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Anonymous Analytics has released reports targeting Chinese companies listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Hackers turn stock advisers as Anonymous targets China Inc.

HONG KONG -- Having made a name for itself with high-profile cyberattacks on government offices and businesses, international hacker network Anonymous is now taking on the role of investment adviser. Recently, its targets have included a growing numb...

  • Robot makers surf automation wave in Southeast Asia

    TOKYO/BANGKOK -- Surging wages in Southeast Asia have local manufacturers increasingly seeking relief in the form of factory automation. The trend has industrial robot makers rubbing their hands together in anticipation that the region will follow in...

  • Corporate Japan opening up to outside directors

    TOKYO -- In the nearly one year since Japan adopted a new corporate governance code, outside directors have become a sizable presence in boardrooms, ideally bringing a shareholder perspective to decision-making.Introduced last June, the code urges co...

  • Japan companies set more capital free by cutting ties

    TOKYO -- Listed Japanese companies reaped more than 1.2 trillion yen ($10.9 billion) in capital gains on securities sold in the year ended March 31 -- the most in nine years -- as they continued to unwind cross-shareholding ties.NTT Data's 15.2 billi...

  • Japanese businesses retreating from takeover defenses

    TOKYO -- More Japanese companies are abandoning takeover defenses, which foreign investors and other critics say encourage undisciplined management.Twenty-seven companies have said so far this year that they will withdraw measures meant to thwart hos...

  • Japan's shipbuilders going green for future growth

    TOKYO -- Shipbuilders in Japan are developing a wave of environmentally friendly models in hopes of securing future earnings as orders for bulk carriers wane.Kawasaki Heavy Industries soon will introduce midsize refueling ships that can carry 2,000 c...

  • India moves from lead noodles to carcinogenic bread

    MUMBAI -- After an epic legal row last year over suspected lead and undisclosed monosodium glutamate content in foreign noodles, India's latest health worry is carcinogenic dough.A study by the Center for Science and Environment (CSE) has detected ha...

  • Move over potato chips, here come Thai seaweed snacks

    BANGKOK -- Seaweed is a staple ingredient in South Korea and Japan, and now this nutritious, fiber-rich food is gaining popularity in Thailand as a crispy, savory snack.The chip-like snack is a creation of Taokaenoi Food & Marketing, founded by Itthi...

  • Amazon snuggling up to Japan's game developers

    TOKYO -- Amazon.com will hold a three-day event here starting Tuesday to forge closer ties with Japanese developers of games for smartphones.Some 90 executives from Amazon bases around the world, including the U.S., Europe and China, will mingle with...

  • US, Vietnam can trade arms after Obama visit

    HO CHI MINH CITY -- President Barack Obama kicked off his historic visit to Vietnam by announcing the lifting of a 41-year-old arms embargo dating from the end of the Vietnam War in 1975, and also visited the home of Ho Chi Minh, the communist leader...

  • Regulator's credulity also to blame for Japan's auto scandals

    TOKYO -- The auto industry in Japan is mired in scandal. Following revelations of manipulation of fuel economy data by Mitsubishi Motors, Suzuki Motor recently admitted that it used mileage tests that were not approved by the Ministry of Land, Infras...

  • Creativity the key to reinventing management

    TOKYO -- Nendo, a Tokyo-based design studio, was possibly the last place Yuichi Murakami imagined he would turn to when he was struggling to map out new product and business strategies for his cake shops.Murakami, the 43-year-old president of Flander...

  • Manufacturers in Japan hold bonuses in check

    TOKYO -- Summer bonuses in Japan are expected to increase 1.98% on average in 2016, climbing for the fourth straight year, according to a Nikkei Inc. survey.Bonuses will average 846,478 yen ($7,685) overall: 921,768 yen at manufacturers and 537,973 y...

  • Hong Kong transit operators jostle for growth

    HONG KONG -- A rapidly aging population and intensifying competition are turning up the heat on Hong Kong's public transit operators.Hong Kong Tramways, which has operated the island's iconic tram system for more than 110 years, introduced an open-to...

  • As China slows, Swiss watchmakers cut jobs

    GENEVA -- Swiss watchmakers are increasing shedding workers. Exports of their luxurious watches are slowing as Chinese consumers are buying less, and a stronger currency is also hurting their business. Cuts have been made mostly in administrative job...

  • Vietnam leathers up for big bikes

    HO CHI MINH CITY -- At work, Minh Tri is executive director of a media company; at leisure, he rides a BMW R1200 GS with some 100 other bikers belonging to the BMW Riders Saigon pack.Tri lives motorbikes. He recently forked out $35,000 for a limited ...

  • Looming clouds over India's auto market dent projections

    TOKYO -- India's auto market is showing signs of recovery, with passenger vehicle sales in fiscal 2015 that ended in March posting 7.2% year-on-year growth to about 2.79 million vehicles. But storm clouds are quickly approaching. The government has p...

  • Companies, Japanese schools team on longer internships

    TOKYO -- Seventeen companies will partner with 11 Japanese universities and technical institutes to recruit candidates who will serve long-term internships in a bid to cultivate strong, loyal workers and boost Japan Inc.'s global advantage.The intern...

  • Japan IT companies flock to regional cities for lower rents

    TOKYO -- Information technology companies are increasingly opening locations in Japan's regional cities to take advantage of cheaper rents and greater ease in hiring personnel.In Fukuoka, major companies are one after another relocating operations to...

  • Vietnamese companies, government beefing up food safety measures

    HANOI -- Vietnamese companies and government are strengthening food safety measures to address a spate of food fraud.Vietnam Dairy Products, better known as Vinamilk, in March spent 300 billion dong ($13.4 million) to open its seventh farm in the cen...