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  • North Korea

    Former South Korean minister sees Kim Jong Un's regime 'stabilizing'

    TOKYO -- While it seems unstable, the regime of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is actually "stabilizing" as Kim's leadership gradually strengthens, according to a former South Korean unification minister. The regime shows no sign of collapsing

    December 1, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Nikkei PMI

    South Korea's factory activity remianed weak at 49.1 in November

    TOKYO -- The Nikkei South Korea Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, for November remained weak at 49.1. The reading was unchanged from October. A reading above 50 indicates economic expansion, while a reading below 50 points towar

    December 1, 2015 10:40 am JST
  • China-Japan-South Korea forum

    Cooperation urged on trade, infrastructure, energy

    SEOUL -- Economic integration and cooperative infrastructure development are the way forward for Northeast Asia amid global challenges, delegates from Japan, South Korea and China agreed at a conference here Monday. Former Japanese Prime Ministe

    December 1, 2015 07:45 am JST
  • Kakao

    IT giant's stock rises on Internet banking permit

    HONG KONG -- Shares of information technology company Kakao jumped Monday on the South Korean market, spurred by news that its application to operate an Internet-only banking business received provisional approval. The stock surged as much as 12

    December 1, 2015 06:30 am JST
  • Climate summit starts in Paris aiming for global emissions deal

    PARIS (Kyodo) -- A U.N. climate change summit started in Paris on Monday aiming for a global agreement on curbing greenhouse gas emissions, with leaders from about 150 countries ready to inject fresh momentum into what are certain to be grueling two

    November 30, 2015 08:30 pm JST
  • John McBeth

    So far yet so close to Paris, El Nino riles Indonesians

    As global leaders gathered in Paris on Monday for the United Nations-sponsored summit on climate change, matters at the heart of the summit and global rallies demanding action from leaders were playing out on the other side of the world, in rain-soa

    November 30, 2015 06:15 pm JST
  • Northeast Asia diplomacy

    Time for Beijing, Seoul, Tokyo to cooperate, says ex-South Korea premier

    SEOUL -- China, South Korea and Japan have reached a point where they are capable of repairing their strained trilateral relations and moving toward closer cooperation, former South Korean Prime Minister Lee Hong-koo told a conference here on Monday

    November 30, 2015 03:00 pm JST
  • Japan, China, South Korea to enhance cooperation on infectious diseases

    KYOTO (Kyodo) -- Health ministers from Japan, China and South Korea vowed Sunday to enhance cooperation among their countries to deal with Middle East respiratory syndrome and other infectious diseases at their meeting in Kyoto, western Japan. T

    November 29, 2015 02:12 pm JST
  • Celltrion, Hanmi Science

    Drugs could be South Korea's next growth sector

    SEOUL -- A pair of South Korean drug companies are leveraging their R&D prowess to climb to the top of the industry, rushing past less-nimble members of large conglomerates and lining the sector up as the nation's next driver of growth. Novel-dr

    November 29, 2015 07:00 am JST
  • Japan, China

    High-level meeting in the works

    TOKYO -- Japan and China are preparing to hold a vice ministerial-level meeting in Beijing, perhaps before the end of the year. The meeting will be a warm-up for a dialogue of cabinet-level ministers with economic portfolios that is expected to

    November 29, 2015 01:40 am JST
  • North Korea tested submarine-launched missile, but launch failed - report

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- North Korea appeared to conduct a submarine-launched ballistic missile test on Saturday but it ended in failure with no indication that the missile successfully ejected from the vessel and took off, South Korea's Yonhap news agenc

    November 28, 2015 08:38 pm JST
  • Smartphone panels

    Asian giants sharpen rivalries as some shift to OLED

    TOKYO -- Smartphone display panel manufacturers from Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and China are scrambling to upgrade operations, intensifying competition among them. South Korea's LG Display unveiled plans Friday to build a new plant for small an

    November 28, 2015 07:45 am JST
  • Automakers' first-half results

    Toyota stays on top, Volkswagen suffers amid scandal

    TOKYO -- Japan's Toyota Motor defended its top spot among world automakers in both net returns and earning power for the first half of fiscal 2015. The top 10 performers were reported based on a survey of earnings at the world's leading automake

    November 27, 2015 01:15 pm JST
  • Interview with Kim Hyoung-ki

    South Korean drugmaker Celltrion riding high on biosimilars

    SEOUL -- Celltrion, a South Korean pharmaceutical venture, is on a tear. Founded just 13 years ago, its market capitalization has already swelled to about 10 trillion won ($8.66 billion). The company's share price has more than doubled since the sta

    November 27, 2015 10:00 am JST
  • Profit-growth leaders

    Asia's most dynamic companies go local to thrive

    BANGKOK -- The companies on our Asia300 list are not limited to just large, well-established players like traditional commercial banks and conglomerates. They also include younger businesses striving to make the most of their unique advantages, such

    November 27, 2015 10:00 am JST
  • Orion

    Korean snack maker taking Asia by storm

    SEOUL -- South Korea's Orion is transforming into an Asian confectionery heavyweight, actively expanding in the region and notching notable growth in China and Vietnam. In the July-September quarter, Orion's Chinese operating profit jumped 18% o

    November 27, 2015 05:00 am JST
  • LG Display

    Huge investment planned to make OLED screens for iPhones

    SEOUL -- LG Display will build a new plant churning out small and midsize OLED panels in anticipation of Apple adopting the next-generation screens for the iPhone in 2018. The South Korean company's board signed off Thursday on plans to invest i

    November 27, 2015 02:00 am JST
  • Vyacheslav Solomin

    Russian hydropower can help fight climate change in Asia

    The need to balance climate change with sustainable power supplies is one of the greatest challenges facing the global environment. The Nov. 30-Dec. 11 United Nations climate change summit in Paris will likely demonstrate that while there is widespr

    November 27, 2015 12:36 am JST
  • Asia300

    Region's companies swarming into the $10 billion club

    BANGKOK -- Asia's breakneck economic growth has sent corporate market values soaring across the region. Excluding Japan, Asian companies accounted for 22% of the global $10 billion club as of the end of October, up from just 9% a decade earlier and

    November 26, 2015 02:00 pm JST
  • Richard Lumb

    Bank boards in urgent need of tech-savvy directors

    There is no business sector that spends more on information technology than banking. But with the digital era disrupting the landscape, technology is causing an industry-wide identity crisis that must be addressed at board level. Traditionally,

    November 26, 2015 01:00 pm JST