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    BANGKOK -- It was not so long ago that mobile phone users would express horror at the thought of their hand-held devices being invaded by marketers; now, mobile advertising is one of the fastest growing revenue streams in the digital sector, and Asi

    February 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Lenovo flexes its 'PC-plus' muscle

    BEIJING -- Lenovo Group catapulted itself onto the global stage in 2005 with its $1.25 billion purchase of IBM's PC division. The deal still stands as a landmark triumph among Chinese overseas acquisitions. Now Lenovo is hoping to match that success

    February 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014: Meet Hong Kong's Wong, the 'Magic Boy'

    HONG KONG -- Ricky Wong Wai-kay, chairman of Hong Kong Television Network, is nicknamed "Magic Boy." He has continued to challenge regulatory restraints in Hong Kong, a special administrative region of China known as one of the most business-friendl

    February 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014: Ang angles for San Miguel diversification

    MANILA -- Ramon Ang is considered an effective and powerful leader who can "execute the country's national strategy all alone" in the Philippines. The president of San Miguel oversees his company's domination of the domestic beer market. San Miguel

    February 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014: Singapore's Ho steers economy

    SINGAPORE -- Ho Ching, the chief executive of Singapore's government-owned investment fund Temasek Holdings, commands the economy with a cool head. Temasek has Singapore Telecommunications and other leading companies in its portfolio. It has be

    February 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014: Suh naturally looks to China

    SEOUL -- Suh Kyung-bae has his eyes on China. The chairman of AmorePacific, South Korea's leading cosmetics maker, is looking to capitalize on the popularity of his country in the neighboring nation. AmorePacific has enjoyed steady growth in ove

    February 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • G-20 targets 2% GDP growth, frets over sustainability

    SYDNEY -- Group of 20 finance ministers and central bank chiefs agreed on Feb. 23 to set a goal of boosting their collective gross domestic product by more than 2% over the next five years. The unusual agreement by the world's leading economies

    February 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Wearable devices could point users to healthier lifestyles

    BARCELONA, Spain -- Judging by the wearables that electronics companies from around the world are unveiling here at Mobile World Congress 2014, consumers are demanding devices that can remind them to burn some calories. Sony Mobile Communication

    February 26, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • South Korean exports mask economic fragility at home

    SEOUL -- Some 700 individual investors in South Korea filed suit against Tongyang Group on Jan. 21, seeking damages for investment losses. Facing a credit crunch after the 2008 financial crisis, the leading cement maker recklessly issued bonds and c

    February 26, 2014 07:09 am JST
  • Coking coal hits 4-year low amid rising Australian output

    TOKYO -- The international price of coking coal continues to fall as Australian producers boost output and demand from Chinese steelmakers slackens. The spot price of benchmark Australian coking coal has sunk 9% since the start of the year to $1

    February 26, 2014 06:03 am JST
  • Samsung speeding up smartphone launch to get jump on Apple

    SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics will release the latest entry in its mainstay smartphone series about two weeks earlier than it did last year, in part to grab market share before Apple's new iPhone comes out. Unveiling the Galaxy S5 at a Spanish tr

    February 26, 2014 03:53 am JST
  • Park's diplomacy: productive or perilous for South Korea?

    SEOUL -- Scenes aired on live TV last week showed hundreds of tearful Koreans, separated since the peninsula was torn apart by war, throwing themselves into one another's arms. It was the first opportunity for North and South Korean family members t

    February 25, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Samsung opens up galaxy of potential with PayPal tieup

    BARCELONA, Spain -- Samsung Electronics' latest model of its mainstay smartphone series, the Galaxy S5, was unveiled Monday. The South Korean electronics giant's new phone introduced fingerprint recognition for use with major U.S. online payment

    February 25, 2014 02:00 pm JST
  • GE returning to Japan's wind power market

    NEW YORK -- General Electric plans to re-enter the Japanese wind turbine market, further heating up competition fueled by the country's feed-in tariff for renewable energy. The U.S. company, which will announce the move Wednesday in Tokyo, has d

    February 25, 2014 04:45 am JST
  • South Korean app developers eye big slices of Japanese pie

    TOKYO -- Software developers from South Korea are wooing Japan's smartphone users, considered to be the most enthusiastic app buyers in the world. Educational software startup Smatoos has released an English-learning app in Japan and aims to mak

    February 25, 2014 04:11 am JST
  • Park's authoritarian style could tear apart South Korean society

    SEOUL -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye has enjoyed steady public support since she took office a year ago due to her competent management of domestic and foreign affairs. But her uncompromising, authoritarian style is quietly stoking resentme

    February 24, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • G-20 sets target of 2%, shares sense crisis for sustainable growth

    SYDNEY -- Group of 20 finance ministers and central bank chiefs agreed on Feb. 23 to set a goal of boosting the collective gross domestic product of the 20 nations by more than 2% over the next five years. The unusual agreement to set a numerica

    February 24, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • With Facebook buying WhatsApp, what's up for Line?

    SILICON VALLEY -- If ever a company had reason to post a big "like" on Facebook, then South Korea's Naver had one Feb. 20. Naver is the parent company of the operator of Line, the free mobile messaging application for smartphones that emerged ou

    February 24, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • US to show off nuclear capability to North Korea

    WASHINGTON -- The U.S. military is considering the use of nuclear warhead-capable B52 bombers in its joint exercise with South Korea that started Monday, sources told the Nikkei. The B52s will drop bombs from an air space over the exercise field

    February 24, 2014 02:00 pm JST
  • Firefox hot, Tizen not in mobile operating system race

    BARCELONA, Spain -- Can one of a number of marginal mobile operating systems make a serious dent in the duopoly of Apple and Google? That question will be on minds at this year's Mobile World Congress, which kicks off here Monday. Nearly 96%

    February 24, 2014 02:00 am JST