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  • An inward-looking US could cause a world of hurt

    TOKYO -- The inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump and his "America first" policy have rattled a corporate world long accustomed to the globalism once so fervently embraced by the world's biggest economy."Mr. Trump often uses the word 'world.'

    February 7, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • Mazda, Subaru brace for Trump's trade policies

    TOKYO -- With U.S. President Donald Trump demanding that even Japanese automakers put "America first," Mazda Motor and Subaru maker Fuji Heavy Industries are growing concerned over the potential impact of tariffs and other trade protections that cou

    February 6, 2017 04:00 am JST
  • A US-less TPP leaves China to set Asia's trade rules

    TOKYO The remaining members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership are preparing for life without the U.S. following the country's official withdrawal from the trade deal it once led. Though some members still hope the TPP can be salvaged, others recogniz

    February 2, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Turbulence and triumph in Brazil

    The first thing you noticed about Francois Michelin was his height. What you learned by working beside him was that he was also sophisticated, dignified and polite. He was appointed co-owner of the Michelin tire company in 1955 and held that positio

    February 2, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • The history of my family, the story of me

    My full name is Carlos Ghosn Bichara, after my grandfather Bichara Ghosn. He was born at the base of Mount Lebanon where there were many Maronite Christians and an abundance of centuries-old Lebanon cedars. The Maronite Church is a part of the Roman

    February 2, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • A US-less TPP leaves China to set Asia's trade rules

    TOKYO -- The remaining members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership are preparing for life without the U.S. following the country's official withdrawal from the trade deal it once led. Though some members still hope the TPP can be salvaged, others recog

    February 1, 2017 09:00 pm JST
  • Peter Gordon

    China can evoke old Latin-American ties to bypass US order

    It can, on occasion, seem that no country takes the Shakespearean dictum "what's past is prologue" as much to heart as China, which has a wealth of history. One of the most fecund historical periods has been that of the ancient "Silk Road," which ha

    February 1, 2017 07:40 pm JST
  • My Personal History

    Carlos Ghosn (27) Something special in Brazil

    The Olympic torch was heavier than I expected, but Rio was as hot as I remembered it. The Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro were scheduled to commence on Aug. 5, 2016. At just past 11 a.m. on that day, I was running a distance of about 100 meters down

    January 28, 2017 02:30 am JST
  • Trump may soon learn how trade wars begin

    TOKYO -- U.S. President Donald Trump could find himself in something of a paradox. His administration is expected to try to ramp up farm exports at the same time it picks a fight with China over trade.China is the largest buyer of American soybeans.

    January 25, 2017 06:00 pm JST
  • Following Trump won't cheer up industry

    TOKYO -- Even before he was inaugurated, U.S. President Donald Trump Twitter-bullied certain automakers that produce cars in Mexico. All totaled, the number of cars these companies plan to make south of the U.S. border comes to more than 700,000 a y

    January 24, 2017 07:30 pm JST
  • Exclusive

    Kirin bowing out of Brazil beer market

    TOKYO -- Japan's Kirin Holdings will sell its Brazilian beer operations to Heineken of the Netherlands as soon as this year, leaving the huge market as the business loses its fizz to a stagnant economy.The two breweries have largely agreed to an arr

    January 20, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • Developing countries share acquired know-how with peers

    MANILA -- "When the rice seedlings grow to about this high, transplant them to a paddy," Lea Abaoag at the Philippine Rice Research Institute instructed. "Calculate how many hours of sunlight they'll get to plan when you'll harvest them."Abaoag was

    January 19, 2017 02:30 pm JST
  • Taiwan President Tsai visits Americas amid Beijing harassment

    SAN FRANCISCO Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen completed a nine-day visit on Jan. 15 to Central America with two layovers in the U.S., the island's most important strategic partner, dogged by Chinese military threats and saber-rattling.Upon her retu

    January 19, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Interview

    The Spanish carmaker that keeps on surviving

    FRANKFURT, Germany -- Want to take a quiz? What is Europe's second largest auto-producing country?Germany, of course, is No. 1.Ready for the answer?It's Spain, which builds approximately 2.6 million vehicles in 2015, thanks to all the foreign carmak

    January 18, 2017 06:30 am JST
  • Protectionism just doesn't work anymore

    Tokyo -- Globalization is so deeply rooted around the world that it will surmount the rising protectionist, inward-looking trade policies now being touted by the next U.S. presidentBusinesses are already making wise moves.In the Mexican city of Sant

    January 15, 2017 03:00 pm JST
  • Big global expansion in works for Freetel budget smartphones

    TOKYO -- Plus One Marketing, the Tokyo-based maker and seller of the Freetel brand of budget smartphones, will set sail in March on a new voyage of global expansion that will include landings in 10 countries in the Middle East and Africa and expand

    January 13, 2017 05:46 am JST
  • Sugar prices expected to stabilize after a dramatic rise

    BANGKOK - - Sugar has just seen off one of its strongest years yet, ranking as the best performing soft commodity for 2016. Prices have more than doubled from 2015 due to the rare occurrence of production falling short of demand.This represents a ma

    January 11, 2017 11:13 pm JST
  • Asian teams hit goal with World Cup expansion

    KUALA LUMPUR -- The decision by FIFA, soccer's world governing body, to expand the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams starting from 2026 will give more Asian nations a chance to compete at the world's biggest sporting event.While the exact allocations fo

    January 11, 2017 03:00 pm JST
  • World Bank arm to make bond market debut

    TOKYO -- The World Bank Group will issue debt for the first time to help fund aid to the poorest countries in an effort to prevent terrorism and instability from spreading through the most fragile regions of the world.The International Development A

    January 10, 2017 07:10 am JST
  • American lawmakers toeing pro-Taiwan line, Tsai-Cruz talks show

    WASHINGTON -- Sunday's meeting between Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz shows how Republican officials are following the lead of President-elect Donald Trump, much to Beijing's chagrin.Tsai and Cruz met in Houston, in the sena

    January 10, 2017 05:30 am JST