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  • 42-inch TV panel prices drop slightly

    TOKYO -- Prices of 42-inch television screen panels in March dropped slightly from February, ending eight consecutive months of price rises for the once-mainstay size.Consumers appear to have moved on to bigger screen preferences.In March, prices of

    April 25, 2017 05:40 pm JST
  • JGC building huge modular LNG plant in the Arctic

    TOKYO -- A fleet of ships is en route to the Russian Arctic, loaded with materials for construction of a huge liquefied natural gas plant on the Yamal Peninsula by JGC, a leading Japanese engineering corporation.As the fleet makes its way from more

    April 25, 2017 05:00 pm JST
  • China's production cuts add luster to aluminum prices

    TOKYO -- Aluminum prices are rising over concern of a supply shortage as China, the world's largest producer of the metal, continues to trim excess capacity. As of the end of April, the benchmark three-month aluminum futures on the London Metal Exch

    April 25, 2017 04:45 pm JST
  • Japan's LCD materials makers bite the bullet on China production

    TOKYO -- Japanese suppliers of liquid crystal display materials are planning a string of investments in Chinese production this year, looking to tighten their ties with rapidly growing clients in the country.JSR is to open a plant for color resists,

    April 25, 2017 04:30 pm JST
  • US, allies on high alert as North Korea holds firing drill

    TOKYO -- The U.S., Japan and South Korea on Tuesday kept their forces on high alert, wary of how North Korea might celebrate the 85th anniversary of its armed forces.The international community has been fretting that the regime of Kim Jong Un might

    April 25, 2017 02:50 pm JST
  • Asian stocks rise on French election cheer, traders flag North Korea risks

    HONG KONG (Nikkei Markets) -- Asian shares were on course for a third day of gains Tuesday as investors continued to buy into risk assets after a market-friendly candidate won the first round of French elections.The Nikkei Asia300 Index rose 0.9%, e

    April 25, 2017 02:15 pm JST
  • Xi's grand 'journey west' could yet be derailed

    BINHE, China -- In this new city along the sinuous Yellow River in the west of China rows of high-rise apartments await 150,000 inhabitants expected by 2020. Extensive freeways are ready for their cars, and a military theme park, complete with a sur

    April 25, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • Japanese TV show exports are hot but beware of diplomatic drama

    TOKYO -- Japan's exports of TV programming are booming, and the government is keen to maintain the momentum as a way to promote Japanese culture abroad and increase the earnings of broadcasters. TV programming exports reached 28.8 billion yen ($263

    April 25, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • ASEAN easing stance on China's maritime encroachment

    MANILA -- As leaders of Southeast Asian nations prepare to meet for an annual summit starting Wednesday, their collective stance against China's territorial ambitions appears to have grown markedly softer, reflecting delicate balancing acts by count

    April 25, 2017 07:00 am JST
  • Scrap steel, waste-paper prices rising on brisk US demand

    TOKYO -- Export prices for ferrous scrap and waste paper are trending higher in the U.S. on expectations of infrastructure spending, a trend that has in turn lifted raw material prices for Japanese paper and steel producers.The export price of ferro

    April 25, 2017 06:20 am JST
  • US turns up heat on North Korea as national milestone nears

    WASHINGTON/BEIJING -- With the 85th anniversary of the Korean People's Army coming up Tuesday, the U.S. is watching warily for provocations by North Korea, as well as pressing China to take decisive action given its key position.U.S. President Donal

    April 25, 2017 06:00 am JST
  • Mystery video suggests power struggle in China

    BEIJING -- A behind-the-scenes power struggle in China has burst into the open, following explosive claims by exiled businessman Guo Wengui, also known as Miles Kwok, that President Xi Jinping ordered an investigation into the finances of the family

    April 25, 2017 12:40 am JST
  • More small property developers might go bust in China, says Moody's

    HONG KONG -- In China's property sector, the strong are only getting stronger.This is the observation by ratings agency Moody's, which suggests that more smaller property developers are likely to go bankrupt in an increasingly competitive environmen

    April 24, 2017 11:14 pm JST
  • Raffles Medical opening two hospitals in China in 2018

    SINGAPORE -- Dr. Loo Choon Yong, executive chairman of Raffles Medical Group, said his company plans to be "a major player in tertiary hospital services in China" where there is significant demand for good quality health care among locals and foreig

    April 24, 2017 09:15 pm JST
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    Tsinghua Unigroup fighting to become a top chipmaker

    BEIJING -- Beijing-backed tech conglomerate Tsinghua Unigroup is undeterred in its race to become a global chip titan, even after a series of setbacks in its recent overseas shopping spree.Group Chairman Zhao Weiguo told the Nikkei Asian Review that

    April 24, 2017 06:00 pm JST
  • Chinese, Americans, French venture farther distances in Japan

    TOKYO -- East Japan Railway and NTT Data jointly conducted a survey on how foreign travelers to Japan move around while they are in the country. The companies hope data gleaned from the survey will be used to rejuvenate small towns across Japan. The

    April 24, 2017 03:40 pm JST
  • China Mobile shares fall amid talk of Singapore acquisition

    HONG KONG -- Shares in China Mobile were falling in Hong Kong on Monday, after reports that the Chinese wireless carrier has been approached about buying into a Singapore-based telecommunications company.At one point on Monday, the company's stock p

    April 24, 2017 03:10 pm JST
  • 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
  • French election buoys L'Occitane, other Europe-linked stocks

    HONG KONG -- French cosmetics maker L'Occitane International and other Europe-reliant companies saw their shares rise in Hong Kong on Monday, after the first round of France's presidential election helped dispel concerns about Continental business c

    April 24, 2017 01:30 pm JST
  • China's Xi urges restraint on North Korea issue on call with Trump

    BEIJING (Reuters) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping told U.S. President Donald Trump that he hopes all sides exercise restraint over the issue of North Korea and that China opposes anything that runs counter to U.N. Security Council resolutions, state

    April 24, 2017 01:20 pm JST