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  • Debate on Russian sanctions drives wedge into G-7

    BRUSSELS -- For all its professions of solidarity with Kiev, the Group of Seven is far from united on the question of whether to hit Vladimir Putin's Russia with additional penalties for its intervention in Ukraine. U.S. President Barack Obama

    June 6, 2014 04:41 am JST
  • Mazda looks to next generation of green engines

    TOKYO -- Mazda Motor aims to develop new fuel-saving technology that expands on its SkyActiv environmental technology, President Masamichi Kogai told The Nikkei in a recent interview. The automaker will invest some 300 billion yen ($2.89 billion

    June 6, 2014 03:24 am JST
  • With G-8 fading, old order gives way to uncertainty

    BRUSSELS -- While the leaders of the Group of Seven made a show of unity here in the face of troubles in Ukraine and Asian waters, their waning ability to check Russian and Chinese assertiveness was all too apparent. Seated around a table at Eur

    June 6, 2014 03:22 am JST
  • Qualcomm hit with trademark suit over name in China

    SHANGHAI -- U.S. chip producer Qualcomm is facing a lawsuit in China that could force it to change its name used in the country and cough up millions of dollars. A Shanghai-based semiconductor manufacturer filed suit in April, asking for an inju

    June 6, 2014 03:08 am JST
  • Besting Samsung, SanDisk key to Toshiba's revival

    TOKYO -- Toshiba shares are starting to put the T in traction, but to gain ground for the long run, the Japanese technology company needs to devise a road map for overtaking the chip industry's two giants starting with an S: Samsung and SanDisk.

    June 6, 2014 12:07 am JST
  • Japan eyes acquiring 3 Global Hawk spy drones in FY 2015

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Defense Ministry plans to acquire three Global Hawk unmanned reconnaissance jets during the fiscal year from next April, with the Air Self-Defense Force's Misawa base in Japan's northeast being a strong candidate for their host,

    June 5, 2014 06:31 pm JST
  • Maker wants 'IHI Inside' to be pinnacle of aircraft engine quality

    TOKYO -- Airlines are expanding fleets as travel demand continues to grow worldwide. As airplane builders and their suppliers benefit from this trend, IHI, a heavy machinery maker, is trying to be the standard bearer of core components of jet engine

    June 5, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Chinese demand, diminished supply pushing up lamb prices

    TOKYO -- Reduced supplies coupled with increased imports by China have pushed wholesale lamb prices in Japan into record territory, and the uptrend is becoming apparent at the retail level. The import price of boneless lamb has risen more than 4

    June 5, 2014 05:06 am JST
  • Sumitomo Forestry targets more home sales in U.S., Australia

    TOKYO -- Homebuilder Sumitomo Forestry has ambitious plans for the residential housing markets of the U.S. and Australia, with a goal to sell an annual 6,000 wood-frame houses in those markets by fiscal 2016. Already the largest of the Japanese

    June 5, 2014 04:22 am JST
  • Japan to brief US, South Korea on Pyongyang deal

    TOKYO -- Japan will brief the U.S. and South Korea on its recent agreement with North Korea regarding Pyongyang's past abductions of Japanese nationals, seeking to allay growing concerns of the two allies. Following talks late last month in Stoc

    June 5, 2014 01:29 am JST
  • Conference highlights Asia's 'rebalancing' act

    TOKYO -- Intensifying territorial disputes, terrorism, Thai political turmoil and other geopolitical risks formed a sobering backdrop to this year's International Conference on the Future of Asia. "Rebalancing" -- both in a security and economi

    June 5, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • The dollar reigns supreme -- by default

    The dollar has been the pre-eminent global reserve currency for most of the past century. But its dominance appears under threat. The global financial crisis, which had its epicenter in the U.S., has heightened speculation about the currency's loomi

    June 5, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Canada's largest occupational pension fund strengthens Asian ties

    In an interview with The Nikkei in Hong Kong, Ron Mock, president and CEO of Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, talked about plans to strengthen relationships with sovereign wealth funds in Asia and expanding investment in the region. Managing $140.8 b

    June 5, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Foreign factories in China face tougher labor disputes

    DALIAN, China -- Foreign factories in China have recently been forced to fully meet demands from workers staging large-scale strikes. The striking workers' demands are becoming increasingly diversified, with some clamoring for the replacement of

    June 4, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Apple's next big move: iPhone-controlled smart homes

    SILICON VALLEY -- Apple has thrown its hat into the ring in smart homes, detailing plans to launch a service for remote control of appliances this autumn by tying up with electronics manufacturers. The move by the company behind the iPhone is ex

    June 4, 2014 05:45 am JST
  • More Japanese traveling to Hawaii, Europe this summer

    TOKYO -- More Japanese are planning trips to Europe and U.S. tourist sites such as Hawaii this summer, skipping closer destinations like China, Korea and Thailand, according to booking data from travel agencies. For overseas package tours depart

    June 4, 2014 05:33 am JST
  • Corning to make Gorilla Glass in Samsung country

    NEW YORK -- Corning will bring production of protective glass for smartphones and tablet computers closer to South Korean customers in an effort to reduce shipping costs and delivery times. Cutting the risk of damage during transit matters in th

    June 4, 2014 05:01 am JST
  • Lead author agrees to retract controversial stem cell papers

    OSAKA -- The lead author of a pair of papers on stem cells published in the journal Nature has agreed to retract both of them in light of findings that she fabricated and altered images in the studies, The Nikkei learned Tuesday. Riken research

    June 4, 2014 04:21 am JST
  • Line pondering simultaneous IPOs in Japan, US

    TOKYO -- Line, provider of the namesake free social messaging application for smartphones, is considering conducting an initial public offering in the U.S. at the same time that it lists its shares in Tokyo. By launching simultaneous IPOs, the c

    June 4, 2014 02:56 am JST
  • Tokyo stocks hit 15,000 level

    TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks rose Tuesday, with the Nikkei Stock Average recovering to the 15,000 level for the first time in about two months since April 4. Nikkei Quick News asked three market players if they expected the average to remain at a high leve

    June 3, 2014 06:00 pm JST