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  • Putin on track for commanding win as Russians head to polls

    UST-DJEGUTA, Russia, (Reuters) -- Russians voted in a presidential election on Sunday that was expected to give Vladimir Putin an easy victory, but his opponents alleged officials were compelling people to come to the polls so that a low turnout doe

    March 18, 2018 10:05 pm JST
  • Japan Tobacco to buy Russia's No. 4 tobacco maker

    TOKYO -- Japan Tobacco has reached a deal to purchase Russia's fourth-largest tobacco company, fortifying its lead in a key foreign market as its domestic operations struggle.The company said Friday it will acquire Donskoy Tabak, along with compatr

    March 17, 2018 04:55 am JST
  • Russia to expand 'black list' of Americans in response to sanctions: RIA

    MOSCOW (Reuters) -- Moscow will respond to a new set of U.S. sanctions by expanding its "black list" of Americans, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Friday, according to RIA news agency.The U.S. Treasury slapped sanctions on 19

    March 16, 2018 05:14 pm JST
  • US hits Russians with sanctions for election meddling, cyber attacks

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The United States on Thursday took its most notable action against Russia since Donald Trump became president, slapping sanctions on a group of Russian individuals and entities, including Moscow's intelligence services, for m

    March 16, 2018 02:11 am JST
  • G-20 finance chiefs to discuss fair trade, cryptocurrencies

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Group of 20 finance ministers and central bankers are expected to exchange views on the rise of protectionist trade policy and regulations on virtual currencies when they gather in Argentina next week.The two-day meeting from Monday

    March 14, 2018 09:44 pm JST
  • Itochu climbs aboard China's Belt and Road Initiative

    TOKYO -- Japanese trading house Itochu is launching a freight transport service linking Japan and Europe via China. The move comes after the company concluded that beefed-up logistics networks under China's Belt and Road Initiative would increase ca

    March 11, 2018 01:16 am JST
  • Trump steel tariffs prompt Thailand to fortify dumping defenses

    BANGKOK -- U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to impose tariffs on steel imports has spurred Thailand to prepare anti-dumping and other safeguards, in the latest sign of a chain reaction of protectionism. The proposed 25% levies have Thai steelm

    March 8, 2018 06:24 pm JST
  • Once a world leader, Asia now trails in women lawmakers

    TOKYO -- Back in 1995, Asia was at the forefront of breaking the political glass ceiling for women. Twenty-three years later, the region has fallen behind the world average.Asia's average proportion of women in parliament -- lower and upper houses c

    March 8, 2018 12:10 pm JST
  • The Philippines talks with Russia about nuclear reactors

    MANILA The Philippines might finally bring Southeast Asia's only nuclear reactor to life, three decades after its completion.Rust and dust cover the interior of the nuclear power plant on the Bataan Peninsula, west of the capital city of Manila. Unu

    March 8, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • China's economic coercion worries retiring US Navy commander

    TOKYO -- When Admiral Scott Swift enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1978, there were no concepts of soft power or smart power. The navy had around 530 active ships, nearly twice the number of today, and mass counted.Forty years later, as he prepares to r

    March 7, 2018 04:05 pm JST
  • South Korean officials to visit Washington with message from North's leader

    SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Two senior South Korean officials who met with North Korea's Kim Jong Un this week will depart for Washington on Thursday to brief U.S. officials on the outcome of their meeting, a South Korean administration official s

    March 7, 2018 12:35 pm JST
  • James D.J. Brown

    Northern Territories issue haunts Japan's leaders

    Whenever Japanese and Russian leaders meet, the issue of what Japan refers to as the Northern Territories is unavoidable. This territorial dispute is the underlying factor in dealings between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President

    March 6, 2018 07:00 am JST
  • Putin, before vote, unveils 'invincible' nuclear weapons to counter West

    MOSCOW (Reuters) -- President Vladimir Putin announced an array of new nuclear weapons on Thursday, in one of his most bellicose speeches in years, saying they could hit almost any point in the world and evade a U.S.-built missile shield.Putin was s

    March 2, 2018 04:48 am JST
  • Philippines considers activating long-dormant reactor

    MANILA -- With plans to spend 8 trillion pesos ($154 billion) on infrastructure projects by 2022, the Philippine government is also considering finally bringing Southeast Asia's only nuclear reactor to life three decades after its completion.Rust an

    March 1, 2018 12:45 pm JST
  • Race on to deliver doping-free Tokyo Olympics

    TOKYO -- The 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, drew to a close on Sunday having produced some iconic sporting moments. But the event has also made it abundantly clear that much work needs to be done in the fight against doping before

    February 27, 2018 12:35 pm JST
  • Trump: US would like talks with Pyongyang but 'we'll see what happens'

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- President Donald Trump said on Monday that the United States, which has been ramping up pressure on North Korea over its nuclear and missile programs, would like to have talks with Pyongyang but only under the right condition

    February 27, 2018 04:47 am JST
  • Thailand and Russia-led bloc to launch free trade talks

    BANGKOK -- Thailand plans to begin talks soon on a free trade agreement with Eurasian Economic Union, a Russian-led trade group, concluding the discussions within a few years, according to Thai government officials.Through the pact, Thailand hopes t

    February 26, 2018 07:11 pm JST
  • Japan to offer technologies to improve Russian manufacturing

    TOKYO -- Japan will provide its advanced technologies to help Russia boost industrial productivity and make better medical services available as part of broader economic cooperation, officials from the two countries agreed Thursday.Japan hopes the c

    February 23, 2018 05:41 am JST
  • US Commerce Department proposes hefty import curbs on steel, aluminum

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The U.S. Commerce Department has recommended that President Donald Trump impose steep curbs on steel and aluminum imports from China and other countries ranging from global and country-specific tariffs to broad import quotas,

    February 17, 2018 09:04 am JST
  • Japan, Russia foreign ministers discuss Abe's Russia visit

    MUNICH (Kyodo) -- Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov discussed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's planned visit to Russia in May in talks in Munich on Friday.According to Japanese government sources, Japan and Rus

    February 17, 2018 01:01 am JST