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"I am more determined than ever to survive in China in any way I can." -- Akinori Fukuda, 53

Why Japanese businessmen call China "home sweet home"

GUANGZHOU -- China's slowing economy and increased military and other activity near the disputed Senkaku Islands -- called the Diaoyu in Chinese -- have soured many Japanese on the country. But some Japanese businessmen happily call the neighboring ...

  • Arnold Palmer dies at 87, made golf popular for masses

    Arnold Palmer brought a country club sport to the masses with a hard-charging style, charisma and a commoner's touch. At ease with both presidents and the golfing public, and on a first-name basis with both, "The King" died Sunday in Pittsburgh. He w...

  • Component makers go upscale in Asia as mass market sags

    TOKYO -- Asia's tech component makers are shifting their focus to premium parts as prices of mass-market displays and memory chips plummet -- a development pushing some companies into other fields entirely.

  • Young Vietnamese-Americans returning to a new land of opportunity

    HO CHI MINH CITY -- "We spent everything to get the family to the U.S., and now you're going to back?!" Esther Nguyen's mother made her feelings abundantly clear when she heard of her daughter's plans to set up shop in the old country.Esther is part ...

  • Japanese carmakers catering to US drivers with bigger vehicles

    TOKYO -- Japan's auto industry is shifting its U.S. export focus to large vehicles to better reflect today's market preferences. Toyota Motor will freeze its plan to make more Prius hybrids in Japan and ramp up exports of less fuel-efficient but popu...

  • Yahoo Japan eyes 4-day workweek for all its employees

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Yahoo Japan Corp. is considering introducing a four-day workweek for all its 5,800 employees, sources familiar with the matter said Saturday.The subsidiary of SoftBank Group Corp. plans to implement the system in stages over several ...

  • Pegatron chairman: iPhone 7 demand beating forecasts

    TAIPEI -- The head of a key iPhone assembler in Taiwan has hinted at better than expected demand for the latest smartphone offering by Apple Inc., while expressing doubt that a recent product recall for market rival Samsung Electronics would boost Ap...

  • Thailand's stray dogs become social media hounds

    BANGKOK -- Thailand's stray dogs are an enormous problem. According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, which recently reported 758,446 in a total canine population of 7,380,810 -- nearly 10.3%. In Bangkok alone, there were 141,455 stray...

  • Mongolians warming up to ATMs

    ULAANBAATAR -- As more Mongolians begin to settle in urban areas and open bank accounts, Japan-made ATMs are increasing their market share.Mongolia's Khan Bank, the nation's largest commercial bank, has installed 486 ATMs made by Hitachi-Omron Termin...

  • Elite South Korean school has free rein to turn out innovators

    SEOUL -- KAIST is a household name in South Korea. Now the tech school, which operates outside the regular education system, is gaining global renown.

  • How to create companies that motivate Chinese workers

    Mizuno Consultancy Holdings, the company I founded in 2008, has eight subsidiaries in six locations, offering consulting services to Japanese clients who want to develop businesses in China and Southeast Asia. Over time, I have come to embrace a syst...

  • Sony, Wanda team up in China movie business

    DALIAN, China/TOKYO -- Sony is set to spread its Hollywood films across China through an alliance with the country's largest theater operator.

  • Delivery service great for workers, not so profitable for drivers

    JAKARTA -- A motorcycle delivery service here has been saving office workers from having to step out into Indonesia's stifling midday temperatures to compete for a seat at a crowded sidewalk kitchen.Karen, a 27-year-old working in central Jakarta, or...

  • Southeast Asian countries urged to boost aviation infrastructure

    SINGAPORE -- The new head of the International Air Transport Association urged Southeast Asian countries to accelerate investments for aviation infrastructure.Alexandre de Juniac, the director general and CEO of the IATA, said that infrastructure "is...

  • India offers solution to Japan's IT talent shortage

    TOKYO -- Artificial intelligence has emerged as the next big thing in the information technology sector, but how can Japanese companies compete with Apple, Facebook and other titans for talent when Silicon Valley engineers are paid double their count...

  • Tourism expo spotlights charms of old Japan

    TOKYO -- Festive food stalls showcasing traditional Japanese culture enlivened the capital's Nihonbashi district Thursday as part of a major tourism exposition promoting vacation spots at home and abroad.Tourism Expo Japan celebrated the end of its o...

  • With iPhone 7 hopes low, Japanese parts makers pin hopes on China

    TOKYO -- With expectations low for a boost to orders after the release of the iPhone 7, Japan's electronics component makers are pinning their hopes on Chinese smartphones, but the yen's appreciation against the dollar may throw a spanner in the work...

  • Luxury Japanese fruits fetch bushels of cash in greater China

    TOKYO -- Consumers in the greater China region are snapping up premium Japanese fruits -- and paying a premium for them.The region is in the midst of a holiday period, during which people traditionally exchange gifts. This includes the Mid-Autumn Fes...

  • India eyes strategic energy assets overseas

    NEW DELHI -- Seeking to enhance its strategic presence and secure energy sources, India is making major investments in the hydrocarbon sector abroad, with the latest being its acquisition of a substantial stake in a key Russian oil field.

  • In a more fractured world, smart global companies go local

    In a world where culture, politics and economics remain stubbornly local, global companies must be part of the communities where they operate.