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Kishida renews push for nuclear test ban, eyeing Hiroshima G-7

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida hosted the first leaders-level meeting of six nations pushing for the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty to take effect, part of his efforts to revive global debate on nuclear nonproliferation ahead of the Group of Seven summit in Hiroshima in May.

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Japan's Aeon Mall seeks Chinese startups for accelerator program

Japanese retail developer Aeon Mall is recruiting startups in China for an accelerator program that will provide financial and staffing support, looking to use the best new business ideas and technology to upgrade the group's shopping center business.

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SoftBank's Son faces difficult quest to lift Arm valuation

SoftBank Group is racing to boost the valuation of British chip design unit Arm before taking it public, with SoftBank Chairman and CEO Masayoshi Son himself reaching out to Samsung Electronics to explore a potential tie-up.

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Indonesia's Bukalapak sees small shops powering digital banking

E-commerce company Bukalapak's close ties with Indonesia's ubiquitous small and midsize family-owned warung retail shops will be a strength in the country's increasingly competitive digital banking sector, its president told Nikkei Asia.

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Honda to bring private jets closer to public with rural Japan service

Honda Motor will launch a transportation service that combines its business jets and cars next year in Japan, catering to people traveling to or from rural areas with few options.

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Bhutan reopens with $200 tourist tax in test for sustainable travel

The tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, regarded as one of the world's most exclusive travel destinations, reopens to tourists on Friday after a closure of around two and half years because of COVID-19.

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Malaysia's ruling party chief Zahid cleared in bribery case

A Malaysian high court on Friday acquitted Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, the ruling party's current president and a former deputy prime minister, of 40 charges of corruption and abuse of power a decision that could raise questions about Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob's future as an election candidate.

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Wang Yi: U.S. bill on Taiwan 'fundamentally challenges' China ties

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Thursday delivered a speech in New York in which he warned that proposed new U.S. legislation on Taiwan puts stable relations at risk.

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China real estate crisis spills into property mad Hong Kong

China's property market crisis has spilled across the border to Hong Kong, where investors have joined a ballooning group of homebuyers crying foul over unfinished residential projects.

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BREAKING | Foxconn forms Indonesian JV for EV and battery manufacturing

JAKARTA/TAIPEI - Taiwanese tech group Hon Hai Precision Industry, better known as Foxconn, and Indonesian coal miner Indika Energy on Friday announced the establishment of a joint venture with plans to manufacture batteries and electric vehicles in Indonesia.

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BREAKING | Toyota to terminate auto production in Russia

NAGOYA, Japan -- Toyota Motor on Friday announced that it would stop producing automobiles in Russia, citing difficulties supplying key materials and parts in the country amid the war in Ukraine.

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U.S. lawmakers call for review of Apple plan to use Chinese chips

A group of U.S. senators has asked the intelligence community to analyze the threat posed by Apple's reported plan to adopt Chinese memory chips in its new iPhone 14.

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Taiwanese Americans split on views, emotions as tensions rise

"Taiwan is a country! U.N. for Taiwan!" The chant echoed through the streets as protesters marched in Manhattan holding flags that read, "Keep Taiwan Free."

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Thailand to end COVID-19 emergency in bid to jump-start economy

Thailand will lift a COVID-19 state of emergency that has been in place for two and a half years on Sept. 30, as the Southeast Asian nation downgrades the severity of coronavirus to the same category as the flu.

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U.S. and China discuss need for open lines of communication

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken discussed the importance of maintaining open lines of communication at a meeting on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly on Friday, the State Department said, as tensions continue to simmer over the Taiwan Strait.

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Suzuki to double cars transported by rail in India, cutting emissions

Suzuki Motor is building rail terminals inside two Indian assembly plants, looking to ship out more of its automobiles by train to reduce transport costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

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Asahi Shuzo to build high-quality sake breweries in Japan, U.S.

Asahi Shuzo, the brewer of the Dassai brand of sake, plans to expand its production capacity for high-quality sake in Japan and the U.S.

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Pakistan's IMF loan shows few signs of stopping economic slide

Pakistan faces growing doubts that its International Monetary Fund bailout will spark an economic turnaround, leading some experts to call for more drastic emergency measures.

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Taliban 'not only game in town': U.S. engages Afghanistan from afar

The release of an American hostage in Afghanistan and the announcement of a new initiative for women this week have highlighted an emerging U.S. strategy of multidimensional "remote diplomacy" toward the war-torn country, ruled by a Taliban regime that no government recognizes.

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China's Wang reiterates claim on Taiwan, warns of interference

Beijing remains committed to the reunification of Taiwan, Foreign Minister Wang Yi told the General Assembly on Saturday, saying "only when China is fully reunified can there be true peace across the Taiwan Strait."

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