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  • Frederic Neumann: The big worry for Asia

    It's been quite a ride for Asia over the past year. A nice rally in the first few months of 2013, then a relentless sell-off as investors threw their "taper tantrum," and subsequently another solid market recovery. The question remains, however:

    April 15, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Japan's Kirin to tap Chinese thirst for milk

    TOKYO -- Kirin Holdings will start offering milk in China as early as June to capitalize on the country's growing demand for high-quality dairy beverages. The Japanese company will sell ultra-high-temperature processed milk, or long-life milk, w

    April 15, 2014 05:14 am JST
  • New-car sales in China slow as economic uncertainty grows

    GUANGZHOU/BEIJING -- Sales of new automobiles in China are losing steam, reflecting a slowdown in demand for commercial vehicles and other cars as the nation's economy decelerates. New-car sales in March rose 6.6% on the year to around 2.16 mill

    April 15, 2014 04:48 am JST
  • Former Chinese leader honors 1980s reform advocate

    BEIJING -- Chinese ex-President Hu Jintao paid his respects Friday to a Communist Party chief who embraced reforms in the 1980s only to be accused of being soft on a pro-democracy movement. Hu Yaobang remains a delicate subject in Chinese politi

    April 15, 2014 04:17 am JST
  • Mobile Internet elite to gather in Japan, India

    BEIJING -- Great Wall Club, a Chinese company that promotes information exchanges and relationship building among the movers and shakers in the mobile Internet industries of the world, plans to hold sessions of its marquee conference in Japan and In

    April 15, 2014 03:00 am JST
  • Jonathan Moore: Bricks vs clicks? Successful companies can be both

    Much has been written over the years about the "bricks versus clicks" retail strategies that brands need to consider with the advent of online and mobile technologies. It is rarely a simple choice of one over the other. Malls will remain a key s

    April 14, 2014 08:00 pm JST
  • Chinese steel traders at breaking point

    BEIJING - Xiao Jiashou once inspired thousands of aspiring entrepreneurs from his hometown in Fujian Province to come to Shanghai to try their hand at trading steel. Now many of the steel traders from Zhouning are following him into financial ruin.

    April 14, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Nuclear reactors on the rise in Asia

    TOKYO -- Three years after the Fukushima disaster, the future role of nuclear power in Japan remains unclear, but in many other countries, the importance of atomic energy is only increasing. With no prospect of major new projects in the domestic

    April 14, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • Japan's tourism boom is just beginning

    TOKYO -- With a sharp rise in the number of overseas visitors to Japan, electronics retailer Laox is focusing on attracting customers from the rest of Asia. Laox now operates as a subsidiary of major Chinese retailer Suning Appliance. In a recen

    April 14, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • Marketing gimmicks irk China movie buffs

    DALIAN, China -- Tactics for selling movie tickets are blurring the line between art and marketing in China. Some film buffs are accusing the country's distributors of going too far in pursuit of profits. The latest release to cause a stir is "T

    April 13, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • China desperately trying to avert economic slide

    SHANGHAI -- China is making delicate policy adjustments to forestall a downturn in the world's second-largest economy. The government will on Wednesday announce the nation's economic growth for the January-March period. According to a joint surv

    April 13, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • China to make Japan hand head of Asian affairs

    BEIJING -- China has informally named Kong Xuanyou, 54, the country's ambassador to Vietnam, as its top official in charge of diplomatic affairs in Asia, excluding Taiwan. Kong is set to be officially appointed director-general of the Department Asi

    April 12, 2014 09:30 pm JST
  • Knowledge through enjoyment; the art of Okinawan woven leaf toys

    You may not be familiar with these names -- Adan, Biro, Akatakonoki, Sotetsu and Kurotsugu. They are all plants that grow in Okinawa Prefecture, where I live. These plants form an attractive landscape feature in Okinawa, Japan's southernmost prefect

    April 12, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Takashimaya plans 2 more department stores for Southeast Asia

    TOKYO -- Takashimaya, which operates a chain of department stores, is considering opening two more in Southeast Asia as early as 2017, President Shigeru Kimoto said in an interview with The Nikkei on Friday. The Japanese company already runs a s

    April 12, 2014 02:46 am JST
  • China touts proposed regional infrastructure bank at forum

    BOAO, China -- Top Chinese officials pushed for creating a regional infrastructure investment institution at the annual meeting of the Boao Forum for Asia ended Friday. Finance Minister Lou Jiwei said he expects China and other partner nations t

    April 12, 2014 02:26 am JST
  • Soft Chinese demand drives ABS resin prices lower

    TOKYO -- International prices for ABS resin used in consumer electronics and office equipment are falling due to a slow recovery in demand in China, the main market for the plastic. Spot prices in East Asia were recently at $1,850 to $1,900 per

    April 12, 2014 01:50 am JST
  • New-car sales down in India, brisk in China

    MUMBAI/BEIJING -- New-car sales in India fell for the first time in five years during the year ended March 31, according to industry data released Friday. New passenger cars and commercial vehicles sold a combined 3,136,423 units, down 9% on the

    April 12, 2014 01:16 am JST
  • Price gap shrinks between Hong Kong, Shanghai shares

    NORIYUKI DOI, Nikkei staff writerSHANGHAI -- The price difference between stocks of companies listed on both the Hong Kong and Shanghai bourses is narrowing after China on Thursday announced plans to lift a ban on investment between the two exchange

    April 11, 2014 11:53 pm JST
  • Nikon feels sting of China's business-blasting TV show

    BEIJING -- Nikon's D600 digital SLR camera is disappearing from sales floors across China, but not because of booming sales. The camera, and Nikon itself, are the most recent target of "315 Gala," a wildly popular television show that lambastes comp

    April 11, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Chinese premier dashes hopes for short-term stimulus

    BEIJING -- Premier Li Keqiang vowed Thursday that China will not resort to short-term stimulus policies, slamming the brakes on mounting hopes for large-scale measures to rev up the slowing economy. As Li made the remarks, part of an address at

    April 11, 2014 06:15 am JST