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Working on the railroad a big draw for Japanese companies in India

TOKYO -- With expanding rail infrastructure a key policy objective in India under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Japanese machinery manufacturers are packing their advanced technologies to catch the train. JFE Engineering already has a ticket. It ...

  • Global Net companies see tilted playing field in South Korea

    SEOUL -- South Korea boasts one of the highest Internet and mobile penetration rates in the world. Last year, its citizens ranked behind only the Japanese in terms of spending on the Google Play app store. The country is also the home of the wildly p...

  • Multinationals in China keep close tabs on e-reputations

    DALIAN -- It can take years for a company to build a brand's reputation and earn the trust of its customers. But in an age of digital connectivity, this reputation can be tarnished in minutes. This is especially true in China, the world's largest sma...

  • Interview with Ye Yu, chairwoman, Hill+Knowlton China

    DALIAN, China -- Business success in the Internet age requires more than quality products or services and effective advertising. Companies need to carefully craft their brands, get noticed online, and constantly stay on top of how they are perceived,...

  • Spying suspected at Taiwan's IT majors

    TAIPEI -- Major electronics companies in Taiwan appear to have become the victims of corporate spying, arousing fears they might now lose their competitive edge. The Ministry of Justice is investigating a case involving MediaTek, a developer of c...

  • Tokyo office lessors cater to the little guy

    TOKYO -- Major Japanese real estate companies are homing in on new target customers: budding ventures and individual businesspeople who want some space of their own. Sumitomo Realty & Development is about to open its first shared office facility ...

  • Japan mobile carriers lack decisive factor in attracting new iPhone users

    TOKYO -- Japan's major wireless carriers -- NTT Docomo, KDDI and SoftBank Mobile -- appear to have gotten off to a good start with Apple's new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, unveiled a month ago in Japan. But they are hard up for a decisive factor as th...

  • Japanese brewers seek Asia-Pacific growth for flagship beers

    TOKYO -- Kirin Brewery will start selling its mainstay Ichiban Shibori beer by the keg in Malaysia this fall, while rival Asahi Breweries is getting ready to open an Australian bar showcasing its claim to fame, Super Dry. Both Japanese brewers se...

  • Local banks join in effort to support career women

    TOKYO -- Sixty-four Japanese regional banks will band together to let employees find work at different lenders when their spouses are transferred to another part of the country. The initiative, which comes amid a flurry of proposals for promoting...

  • Energized by maglev project, Japan's bullet train lobby rolls on

    TOKYO -- Japanese railway operators and rolling stock makers talked up their bullet trains' safety record to an international audience Wednesday, seeking an edge in global competition for high-speed rail projects. About 300 people attend the conf...

  • Audi, Mercedes close in on BMW in luxury-car wars

    FRANKFURT, Germany -- BMW's global lead in premium vehicles is eroding amid robust demand for all of the top three marques. BMW's sales rose 9% on the year to 1.32 million vehicles for the January-September period as second-ranked Audi reported 1...

  • Kansai Airport anticipates busiest season ever this winter

    OSAKA -- Flight records are set to fall this winter at Kansai Airport, which is expected to reach 926.5 international takeoffs and landings a week during the peak in March 2015, trouncing the record 916 weekly flights handled this past summer. Th...

  • Thai auto output down 15th straight month in September

    BANGKOK -- Thai automobile production fell 16% from a year earlier to 164,299 vehicles this September, the 15th month in a row of year-on-year declines, according to figures released Wednesday by the Federation of Thai Industries. Thailand is the...

  • Bye-bye to the tuk-tuk? Three-wheelers lose luster in Asia

    MUMBAI/JAKARTA -- Three-wheeled vehicle production appears to be on the wane in Asia as four-wheeled cars and motorcycles become the rides of choice, and because of environmental concerns. India's Crisil Research projects that sales of cargo-carr...

  • Japan's electronic parts makers field record order volumes

    OSAKA -- Japan's major electronic components producers, such as Murata Manufacturing and TDK, have been handling record-high order volumes, propelled by Apple's new iPhone. Orders at six major Japanese manufacturers totaled 1.26 trillion yen ($11...

  • Drugstore market primed for realignment

    TOKYO -- By moving to restructure its drugstore business via the acquisition of Welcia Holdings, Aeon aims to boost profitability in an increasingly cutthroat environment. The company expects group sales to total 7 trillion yen ($64.9 billion) fo...

  • Falling demand, rising costs put squeeze on Japanese papermakers

    TOKYO -- Hit by weaker demand for printing paper and higher prices for materials and fuel, paper companies have resorted to production cuts amid weak prospects for an immediate turnaround. Overall output of printing paper fell 6% on the year in S...

  • Indonesian developers look abroad for new opportunities

    JAKARTA -- Indonesia's major government-affiliated property developers are increasingly planning offshore projects amid intense competition and weakening demand at home. Pembangunan Perumahan is looking to build a residential-commercial complex i...

  • Japan trading houses boost Australia wheat ops

    SYDNEY/JAKARTA -- Japanese trading houses are expanding exports of wheat from Australia to Southeast Asia, where demand for the grain is increasing. Mitsubishi Corp. in July acquired 80% of shares in Olam Grains Australia, which holds a 32.5% st...

  • Taiwan tech companies find China less profitable

    TAIPEI -- A key industry group reported on Monday that Taiwanese businesses operating in China are making less money and encountering more disputes as the economy slows. The survey by the Taiwan Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Associatio...