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  • Shipments of Samsung's Galaxy S8 top 10m

    SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics has already shipped more than 10 million units of its flagship Galaxy S8 smartphone, less than a month after the phone's April 21 launch, a company insider said Wednesday.The S8, which features an OLED display, is the fi

    May 18, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • South Korea president taps chaebol reform activist as antitrust chief: Yonhap

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- South Korea's presidential office will name corporate reform activist Kim Sang-jo as the administration's nominee to head the Korea Fair Trade Commission on Wednesday, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported.The 54-year-old Kim,

    May 17, 2017 12:33 pm JST
  • Philip Morris takes cigarette alternative to South Korea

    LONDON - IQOS, the high-tech alternative to cigarettes produced by U.S. tobacco company Philip Morris International, has been embraced most warmly by Japan among the 25 global markets where it is sold. Now the company will see whether smokers in nei

    May 17, 2017 11:45 am JST
  • FT Confidential Research

    Korea Inc's China problems go beyond anti-missile system spat

    A diplomatic row over the Thaad anti-missile system has exacerbated longstanding problems facing South Korean brands in China, as competition from domestic companies in key categories erodes their popularity.Retailers and car and smartphone makers a

    May 17, 2017 11:40 am JST
  • North Korea to be focus of planned US-South Korea summit

    SEOUL -- The leaders of the U.S. and South Korea are expected to discuss potential responses to North Korea's growing nuclear weapons capabilities at a summit in Washington at the end of June.The countries reached a tentative agreement on the summit

    May 17, 2017 05:10 am JST
  • South Korea's 7-Eleven showcases high-tech self-checkout machine

    SEOUL -- Customers at a new 7-Eleven here can try their hand at using a self-checkout machine that lets them pay without cash or credit cards by scanning their veins for identity verification.It is the first 7-Eleven in South Korea without any staff

    May 17, 2017 04:00 am JST
  • Pyongyang's hand suspected in global ransomware attack

    WASHINGTON/SEOUL -- A North Korean digital warfare cell may be behind the cyberattack that spread across the globe over the weekend, possibly aimed at disrupting society and raking in foreign currency.A researcher at Google found segments of code sh

    May 17, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • S. Korea's new president, Trump to hold talks in late June

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- South Korea's newly elected President Moon Jae In and U.S. President Donald Trump plan to hold a summit in late June, South Korea's presidential office said Tuesday, amid growing anxiety over North Korea's nuclear and missile ambiti

    May 16, 2017 07:53 pm JST
  • Tiny Italian city hosts Asia's biggest cinema showcase in West

    UDINE, Italy -- Udine is one of northern Italy's most elegant cities, a sleepy charmer at the foot of the Alps with Renaissance arcades and cobblestone piazzas. Every spring it undergoes a transformation, as some of the biggest names in Asian cinema

    May 16, 2017 06:00 pm JST
  • Horiba to open R&D facility in South Korea

    TOKYO -- Japanese precision instrument manufacturer Horiba is preparing to get a research and development facility up and running in the South Korean city of Yongin to better address changing local customer needs for parts used in semiconductor-manu

    May 16, 2017 04:20 pm JST
  • J. Berkshire Miller

    Moon rise spells trouble for South Korea-Japan relations

    The election of Moon Jae-in as South Korean president has ended a six-month political rollercoaster hallmarked by the impeachment and eventual arrest of former President Park Geun-hye. But Moon's accession to the Blue House will complicate Japan's e

    May 16, 2017 01:00 am JST
  • Some businesses in Asia disrupted by cyber attack, authorities brace for more

    SINGAPORE/WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Asian governments and businesses reported some disruptions from the WannaCry ransomware worm on Monday but cybersecurity experts warned of a wider impact as more employees turned on their computers and checked e-mai

    May 15, 2017 02:45 pm JST
  • North Korea says missile test aimed at testing carrying large nuclear warhead

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- North Korea said on Monday it had successfully conducted a newly developed mid-to-long range missile test on Sunday, supervised by leader Kim Jong Un and aimed at verifying the capability to carry a "large scale heavy nuclear warh

    May 15, 2017 08:20 am JST
  • Missile strains international effort to corral Pyongyang

    TOKYO -- North Korea's latest missile launch Sunday came at a delicate time when the hard line formed by Washington, Tokyo and Seoul has been called into question by last week's election of South Korean President Moon Jae-in, a proponent of rapproch

    May 15, 2017 05:00 am JST
  • South Korean summit delegation meets North's, slams missile launch

    BEIJING (Kyodo) -- The South Korean delegation to an international economic forum in Beijing said Sunday it met briefly with its North Korean counterpart at which it slammed Pyongyang's latest missile launch, the South's Yonhap News Agency reported.

    May 14, 2017 07:27 pm JST
  • Moon takes office with severe shortage of seats in parliament

    TOKYO -- South Korea's new President Moon Jae-in, who was sworn in on Wednesday, was quick to announce his picks for prime minister and high-ranking officials for the Blue House.Although Moon won by a large margin, he only got 40% of the vote. The n

    May 14, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • South Korea's Moon says dialogue only possible when North changes attitude

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- South Korea's new president Moon Jae-in "strongly condemns" North Korea's latest missile launch, which represented a "clear violation" of U.N. Security Council resolutions, the presidential office said on Sunday.Moon, who chaired

    May 14, 2017 10:03 am JST
  • Japan protests latest North Korea missile launch

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Japanese government issued a protest to North Korea on Sunday over its latest test-firing of a ballistic missile that morning. "These repeated missile launches by North Korea are a grave threat to our country and are in clear vi

    May 14, 2017 08:03 am JST
  • Global cyber attack slows but experts see risk of fresh strikes

    SINGAPORE/FRANKFURT (Reuters) -- A global cyber attack described as unprecedented in scale forced a major European automaker to halt some production lines while hitting schools in China and hospitals in Indonesia on Saturday, though it appeared to d

    May 13, 2017 11:30 pm JST
  • China-led AIIB approves seven new members ahead of new Silk Road summit

    BEIJING (Reuters) -- The China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) said on Saturday it had approved seven new members to join the bank, a day before China's biggest diplomatic event of the year kicks off.Leaders from 29 countries will

    May 13, 2017 07:30 pm JST