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  • Ebola causes stir in global medical community

    TOKYO -- In Liberia, which has the highest number of reported Ebola infections, hospitals are essentially off-limits to all but patients and medical staff. For news organizations there, the severity of the situation is difficult to gauge. In lie

    October 30, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Once-bankrupt Japanese movie studio revives with Asian market's help

    TOKYO -- Japanese movie studio Nikkatsu is performing a comeback drama in the Asian theater. Nikkatsu once thrived thanks to a series of blockbuster films, including "Taiyo no Kisetsu" ("Season of the Sun"), in which legendary Japanese actor Yuj

    October 30, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Global army of 'personal shoppers' helps Japanese e-commerce site grow

    TOKYO -- A fast-growing Japanese Internet company called Enigmo is giving consumers a unique way to feed their brand habits. The company runs Buyma, a website that connects "personal shoppers" with members who want to buy high-end apparel and ot

    October 30, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Gi-Wook Shin: Is engaging North Korea still useful?

    On Oct. 4, North Korea surprised the world by sending three of its top leaders to the South to attend the closing ceremony of the 17th Asian Games, in Incheon. The visit occurred amid speculation that North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un, was seriously

    October 30, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Samsung readies next NAND revolution

    SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics has developed technology that could increase the data capacity of NAND flash memory chips by as much as 50%. The technology, called 3-bit/cell multilayer cell NAND, works in two ways to raise memory capacity. First,

    October 30, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Cambodia, Laos bourses languish despite economic growth

    TOKYO -- Cambodia and Laos are both struggling to attract companies ready -- or willing -- to list on their stock exchanges, more than three years after they were established. With the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations slated

    October 30, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • New development bank marks China's rising ambitions

    BEIJING/MANILA -- The Oct. 24 agreement to form a China-led development bank was a result of Beijing's push for more influence in the international financial order and its bid to secure more resources. Twenty-one nations, including China, India

    October 30, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Hitachi Maxell counts on eco-car parts business for growth

    TOKYO -- Hitachi Maxell said on Monday that it now expects its consolidated pre-tax profit to tumble 39% in the financial year ending in March 2015 from a year earlier to 4.9 billion yen ($45 million). The announcement comes as profitability of

    October 29, 2014 01:24 pm JST
  • Benn Steil: How the Fed roils emerging markets

    In April 2013, Ukraine was carrying a massive current-account deficit of 8%, and was desperate for dollars to pay for vital imports. Yet on April 10, then-President Viktor Yanukovych's government rejected terms set by the International Monetary Fund

    October 28, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Japan's lead smelters smarting as vital auto batteries end up in South Korea

    TOKYO -- A crisis has befallen Japanese lead smelters. They are struggling to procure their mainstay material, as used auto batteries -- a key source -- are being shipped from Japan to South Korea in ever increasing quantities. South Korea-bound

    October 28, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • S Korea's political tug-of-war brings iron fist rule on press

    SEOUL -- The recent indictment without arrest of a Japanese journalist in South Korea for defaming the country's president could amount to a crack down on free speech. Earlier this month, the former Seoul bureau chief of Japan's Sankei Shimbun,

    October 27, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Missile defense still an issue for US, South Korea

    WASHINGTON -- American and South Korean officials have agreed to delay transferring control of joint wartime operations to the government in Seoul until it can better counter the North Korean threat, leaving the topic of missile defense untouched.

    October 25, 2014 05:48 am JST
  • Chinese slowdown taking toll on South Korean economy

    SEOUL -- South Korea is starting to pay the price for its heavy reliance on China as exports to the Asian giant slump. July-September exports slipped 2.6% from the preceding quarter, the sharpest drop since the financial crisis, according to pre

    October 25, 2014 04:18 am JST
  • New development bank a marker of China's greater ambitions

    BEIJING -- The agreement reached Friday to form a China-led development bank signaled the country's drive to carve out a larger role for itself in the international financial order and secure more resources. Twenty-one nations, including China,

    October 25, 2014 03:52 am JST
  • Global Net companies see tilted playing field in South Korea

    SEOUL -- South Korea boasts one of the highest Internet and mobile penetration rates in the world. Last year, its citizens ranked behind only the Japanese in terms of spending on the Google Play app store. The country is also the home of the wildly

    October 24, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • 21 nations sign accord for China-led development bank

    BEIJING -- A total of 21 countries signed a memorandum of understanding in Beijing on Friday for the establishment of a China-led multinational bank. Representatives from Southeast Asia and the Middle East, as well as China, India and Mongolia,

    October 24, 2014 02:00 pm JST
  • U.S. to delay wartime operation control transfer to S. Korea until 2020

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- South Korea and the United States have agreed on delaying until mid-2020 the transfer of wartime operation control to South Korea, South Korea's Defense Ministry spokesman said Friday. The agreement was finalized at the 46th ann

    October 24, 2014 12:10 pm JST
  • Ex-finance chief Nukaga to meet with S. Korea's Pres. Park

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- Former Japanese Finance Minister Fukushiro Nukaga, a veteran legislator of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party, is to meet with President Park Geun Hye later Friday, according to South Korea's presidential office.

    October 24, 2014 12:00 pm JST
  • Fujifilm going all in on hipster instant camera

    TOKYO -- Fujifilm has what may be a global hit on its hands in the form of the Instax mini, a tiny camera that takes instant photos, so the company is adding as much as 30% more production capacity to ride the wave. The Instax mini, known as the

    October 24, 2014 02:57 am JST
  • Japanese brewers seek Asia-Pacific growth for flagship beers

    TOKYO -- Kirin Brewery will start selling its mainstay Ichiban Shibori beer by the keg in Malaysia this fall, while rival Asahi Breweries is getting ready to open an Australian bar showcasing its claim to fame, Super Dry. Both Japanese brewers s

    October 24, 2014 01:15 am JST