| Mar 15, 2014

Economy can do without structural reform

by Jochen Legewie

While critics of “Abenomics” begrudgingly agree Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s policy package has been a success so far, they are equally quick to highlight its looming headwinds. They concede that the first two “arrows” of Abe’s economic program, monetary easing and fiscal stimulus, have ...

Mar 6, 2014

Ishiba: Asia needs body like NATO

Japan should aim to create a multilateral security alliance in Asia similar to NATO to help counterbalance China's ongoing military buildup, Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Shigeru Ishiba says.

Feb 6, 2014

Nation's big banks beef up overseas presence with boosted lending

Japan’s big banks are increasing their presence abroad, mainly in Asia, by expanding overseas lending to meet brisk demand for funds. Profit margins from lending operations at home have narrowed due to prolonged ultralow interest rates, while relatively high earnings can be expected on ...

Asia-Pacific cities first to usher in New Year

Dec 31, 2013

Asia-Pacific cities first to usher in New Year

by Rod Mcguirk

Sydney’s iconic opera house and harbor bridge will sparkle with tons of exploding fireworks, while smog concerns have dampened such pyrotechnic displays in at least one polluted Chinese city and Japanese temples will ring 108 times as Asia-Pacific countries become the first to usher ...

Dec 31, 2013

Japan to support road network expansion in Asia

The government is planning to help improve transport connectivity in South and Southeast Asia by renovating existing roads and building new ones, sources familiar with the matter said Monday. The infrastructure support plan, aimed at strengthening economic ties within regions including India and Myanmar, ...

Diaper makers target Asia in challenge to P&G

Nov 18, 2013

Diaper makers target Asia in challenge to P&G

Japanese manufacturers of paper diapers for babies are boosting business in Asian economies outside Japan to attract demand from an expanding class of middle-income earners benefitting from economic growth. Unicharm Corp., the leading disposable diaper maker in Japan, and domestic rivals Kao Corp. and ...