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  • Brand Japan almost 400 years old

    An imaginary European palace adorned with roughly 100 reproductions of antique Imari porcelain exported from Japan between the mid-17th and 19th centuries is the venue of the 34th Summer Festival of Arita & Imari Porcelain. The show runs through

    July 24, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • 4G's rise

    Home to a huge and growing chunk of the world's mobile phone users, Asia is beginning to embrace fourth-generation cellular services. 4G technology offers much faster data speeds, which is good news for the swelling ranks of people who use their han

    July 24, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Hyundai hit by new fuel economy lawsuit at home

    SEOUL -- Hyundai Motor is again embroiled in a large-scale legal dispute over its fuel economy claims. This time the problem is in its home market, where the South Korean automaker is increasingly threatened by competition from foreign rivals. H

    July 24, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Ken Kutaragi: In-car IT ready for masses

    Android Auto drew strong attention at this year's Google I/O, an annual software developer-focused conference held in June. The platform extends the use of Google's Android operating system to automobiles. It functions by connecting users' smartphon

    July 24, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Weaponizing the world

    Military spending in 2013 showed year-on-year growth worldwide in all regions except for the U.S., Europe and Oceania. Increases were particularly high in emerging economies. China has nearly tripled its military spending over a decade, and now acco

    July 24, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • 7-Eleven's regional numbers game

    Saturation hampering Seven-Eleven Japan's expansion? No problem. Much of the rest of Asia seems primed for convenience store growth. The chain is rapidly expanding in China and Southeast Asia. Sales at Seven & i Holdings, 7-Eleven Inc.'s parent comp

    July 24, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • The South Korean saturation struggle

    In any South Korean city, a convenience store is never more than a short walk away. It is not uncommon to find more than one on the same block, and several dotting an intersection. This abundance of outlets is handy for customers. But the market

    July 24, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Diverging from the conventional shop

    TOKYO -- Every day, 7-Eleven scatters a few new shops around the world. As of the end of March, the number of stores displaying the orange, green and red logo came to 52,811, up 54% from six years earlier. A lot of those stores opened in Asia. T

    July 24, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • The regeneration of stem cell research in South Korea

    TOKYO -- Nearly a decade after a star scientist's faked papers set back South Korean research on regenerative medicine, industry, government and academia are making a renewed push. Scientists in the country are progressing toward practical use of ve

    July 23, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • South Korea taps ex-lawmaker as ambassador to Japan

    SEOUL -- South Korea plans to appoint a former four-term lawmaker with close ties to Japan as its new top envoy to Tokyo, sources said Tuesday. A former national police agency bureaucrat, Yoo Heung-soo is currently head of the Korea-Japan Friend

    July 23, 2014 02:00 am JST
  • South Korea's Park faces growing rift between young and old

    SEOUL -- Deep generational divides among South Korean voters are making it difficult for President Park Geun-hye to bolster her rapidly sinking approval rating. The president's support rate is now 44%, according to the latest poll by Gallup Kore

    July 22, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Japan steel exec says China capacity cuts a ways off

    TOKYO -- China's production of steel products continues to outpace demand, with surplus goods pouring into markets across the globe and pushing down prices in the process. Kosei Shindo, president of Japan's top steelmaker, Nippon Steel & Sumitom

    July 22, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Rising nationalism threatens Asia's economic interdependence

    BANGKOK -- Asia's rapid ascent has led many to dub this the "Asian century," but an intensifying cycle of nationalism is one of a number of issues the region must overcome to become a driver of the global economy.China at the centerChinese oil drill

    July 22, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • Carmakers in Turkey boost exports as domestic sales falter

    ISTANBUL -- Capitalizing on the depreciation of the lira, automakers operating in Turkey are stepping up exports to offset weak domestic demand. Ford Otosan, set up jointly by Ford Motor of the U.S. and Koc Holding, a leading industrial conglom

    July 21, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Chinese yuan raising global profile

    HONG KONG -- Companies the world over are increasingly using China's currency to make settlements for trade and investment as they seek to hedge risk and do more business with the massive Chinese market. Yuan-denominated settlements as a proport

    July 19, 2014 04:24 am JST
  • South Korea to stop capping rice imports, switch to tariff

    SEOUL -- After two decades of granting only minimal access to foreign rice, South Korea said Friday it will move toward an open market under an import tariff starting next year, joining the likes of Japan and Taiwan. Seoul will inform the World

    July 19, 2014 02:03 am JST
  • Brisk demand, streamlining lead Tokyo Electron into black

    TOKYO -- Chipmaking equipment provider Tokyo Electron likely generated a little over 10 billion yen ($97.7 million) in group operating profit in the April-June period, turning around from a 9.6 billion yen loss a year earlier. Thanks to the grow

    July 19, 2014 02:00 am JST
  • Budget carrier Peach aiming to take off from Naha

    OSAKA -- Peach Aviation is building up Okinawa's Naha Airport as a second hub, looking to use it as a foothold to return to a growth track after setbacks from a pilot pinch. The Japanese low-cost carrier will begin service Saturday between Naha

    July 19, 2014 01:14 am JST
  • BMW's push in South Korea includes first Asian test-drive center

    SEOUL -- German luxury car manufacturer BMW is accelerating its marketing drive in South Korea to take advantage of a higher Korean won and lower import tariffs from free trade agreement. In early August, BMW will open its third Driving Center -

    July 18, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Kavi Chongkittavorn: Tenuous new ties in Asia's North Korean diplomacy

    The Dongwha Duty Free Shop in the Gwanghwamun shopping area of downtown Seoul is regularly thronged with visitors from China, some of the 4 million who now visit South Korea annually, making it the top tourist destination for Chinese travelers. At a

    July 18, 2014 07:00 pm JST