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  • Sega, Chinese partner designing smartphone games for East Asia

    TOKYO -- Sega will partner with a major Chinese online game developer on smartphone offerings geared toward East Asian markets. The global market for smartphone games is forecast to double in the next five years. Facing withering competition at

    December 1, 2013 10:32 pm JST
  • Seoul may find trade pact largely a done deal

    TOKYO -- To take part in crafting the Trans-Pacific Partnership, South Korea would need the approval of all 12 current participants -- and likely have to swallow a galling Japanese demand for tariff-free access to its automobile market. The coun

    November 30, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • Reluctant South Korea embraces TPP -- almost

    SEOUL -- After much wavering, South Korea on Friday signaled an openness to talks on a cross-Pacific trade agreement, a potential shift from its preference for bilateral deals. Seoul's hesitance toward the Trans-Pacific Partnership stemmed from

    November 30, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • South Korean TV makers dominating fast-growing Mideast

    TOKYO -- The world's television manufacturers and industry insiders are increasingly watching the Middle East, a region expected to post steady annual growth of around 5% through 2016 or 2017 amid slowdowns in Japan, the U.S. and Europe, says market

    November 29, 2013 11:38 pm JST
  • South Korea poised to announce TPP aspirations

    TOKYO--South Korea is set to announce its intention to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade talks, The Nikkei learned Friday. This marks a departure from the government's traditional policy of striking a series of bilateral trade agreem

    November 29, 2013 03:58 pm JST
  • Biden to play peacemaker as tempers flare in East Asia

    WASHINGTON -- On his visit to East Asia next week, U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden is expected to perform a delicate diplomatic act to tame tensions triggered by China's claim of airspace over disputed territory while urging Beijing to show the res

    November 29, 2013 01:50 am JST
  • Asia can withstand an early Fed taper

    The U.S. economy is holding up better than expected. Job growth has accelerated in recent months, and GDP expanded impressively in the third quarter. The Fed may thus decide to ease up on quantitative easing in the coming months. True, inflation is

    November 28, 2013 01:00 pm JST
  • Hyundai sets sights on European luxury market with all-new Genesis

    SEOUL (Nikkei) -- Hyundai Motor has unveiled the all-new Genesis luxury sedan, which will spearhead the South Korean automaker's push into the European luxury car market. The first full model change for the vehicle in six years, the new Genesis

    November 28, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • Everybody seems to know where Lee Jae-yong will end up

    SEOUL -- When Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt emerged from a Samsung Electronics office building in Seoul earlier this fall, a throng of waiting reporters scrambled to ask the same question: Have you met with Samsung Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yon

    November 28, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Korean cosmetics companies give Asia a makeover

    HANOI -- Cosmetics makers from South Korea are expanding their reach to the rest of Asia, heating up competition in a market projected to grow past 10 trillion yen ($98.7 billion) by 2017."Look at how your skin is dry," said a cosmetics clerk at a s

    November 28, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Sunny days for South Korean stocks as economy chugs along

    SEOUL -- Stocks in South Korea are holding firm, and with companies in the export-driven country riding in the slipstream of the economic recoveries in the U.S. and China, the trend does not appear likely to end soon. South Korean stocks have be

    November 28, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Asia can withstand an early Fed taper

    The U.S. economy is holding up better than expected. Job growth has accelerated in recent months, and GDP expanded impressively in the third quarter. The Fed may thus decide to ease up on quantitative easing in the coming months. True, inflation is

    November 28, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Won's newfound strength aids Japanese exporters

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- The yen's overall value against other major currencies has fallen below the South Korean won's for the first time in five years, a trend seen creating a tail wind for Japanese exporters against Korean rivals. The won hit 101.6

    November 27, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • Past still haunts troubled Tokyo-Seoul relationship

    It has been almost a year since former Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda lost power in a demoralizing election defeat. Many things from those days still occupy his mind, among them the inexplicable turnaround in then South Korean President Lee Myung-bak

    November 25, 2013 01:00 pm JST
  • Close yet so far: Survey shows Japanese feel little affinity with China

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- Japan's Cabinet Office on Saturday released a survey showing a record 80.7% of Japanese citizens feel no sense of neighborliness with China. The result is up by 0.1 of a percentage point from the previous survey, conducted last yea

    November 23, 2013 09:06 pm JST
  • CHA Health Systems sets sights on Japan

    Tokyo (Nikkei) -- CHA Health Systems, a major South Korean hospital operator, is picking up the pace of its clinical research in regenerative medicine and has its eyes on Japan as a center for such work. Cha Kwang-yul, the company's founder, des

    November 22, 2013 07:00 pm JST
  • South Korean stocks looking good as economy keeps steady

    SEOUL -- South Korean stocks are holding firm as economic recoveries in the U.S. and China appear to have staying power, helping export-driven South Korea. Since August, there has been an uptrend in South Korean stocks due to aggressive purchase

    November 21, 2013 07:00 pm JST
  • Emerging nations' forex forecast: chance of a storm

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- The possibility that the U.S. will dial down its quantitative easing continues to stir fears of currency turmoil in emerging economies. The prospect of Uncle Sam's taper is also underpinning expectations for further yen depreciatio

    November 21, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Ripples from Western derivatives regulation spreading across Asia

    Since the beginning of the financial crisis in 2008, Group of 20 governments have sought to extend their regulation of the financial markets -- to avoid letting "Main Street pay for a failure on Wall Street."The leaders' statement issued at the G-20

    November 21, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Asean's profit-growth kings: Resource boom trickles down to retail

    TOKYO -- For companies operating in Southeast Asia, now is an excellent time to be involved in infrastructure and natural resources. Being a retailer does not hurt, either, thanks to surging domestic demand across the region.These sectors dominated

    November 21, 2013 12:00 am JST