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  • Russia offers Japan joint-venture proposal for Kurils

    YUZHNO-SAKHALINSK, Russia -- The foreign ministry in Moscow has proposed a new special zone for joint economic activity with Japan on islands administered by Russia, their Russian governor told The Nikkei on Monday.The islands, known as the southern

    June 27, 2017 07:04 am JST
  • Japan takes larger slice of cheese imports after Russian ban

    TOKYO -- Japan's growing presence in the world's cheese market has brought the purchasing power to milk producers for softer prices."Given the rise in raw milk prices, cheese prices could have increased more," a trading house official said of the co

    June 26, 2017 02:22 pm JST
  • Palladium price nears 16-year high

    TOKYO -- The international price of palladium, a precious metal used to purify automobile exhaust, has climbed to its highest territory in about 16 years as emerging-market demand for gasoline vehicles rises and producer countries reduce supply.Pall

    June 24, 2017 05:12 am JST
  • James D.J. Brown: How Moscow's 'look east' policy can help Southeast Asia

    Despite being cut short by a crisis in Mindanao, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's visit to Russia in late May highlighted warming ties between Moscow and some Southeast Asian countries. In total, 10 government-level deals were signed between R

    June 22, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Europe's Telia finds it hard to say goodbye to Asia

    ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- Stung by a corruption scandal over its investment in Uzbekistan, Scandinavian telecommunications company Telia declared in September 2015 that it would make a quick exit from the remainder of its once far-flung investments in A

    June 21, 2017 08:47 pm JST
  • Japan plans summit with US, South Korea on G-20 sidelines

    TOKYO -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters Monday that he hopes to hold a three-way meeting with the leaders of the U.S. and South Korea at next month's Group of 20 summit in Germany, outlining plans for a diplomatic push.Abe plans to speak w

    June 20, 2017 06:13 am JST
  • Jonathan Hillman

    Infrastructure boom offers fresh start on Asian road safety

    It might be the world's deadliest, least known conflict. The latest available figures from the World Health Organization show that road accidents claimed at least 1.25 million lives in 2013, more than twice the death toll from the war in Syria. Nor

    June 17, 2017 09:00 am JST
  • UN launches second round of nuclear ban talks

    UNITED NATIONS -- Delegates from more than 80 countries kicked off a second and possibly final round of negotiations Thursday on an international treaty to ban nuclear weapons, seeking to adopt a final text by the July 7 end of the conference."As we

    June 16, 2017 05:30 am JST
  • Crude prices sag amid doubts over OPEC's influence

    TOKYO -- Crude oil prices have dropped this week in response to several reports that show rising output and lackluster demand, with market players questioning the effectiveness of OPEC's production cuts.The spot price of Dubai crude, the benchmark f

    June 16, 2017 02:51 am JST
  • The SCO welcomes rivals into its fold

    ASTANA/TOKYO India and Pakistan have joined the Shanghai Cooperation Organization as the bloc's first new members in its 16-year history. But while the addition brings the SCO a new level of international relevance, it may also invite internal uphea

    June 15, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • The SCO welcomes rivals into its fold

    ASTANA/TOKYO -- India and Pakistan have joined the Shanghai Cooperation Organization as the bloc's first new members in its 16-year history. But while the addition brings the SCO a new level of international relevance, it may also invite internal up

    June 14, 2017 11:51 pm JST
  • U.S. weighs sanctions on countries doing business with North Korea

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The United States is weighing imposing sanctions on countries that do business with North Korea and looking for ways to revive strained relations with Russia, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday.At a committ

    June 14, 2017 03:08 am JST
  • Asian bloc's expansion may widen cracks between China, Russia

    ASTANA -- The Shanghai Cooperation Organization is set to accept India and Pakistan as full members, a move intended to enhance its influence as an alternative to the West. But with core members China and Russia already on different pages, this grow

    June 9, 2017 04:57 am JST
  • Modi pushes back against protectionism on Europe, Russia trip

    The global uncertainty unleashed by U.S. President Donald Trump has two of Asia's biggest economies going on the diplomatic offensive. For India, the aim is to fight protectionism and continue reaping the benefits of globalization. For China, it is

    June 8, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • UK company Roborace puts the AI in entertainment

    PALO ALTO, U.S. A vehicle that looked more like a winged torpedo on wheels than a car slowly snaked along a racecourse created on blocked-off roads in Paris in late May. Its low-slung body was painted an eye-catching mix of black, white and fluoresc

    June 8, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • James D.J. Brown

    Moscow's 'look east' policies could add muscle to Southeast Asia

    Despite being cut short by a crisis in Mindanao, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's visit to Russia in late May highlighted warming ties between Moscow and some Southeast Asian countries. In total, 10 government-level deals were signed between R

    June 8, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Modi champions globalization on Europe, Russia trip

    NEW DELHI -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has resumed diplomatic activities after a six-month hiatus, visiting three Western European countries and Russia to rally support for globalization and push back against a polarized U.S.-China world o

    June 7, 2017 04:00 pm JST
  • Invisible weapons pose constant threat to cybersecurity

    TOKYO -- Cyberspace is a battlefield where countries, big or small, compete to obtain intelligence to attack others. Last month, it was ordinary citizens and businesses that fell victim to invisible cyber weaponry.An international conference on info

    June 6, 2017 11:19 am JST
  • Russia offers South Korean shipbuilders hope

    SEOUL -- Struggling South Korean shipbuilders are finding opportunities in Russia, with the recent delivery of the world's first icebreaking liquefied natural gas carrier there as well as the launch of a joint venture with a local shipping company.R

    June 5, 2017 09:03 pm JST
  • World Bank says trade, manufacturing to boost 2017 global growth

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The World Bank on Sunday maintained its forecast that global growth will improve to 2.7 percent this year, citing a pickup in manufacturing and trade, improved market confidence and a recovery in commodity prices.The update o

    June 5, 2017 09:10 am JST