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Philippine Airlines is pursuing new strategies to survive in an increasingly competitive market.

ANA to begin code-sharing with Philippine Airlines

TOKYO -- All-Nippon Airways and Philippine Airlines will start code-sharing flights between Japan and the Philippines, as well as on some domestic routes, in a move to build up business in the burgeoning Asian market. ANA currently operates a tot...

  • Japan gearing up for flood of tourists over Chinese holiday

    SHANGHAI -- Chinese visitors to Japan over the weeklong holiday period starting next Wednesday are expected to spike this year, with their spending possibly giving the Japanese economy a welcome boost. National Day is one of the two extended Chin...

  • Malaysia's Proton hopes to change direction with new compact car

    TANJUNG MALIM, Malaysia -- Malaysian automaker Proton Holdings began sales Thursday of a new compact car, the Iriz, that features improved fuel efficiency. The Iriz is the company's first new release since former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir...

  • Chinese online shoppers hungry for foreign products

    SHANGHAI -- Some Chinese customers who enjoy online shopping are connoisseurs of imported goods. Some 18 million Chinese shoppers bought foreign-made products online last year, with these purchases totaling 216 billion yuan ($35.1 billion at curr...

  • Japan's consumers spending more on leisure instead of goods

    TOKYO -- Consumer spending on amusement in Japan has fared well of late. This brisk demand has been supported by an increase in foreign visitors to Japan and a trend among Japanese consumers to spend more on experiences over physical goods. A...

  • Malaysia's GrabTaxi expands taxi app across Southeast Asia

    SINGAPORE -- Malaysia-based Internet startup GrabTaxi is taking its taxi booking smartphone app into the rest of Southeast Asia. Many across the region choose reliable companies when taking taxis to avoid crime and fraudulent fares. Not only this...

  • Japan restaurant chains foster skills of foreign workers

    TOKYO -- Faced with growing shortages of labor, some Japanese restaurant operators are turning to foreign part-time workers, hoping some of them can one day help with the companies' overseas expansion. Eat & Co., which operates Chinese eatery cha...

  • Osaka train station building to get prayer room

    OSAKA -- Aiming to welcome more foreign tourists, JR West will give visitors to the commercial complex at its Osaka Station a quiet place to pray. The roughly 30-sq.-meter prayer room -- a first for the Japan Railways group -- will open Oct. 22 o...

  • Tokyo Game Show attracts record 421 exhibitors

    TOKYO -- The Tokyo Game Show 2014 began Thursday at a convention center near Tokyo, with a record 421 companies and organizations from around the world showcasing their latest products and services. The organizer of the four-day event, one of the...

  • Aeon aims to win over Southeast Asia by replicating Malaysia model

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Since entering Malaysia 30 years ago, Japanese retail giant Aeon has worked tirelessly to build a solid presence in this diverse market, offering products that suit the lifestyles of consumers with different religions and income level...

  • Casio taking Oceanus upscale watches beyond Japanese shores

    TOKYO -- Casio Computer will roll out its solar-powered, radio-synchronized Oceanus wristwatches in Southeast Asia and elsewhere overseas at the end of the year. With its G-Shock series having proved popular in many parts of the world, the Japane...

  • Starbucks to conquer final frontier in Japan: Tottori Prefecture

    TOKYO -- Starbucks Coffee Japan plans to open a store in Tottori Prefecture, the sole remaining Japanese prefecture where the coffee shop operator still lacks a presence. Plans call for launching a street-level location in the city of Tottori aro...

  • Sharp's new air purifiers to target China's affluent

    OSAKA -- Sharp will roll out two high-end air purifiers in China starting next month, part of a push to expand the business there. Featuring golden exteriors chosen by a Chinese designer, the machines will detect and remove the fine particles kno...

  • With new Apples on tree, Japanese wireless carriers gear up for harvest

    TOKYO -- The two new iPhones that Apple unveiled Tuesday in the U.S. will be available for order Friday in Japan and delivered into people's hands here starting Sept. 19. The Apple handsets are already hugely popular in Japan, accounting for half...

  • Kikkoman to lift output of unpasteurized soy sauce 50%

    TOKYO -- Kikkoman is planning a 50% increase in production of soy sauce that does not undergo heat treatment after being pressed. The Japanese company will invest some 1 billion yen ($9.34 million) to install a production line at its plant in Tak...

  • Nissan looks to jolt Chinese market with new electric car

    SHANGHAI -- Nissan Motor's Chinese joint venture released an electric vehicle Wednesday, getting a jump on its Japanese rivals in that promising market. The e30 was developed specifically for the Chinese market under the Venucia brand by Dongfeng...

  • Japanese supermarkets to promote part-timers amid staff shortage

    TOKYO -- Major Japanese supermarkets are implementing new staffing policies to cope with a serious labor shortage, including promoting part-time workers to regular status and recruiting the elderly. Ito-Yokado now employs 36,000 part-timers. It h...

  • McDonald's Japan reports supersized decline in August

    TOKYO -- McDonald's Holdings Japan did not serve the markets a Happy Meal on Tuesday. Jolted by reports in late July that a Chinese supplier had used expired meat to make Chicken McNuggets, the fast-food giant reported that same-store sales plung...

  • Uniqlo operator eyes 2.5 trillion yen sales in 3 years

    TOKYO -- Fast Retailing, the company behind the Uniqlo casual clothing chain, is shooting for sales of 2.5 trillion yen ($23.35 billion) in the year ending August 2017, its leader told group officials and store managers who gathered to hear him Tuesd...

  • 'Gutter oil' from Taiwan sparks regional food scare

    TAIPEI -- Taiwanese officials are struggling to contain an escalating tainted cooking oil scandal that has affected local businesses and already spread to mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau. Taiwan investigators busted Kaohsiung-based oil wholes...