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  • Managers in Japan getting paid less than foreign peers

    TOKYO -- Corporate managers in Japan are making less than their counterparts abroad as the yen weakens and wages rise in emerging nations, a trend that could make it difficult for domestic firms to retain talented workers. The average annual pay

    February 28, 2014 05:33 am JST
  • Japan's Recruit Holdings to bring Asian talent to US, Europe

    TOKYO -- Japanese staffing agency Recruit Holdings will start referring Asian personnel to European and American companies next year. The Tokyo-based firm has focused on finding local personnel for Japanese businesses operating in other Asian co

    February 28, 2014 05:31 am JST
  • China, Taiwan to share weather, quake data

    TAIPEI -- The Chinese and Taiwanese governments took another step toward closer ties Thursday when negotiators signed a pair of agreements intended to protect against natural disasters. Lin Join-sane, head of Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation

    February 28, 2014 05:12 am JST
  • Japan, China in food fight over trade 'untouchables'

    TOKYO -- With Japan, China and South Korea set to hold the fourth round of talks on a three-way trade agreement next month, Beijing is intensifying the pressure on Tokyo to open up its agriculture and fishery markets, which it considers off-limits.

    February 28, 2014 04:54 am JST
  • New eye in the sky will let Japan watch out for Chinese smog

    TOKYO -- Sensors for monitoring air pollution are expected to be installed on a Japanese satellite scheduled to launch in fiscal 2017, allowing the government to warn residents if smog drifts over from China. Japan plans to replace the Ibuki gre

    February 28, 2014 02:16 am JST
  • G-20 growth target may burn out global economy

    TOKYO -- The Group of 20 nations has adopted an ambitious growth target aimed at propping up the global economy -- but it could just as easily set the stage for another worldwide financial disaster. At a recent summit in Sydney, G-20 finance min

    February 27, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Yuan's direction still unclear after hitting 7-month-low

    HONG KONG -- The yuan's future direction is still unclear after the Chinese currency fell sharply on Wednesday to hit a near-seven-month low against the dollar on the mainland's foreign exchange market. On Tuesday, the yuan recorded its largest rate

    February 27, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Frederic Neumann: Choppy waters for Asia's economies, but clearer sailing ahead

    Data is everywhere. Faster credit growth in China, slowing gross domestic product in Japan, resilience in Indonesia, a dip in Taiwanese export orders. Rather noisy. The Lunar New Year has something to do with this, throwing economic data release

    February 27, 2014 02:00 pm JST
  • Aeon looks to satisfy China's middle-class hunger for quality food

    TOKYO -- Japanese supermarket chain Aeon is looking to expand in China by touting its high-quality food to appeal to the country's growing urban middle class. Things are tough in the supermarket business in China at the moment. Stiff competition

    February 27, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Electronic parts maker Murata keeps its eyes wide open

    TOKYO -- In the ever-undulating, intensely competitive electronics business, Japanese component maker Murata Mfg. manages to keep chugging along. Sure, there is probably some luck involved, but the Kyoto company's real secret may be its nonstop effo

    February 27, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Japan importing more clothes from Asean, less from China

    TOKYO -- Japan is importing a smaller percentage of clothing from China as Japanese manufacturers shift more production to lower-cost countries in Southeast Asia. Made-in-China products accounted for 75.6% of the total value of Japanese clothing

    February 27, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • China presses Japan on wartime forced labor as victims sue

    BEIJING -- A lawsuit filed in a Beijing court Wednesday seeks an apology and compensation from two Japanese companies accused of forcing Chinese into backbreaking work during World War II. China's foreign ministry seized on the case, which could

    February 27, 2014 06:19 am JST
  • Yuan slides as inflows of foreign capital ebb

    SHANGHAI -- The Chinese yuan continued to decline Wednesday, slipping to a roughly seven-month low against the dollar, as foreign capital inflows shrink on growing concerns about the country's financial sector. The sell-off also comes as authori

    February 27, 2014 06:01 am JST
  • Lenovo ponders Motorola smartphones for Japan: CEO

    BARCELONA, Spain -- Lenovo Group may sell Motorola-brand smartphones in Japan, Chief Executive Officer Yang Yuanqing said. For the Japanese market, the Chinese computer maker is eyeing devices that run Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system,

    February 27, 2014 05:57 am JST
  • Lenovo flexes its 'PC-plus' muscle

    BEIJING -- Lenovo Group catapulted itself onto the global stage in 2005 with its $1.25 billion purchase of IBM's PC division. The deal still stands as a landmark triumph among Chinese overseas acquisitions. Now Lenovo is hoping to match that success

    February 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Rise of the smartphone economy

    If smartphones were popular in Asia before, they are booming now. Chinese manufacturers have come up with low-cost methods that are making handsets affordable for the masses, triggering a wave of growth that started in China last year and is spreadi

    February 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Emerging-market investor exodus continues

    NEW YORK -- Money continues pouring out of emerging markets as investors fret about China's shadow banking problem, tensions in Ukraine and changes in currency values. According to research firm EPFR Global, mutual funds and hedge funds that inv

    February 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • It's the end of the supercycle as we know it and who feels fine?

    TOKYO -- Emerging economies and natural resource exporters are feeling the pinch as a global supercycle of high commodity prices continues to wind down. During a supercycle, prices of commodities continue on a broad, simultaneous climb. And acco

    February 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • When China sneezes, resource markets catch a cold

    TOKYO -- Hebei Iron & Steel Group is China's largest steelmaker. It is also an apt symbol of the nation's rise to dominance and recent rough patch as a resource consumer -- a hiccup that is affecting markets far and wide. At an event in late

    February 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • G-20 targets 2% GDP growth, frets over sustainability

    SYDNEY -- Group of 20 finance ministers and central bank chiefs agreed on Feb. 23 to set a goal of boosting their collective gross domestic product by more than 2% over the next five years. The unusual agreement by the world's leading economies

    February 27, 2014 12:00 am JST