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Innolux says Taiwan lacks state help to build OLED technology

TAIPEI -- Leading Taiwanese panel-maker Innolux said Wednesday that local companies cannot afford to compete with China and South Korea in building better and more advanced displays due to a lack of financial support from the government. Innolux Chai...

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    Chinese refiners chip away at Japan's competitive edge

    TOKYO -- Japanese oil refiners are losing their competitive edge in the export market as Chinese rivals improve the quality of their products.Tougher environmental regulations have spurred Chinese refiners to raise their quality levels. Capacity at t...

  • Mobile payment rides tourism wave from China to Japan

    SHANGHAI -- Japanese retailers are rushing to adopt smartphone-based payment systems to court Chinese tourists, who have embraced this easy, reliable method of shopping.At many stores in China, shoppers can pay by scanning unique QR (Quick Response) ...

  • LCC alliance headache for ANA Holdings

    Vanilla Air's participation in Asia's new budget airline alliance could become the source of numerous conflicts of interest for parent company ANA Holdings.

  • Farm equipment makers eye expanding Chinese co-ops

    TOKYO -- Japanese agricultural machinery maker Kubota and its domestic and foreign rivals are looking to tap rising demand in China, where farm cooperatives are deploying larger machines for efficiency.The sun had nearly set on Chongming Island at th...

  • ASEAN trade beckons strict food safety measures

    HANOI -- Rising income levels and increased cross-border trade in Southeast Asia are seeing a corresponding rise in stronger food safety measures in many countries in the region, including hefty fines on violators.

  • Ice-skating, but not as we know it

    The tropical heat and humidity of Malaysia is probably one of the last places on earth one would expect to see people gliding around a skating rink, but innovative new technology from Germany is helping to change that.The white rink on the top floor ...

  • Governance-minded Japan Inc. shuns corporate officers

    TOKYO -- Nearly two decades after Sony introduced corporate officers to Japan in 1997, a growing number of companies are opting out of what had become a well-established system as closer attention to governance exposes its flaws.Modeled after U.S.-st...

  • Corporate Japan already getting in the game for 2020

    TOKYO -- Construction contractors and makers of Olympics-related merchandise are gearing up to capture their share of the economic pick-me-up that the 2020 Tokyo games are seen giving Japan.Official merchandise for the games is already on sale at ret...

  • Japan's shipbuilders look to virtual reality for efficiency

    TOKYO -- Japanese ship manufacturers are enlisting the help of cutting-edge technologies such as virtual reality systems to boost productivity as they aim to take on Chinese and South Korean rivals amid a cooling market.Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuild...

  • Malaysia hails overdue reforms to taxi industry

    KUALA LUMPUR -- The 11-point Taxi Industry Transformation Program (TITP) is set to shake up Malaysia's infamous traditional taxi services, which have acquired a poor image and are subject to declining revenues.Under the liberalization plan, ride-shar...

  • Tokyo Olympic medals to be made from e-waste

    TOKYO -- Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics want to source the gold, silver and bronze to be used in medals from the country's "urban mine"-- the millions of discarded smartphones and other small consumer electronics.

  • Store wars: The battle for the Chinese market

    DALIAN, China -- Despite China's economic slowdown, convenience store sales are rising sharply, and Japanese and Chinese operators are set to fight it out with a huge number of store openings.

  • Innovations could unleash custom manufacturing

    TOKYO -- Engineers in Japan are pursuing innovations in 3-D printing and other technology that could one day make custom manufacturing of industrial parts or semiconductors as cheap as mass production.The Tokyo-based Technology Research Association f...

  • Liverpool not for sale despite Chinese interest - source

    LONDON (Reuters) -- The American owners of Liverpool, one of the most famous teams in English soccer, are not planning to sell, a senior source at the club said on Sunday, after reports that a Chinese-backed consortium wanted to buy a sizeable stake....

  • How a Japanese strawberry gets to Laos

    For fresh fish and fruit wanting to go overseas, it's not easy being from Japan.

  • African market beckons global builders and sellers

    NAIROBI, Kenya/TOKYO -- Companies around the world are locked in fierce competition to cash in on the increasingly promising African market, as they eye a continent of 1.2 billion people, rich in natural resources, as the last economic frontier.While...

  • Southeast Asia entertains its kids with job training

    As the region's middle classes swell and Southeast Asian parents spend more on education, businesses are keeping things amusing.

  • Live streaming soars in China, merchants take note

    SHANGHAI -- Recently I was watching via smartphone a live video of teenage twin sisters broadcasting themselves relaxing between classes. Throughout the broadcast, comments and likes poured in from thousands of viewers. I sent a message to them: "You...

  • Nearly 20% of Japanese workers feel overworked, underpaid: survey

    TOKYO -- Nearly a fifth of Japanese employees feel they are being exploited by their companies, putting in long hours of overtime with little reward, according to a recent survey.Japanese market research company Macromill surveyed workers in their 20...