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  • Now North Korean diplomat heads to Finland amid new diplomatic flurry

    SEOUL/BEIJING (Reuters) -- A senior North Korean diplomat left for Finland on Sunday for talks with former U.S. and South Korean officials, Yonhap News Agency reported, amid a series of diplomatic encounters ahead of a possible U.S.-North Korean sum

    March 18, 2018 07:09 pm JST
  • Sweden, North Korea talks end, may help pave way for Trump-Kim encounter

    STOCKHOLM (Reuters) -- The North Korean and Swedish foreign ministers ended three days of talks on Saturday on the security situation on the Korean peninsula which may help prepare the way for a planned meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump an

    March 18, 2018 07:24 am JST
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    Micron unruffled by rise of Chinese chipmakers

    TOKYO -- Chinese memory chip manufacturers pose no serious threat yet to established players, Micron Technology CEO Sanjay Mehrotra said, citing high barriers to entry for aspiring global suppliers.China's state-owned Tsinghua Unigroup has strengthe

    March 18, 2018 02:00 am JST
  • Trump signs US-Taiwan travel bill that China has opposed

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- President Donald Trump on Friday signed legislation that would allow U.S. officials to travel to Taiwan to meet their Taiwanese counterparts, a move certain to anger China, which views Taiwan as a wayward province.The bill, w

    March 17, 2018 08:30 am JST
  • Trump negotiating with several countries over tariffs: White House

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- President Donald Trump is negotiating with a number of countries over the possibility of providing exemptions to new U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, the White House said on Friday."He's ... working with a number o

    March 17, 2018 08:24 am JST
  • Global trade surpasses economic growth for first time in 6 years

    TOKYO -- The volume of global trade grew faster than the world economy in 2017 for the first time in six years, as rising demand for semiconductors added fuel to the industry's far-reaching supply chains, thereby ending a period in which global trad

    March 17, 2018 06:50 am JST
  • Wall St advances on strong industrial data but posts weekly losses

    NEW YORK (Reuters) -- The S&P 500 and the Dow Industrials rose on Friday, boosted by strong industrial output numbers, though all three of Wall Street's major indexes posted losses for the week.February industrial production jumped 1.1 percent, the

    March 17, 2018 06:34 am JST
  • North Korea must agree to nuclear inspections, Abe tells Moon

    TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told South Korean President Moon Jae-in Friday that North Korea must take concrete steps toward scrapping its nuclear program, such as submitting to inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency.In

    March 17, 2018 03:16 am JST
  • Nuclear-free North Korea is nonnegotiable, Moon tells Trump

    SEOUL -- South Korea will not compromise with North Korea on denuclearization, President Moon Jae-in told U.S. counterpart Donald Trump by telephone Friday in a likely attempt to ease American concerns over Seoul relaxing pressure on Pyongyang.Moon

    March 17, 2018 03:09 am JST
  • South Korea seeks high-level talks with the North this month

    SEOUL -- South Korea said Friday that it will propose holding high-level talks with North Korea within the month to lay the groundwork for their summit meeting slated for late April.The summit -- preceding a separate, historic one expected by May be

    March 17, 2018 02:50 am JST
  • Toys 'R' Us-Japan soldiers on even as US parent liquidates

    NEW YORK/TOKYO -- Geoffrey the Giraffe, the Toys "R" Us mascot, will continue to greet kids and parents as usual in Japan -- at least for now -- even as the once-mighty U.S.-based retailer is shuttering its domestic stores.Toys "R" Us-Japan has cont

    March 17, 2018 12:34 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
  • Former Qualcomm chairman seeks funding for buyout

    SAN FRANCISCO/NEW ORLEANS, U.S./HELSINKI (Financial Times) -- Paul Jacobs, the recently demoted chairman of Qualcomm, has approached several global investors in an effort to acquire the $90bn chipmaker founded by his father, in what would be one of

    March 16, 2018 02:49 pm JST
  • Trump has decided to remove his national security adviser: Washington Post

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. President Donald Trump has decided to replace his national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, but the move is not expected to be made immediately, the Washington Post reported on Thursday.Citing five people with knowledge

    March 16, 2018 12:55 pm JST
  • Transporting natural gas by train: the greener way to go

    TOKYO -- Japan Petroleum Exploration is promoting rail transport as an environmentally friendly way to distribute liquefied natural gas in the U.S. and Europe, which have extensive track networks.The company, known as Japex, says its method of combi

    March 16, 2018 12:35 pm JST
  • Samsonite US manufacturing plan faces labor shortage

    HONG KONG -- Samsonite's plan to relocate some of its manufacturing activities to the U.S. is facing a challenge due to a shortage of skilled workers."You can get everything but you can't get people. Without people, factories won't work," chief exec

    March 16, 2018 11:57 am JST
  • With Qualcomm behind it, Broadcom looks to smaller deals

    Broadcom Ltd on Thursday said it was likely to pursue smaller acquisitions of chipmakers after its failed hostile takeover bid to acquire rival Qualcomm Inc and said that its smart phone chip business would see a drop in demand this quarter from a N

    March 16, 2018 11:39 am JST
  • US to seek 'like-minded' G20 countries to counter China: Treasury official

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The Trump administration will seek to work with "like-minded" countries at the Group of 20 finance leaders meeting early next week in Argentina to push back against China's state subsidies and investment policies, a senior U.

    March 16, 2018 10:58 am JST
  • S&P falls for 4th day as Mueller subpoena weighs

    NEW YORK (Reuters) -- The S&P 500 ended slightly lower on Thursday after a report that U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller had issued a subpoena for documents related to U.S. President Donald Trump's businesses offset strong jobs and manufacturing d

    March 16, 2018 06:37 am JST
  • White House brings in another China hawk in Kudlow

    WASHINGTON/BEIJING -- U.S. President Donald Trump has chosen Larry Kudlow, a vocal critic of China's trade policies and intellectual property violations, as his top economic adviser, in yet another sign that the White House is pursuing a harder line

    March 16, 2018 05:31 am JST