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  • China probes Baidu over health ads after student's death

    BEIJING -- Leading Chinese internet search engine Baidu faces a government investigation amid the mounting controversy over the company's sponsored medical advertisements, sparked by the death of a university student in mid-April.The Cyberspace Admi

    May 5, 2016 03:33 am JST
  • North Korean saber-rattling bruises Chinese tourism industry

    DALIAN, China -- North Korea's nuclear and missile provocations are harming China's tourism industry, bringing hard times to the biggest Chinese city along the border."Things have really died down since the U.N. sanctions," a woman in her 40s who wo

    May 5, 2016 03:20 am JST
  • Kintetsu World to help Chinese e-tailer speed up delivery

    TOKYO -- Major Japanese air freight company Kintetsu World Express will start handling shipment and customs clearance of Japanese and other imported products for a Chinese online store, slashing delivery times and giving the seller an edge over riva

    May 5, 2016 02:00 am JST
  • Uber, Alibaba expand payment partnership globally

    SILICON VALLEY -- Uber Technologies will let customers pay for its ride-hailing service through Alipay, a digital payment service tied to Chinese e-commerce titan Alibaba Group Holding, even outside of China.The more than 450 million users of Alipay

    May 4, 2016 11:30 pm JST
  • Asia expansion tops duty-free leader Dufry's to-do list

    GENEVA -- Dufry, a Swiss company that runs duty-free shops, has been doing quite a lot of shopping of its own. Since 2008, it has acquired peers in North and South America, Europe and Russia. Now it has its sights set on Asia.Over the past two decad

    May 4, 2016 08:52 pm JST
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    Peng Zhao and Raj Rajan -- An ounce of prevention would go far in saving China's water supply

    The mountains northeast of Beijing are home to much more than the Great Wall of China. Miyun Reservoir, about 100km from downtown Beijing, is currently the main surface water source for more than 20 million people. It is one of the most important so

    May 4, 2016 07:00 pm JST
  • China tries a different tack to curb air pollution

    SHANGHAI/BEIJING -- The dark haze of pollution enveloping Beijing is not only a serious health hazard, it also disrupts daily life. "When pollution is really severe, schools close down and I have to ask for leave from work to take care of my 8-year-

    May 4, 2016 07:00 pm JST
  • Gene-altered foods demand fine-grained thinking on safety

    TOKYO -- Advances in biotechnology are giving rise to an ever-broadening array of genetically modified foods, challenging safety screeners and consumers alike to distinguish useful innovations from potential health threats.Such foods have gained a s

    May 4, 2016 01:00 pm JST
  • Asian dollar reserve talks unravel over funding rules

    FRANKFURT, Germany -- Negotiations on a stronger multilateral dollar-funding mechanism to prevent currency crises in Asia are gridlocked, with Japan, China and South Korea pursuing stricter rules on lending as Southeast Asian states call for easier

    May 4, 2016 03:42 am JST
  • Japan takes low-key approach to woo new ASEAN governments

    NAYPYITAW -- Japan is racing to build relationships with new governments in Myanmar and other Southeast Asian countries amid concerns over China's advances, hoping to differentiate itself by offering support more as a partner than as a patron.Pledgi

    May 4, 2016 02:59 am JST
  • IMF warns of China spillover to Asian neighbors

    HONG KONG -- China's bumpy economic rebalancing efforts will have repercussions for neighboring countries whose fortunes are tightly intertwined with the Asian giant, though the amount of pain will likely vary, the International Monetary Fund said T

    May 4, 2016 02:15 am JST
  • Citic to buy Li & Fung consumer product wholesale unit

    HONG KONG -- Citic will acquire the food and health care product distribution business of Hong Kong trading house Li & Fung, aiming to strengthen its logistics network in Southeast Asia.The state-owned Chinese conglomerate will spend $350 million to

    May 3, 2016 11:33 pm JST
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    Carla Hoorweg -- Building an Asia-wide fund market

    The achievement of a broad Asia-Pacific free trade area may remain a far-off goal, but real progress is meanwhile underway in the funds industry.The Asia Region Funds Passport, an initiative of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, is set to

    May 3, 2016 03:22 pm JST
  • ADB may let emerging countries raise stakes

    FRANKFURT, Germany -- The Asian Development Bank appears open to allowing emerging countries to boost their stakes when the bank's capital is increased, potentially shifting the balance of power at an institution now led by Japan and the U.S.Emergin

    May 3, 2016 06:00 am JST
  • Listed Chinese companies suffer first profit drop since 2008

    SHANGHAI -- Publicly traded companies in China saw net profit dip in 2015 for the first time since the global financial crisis hit in 2008, as a wide range of businesses from resources to home appliances struggled amid the country's economic slowdow

    May 3, 2016 02:53 am JST
  • Saudi oil exports to Japan trade higher on Asian demand

    TOKYO -- Japanese oil companies are shelling out more for crude bought under long-term contracts from Saudi Arabia and elsewhere amid strong appetite among China and other Asian economies.April-loading Arabian Light crude came to $38.48 a barrel, up

    May 3, 2016 02:00 am JST
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    Ross O'Brien -- Indonesia taking wrong lesson from China web policy

    Indonesia has been a compelling market for internet and social media companies for some time. The world's fourth-most populous nation is roughly tied with Brazil for the number of Facebook users, behind the U.S. and India; close to 80 million Indone

    May 3, 2016 12:35 am JST
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    Nouriel Roubini -- The global growth funk

    NEW YORK -- The International Monetary Fund and others have recently revised downward their forecasts for global growth- yet again. Little wonder: The world economy has few bright spots - and many that are dimming rapidly.Among advanced economies, t

    May 2, 2016 08:55 pm JST
  • China up close

    Xi Jinping vs. Li Keqiang

    TOKYO -- Political tensions are rising in China in a prelude of what is expected to be an all-out battle between the country's top two leaders -- President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang.Relations between the two have deteriorated sharply in the

    May 2, 2016 06:00 pm JST
  • Learning the esoteric art of Japanese customer service

    TOKYO -- iDA Mode Business, a major Japanese specialty temporary staffing agency focusing on fashion businesses, is redoubling efforts to provide staffers who are better able to serve Chinese and other foreign travelers who want to enjoy shopping in

    May 2, 2016 01:00 pm JST