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  • Cheung Kong's Li: Guessing game continues on succession

    HONG KONG -- Li Ka-shing is not through cashing in on his success yet. His son Victor may have to wait to take center stage. "I am ready to retire, but have no immediate plans to do so," Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing said in a late November inter

    January 20, 2014 05:00 pm JST
  • Meet Hong Kong's Wong, the 'Magic Boy'

    HONG KONG -- Ricky Wong Wai-kay, chairman of Hong Kong Television Network, is nicknamed "Magic Boy." He has continued to challenge regulatory restraints in Hong Kong, a special administrative region of China known as one of the most business-friendl

    January 20, 2014 05:00 pm JST
  • Acer's Shih returns as PC business struggles

    TAIPEI -- Stan Shih is back. The 69-year-old co-founder of major Taiwanese PC maker Acer retired from the company's management about nine years ago. He returned last November when Chairman and CEO J. T. Wang stepped down because of the company's poo

    January 20, 2014 05:00 pm JST
  • Two at the top for TSMC

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan's TSMC remains the world's largest semiconductor foundry, or contract semiconductor producer. The company's two presidents -- Mark Liu, 59, and C. C. Wei, 60 -- last November jointly took over the CEO position from Chairman Morris C

    January 20, 2014 05:00 pm JST
  • Gou goes away from China to spur growth

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan's Terry Gou, chairman of Hon Hai Precision Industry, the world's largest electronic manufacturing service provider, has expressed his support for U.S. President Barack Obama's advanced-manufacturing initiative. He announced plans la

    January 20, 2014 05:00 pm JST
  • Japan, India to map out plans for Asian transport network

    NEW DELHI -- The Japanese and Indian governments will flesh out the details for an Asian economic corridor, a network of roads and ports linking South Asia with Asean economies. With the Association of Southeast Asian Nations slated to integrate

    January 20, 2014 02:11 am JST
  • Indian economy showing signs of improvement, maybe

    MUMBAI -- There are rays of hope for the Indian economy concerning two key problems -- the steep fall in the rupeeā€™s value and inflation. This is thanks in most part to recent actions by the central bank. With a general election expected to be h

    January 19, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Toyota eyes global output of 10.3 million vehicles in 2014

    NAGOYA -- The Toyota group plans to build some 10.3 million automobiles worldwide this year, with record production in North America and China seen offsetting a drop in domestic output, The Nikkei learned Friday. The Japanese automaker is set to

    January 18, 2014 02:00 am JST
  • HP returning to smart mobile device market with 'phablets' in India

    SILICON VALLEY -- Hewlett-Packard is making a high-stakes re-entry into the sizzling global market for smart mobile devices with a pair of "phablets" to be rolled out in India in February. Its comeback strategy centers around two tablet-smartpho

    January 17, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • For India's Tata Motors, low prices no longer a selling point

    MUMBAI -- Decked out in jeans and purple shirts matching their latest offering, Tata Motors executives not only introduced a beefed-up version of its ultracheap Nano this week, they also unveiled a new strategy focusing on trendy features, not just

    January 17, 2014 06:00 am JST
  • Emerging Asia opening wider to foreign capital

    TOKYO -- With short-term money in retreat, Asian emerging markets are loosening restrictions on investment from abroad in hopes of securing more durable foundations for growth. Indonesia is expected to take a number of steps in this direction so

    January 17, 2014 03:59 am JST
  • Suh naturally looks to China

    SEOUL -- Suh Kyung-bae has his eyes on China. The chairman of AmorePacific, South Korea's leading cosmetics maker, is looking to capitalize on the popularity of his country in the neighboring nation. AmorePacific has enjoyed steady growth in ove

    January 16, 2014 05:00 pm JST
  • South Korea's aggressive tire maker

    SEOUL -- Hankook Tire CEO Suh Seung-hwa appears unassuming, but do not mistake him for unaggressive. Under his leadership, South Korea's biggest tire maker began operating a factory in Indonesia. The company also announced to build another in the U.

    January 16, 2014 05:00 pm JST
  • Interflex's Bae embraces two giants

    SEOUL -- Bae Chul-han works with the world's No. 1 and No. 2 smartphone makers. His company, Interflex, sells field programmable circuit boards for use in smartphones, to Apple of the U.S., along with South Korea's Samsung Electronics. Interflex

    January 16, 2014 05:00 pm JST
  • Kakao's Lee champions chat

    SEOUL -- The co-CEO of Kakao, the South Korean provider of a free phone call and chat app KakaoTalk, is taking on bigger rivals such as Japan's Line and China's WeChat. "We have little money," co-CEO Lee Sirgoo admitted with a smile, "so we have to

    January 16, 2014 05:00 pm JST
  • Samsung: The next generation

    SEOUL -- Lee Jae-yong is all but set to lead Samsung Electronics into the future. His father, Lee Kun-hee, 71, who heads the Samsung group of South Korea, is the owner-chairman of Samsung Electronics. He runs the company with an iron fist. And h

    January 16, 2014 05:00 pm JST
  • India feels the pinch of higher food prices

    MUMBAI -- Soaring food prices have hit Indian consumers at a time when the nation's economy is losing strength. With general elections set for May, it is no surprise that inflation has emerged as a major political issue. India's consumer price i

    January 16, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Gold fighting heavy resistance amid Fed taper talk

    TOKYO -- Gold's ascent in the international market has been sluggish, with even a recent uptick quickly reversed on the suggestion that the U.S. Federal Reserve will pull back further on its quantitative easing program. The most active gold futu

    January 16, 2014 05:05 am JST
  • How ancient India laid modern society's foundations

    India is the planet's largest, oldest and -- if you exclude the 19th and 20th centuries -- wealthiest civilization. The influence of ancient Indian history on the modern world is due to the many manifestations of Indian genius and the fact that the

    January 16, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Asian currencies up, down, all around

    TOKYO -- Currencies of some emerging economies in Asia are weakening due to political turmoil and other factors, while those of countries with large current-account surpluses are performing better. The Thai baht is being weighed down by the polit

    January 16, 2014 12:00 am JST