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  • UN chief making waves as likely South Korea presidential hopeful

    SEOUL -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is quickly emerging as a likely candidate to lead his home nation of South Korea once the term of current President Park Geun-hye ends in less than two years.Citing the fact that both Democratic

    May 27, 2016 01:00 pm JST
  • Obama's visit has the potential to sour relations with both Japan and South Korea

    U.S. President Barack Obama's planned visit to Hiroshima can be seen as the culmination of his call for a "world without nuclear weapons." I believe the president will go to Hiroshima also with the intention of further cementing the alliance between

    May 26, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Companies in focus: Pan-Asian budget carrier alliance may portend an industry shake-up

    SINGAPORE Never before have Southeast Asia's cities been so well-connected. Credit the expanding aviation industry, which seems to keep giving the region one new budget airline after another.But the skies have grown crowded and profits are being pin

    May 26, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Obama's visit has the potential to sour relations with both Japan and South Korea

    U.S. President Barack Obama's planned visit to Hiroshima can be seen as the culmination of his call for a "world without nuclear weapons." I believe the president will go to Hiroshima also with the intention of further cementing the alliance between

    May 26, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Online shopping soars among young Asians

    TOKYO -- Nearly half of young people in Asia shop online at least once a week, with their purchases ranging from water and toilet paper to cosmetics and home appliances, according to a recent Nikkei survey.An overall average of 49.2% of respondents

    May 25, 2016 01:00 pm JST
  • China's Huawei files patent suits against Samsung

    HONG KONG (Reuters) -- Huawei Technologies Co Ltd on Wednesday said it sued Samsung Electronics Co Ltd claiming infringement of smartphone patents, the Chinese firm's first intellectual property challenge against the world's top mobile maker.Huawei

    May 25, 2016 11:38 am JST
  • South Korea stock trading hours extension to take effect Aug 1

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- South Korea's current six-hour stock trading window will be extended by 30 minutes effective from August 1 this year, as the Korea Exchange set its sights on attracting more business through greater visibility to markets like Chin

    May 24, 2016 09:27 pm JST
  • More North Korean restaurant workers escape workplace in China

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- A South Korean official on Tuesday confirmed media reports that a small number of North Korean restaurant staff recently escaped their workplace in China."It's true, but I can't confirm anything further about them," said the officia

    May 24, 2016 07:21 pm JST
  • Economic slump may end up shackling Tsai

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan's prolonged economic slump could change from a tailwind to shackles for Tsai Ing-wen, who became president on May 20.There are only three buildings on Yilan Science Park's site of about 71 hectares, located about 5km south of centra

    May 24, 2016 01:00 pm JST
  • South Korea taps new Japan ambassador: sources

    TOKYO -- South Korea looks to appoint a former ambassador to India as head of its embassy in Japan, several sources close to the matter said Monday.Lee Joon-gyu, 61, is to replace Yoo Heung-soo, who has expressed his desire to step down after achiev

    May 24, 2016 05:00 am JST
  • Asia prepares for a greater role in managing the internet

    TOKYO -- Since the dawn of the internet, the U.S. has taken charge of managing the network. Responsibility for running it, however, is shifting eastward.The global online population is expected to reach 5.5 billion by 2025, up from more than 3 billi

    May 19, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • As China's economy cools, East Asia feels the chill

    TAIPEI -- China has long been a prime export destination for its East Asian neighbors, but the lingering slowdown in the world's No. 2 economy has become a major headache for Taiwan, Japan and South Korea.China accounts for some 40% of Taiwan's tota

    May 19, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • For China's ruling elite, home is where the haven is

    HONG KONG The massive leak of documents known as the Panama Papers suggests that Hong Kong has played a role of connecting China's elite with a global network of tax havens.Top officials in China's Communist Party are tied to this link via relatives

    May 19, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • As China's economy cools, East Asia feels the chill

    TAIPEI China has long been a prime export destination for its East Asian neighbors, but the lingering slowdown in the world's No. 2 economy has become a major headache for Taiwan, Japan and South Korea.China accounts for some 40% of Taiwan's total e

    May 19, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Asia prepares for a greater role in managing the internet

    TOKYO Since the dawn of the internet, the U.S. has taken charge of managing the network. Responsibility for running it, however, is shifting eastward.The global online population is expected to reach 5.5 billion by 2025, up from more than 3 billion

    May 19, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Visitors to Japan break record in April

    TOKYO -- A record number of foreigners visited Japan in April, though last month's devastating earthquakes have affected tourist traffic in the stricken areas.Slightly more than 2.08 million tourists arrived last month, up 18% from a year earlier, t

    May 19, 2016 04:25 am JST
  • South Koreans look to sue Nissan over emissions scandal

    SEOUL -- South Korean consumers are considering a class-action lawsuit against Nissan Motor over allegations that the Japanese automaker manipulated emissions results, a claim the company denies.South Korea's Ministry of Environment has said that Ni

    May 18, 2016 02:00 am JST
  • Nippon Steel to cut Posco stake, go on offensive

    TOKYO/SEOUL -- Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal will sell roughly one-third of its stake in South Korean steelmaker Posco, directing the funds toward the company's shift to a global offensive.Nippon Steel's planned sale of 1.5 million of its 4.39 milli

    May 17, 2016 04:45 am JST
  • Seoul to throw book at Nissan over emissions

    SEOUL -- South Korea's Environment Ministry plans to come down hard on Nissan Motor for allegedly manipulating emissions tests, likely reflecting keen public interest in a country where diesel vehicles account for more than 40% of new registrations.

    May 17, 2016 12:08 am JST
  • Japan, South Korea, US to hold first missile defense drill

    SEOUL -- Japan, South Korea and the U.S. will conduct their first-ever joint missile defense exercise off Hawaii in June as part of efforts to share intelligence on North Korea, defense ministry sources here said Monday.America and its two East Asia

    May 16, 2016 11:22 pm JST