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  • Missile defense still an issue for US, South Korea

    WASHINGTON -- American and South Korean officials have agreed to delay transferring control of joint wartime operations to the government in Seoul until it can better counter the North Korean threat, leaving the topic of missile defense untouched.

    October 25, 2014 05:48 am JST
  • Brand renaissance in China could prove crucial for Sony

    SHANGHAI/TOKYO -- In the global war for consumers, a battered Sony needs a winning strategy for emerging markets, and this could hinge on bolstering its brand in China. The company's steps toward this end provide the backdrop to the three-day So

    October 25, 2014 05:22 am JST
  • Japan finally talking emission reduction target

    TOKYO -- Japan has finally started discussing a greenhouse gas emission reduction target for 2020 and beyond, having fallen behind other major economies such as China, the U.S. and the European Union. The international community is working to es

    October 25, 2014 05:02 am JST
  • China's housing prices continue to head south

    BEIJING -- Housing prices keep sliding in China, with declines spreading beyond glut-ridden regional cities to such metropolises as Beijing and Shanghai, where demand is normally strong. New-home prices fell from the previous month in all but on

    October 25, 2014 04:59 am JST
  • Chinese slowdown taking toll on South Korean economy

    SEOUL -- South Korea is starting to pay the price for its heavy reliance on China as exports to the Asian giant slump. July-September exports slipped 2.6% from the preceding quarter, the sharpest drop since the financial crisis, according to pre

    October 25, 2014 04:18 am JST
  • Asian Development Bank seeks new pastures with public-private partnerships

    MANILA -- The Asian Development Bank is strengthening ties with the private sector to meet the urgent need for infrastructure projects in the region and differentiate itself from the new China-led development bank. Some $8 trillion will be requi

    October 25, 2014 03:56 am JST
  • New development bank a marker of China's greater ambitions

    BEIJING -- The agreement reached Friday to form a China-led development bank signaled the country's drive to carve out a larger role for itself in the international financial order and secure more resources. Twenty-one nations, including China,

    October 25, 2014 03:52 am JST
  • Investors in Chinese stocks seek 'rule of law' plays

    HONG KONG -- China's stock markets seemed generally receptive Friday to a Communist Party statement on strengthening the rule of law, with investors even trying to divine which companies might benefit from administrative and judicial reforms. In

    October 25, 2014 02:43 am JST
  • Ex-Japan PM Fukuda, China's Xi to meet Wednesday in Beijing: sources

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping next Wednesday in Beijing, diplomatic sources said Friday. As chairman of the nongovernmental Boao Forum for Asia, Fukuda will meet with Xi

    October 24, 2014 08:06 pm JST
  • 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

    October 24, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • 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 sm

    October 24, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • China's strategic stockpiling sways global copper market

    TOKYO -- China's veiled yet substantial moves on the copper market are making it difficult for watchers to read the direction of prices. In early October, copper was trading around the $6,600 level per ton on the London Metal Exchange, about a f

    October 24, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • 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

    October 24, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • 21 nations sign accord for China-led development bank

    BEIJING -- A total of 21 countries signed a memorandum of understanding in Beijing on Friday for the establishment of a China-led multinational bank. Representatives from Southeast Asia and the Middle East, as well as China, India and Mongolia,

    October 24, 2014 02:00 pm JST
  • Chinese officials fill shoes of disgraced ex-colleagues

    BEIJING -- A trio of Communist Party officials became full members of its Central Committee on Thursday, replacing predecessors sacked on corruption charges. Jiang Jiemin, former director of the State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration

    October 24, 2014 06:32 am JST
  • Beijing seeks to curb bureaucratic influence

    BEIJING -- China's leadership said Thursday that important reforms should be carried out in accordance with laws, signaling an attempt to combat bureaucratic abuses of power and harness market forces to boost economic efficiency.The meddle classA lo

    October 24, 2014 06:26 am JST
  • Xi touts fairness under law after politically motivated war on graft

    BEIJING -- China's Communist Party seeks to advance the "rule of law," it declared in a communique Thursday that seems as much about tightening internal controls as it is about easing public frustration with capricious legal enforcement. The par

    October 24, 2014 06:23 am JST
  • China holding firm on Hong Kong election

    BEIJING -- China's Communist Party on Thursday pledged to continue ruling Hong Kong under the existing dual-system model, signaling that it will not bow to the demands of the ongoing pro-democracy protests there. China will strive to maintain th

    October 24, 2014 03:47 am JST
  • Itochu to take stake in Vietnamese textile giant

    HO CHI MINH CITY -- Trading house Itochu will invest in Vinatex, Vietnam's largest state-owned textile company, acting ahead of a potential free trade agreement that could boost exports from the country. Itochu will soon acquire about 5% of the

    October 24, 2014 02:00 am JST
  • China's new economic indicator shrouded in mystery

    TOKYO -- About a month ago, the Chinese government proudly announced to the world that it has devised a new indicator to gauge improvement in the "quality of the economy." But China watchers have largely been left in the dark as to what information

    October 24, 2014 01:14 am JST