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  • Japan starting to pay price for halfhearted courtship of foreign workers

    TOKYO -- Immigration is often discussed as a potential solution for shoring up Japan's aging and shrinking workforce. Yet many say Tokyo is not doing enough to compete with other governments that offer international workers greener pastures. The

    September 30, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Docomo preparing translation software business

    TOKYO -- NTT Docomo will foray into translation by joining hands with a South Korean software developer and a Japanese company specializing in voice recognition technology, aiming for annual sales of 10 billion yen ($90.6 million) in 2020. The J

    September 30, 2014 01:42 am JST
  • Public support rises for summits with China, South Korea: Nikkei poll

    TOKYO -- Japanese public support has grown sharply for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to hold his first meetings with the leaders of China and South Korea since taking office in December 2012, a Nikkei/TV Tokyo weekend poll shows. Regarding a summit

    September 29, 2014 02:21 am JST
  • Japan-China summit could be in the cards for November

    TOKYO -- Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida met with his Chinese and South Korean counterparts in New York on Thursday, an encouraging development in their strained relations and a possible step toward bilateral summits, particularly with China

    September 27, 2014 03:38 am JST
  • Tigerair Taiwan enters busy LCC market in Asia

    SINGAPORE -- Taiwan's first low cost carrier made its inaugural flight on Friday. Tigerair Taiwan, the LCC subsidiary of Taiwan's China Airlines, began operations between Taipei's Taoyuan International Airport and Singapore's Changi Airport. With an

    September 26, 2014 07:10 pm JST
  • John Lee: Seoul-Tokyo rivalry should stay on the sports field

    Beyond the headline events at the 17th Asian Games taking place now through October in Incheon, South Korea, other contests are being played out among old rivals -- including the South Korean side and a 273-member delegation of North Koreans, one of

    September 26, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Japan, S Korean foreign ministers hold talks in NY

    NEW YORK (Kyodo) -- Japan and South Korea held foreign ministerial talks in New York on Thursday mainly to discuss the possibility of a summit between their leaders on the fringes of international events later this year. The meeting between Japa

    September 26, 2014 10:15 am JST
  • Hyundai's 'Gangnam style' splurge draws heat

    SEOUL -- Hyundai Motor's decision to shell out a whopping 10.55 trillion won ($10.11 billion) to buy the lot for a new headquarters in Seoul's posh Gangnam district has sparked concerns among investors that the company is living beyond its means.

    September 26, 2014 03:49 am JST
  • Tokyo Gas partnering with Korea Gas in LNG procurement

    TOKYO -- Tokyo Gas on Thursday announced that it is teaming up with South Korea's state-owned Korea Gas to procure liquefied natural gas. The two inked a strategic partnership agreement on Wednesday, with specific details to be worked out later.

    September 26, 2014 02:37 am JST
  • South Korea's budget carriers start spreading their wings abroad

    SEOUL -- Emboldened by their growing popularity among domestic passengers, South Korea's budget airlines are looking to expand their international operations. Jin Air on Sept. 17 signed a memorandum of understanding with Incheon International Ai

    September 25, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Japan, S Korean foreign ministers to meet in NY

    NEW YORK (Kyodo) -- Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Wednesday he will hold talks the following day with his South Korean counterpart Yun Byung Se in New York to discuss the possibility of a summit between their leaders. Their meeti

    September 25, 2014 09:26 am JST
  • Line IPO delay hurting stock prices of partners

    TOKYO -- The share prices of companies that have business dealings with Line Corp. fell on the Tokyo market on Wednesday, the first trading day after the mobile messaging application developer said it will not go public this year. Smartphone gam

    September 25, 2014 02:01 am JST
  • Cheaper ore, softer Chinese demand drag Asian steel prices down

    TOKYO -- East Asian steel prices are falling as a result of a five-year low in iron ore prices and slower demand growth due to concerns about China's economic outlook. Hot-rolled coil, processed into products such as steel sheet, now sells for a

    September 25, 2014 01:56 am JST
  • Toga party

    TOKYO -- A village nestled in the mountains of Japan's Toyama Prefecture is becoming a magnet for the theatrically minded. The man ramping up that magnetism is Tadashi Suzuki, a stage director who trots the global circuit. He wants to make the v

    September 25, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Gi-Wook Shin: Why Japan cannot ignore Beijing's 'charm offensive' toward Seoul

    With tensions between Japan and South Korea continuing over historical and territorial issues, Beijing is more than willing to use the history card to woo Seoul. In a recent visit to South Korea, Chinese President Xi Jinping said that "in the first

    September 25, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Asian game startups show they mean business in Tokyo

    TOKYO -- As usual, Sony, Samsung Electronics and other big brands attracted legions of button mashers at this year's Tokyo Game Show. Industry insiders, however, made a point of stopping by a zone reserved for emerging companies from across Asia. Th

    September 25, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Will the Apple Watch send smart wear on a tear?

    TOKYO -- The Apple Watch is likely to intensify competition among global information technology companies in the emerging wearable tech market. Many uncertainties remain: It is unclear how these products will evolve, or whether they will be wide

    September 25, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Swatch CEO sees smartwatches as opportunity to go his own way

    GENEVA -- Sometimes, Nick Hayek, CEO of Swatch Group, the world's largest watchmaker, talks sarcastically of smartwatches. The NSA will just use them to tap people's phone calls, he jokes, mentioning the U.S.'s "collect it all" spy agency. And, he w

    September 25, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Seoul leans closer to Tokyo -- but not yet close enough for a summit

    SEOUL -- South Korea is showing greater flexibility for holding talks with Japan, as long as they are not between the nations' leaders. President Park Geun-hye remains adamant that Tokyo must apologize for the treatment of "comfort women" who we

    September 25, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Mutual funds deepening their roots

    Mutual funds continue to pull in growing sums of money from retail investors. Still, their appeal varies from country to country. In Japan, the products had attracted a record $776 billion as of the end of March, but that is still only one-twentieth

    September 25, 2014 12:00 am JST