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  • In need of an overhaul

    OXFORD, England -- "Factory Asia" has been a dynamic growth model over the last several decades. The Asia-Pacific region is home to the most important global value chains -- from electronics to textiles, IT to autos -- distributed across a range of

    March 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Nations around the world jostle to carve up Antarctic resources

    TOKYO -- As summer sea ice levels continue to drop year by year, interest in developing undersea natural resources and opening new shipping routes through the Arctic region has been growing. While in Antarctica, at the other side of the world, some

    March 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • On the risk of becoming stupid

    In the 1980s, I used the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Network, or Darpanet, to collaborate with colleagues worldwide. Web browsers did not yet exist, but a text-based program called Lynx allowed us to use the Web programming language H

    March 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Jibing winter's cold with global warming

    TOKYO -- If global warming is taking place, why have so many places around the world experienced record snowfall this winter? Why has the U.S. been walloped by one powerful cold wave after another? Global warming skeptics must be having a field

    March 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014: Ramkrishna: India's reforming stock market chief

    MUMBAI -- Chitra Ramkrishna is the first woman to head an Indian stock exchange. The CEO of the National Stock Exchange of India took office in April last year. She sees renovating the country's trading system while listening to the voice of the

    March 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014: Huawei's Ren moves into diplomacy

    GUANGZHOU, China -- Ren Zhengfei has built Huawei Technologies into a global giant. The CEO is now focused on corporate diplomacy. He invited George Osborne, Britain's chancellor of the exchequer, to his corporate head offices in October. Ren pr

    March 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014: Acer's Shih returns amid PC problems

    TAIPEI -- Stan Shih is back. The 69-year-old co-founder of major Taiwanese PC maker Acer retired from the company's management about nine years ago. He returned last November when Chairman and CEO J.T. Wang stepped down because of the company's

    March 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014: Silent Cyrus: Tata's enigmatic Mistry pushes for revival

    NEW DELHI -- Cyrus Mistry became chairman of Tata Sons at the wrong time. The secretive chairman took the helm of the holding company of the Tata Group, India's largest industrial house, in December 2012. In an interview with The Nikkei, his pr

    March 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Two South Korean duty-free retailers take off around the world

    SEOUL/TOKYO -- Two South Korean companies are becoming global duty-free powerhouses. The world of duty-free retail has been dominated by U.S. and European companies, but Lotte Duty Free and Shilla Duty Free are changing this. Combined, South Kor

    March 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Nations around the world jostle to carve up Antarctic resources

    TOKYO -- As summer sea ice levels continue to drop year by year, interest in developing undersea natural resources and opening new shipping routes through the Arctic region has been growing. While in Antarctica, at the other side of the world, some

    March 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Abe, Park, Obama affirm cooperation on North Korea

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- The leaders of Japan and South Korea held their first formal talks here Tuesday, confirming they will partner more closely in dealing with the threat posed by North Korea's nuclear weapons and missile development. Japan

    March 26, 2014 06:29 am JST
  • Chinese shift on energy investment seen impacting oil majors

    FRANKFURT, Germany -- A change of course prompting China's leading oil companies to invest in fewer development projects will likely have a ripple effect on Western oil majors, which have also acted as sellers of oil and gas interests. They may

    March 26, 2014 06:21 am JST
  • Japan seeks united front on North Korea: Abe

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- Japan's Shinzo Abe wants to work closely with South Korean President Park Geun-hye in dealing with an unpredictable North Korea, the prime minister said ahead of their first formal talks. Speaking to reporters, Abe said

    March 26, 2014 03:30 am JST
  • Hyundai to push deeper into China with $400M plant

    SEOUL -- Vying for the No. 3 spot in China, Hyundai Motor is set to construct a state-of-the-art assembly plant in Chongqing. The new plant will roll out up to 300,000 cars a year, bringing the automaker's total annual output in the world's larg

    March 26, 2014 02:15 am JST
  • LG Electronics changes tack for smartwatch battle with Samsung

    SEOUL -- Wearable devices are just starting to take off and global electronics companies are racing to release smartwatches ahead of rivals to capture a bigger slice of the emerging next-generation market. China's Huawei Technologies is releasin

    March 25, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Hyundai betting on all-new Sonata to regain ground in S. Korea, U.S.

    SEOUL -- South Korea's Hyundai Motor is ready to roll out its all-new Sonata midsize sedan in its home market and the U.S. to rebuild its presence there. "The Sonata has played a key role in lifting the status of Hyundai into a global automaker,

    March 25, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Orix to step up bond issuances in South Korea

    TOKYO -- Orix is set to become the first Japanese company to issue bonds in South Korea under a shelf registration system in that country. The major leasing company has filed a shelf registration for up to 90 billion won ($84.4 million). Under t

    March 25, 2014 05:44 am JST
  • Xi, Abe decline summit, but still take pains to rehash history

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping have brought their battle over Japan's wartime actions to the European stage as Tokyo strives to block the united front being built by Beijing and Seoul.

    March 25, 2014 05:09 am JST
  • Retooled Japan Inc. outearning global rivals

    TOKYO -- An earnings comparison of major companies worldwide underscores the particularly strong performance of Japanese companies in fiscal 2013, thanks to reforms over the past few years and the tail wind provided by a softer yen. In the auto i

    March 25, 2014 04:48 am JST
  • Sporting goods retailer Xebio sets up overseas headquarters in Singapore

    TOKYO -- Japanese sporting goods store operator Xebio is looking to the growing markets of China, South Korea and Southeast Asia, and plans to do this through Singapore. The company, headquartered in Japan's Fukushima Prefecture, plans to nearly

    March 24, 2014 01:00 pm JST