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  • Asian startups step out of Silicon Valley's shadow

    TOKYO/JAKARTA -- Nur Dwi Sasi's daily commute to her workplace in South Jakarta used to be a daunting task. The 47-year-old office worker had to walk in the scorching heat to catch a jam-packed minibus before changing to another, equally crowded bus

    April 20, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Asian startups step out of Silicon Valley's shadow

    TOKYO/JAKARTA Nur Dwi Sasi's daily commute to her workplace in South Jakarta used to be a daunting task. The 47-year-old office worker had to walk in the scorching heat to catch a jam-packed minibus before changing to another, equally crowded bus. T

    April 20, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Beijing hits South Korea in the pocketbook over THAAD

    JEJU/SEOUL, South Korea The pub near the Lotte Hotel on Jeju Island was deserted on the evening of March 16, one day after Chinese authorities banned group tours from visiting South Korea.The owner of the beer hall, simply called Island, is normally

    April 20, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Two front-runners emerge in South Korea's election

    SEOUL The May 9 presidential election in South Korea is shaping up as a two-way race between Moon Jae-in and Ahn Cheol-soo. With registration for candidacy now closed, five hopefuls remain standing, but only two have any real chance of replacing dis

    April 20, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Behind the bluster, North Korea and the US angle for peace

    SEOUL/WASHINGTON Behind the bluster and saber rattling, both the U.S. and North Korea appear keen to avoid an all-out war without losing face. With China attempting to play the role of peacemaker, the three countries have become embroiled in a tangl

    April 20, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • South Korean casino resort to open amid China tensions

    SEOUL -- South Korea's first integrated casino resort will open near the country's gateway of Incheon International Airport on Thursday, with hopes of securing gamers from China, Japan and other Southeast Asian countries.But rising political tension

    April 19, 2017 10:05 pm JST
  • South Korean candidate Moon softens his tone on Tokyo

    SEOUL -- Moon Jae-in, the presidential candidate of South Korea's leading opposition Democratic Party of Korea, dialed back his fiery rhetoric on Japan in a list of key campaign pledges released Monday, apparently seeking a more cooperative line.Moo

    April 19, 2017 04:20 am JST
  • Lotte Duty Free to expand into Thailand

    BANGKOK -- South Korea's Lotte Duty Free will open its first Thai store here as early as June, ending a local company's exclusive grip on the market.Ranking third worldwide in the lucrative duty-free shop market, the Lotte Group unit also has stores

    April 19, 2017 02:07 am JST
  • Calvin Koh

    Asian sports could spark global virtual reality breakthrough

    The sandy shores of Copacabana Beach were thousands of miles away for most sports fans, but many were able to soak up the atmosphere at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games thanks to 300 hours of virtual reality coverage, from beach volleyball to the op

    April 18, 2017 08:57 pm JST
  • Kia Motors plans new Indian plant to capture growing market

    SEOUL -- Kia Motors is planning to build its first production lines in India by 2019, aiming to produce 300,000 small vehicles a year, as part of its global strategy to meet rising demand from the fast-growing market.South Korea's second-largest aut

    April 18, 2017 06:27 pm JST
  • Increased tension on Korean Peninsula driving up the yen

    TOKYO -- The yen is the only major Asian currency that is firming amid growing tensions on the Korean Peninsula, with both the Chinese yuan and the South Korean won weakening.In an about-face on a key campaign pledge, U.S. President Donald Trump has

    April 18, 2017 06:00 pm JST
  • 'Shy voters' changing landscape of South Korea presidential race

    SEOUL -- Support for Ahn Cheol-soo, the former leader of the centrist and second-largest opposition People's Party, is rising sharply in the presidential election in South Korea, halting a dominant lead by Moon Jae-in, a former representative of the

    April 18, 2017 02:00 pm JST
  • US looks to "reform" free trade deal with South Korea: Pence

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- The United States will review and "reform" a free trade agreement with South Korea, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said Tuesday, citing "too many barriers" for his country's businesses."We're reviewing all of our trade agreements ac

    April 18, 2017 01:35 pm JST
  • More Samsung Electronics workers opting to stay

    SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics has a reputation for chewing up and spitting out employees after just a few years. But that is starting to change. Since 2010, the average length of employment at the South Korean electronics manufacturer has been increa

    April 18, 2017 12:30 pm JST
  • Nippon Steel's win against leakers sets strong example

    TOKYO -- Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal's successful settlements with South Korea's Posco and individual ex-workers in a corporate espionage case were a win for other Japanese companies as well, since they forged a path for others to follow when deal

    April 18, 2017 04:45 am JST
  • South Korean election campaign focuses on jobs, inequality

    SEOUL -- As South Korea's presidential race got underway Monday, both front-runners laid out similar approaches to economic policy, focusing on tackling the country's widening income inequality and youth unemployment.Democratic Party of Korea candid

    April 18, 2017 04:30 am JST
  • US issues stern warning against North Korean provocations

    SEOUL -- As the high-stakes standoff continues between the U.S. and North Korea, American Vice President Mike Pence has ratcheted up the pressure on Pyongyang, warning that that further nuclear or missile testing could trigger a response from Washin

    April 18, 2017 04:10 am JST
  • Former Nippon Steel workers pay in Posco secrets case

    TOKYO -- Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal has reached large settlements with about 10 former employees accused of leaking trade secrets to South Korea's Posco, setting an example of a successful crackdown on corporate espionage.Some of the ex-employees

    April 18, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • Samsung retakes crown as most-wanted South Korean employer

    SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics is once again the company that new South Korean university graduates most want to work for, despite a spate of scandals including the arrest of de facto chief Lee Jae-yong, a poll released Monday by job-search website op

    April 17, 2017 11:20 pm JST
  • US's Pence puts North Korea on notice not to test US resolve, citing Syria strike

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence put North Korea on notice on Monday, warning that recent U.S. strikes in Syria and Afghanistan showed that the resolve of President Donald Trump should not be tested.Pence and South Korean acting pre

    April 17, 2017 08:27 pm JST