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  • Asian stocks rise as French election relief boosts risk appetite

    HONG KONG (Nikkei Markets) -- Asian shares edged higher on Monday as risk appetite improved after pro-European Union candidate Emmanuel Macron won the first round of French elections.The Nikkei Asia300 index was up 0.1% at 1,164.65 after rising as m

    April 24, 2017 01:40 pm JST
  • Asian startups step out of Silicon Valley's shadow

    TOKYO/JAKARTA -- Nur Dwi Sasi's daily commute to her workplace in South Jakarta used to be a daunting task. The 47-year-old office worker had to walk in the scorching heat to catch a jam-packed minibus before changing to another, equally crowded bus

    April 20, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Asian startups step out of Silicon Valley's shadow

    TOKYO/JAKARTA Nur Dwi Sasi's daily commute to her workplace in South Jakarta used to be a daunting task. The 47-year-old office worker had to walk in the scorching heat to catch a jam-packed minibus before changing to another, equally crowded bus. T

    April 20, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Beijing hits South Korea in the pocketbook over THAAD

    JEJU/SEOUL, South Korea The pub near the Lotte Hotel on Jeju Island was deserted on the evening of March 16, one day after Chinese authorities banned group tours from visiting South Korea.The owner of the beer hall, simply called Island, is normally

    April 20, 2017 10:00 am JST
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    Asian sports could spark global virtual reality breakthrough

    The sandy shores of Copacabana Beach were thousands of miles away for most sports fans, but many were able to soak up the atmosphere at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games thanks to 300 hours of virtual reality coverage, from beach volleyball to the op

    April 18, 2017 08:57 pm JST
  • Kia Motors plans new Indian plant to capture growing market

    SEOUL -- Kia Motors is planning to build its first production lines in India by 2019, aiming to produce 300,000 small vehicles a year, as part of its global strategy to meet rising demand from the fast-growing market.South Korea's second-largest aut

    April 18, 2017 06:27 pm JST
  • Increased tension on Korean Peninsula driving up the yen

    TOKYO -- The yen is the only major Asian currency that is firming amid growing tensions on the Korean Peninsula, with both the Chinese yuan and the South Korean won weakening.In an about-face on a key campaign pledge, U.S. President Donald Trump has

    April 18, 2017 06:00 pm JST
  • More Samsung Electronics workers opting to stay

    SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics has a reputation for chewing up and spitting out employees after just a few years. But that is starting to change. Since 2010, the average length of employment at the South Korean electronics manufacturer has been increa

    April 18, 2017 12:30 pm JST
  • Nippon Steel's win against leakers sets strong example

    TOKYO -- Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal's successful settlements with South Korea's Posco and individual ex-workers in a corporate espionage case were a win for other Japanese companies as well, since they forged a path for others to follow when deal

    April 18, 2017 04:45 am JST
  • South Korean election campaign focuses on jobs, inequality

    SEOUL -- As South Korea's presidential race got underway Monday, both front-runners laid out similar approaches to economic policy, focusing on tackling the country's widening income inequality and youth unemployment.Democratic Party of Korea candid

    April 18, 2017 04:30 am JST
  • Former Nippon Steel workers pay in Posco secrets case

    TOKYO -- Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal has reached large settlements with about 10 former employees accused of leaking trade secrets to South Korea's Posco, setting an example of a successful crackdown on corporate espionage.Some of the ex-employees

    April 18, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • Samsung retakes crown as most-wanted South Korean employer

    SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics is once again the company that new South Korean university graduates most want to work for, despite a spate of scandals including the arrest of de facto chief Lee Jae-yong, a poll released Monday by job-search website op

    April 17, 2017 11:20 pm JST
  • Tussle over Toshiba chip unit heats up as field thins

    TOKYO -- Though Toshiba has begun narrowing down the candidates to acquire its memory unit, no favorite has emerged, and the remaining players are doing all they can to gain an edge.About 10 enterprises participated in the first round of bidding for

    April 15, 2017 05:00 am JST
  • South Korea police search Samsung Group building after explosives report

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- South Korean police said on Friday they had sent a response team to a Samsung Group office building in southern Seoul following a report of explosives being planted inside.The headquarters of Samsung Life Insurance in Seocho was e

    April 14, 2017 02:15 pm JST
  • Hyundai, Kia to fall far short of China sales target on political row -report

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors expect it will be difficult to sell 1 million vehicles in China this year due to political tension - a figure that is around half their initial target, the Aju Business Daily quoted an executive as say

    April 14, 2017 11:58 am JST
  • Hyundai Heavy to halt South Korean shipyard

    SEOUL -- Hyundai Heavy Industries, South Korea's largest shipbuilder, will suspend operations at its shipyard in Gunsan amid a slowdown in orders for tankers and other vessels that looks unlikely to improve anytime soon, it was learned Thursday.The

    April 14, 2017 04:10 am JST
  • Race for primacy in self-driving cars heats up in Asia

    TOKYO -- Japan's push to become Asia's leader in self-driving cars got a boost Thursday, when the authorities unofficially approved the testing of driverless cars on public roads.The rules, released the same day by the National Police Agency, will o

    April 13, 2017 09:40 pm JST
  • Samsung posts strong earnings despite chief's arrest, Note7 fiasco

    SEOUL Even as the Note7 smartphone fiasco and the arrest of top executive Lee Jae-yong loom over Samsung Electronics, the South Korean technology group has turned in its second-highest quarterly operating profit on the back of its hot-selling memory

    April 13, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • South Korea's export recovery is on thin ice

    HONG KONG Despite a sustained rebound in exports since November, South Korea's manufacturing ended the first quarter with even more contraction, thanks to a souring relationship with its biggest trading partner China and political uncertainty at hom

    April 13, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • South Korea's export recovery is on thin ice

    HONG KONG -- Despite a sustained rebound in exports since November, South Korea's manufacturing ended the first quarter with even more contraction, thanks to a souring relationship with its biggest trading partner China and political uncertainty at

    April 12, 2017 06:30 pm JST