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  • Trump discusses North Korea situation with Putin: White House

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. President Trump spoke by phone on Thursday with Russian President Vladimir Putin and the two leaders "discussed working together to resolve the very dangerous situation in North Korea," the White House said in a statemen

    December 15, 2017 10:10 am JST
  • SBI will aid smaller Japanese companies' forays into Russia

    SAPPORO, Japan -- SBI Holdings will expand its Russian operations by helping fellow Japanese companies set up shop in the country.Moscow-based Yar Bank, which became a wholly owned unit of SBI in August, will partner with Hokkaido General Trading be

    December 15, 2017 06:10 am JST
  • Russia's top general warns against US-South Korea exercises

    TOKYO -- Joint military exercises by the U.S. and South Korea are detrimental to resolving the standoff with the North as they create instability in the region, Russia's military chief warned Monday. During his visit to Tokyo, Gen. Valery Gerasimov,

    December 12, 2017 07:51 am JST
  • James D.J. Brown

    Japan woos Russia for its own security

    Valery Gerasimov, chief of the general staff of Russia's armed forces, is visiting Japan this week, in a trip that will raise eyebrows in the U.S. and western European capitals.For Gerasimov is none other than the controversial creator of the "Geras

    December 11, 2017 10:24 am JST
  • Russia says ready to exert influence on North Korea: Ifax

    MOSCOW (Reuters) -- Russia has communication channels with North Korea open and Moscow is ready to exert its influence on Pyongyang, Interfax news agency quoted Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov as saying on Tuesday."We have channels, th

    December 9, 2017 04:06 am JST
  • Forty-nine nations breached North Korea sanctions: report

    TOKYO -- As many as 49 countries have violated United Nations sanctions against North Korea one way or another, according to a recent report from a U.S. think tank. The findings suggest Asian neighbors, including Japan, and other countries still hav

    December 8, 2017 04:58 pm JST
  • Russia Olympics ban brings new headache for South Korea

    SEOUL -- Russia's banishment from the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea is especially bad news for the host country, as the absence of the winter sports giant will likely further erode the games' economic benefits, which have already been

    December 7, 2017 07:14 am JST
  • Defying warnings of unrest, Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital

    WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM (Reuters) -- President Donald Trump abruptly reversed decades of U.S. policy on Wednesday and recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, generating outrage from Palestinians and defying warnings of unrest in the Middle East.

    December 7, 2017 05:30 am JST
  • Russia's Putin, pulling no surprises, says he'll seek re-election

    NIZHNY NOVGOROD/MOSCOW (Reuters) -- President Vladimir Putin confirmed Russia's worst kept political secret on Wednesday, saying he would run for re-election in March 2018 - a contest he seems sure to win comfortably and extend his grip on power int

    December 7, 2017 03:08 am JST
  • Russia banned from the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) -- Russia has been banned from the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics after evidence emerged of an "unprecedented systematic manipulation" of the anti-doping system, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Tue

    December 6, 2017 04:49 am JST
  • Venezuela crisis lets China and Russia maneuver in US backyard

    SAO PAULO -- Venezuela's debt crisis has given China, the troubled country's No. 1 creditor, and Russia a golden opportunity to expand their economic -- and possibly military -- influence in the Americas. The new triangle could have serious strategi

    December 5, 2017 05:00 pm JST
  • Asia-bound tanker rates sink amid weak outlook for crude

    TOKYO -- Charter rates for oil tankers bound for East Asia are falling, as crude prices remain sluggish even with last week's decision by major producers to extend output cuts.The benchmark Worldscale index of rates for very large crude carriers sta

    December 5, 2017 03:46 am JST
  • Willem H. Buiter

    The case for getting rid of high-denomination bank notes

    I previously discussed the merits of going cashless to enable central banks, including the Bank of Japan, to set interest rates at more negative levels. While that may not happen any time soon, eliminating large denomination paper currency notes --

    December 4, 2017 11:30 am JST
  • Trump says US Secretary of State Tillerson not leaving post

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is not leaving, President Donald Trump tweeted on Friday, after U.S. officials on Thursday said the White House had a plan for CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace him."The media has been

    December 2, 2017 06:42 am JST
  • Ex-Trump adviser Flynn pleads guilty on Russia

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Former U.S. national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty on Friday to lying to the FBI about Russia, and ABC News said he was prepared to testify that before taking office President Donald Trump had directed him to

    December 2, 2017 03:18 am JST
  • OPEC, Russia agree oil cut extension to end of 2018

    VIENNA (Reuters) -- OPEC and non-OPEC producers led by Russia agreed on Thursday to extend oil output cuts until the end of 2018 as they try to finish clearing a global glut of crude while signalling a possible early exit from the deal if the market

    December 1, 2017 05:07 am JST
  • Trump considers plan to replace Tillerson with CIA chief: US officials

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. President Donald Trump is considering a plan to oust Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who has had a strained relationship with his boss over North Korea and other issues, senior administration officials said on Thursday

    December 1, 2017 04:09 am JST
  • China's Belt and Road sparks a battle of the breadbaskets

    TOKYO/ALMATY, Kazakhstan China's regionwide infrastructure drive is quickly proving to be a game changer in the grain trade.The shift in the landscape was apparent when the Kazakh agriculture minister visited Beijing in early November. "Kazakhstan i

    November 30, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Coal prices stay high in Asia as Australian industry consolidates

    TOKYO -- Prices of thermal coal used in electric power generation have been riding high in Asia, with spot prices for benchmark Australian coal recently quoted around $95 per ton -- 30% above the 2017 low set in May.The trend largely reflects brisk

    November 29, 2017 09:50 am JST
  • Asia Insight

    China's Belt and Road sparks battle of the breadbaskets

    TOKYO/ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- China's regionwide infrastructure drive is quickly proving to be a game changer in the grain trade.The shift in the landscape was apparent when the Kazakh agriculture minister visited Beijing earlier this month. "Kazakhst

    November 28, 2017 01:07 pm JST