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  • Japan's Rakuten seeks reboot through online gaming

    TOKYO -- Japanese online retail giant Rakuten will launch an online social gaming platform in a bid to reverse its sliding fortunes by luring more users to its ecosystem.The new platform, called R Games, goes live on Tuesday with 15 games, including

    April 4, 2017 02:00 am JST
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    Apple has ordered 70m units of OLED panels: sources

    TAIPEI -- Apple has placed orders for bendable organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panels with Samsung Electronics for use in 70 million handsets this year, sources told Nikkei Asian Review. The large order suggests that Apple expects its new premiu

    April 4, 2017 01:07 am JST
  • Moon elected as S. Korea opposition party's presidential candidate

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- South Korea's largest opposition party on Monday chose Moon Jae In as its presidential candidate, with the frontrunner declaring he will "put an end to the era of division and conflict" if he wins the May 9 election. Moon, of the D

    April 3, 2017 09:23 pm JST
  • Hotel Lotte scraps IPO, stung by China's reprisal

    SEOUL -- Hit by China's retaliation for the deployment of a U.S. anti-missile system in South Korea, Hotel Lotte has shelved plans for an up to $4.5 billion listing in Seoul until its duty-free business has recovered.Lotte Group President Hwang Gak-

    April 3, 2017 07:40 pm JST
  • South Korea manufacturing PMI down to 48.4 in March

    TOKYO -- The Nikkei South Korea Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, fell to a fourth-month low of 48.4 in March from 49.2 in February.A reading above 50 indicates economic expansion, while one below 50 points toward contraction. The la

    April 3, 2017 09:30 am JST
  • Chinese and South Koreans reconsider the American dream

    BEIJING/SEOUL -- Helen Su and her husband wanted to move to the U.S. Now, they're not so sure.Su, who is Chinese, studied political science while in college in Nashville, Tennessee. After graduating, she spent time living in New York, London and the

    April 3, 2017 06:00 am JST
  • Park scandal forcing rethink of cozy public-private ties

    SEOUL -- The conglomerates known as chaebol are taking a second look at their historically close relationship with the South Korean government as prosecutors home in on arrested ex-President Park Geun-hye's ties to the Samsung group.Park wore a stif

    April 1, 2017 06:45 am JST
  • Park's arrest boosts Moon, top liberal presidential hopeful

    SEOUL -- Moon Jae-in, the liberal frontrunner in South Korea's presidential race set for May 9, is gaining momentum in light of impeached President Park Geun-hye's arrest, as public opinion hardens over the last nine years under two conservative pre

    April 1, 2017 05:30 am JST
  • Fall from grace the latest twist in Park's tumultuous life

    SEOUL -- Under arrest after months of scandal that rocked the nation, ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye could now face a lengthy list of charges. But this marks only the latest of the many troubles she has endured.Park grew up in the Blue

    April 1, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • Samsung redoubles efforts on quality with new handset

    SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics is pulling out all the stops to make sure its latest flagship smartphone does not suffer the humiliating fate of last year's fire-prone Galaxy Note 7. It remains to be seen whether the new product will help the company t

    March 31, 2017 07:00 pm JST
  • Raised Sewol ferry arrives at South Korean port

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- The ill-fated Sewol ferry, raised last week from where it sank nearly three years ago, arrived on a transport vessel Friday afternoon at a port in southwestern South Korea for inspection, the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries said.On

    March 31, 2017 04:32 pm JST
  • Arrest of Park clefts South Korea's presidential field

    SEOUL -- Candidates for the upcoming South Korean presidential election expressed both satisfaction and disappointment in statements made Friday about the arrest of impeached former President Park Geun-hye.Moon Jae-in, the former leader of the large

    March 31, 2017 02:32 pm JST
  • Park's arrest paves way for South Korea to undertake reforms

    SEOUL -- The arrest of former President Park Geun-hye will open the door for South Korea to push for political and economic reforms, removing negative factors weighing on stock markets and Asia's fourth-largest economy, analysts said Friday.Observer

    March 31, 2017 01:12 pm JST
  • South Korean scandal reaches climax with arrest of Park

    SEOUL -- The political scandal that has rocked South Korea since October is coming to a boil after a Seoul court approved a warrant for the arrest of impeached President Park Geun-hye early Friday.The former leader abused her power by collecting mon

    March 31, 2017 05:00 am JST
  • S.Korea court approves warrant to arrest ousted president Park Geun-hye

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- A South Korean court on Friday approved a warrant to arrest ousted president Park Geun-hye, the country's first democratically elected leader to be thrown out of office, on accusations of bribery and abuse of power.Park can be hel

    March 31, 2017 04:34 am JST
  • Construction unit boosts Posco quarterly net profit

    SEOUL -- Posco estimated Thursday that its net profit more than doubled in the first quarter from a year ago, thanks to improved performance in its construction affiliate and overseas steel sales.South Korea's largest steelmaker said that its net pr

    March 30, 2017 10:43 pm JST
  • Hyundai, Toyota launch new hybrid cars at Seoul Motor Show

    GOYANG, South Korea -- Hyundai Motor and Toyota Motors launched new models of hybrid cars at the Seoul Motor Show on Thursday, forecasting that sales of the eco-friendly vehicles will increase in the next few years in South Korea.Hyundai showed off

    March 30, 2017 08:27 pm JST
  • Japan's popIn to pop into South Korea, Taiwan

    TOKYO -- Japanese online ad startup popIn is making a full-scale foray into South Korea and Taiwan as part of its overseas expansion drive.Based in Tokyo's Bunkyo Ward, popIn began life at the University of Tokyo. It is now a subsidiary of Baidu, th

    March 30, 2017 06:30 pm JST
  • Trump's anti-immigrant message hits home for Asians

    NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES/DETROIT -- For Jan, the night of Nov. 8 last year was terrifying. The 20-year-old Mindanao-born Filipino had gathered with several of his undocumented peers in Flushing, New York, to watch the votes being counted for the U.S. pr

    March 30, 2017 04:00 pm JST
  • Posco puts diversification back on front burner

    SEOUL -- Armed with a fresh endorsement from shareholders, Posco Chairman Kwon Oh-joon looks ready to steer South Korea's top steelmaker in new directions.After taking office in 2014, Kwon effectively shelved the company's diversification plans, ele

    March 30, 2017 01:00 pm JST