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"Dragon Quest" is returning to the PlayStation after a 10-year hiatus.

Consoles set sights on a comeback at Tokyo Game Show

TOKYO -- Pushed to the sidelines by handhelds and then smartphones, video game consoles seek to regain their former glory at the Tokyo Game Show 2014 opening Thursday. The event comes amid years of decline in Japanese sales of home game systems. ...

  • Japan manufacturers expanding hiring of new high school grads

    TOKYO -- Japanese manufacturers are actively hiring high school students graduating in March 2015, in response to a shortage of factory workers stemming from the recent economic recovery and the cutbacks on hiring in the past few years. According...

  • Boeing, Space X named post-Space Shuttle U.S. astronaut carriers

    WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- NASA said Tuesday it has awarded contracts to Boeing Co. and Space Exploration Technologies Corp., or Space X, to carry astronauts to and from the International Space Station, a move that will end its current reliance on Russia ...

  • French container shipper's deal consolidates East-West alliances

    COLOGNE, Germany -- CMA CGM, the world's No. 3 container-shipping company, is teaming up with smaller peers China Shipping Container Lines and United Arab Shipping Co. to share vessels on busy routes linking Europe, Asia and the U.S. The French c...

  • Japanese drugmakers get serious about tackling dengue

    TOKYO/JAKARTA -- Pharmaceutical companies have largely been unwilling to develop vaccines and treatment for dengue fever, citing small demand due to the disease primarily occurring in emerging nations. But as the disease spreads, with the current out...

  • China Mobile chairman urges Taiwan to co-develop 5G standard

    HSINCHU, Taiwan -- China Mobile Chairman Xi Guohua said Tuesday that mainland China and Taiwan should consider working together on the standard for the next generation of mobile network technologies for global use. Xi's statement came as China is...

  • Star Alliance rivals SkyTeam, oneworld close gap on global sky leader

    NEW YORK -- Three airline groups are intensifying their battle over which will take leadership of the skies. Though Star Alliance has been firmly in the lead, SkyTeam and oneworld are gaining ground by expanding services through the addiction of new ...

  • Is IT powerful enough as driver for sustainable growth?

    TOKYO -- There is an ongoing debate over whether information technology is enough to generate sustainable growth on the levels seen from past innovations. But no matter the strength of IT's economic might, it is already changing the world, including ...

  • Turkish cities becoming crowded with mushrooming malls

    ISTANBUL -- Shopping malls are springing up throughout Turkey, where the surging ranks of middle-class shoppers with rising incomes are snapping up consumer goods, as the nation's per capita gross domestic product has topped $10,000. The com...

  • Japan staff back out on company tabs

    TOKYO -- Japanese companies have recently increased their spending on client entertainment, reviving memories of Japan's bubble era. In addition to the positive effects from Abenomics, the tax system was revised this fiscal year. Large companies ...

  • Government dawdling slows Philippines' infrastructure drive

    MANILA -- SM Group, one of the Philippines' biggest conglomerates, is set to launch a large-scale reclamation project in the Metropolitan Manila. But the government's slow pace on infrastructure development is casting uncertainty over the fate of the...

  • US, emerging markets drive global recovery

    TOKYO -- While Japan's economy limps along, hobbled by a sales tax hike in April, the U.S and emerging economies are performing relatively well, helping drive a global recovery. Chrysler, which merged with Fiat of Italy following the U.S. carmake...

  • Chinese companies seek refuge in altruism amid corruption hunt

    On a weekend in early July, at China Europe International Business School outside Shanghai, about 200 private-sector businesspeople listened eagerly to a lecture by Kizaemon Tsukamoto, president of Japan's Tsukaki Group. In addition to running th...

  • Indonesia, Southeast Asia's hot auto market

    TOKYO -- Japanese automakers are looking to ramp up production in Indonesia. The country this year is expected to overtake Thailand as Southeast Asia's largest auto market. Annual sales of cars there are forecast to reach 2 million units by 2025,...

  • Overseas profits increasingly important to big Japanese companies

    TOKYO -- Big Japanese companies are becoming more reliant on overseas profits. Their combined April-June overseas operating profit hit its highest point for that particular quarter since the 2008 global financial crisis, exceeding their combined ...

  • Dubai developers have big plans, literally, for 2020 expo

    DUBAI -- Property developers in Dubai are going all-out to ensure that, if nothing else, visitors to the world expo there in 2020 will have plenty of cool places to shop and play. Emaar, the emirate's government-affiliated, and largest, property ...

  • Japanese companies returning to expansion mode in China

    SHANGHAI -- Two years after throngs of angry Chinese launched massive anti-Japan demonstrations, their animosity seems to be subsiding, giving Japanese companies the confidence to resume growth in a market of 1.3 billion people. Office supply pro...

  • Now blossoming across Southeast Asia: The vegetable business

    BANGKOK/HANOI -- New vegetable enterprises are emerging in Southeast Asia as incomes rise and consumers increasingly insist on safe, quality produce. The Bolaven plateau in the southeast of Laos is gaining prominence as a cabbage-producing a...

  • Japanese, Indian auto associations join forces

    NEW DELHI -- In its first alliance with a foreign peer, the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association will work to pave the way for Japanese investment and respond to environmental challenges in India. JAMA Chairman Fumihiko Ike and Society of I...

  • China's auto sales rose 4% in August

    SHANGHAI -- Sales of new automobiles in China climbed 4% from a year earlier in August, with weak demand for trucks almost erasing an increase in sales of passenger cars, according to data released on Thursday. The China Association of Automobile...