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  • Japan to fund cancer-screening ventures in Asia, South America

    TOKYO -- The Japanese government will provide funding and other support for domestic companies looking to sell preventive health care equipment and services in emerging markets. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry will select seven proje

    April 19, 2014 05:44 am JST
  • Panasonic to give Southeast Asia more latitude in electronics

    OSAKA -- Panasonic has firmed up plans for assigning headquarters functions to Southeast Asia as early as this summer for consumer electronics operations there. Planning and development of products will be localized, shifting decision-making aut

    April 19, 2014 05:43 am JST
  • Spring Airlines plots high-altitude course with travel savvy

    SHANGHAI/TOKYO -- Nearly a decade after founding China's first low-cost carrier, Spring Airlines Chairman Wang Zhenghua would seem to have his sights set as high as ever. In fact, he wants the company to vault past the competition in China, Japa

    April 19, 2014 05:12 am JST
  • Japanese hybrids going local in China

    TOKYO -- Government subsidies for hybrid cars in China would be a boon for Japanese automakers, which are already moving to lower their prices by shifting production there. At its research and development center in Changshu in eastern China, Toy

    April 19, 2014 04:46 am JST
  • China's Spring Airlines plans major expansion of Japan routes

    SHANGHAI/TOKYO -- If all goes according to plan, Chinese low-cost carrier Spring Airlines will be flying customers to Japan from 20 Chinese cities about five years from now, says Chairman Wang Zhenghua. The airline flies to only four Japanese de

    April 19, 2014 03:43 am JST
  • Alibaba's 80% market share has investors feverish

    SHANGHAI -- Investors are champing at the bit over Alibaba's planned initial public offering, slavering over a company that seized roughly 80% of China's burgeoning e-commerce market by becoming the first to offer consumers a safe way to buy goods o

    April 19, 2014 03:33 am JST
  • Japan's Tomy, China's Huawei Technology to jointly develop toys

    SHENZHEN, China -- Tomy, a leading Japanese toymaker, said Friday that it will collaborate with major Chinese counterpart Huawei Technology to develop and sell toys in China. The duo will develop inexpensive offerings suitable for the Chinese ma

    April 19, 2014 02:19 am JST
  • China readying subsidy for hybrid cars

    BEIJING -- The Chinese government is weighing financial aid for buyers of hybrid cars as a weapon against the country's chronic air pollution. Plug-in hybrids and electric cars already qualify for subsidies in China. The expansion of government

    April 19, 2014 02:00 am JST
  • China's Alibaba seen topping Facebook with upcoming IPO

    SILICON VALLEY -- Anticipation is growing in the stock market that Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding will rake in more cash than any other Internet company, including Facebook, when it goes public in the U.S. Alibaba is preparing to

    April 19, 2014 01:47 am JST
  • Weibo US listing boosts hopes for Alibaba

    HONG KONG -- Weibo, a Chinese company that provides a Twitter-like microblogging service, debuted Thursday on the Nasdaq stock market. The company's stock ended the day 19% above the initial offering price of $17 per American depositary receipt, pro

    April 18, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Some Japan stocks face China slowdown wrath

    TOKYO -- China's gross domestic product for the January-March quarter rose 7.4% compared with a year earlier. It was the lowest increase in a year and a half. Property prices are also declining in the countryside and some other areas. Signs of i

    April 18, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Japan's Bic Camera to offer more affordable smartphones

    TOKYO -- Bic Camera, a leading Japanese electronics retailer, will on Friday begin selling relatively inexpensive smartphones, amid similar moves by competitors. A monthly plan inclusive of the handset price will cost customers just 2,830 yen ($

    April 18, 2014 05:52 am JST
  • Indonesian utility taps Chinese partner for natural gas project

    JAKARTA -- State-owned power provider PLN (Persero) will partner with a Chinese company and others in a project that involves compressing natural gas and shipping it for use at a power plant. PLN will invest $140 million to build, operate and ma

    April 18, 2014 05:50 am JST
  • Sino-American honeymoon holds lessons for Japan

    BEIJING -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang used his address at the Boao Forum for Asia last week to tout plans to connect the Shanghai and Hong Kong stock exchanges, a move that would effectively open up Chinese shares to foreign investment. One audience

    April 18, 2014 04:30 am JST
  • Teijin to set up development center in China

    NANTONG, China -- Japanese fiber and chemicals manufacturer Teijin said Thursday that it will open a facility to develop textile products in the Jiangsu Province city of Nantong. The development center will house equipment to evaluate and analyz

    April 18, 2014 04:06 am JST
  • In rare move, China, Japan, South Korea gang up on smog

    BEIJING -- Working-level environmental officers from Japan, China and South Korea met here recently to discuss cross-border air pollution, kicking off the first such talks among the three neighbors, which have long been mired in historical and terri

    April 18, 2014 03:30 am JST
  • Malaysia stands firm on TPP ahead of Obama visit

    KUALA LUMPUR -- U.S. President Barack Obama hopes to make headway on Trans-Pacific Partnership talks during his trip to Malaysia on April 26, but the country aims to use its deepening ties with China for extra leverage. Obama will be the first U

    April 18, 2014 02:59 am JST
  • Tight supplies push up Asian butadiene prices

    TOKYO -- Asian prices of butadiene, a petrochemical product used to make synthetic rubber, are rebounding as regularly scheduled petrochemical plant maintenance in Japan and Taiwan reduces supplies. The spot price was recently around $1,380 per

    April 18, 2014 02:02 am JST
  • Fast Retailing's biggest threat: higher labor costs abroad

    TOKYO -- With Fast Retailing cutting its earnings forecast due to rising personnel costs at its Japanese segment, investors are worried that the company behind the Uniqlo casual fashion brand may face a similar scenario overseas, where it has been a

    April 18, 2014 12:26 am JST
  • China Unicom sells 'biggest' dim sum bond

    HONG KONG -- China Unicom, one of the country's leading mobile carriers, issued 4 billion yuan ($643 million) in bonds Wednesday in what it called the largest sale of yuan-denominated debt in the offshore market. The offering of a three-year note

    April 17, 2014 11:35 pm JST