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  • Japan welcomes Trump's rebuke of North Korea's abduction of Japanese

    NEW YORK (Kyodo) -- A senior Japanese official on Tuesday welcomed U.S. President Donald Trump's criticism of North Korea's abduction of Japanese nationals in the 1970s and 1980s in his address to the U.N. General Assembly. Trump's speech reflects "

    September 20, 2017 08:29 am JST
  • Ford to cut production at five North American vehicle plants

    DETROIT (Reuters) -- Ford Motor Co said on Tuesday it plans to idle five North American vehicle assembly plants for a total of 10 weeks to reduce inventories of slow-selling models.The plants affected include three assembly plants in the United Stat

    September 20, 2017 06:17 am JST
  • Wall St edges higher; US Fed meeting in focus

    NEW YORK (Reuters) -- The three major U.S. stock indexes edged higher on Tuesday, logging closing records, with financial stocks providing the biggest boost a day ahead of the Federal Reserve's concluding statement from its two-day policy meeting.Th

    September 20, 2017 06:05 am JST
  • US may have to 'totally destroy North Korea,' Trump warns at UN

    UNITED NATIONS -- U.S. President Donald Trump denounced the North Korean regime in his first speech at the U.N. General Assembly Tuesday, scorning its leader, Kim Jong Un, as a "rocket man" on a "suicide mission.""The United States has great strengt

    September 20, 2017 02:31 am JST
  • Fox aims to succeed in crowded Asian streaming market

    TAIPEI -- Original content will give Fox an edge as a streaming service provider in Asia, a company executive said Tuesday, as the U.S. media powerhouse rolls out digital offerings in the region after international rivals such as Netflix and Amazon

    September 20, 2017 12:29 am JST
  • Honda spends $267m to crank up new Accord production in US

    TOKYO -- Honda Motor announced Monday that it has spent $267 million to begin turning out its new midsize Accord sedan at two plants in the U.S. state of Ohio.The automaker will introduce a highly efficient production system in conjunction with the

    September 19, 2017 06:22 pm JST
  • Fed, ECB take nice-and-easy approach to policy tightening

    TOKYO -- The U.S. and European central banks plan to normalize their monetary policies, but they are not exactly charging headlong into the wind-down of quantitative easing. This is because, although both economies are picking up, their targeted inf

    September 19, 2017 12:05 pm JST
  • Slack valued at $5.1 bln after new funding led by SoftBank

    Software startup Slack Technologies Inc said it raised $250 million from SoftBank Group Corp and other investors in its latest funding round, boosting the company's valuation to $5.1 billion.The latest fund-raising, led by SoftBank through its giant

    September 19, 2017 10:39 am JST
  • Trump says he and China's Xi discussed North Korea in a 'good call'

    NEW YORK (Reuters) -- U.S. President Donald Trump said he had a "very good" phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping that covered trade and North Korea."It was a long call, it was a very good call," Trump said during remarks at a dinner for Lati

    September 19, 2017 09:38 am JST
  • ASEAN seeks strong Japanese presence in Asia to counter China

    TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday met his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi -- his closest political friend in Asia -- for the tenth time. The two, both conservative politicians, became good friends about a decade ago, when Modi

    September 19, 2017 08:15 am JST
  • Western powers urge Myanmar's Suu Kyi to push for end to violence

    NEW YORK (Reuters) -- Britain, France and Australia urged Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday to push for an end to military violence against Rohingya Muslims, while her national security adviser said those who had fled could return but the pr

    September 19, 2017 06:52 am JST
  • US urges Myanmar to stop offensive, allow civilians to return

    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) -- The United States urged the Myanmar government on Monday to end military operations in Rakhine state, grant humanitarian access, and commit to aiding the safe return of civilians to their homes, said U.S. Ambassador to th

    September 19, 2017 06:47 am JST
  • Wall St clings to records, helped by banks; tech falters

    NEW YORK (Reuters) -- The S&P 500 ended slightly higher on Monday as financial stocks rose ahead of a Federal Reserve meeting, but the Nasdaq pared gains sharply as technology stocks lost ground late in the session.Five of the 11 major S&P sectors e

    September 19, 2017 05:48 am JST
  • Trump urges reform in tame UN debut

    UNITED NATIONS -- In his first remarks to the United Nations as U.S. president, Donald Trump called for an overhaul of the global organization's bureaucratic management practices while cheering its leader's efforts to bring about change."While the U

    September 19, 2017 05:19 am JST
  • Xi and Trump discuss sanctions pressure on North Korea

    BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump spoke about keeping pressure on North Korea with economic sanctions imposed through the United Nations, the White House said in a statement on Monday.The Uni

    September 19, 2017 04:52 am JST
  • US to send carrier strike group to South Korea for joint drills

    SEOUL -- South Korea will perform joint military exercises with an American strike group in response to North Korea's sixth nuclear test and continued missile launches as the two allies prepare for another possible provocation next month.The U.S. ha

    September 19, 2017 02:15 am JST
  • ICOs: dream for startups, nightmare for regulators

    TOKYO -- Raising $35 million in 30 seconds with minimal disclosure sounds like something that could only be a racket.But startups across the world have been turning to initial coin offerings, a sort of initial public offering involving the use of a

    September 18, 2017 11:30 pm JST
  • Asia foreshadows rise of Chinese smartphones as iPhone X unveiled

    BANGKOK -- On Saturday morning the MBK Center, a regional electronic gadget Mecca in the heart of the Thai capital, was crowded with young technology buffs after the unveiling of the iPhone X, the latest smartphone model from Apple. Yet despite the

    September 18, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • Moon and Trump agree on need for stronger North Korea sanctions: South Korea

    SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed to exert stronger pressure through sanctions on North Korea following its nuclear and missile tests, South Korea's presidential office said following a tele

    September 17, 2017 02:15 pm JST
  • The future of cars: connected, autonomous, shared, electric

    TOKYO -- Allied automakers Renault and Nissan Motor tagged four areas of technology that are overturning the entire industry in their medium-term plan announced Friday, shedding light on a growing need for fresh business models and cross-industry co

    September 16, 2017 08:32 pm JST