in 2019 as hoped for Japan, hurdles remain at home and abroad before the country can reap the benefits. The 11 Trans-Pacific Partnership members re

    November 18, 2017 06:24 am JST
  • US calls for release of Cambodian opposition leader

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The U.S. State Department on Friday called on Cambodia to release an imprisoned opposition leader and reverse its decision to ban the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party."The Cambodian government's decision marks a shar

    November 18, 2017 05:45 am JST
  • China likely seeks diplomatic coup with North Korea envoy

    BEIJING/SEOUL -- A Chinese special envoy has gone to Pyongyang during what could prove a window to push for talks between North Korea and the U.S. on de-escalating tensions.Song Tao, head of the Chinese Communist Party's International Liaison Depart

    November 18, 2017 05:37 am JST
  • Electric cars not ready for mass production yet: Toyota chairman to Spiegel

    FRANKFURT (Reuters) -- Battery-powered cars are not ready for mass production yet, the chairman of Japan's Toyota Motor Corp told a German magazine, adding that he did not see U.S. electric vehicle pioneer Tesla as a role model."Battery-powered cars

    November 18, 2017 03:48 am JST
  • US urges African nations to press North Korea over nuclear program

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged African leaders on Friday to take further actions to pressure North Korea to end its nuclear and missile programs, including downgrading diplomatic ties and expelling North Korean l

    November 18, 2017 03:30 am JST
  • iPhone X drives record orders for Japan's parts makers

    TOKYO -- The launch of Apple's iPhone X has brought a boom for Japanese parts suppliers, six of which scored record order values on a quarterly basis in July-September, and business looks set to stay strong now that production of the high-end smartp

    November 18, 2017 03:16 am JST
  • Steve Bannon takes his battle to Asia

    TOKYO -- Steve Bannon, the former senior counselor and campaign manager of President Donald Trump -- and a noted advocate of Brexit -- is building networks in Asia to respond to what he claims is China's emergence as a "hegemonic" power.Bannon was i

    November 18, 2017 01:15 am JST
  • NEC to sell counterterrorism tech in Washington

    TOKYO -- NEC will set up a section at its Washington office to build relationships with government and international organizations to promote its products and services and build the NEC brand in the U.S. capital."The office will be responsible for u

    November 17, 2017 10:30 pm JST
  • China ripe for buyout deals as entrepreneurs retire

    HONG KONG -- Foreign private equity investors are finding more local entrepreneurs in China willing to cede majority ownership and control as they struggle to find successors in the family and business competition grows more global, various market l

    November 17, 2017 03:00 pm JST