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Shredded piles of pirated DVDs: Protecting intellectual property in China is easier said than done.

Evolving patent laws

In China, preparing for litigation is a must

TOKYO -- Problems with counterfeit goods, piracy and trademark infringement in China are nothing new. What is new in regard to intellectual property rights is the rapid rise in patent disputes. While most of these disputes are between Chinese com...

  • Mitsubishi Motors beefing up

    GM closing 2-year-old Indonesian plant

    JAKARTA/TOKYO -- Automakers are restructuring their operations in Indonesia, taking different tacks in Southeast Asia's largest new-car market. General Motors will end production of Chevrolet vehicles in the country, closing down a plant it had r...

  • Bitcoins

    Cryptocurrency increasingly popular for payments, purchases

    TOKYO -- Bitcoin is once again a talking point. Just one year after the Mt. Gox exchange filed for bankruptcy protection under the fast-track Civil Rehabilitation Law at the end of February 2014, conversations about the cryptocurrency are more soundi...

  • Video streaming behind move

    Japanese companies to release Android-based TVs in US

    TOKYO -- This spring, Japanese consumer electronics makers will roll out TVs in the U.S. that use open-source operating systems like Google's Android. Devices using these systems are more Internet-friendly, and TVs these days do more than receive bro...

  • Japan labor talks

    Electronics groups may agree to 3,000 yen raise

    TOKYO -- The battle lines are being drawn in this year's wage negotiations between big Japanese electronics groups and trade unions, and it appears the fight could be decided around 3,000 yen ($25) -- the minimum raise in base monthly pay that labor ...

  • Asian airports

    Narita fights for business with landing fee discounts

    TOKYO -- Discount duels between airlines are nothing new. But airports also have rivalries. Japan's Narita International Airport is cutting fees in hopes of keeping up with the competition in Asia. From April, airlines new to the Tokyo hub will p...

  • Expanding the audience

    Japanese booksellers, publishers to offer e-books at bookstores

    TOKYO -- A number of Japanese store operators and publishing houses will join hands to sell e-books in bookstores, aiming to spur demand and compete with Amazon Japan. More than 100 companies are expected to eventually participate. Among the init...

  • Shareholder activism in Japan

    Third Point earns rare plaudits for Fanuc share buyback push

    TOKYO -- Overseas activist shareholders, who take stakes in companies to put pressure on management, are becoming more prominent in Japan. Earlier this month, U.S. hedge fund Third Point bought shares in robot maker Fanuc and urged the company to...

  • Morgan Stanley in $2.6bn mortgage deal

    Morgan Stanley has agreed to settle with the U.S. Department of Justice and pay $2.6 billion over allegations of mis-selling mortgage backed securities before the global financial crisis. Google has decided to unify its two different European uni...

  • Medical tourism in Thailand

    World's 'sex change capital' offers cheap cosmetic spruce-ups, too

    BANGKOK -- Asia is the world's go-to medical tourism destination, and the availability of inexpensive plastic surgery is a big part of the region's allure. When it comes to tummy tucks, nose jobs and other cosmetic fixes, South Korea is the leader. T...

  • Big-spending tourists

    Sales surge across Japan during Chinese New Year

    TOKYO -- Many Japanese retailers enjoyed a surge in tax-free sales during the Chinese New Year holidays, which fell on Feb. 18-24 this year, as tourists breathed new life into what had previously been the country's slow season. The Mitsukoshi Gin...

  • Self-driving cars

    Japanese companies, ministries come together to hasten development

    TOKYO -- Toyota Motor, Honda Motor and other Japanese companies are moving to collaborate on developing the key components of self-driving cars amid international competition, drawing on support from academia as well as the government. Major auto...

  • Come visit us

    Thai travel fair features slew of exhibitors from Japan

    BANGKOK -- Exhibitors from Japan are present in force at this year's Thai International Travel Fair, which opened here Wednesday. The travel fair, the largest of its kind in Thailand, features 940 exhibitors from all over the world, including Sou...

  • Banking in globalized world

    Japan's regional banks follow offshoring clients to Bangkok

    BANGKOK -- Smaller Japanese financial institutions have been rushing to set up shop here, following clients that have moved into Thailand to be part of a major manufacturing hub. As an increasing number of clients ship manufacturing operations ov...

  • Medical tourism

    Asia leads industry worth $55B

    TOKYO/BANGKOK -- Medical care used to be a primarily local affair. Today, it is an increasingly globalized business. Patients are traveling thousands of kilometers to get better or more affordable services than they can find in their own communities....

  • India's online potential

    US Internet giants vie for foothold in fast-growing market

    SILICON VALLEY -- U.S. Internet service juggernauts are diving into the burgeoning Indian market in hopes of staking out territory for future growth. Facebook, the operator of the world's largest social networking site, offers free Internet acces...

  • Better investor communication

    Number of Japanese companies issuing integrated reports almost doubles

    TOKYO -- The introduction of a stewardship code in Japan has prompted more companies to issue integrated reports, which also contain nonfinancial information such as corporate governance, to better communicate with investors. According to the ESG...

  • Creating a golden rule

    Standard launched for wireless home energy management

    TOKYO -- A broad international business alliance has developed a new standard for wireless smart power networks, which allow households to save money by managing the energy consumption of various appliances. Wi-Sun Alliance has about 60 members f...

  • Outsiders in

    Tokyo bourse hopes to infuse boards with fresh thinking

    TOKYO -- The Tokyo Stock Exchange on Tuesday unveiled its own attempt to set higher standards for corporate governance in Japan, with the aim of exposing companies to new ideas for creating value. Going a step further than lawmakers have, the bou...

  • Driven by exports

    Thai auto output rises for first time in 19 months

    BANGKOK -- Automobile production in Thailand rebounded in January with output climbing 2% from a year earlier to 166,260 units, the first positive showing in 19 months. Output of autos destined for export jumped 14% to 106,278 units. Leading the ...