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  • Japan, US, South Korea agree to add pressure on Pyongyang

    SEOUL -- Senior diplomats from Japan, South Korea and the U.S. agreed to increase pressure on North Korea at their meeting here Wednesday, reaffirming close cooperation in dealing with Pyongyang's nuclear and missile provocation. Shinsuke Sugiyama,

    October 19, 2017 01:58 am JST
  • US to extend nuclear cooperation deal with Japan: official

    TOKYO -- U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette on Wednesday expressed his country's intention to extend the current nuclear cooperation agreement with Japan, which is due to expire next summer, without renegotiating it.In an interview with

    October 18, 2017 06:26 pm JST
  • Clinton calls on China to tighten sanctions on North Korea

    SEOUL -- Hillary Clinton has said that China should play a more active role in pressuring North Korea, arguing it would help the isolated country return to the negotiation table over its nuclear program.The former U.S. Secretary of State called for

    October 18, 2017 03:57 pm JST
  • Japan election shines harsh light on gender gap

    TOKYO -- Japan's general election on Sunday will likely spotlight not only the staying power of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, but also the nagging gender gap that plagues the country.Although the fleeting possibility of having a first female prime mini

    October 18, 2017 03:43 pm JST
  • Cover story

    Will Hong Kong spark a race to the bottom in IPO rules?

    HONG KONG -- Jack Ma Yun dealt Hong Kong's stock exchange a blow that it still hasn't recovered from when he chose New York for Alibaba's initial public offering in 2014, giving the Big Apple bragging rights to hosting the largest-ever technology li

    October 18, 2017 02:16 pm JST
  • Initial coin offerings: investing's wild frontier

    BANGKOK -- Initial coin offerings, the hot new online crowdfunding method, differ in many ways from initial public offerings. But both pose a similar dilemma for regulators the world over: How to create rules that are not so lax as to invite fraud,

    October 18, 2017 02:16 pm JST
  • Keith B. Richburg

    China ascendant, US floundering

    Chinese President Xi Jinping could not have written a better script.As China begins its 19th Communist Party Congress, with Xi set to be anointed to a second five-year term and cement his uncontested control, the Chinese leader is perfectly poised t

    October 18, 2017 12:55 pm JST
  • US Justice Department seeks documents on Kobe Steel scandal

    TOKYO -- As new revelations showed routine misreporting of quality data at Kobe Steel, the Japanese group said Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Justice had asked it to provide technical documents on certain products sold in the U.S. through its s

    October 18, 2017 12:21 pm JST
  • US SEC charges Rio Tinto, former top executives with fraud

    NEW YORK (Reuters) -- The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday charged mining company Rio Tinto Plc and two of its former top executives with fraud, saying they inflated the value of coal assets in Mozambique acquired for $3.7 billion

    October 18, 2017 11:49 am JST
  • China Treasury holdings highest since July 2016: US Treasury data

    NEW YORK (Reuters) -- China's holdings of Treasuries in August rose to their highest since July 2016, data from the Treasury Department showed on Tuesday, with some analysts saying the Chinese government was probably buying U.S. government debt to s

    October 18, 2017 07:18 am JST
  • Trump administration again declines to name China currency manipulator

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Washington on Tuesday declined to name China as a currency manipulator although it remained critical of the Chinese government's economic policies ahead of a planned visit to Beijing by President Donald Trump.The semi-annual

    October 18, 2017 07:08 am JST
  • Interview

    BHP sees shiny future for copper

    TOKYO -- To the layperson, copper may lack the glamour of gold and the shine of silver. But to the world's largest mining company, BHP Billiton, humble copper is precious indeed.In an interview with the Nikkei Asian Review, Arnoud Balhuizen, the Aus

    October 18, 2017 07:00 am JST
  • Dow pierces 23,000 but finishes below milestone

    NEW YORK (Reuters) -- The Dow Jones Industrial Average briefly broke above the 23,000-point mark for the first time on Tuesday, driven by strong earnings from UnitedHealth and Johnson & Johnson, but finished the session just below that milestone.The

    October 18, 2017 05:49 am JST
  • 'Many people will die' as North Korean sanctions bite, defector says

    NEW YORK -- North Korean trade has been "completely blocked" by U.S.-led sanctions, a former senior economic official for the rogue nation told an audience here Monday, voicing doubts about the economy's ability to hold up under international pressu

    October 18, 2017 05:44 am JST
  • Seoul to host 3-way talks on North Korea

    TOKYO -- Senior diplomats from Japan, the U.S. and South Korea will meet Wednesday in Seoul to discuss ways of resolving the North Korean missile and nuclear threats.Kenji Kanasugi, head of the Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau at Japan's Ministry o

    October 18, 2017 04:41 am JST
  • Demanding trade pact, US dials up pressure on Japan

    WASHINGTON -- The U.S. has begun pushing outright for free trade talks with Japan, leaving officials in Tokyo scrambling to prepare for what could be an uphill battle with Washington over agriculture and automobiles.Vice President Mike Pence informe

    October 18, 2017 04:20 am JST
  • North Korea renews threats as US, South stage drills

    WASHINGTON -- The latest round of military exercises by America and South Korea or U.S. President Donald Trump's tour of Asia next month could form the backdrop for a new show of force by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.Pyongyang could test a ballis

    October 18, 2017 02:56 am JST
  • Trump likely to name Fed chair by early November: source familiar

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. President Donald Trump has a pool of five candidates to choose from for the next chair of the Federal Reserve and is likely to announce his choice before going to Asia in early November, a source familiar with the situat

    October 18, 2017 02:30 am JST
  • Dow tops 23,000-mark for the first time on strong earnings

    New York (Reuters) -- The Dow Jones Industrial Average breached the 23,000-mark for the first time on Tuesday, powered by strong earnings from UnitedHealth and Johnson & Johnson.The blue-chip index has surpassed four similar 1,000-point milestones t

    October 18, 2017 02:23 am JST
  • Japan's Mizuho combining US banking, trust banking units

    TOKYO -- Mizuho Financial Group is poised to merge its American banking and trust banking units as soon as this year, consolidating duplicate functions and putting freed-up staff to work on sales.The Japanese megabank is currently seeking permission

    October 18, 2017 12:46 am JST