Putin turns up economic heat before Ukraine talks

Apr 10, 2014

Putin turns up economic heat before Ukraine talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin turned up the heat on Ukraine on Wednesday by threatening to demand advance payment for gas supplies, a move designed to exert economic pressure as Ukraine confronts possible bankruptcy, a mutiny by pro-Russian separatists in the east and a Russian ...

Apr 8, 2014

February current account rebounds for first surplus in five months

The nation’s current account rebounded into surplus in February from a record deficit the previous month as income from overseas investments outweighed deficits in trade and services. The ¥613 billion surplus was the first in five months, the Finance Ministry reported Tuesday. The median ...

Pro-Russians call east Ukraine region independent

Apr 7, 2014

Pro-Russians call east Ukraine region independent

Pro-Russian separatists who seized a provincial administration building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk proclaimed the region independent Monday — an echo of events prior to Russia’s annexation of Crimea. Ukrainian authorities called the move an attempt by Russia to sow unrest. The ...

Abe, Abbott reach FTA agreement

Apr 7, 2014

Abe, Abbott reach FTA agreement

by Mizuho Aoki and Reiji Yoshida

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott agreed on a free trade pact Monday in Tokyo, ending seven years of negotiations. “Today’s general agreement has a historic significance for the two nation’s efforts to establish closer ties,” Abe said during a ...