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    Japan shipbuilders look to innovate their way out of slump

    TOKYO -- Japanese shipbuilders including Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and domestic leader Imabari Shipbuilding are joining forces to develop self-navigation systems and other technology that could help them escape damaging price competition with Asia

    May 5, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • Armed with data, IT companies are transforming health care

    TOKYO Health care as we know it is unsustainable. Hospitals and clinics will not be able to handle the inevitable rise in the number of elderly patients. A technological transformation is vital to free up doctors to concentrate on emergencies and ne

    May 4, 2017 07:00 pm JST
  • Lotte and Samsung go their own ways on reform

    SEOUL -- Two of South Korea's biggest conglomerates are responding very differently to demands for greater transparency.Samsung Electronics' board of directors made it clear on April 27 that the company will not adopt a holding company structure, sa

    May 4, 2017 02:00 pm JST
  • Armed with data, IT companies are transforming health care

    TOKYO Health care as we know it is unsustainable. Hospitals and clinics will not be able to handle the inevitable rise in the number of elderly patients. A technological transformation is vital to free up doctors to concentrate on emergencies and ne

    May 4, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • The high-tech secrets of Gangnam-style cosmetic surgery

    SEOUL "Gangnam Style" catapulted the upscale district in the South Korean capital to global prominence, but Gangnam had an international reputation long before pop star Psy's catchy tune and distinctive dance became an internet phenomenon. Every yea

    May 4, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • The ADB faces up to new challenges

    Asia has seen remarkable growth in recent decades, but it still needs to improve power grids, roads, waterworks and other infrastructure, both to sustain that growth and as a result of it. Asian economies also need to attract private-sector capital

    May 4, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Escort mission ushers the US-Japan alliance into a new era

    TOKYO The alliance between Japan and the U.S. has reached a new stage, after the Japanese Self-Defense Forces kicked off their first peacetime escort of an American warship. The move takes the partnership beyond joint drills and policy coordination,

    May 4, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • South Korea's presidential race comes down to the wire

    SEOUL As South Koreans prepare to choose a new president on May 9, liberal candidate Moon Jae-in looks set for an easy win, with his nearest rival trailing by more than 20 percentage points in the latest opinion poll.But even a double-digit lead is

    May 4, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • South Korea's presidential hopefuls promise break with the past

    SEOUL The South Korean presidential election is shaping up to be a contest of which candidate can promise the cleanest break with the past.Former President Lee Myung-bak, a conservative, was in office from 2008 to 2013. Lee came from a business back

    May 4, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Diverging agendas explode the myth of 'Asian values'

    Democracies in Northeast and Southeast Asia are drifting further apart in their political and strategic policies. In the era of globalization and social media, long-assumed cultural similarities between these two regions are not holding up. This is

    May 4, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Company in focus: TSMC tries to keep magic alive amid doubts over succession

    TAIPEI In late March, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) topped rival Intel by market value for the first time. TSMC's rise and Intel's stumble over the past decade reflect how mobile devices have overtaken personal computers as the one d

    May 4, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Lotte and Samsung go their own ways on reform

    SEOUL Two of South Korea's biggest conglomerates are responding very differently to demands for greater transparency.Samsung Electronics' board of directors made it clear on April 27 that the company will not adopt a holding company structure, sayin

    May 4, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • China to allow majority foreign ownership for car ventures

    BEIJING China will allow foreign majority ownership of automotive joint ventures by 2025, the government said April 25, a move that prompted cheers abroad but apprehension at home.A government plan for the domestic auto industry states that restrict

    May 4, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • China urges all sides in N Korea standoff to 'stop irritating' one another

    BEIJING (Reuters) -- China on Wednesday urged all parties in the Korean standoff to stay calm and "stop irritating each other," a day after North Korea said the United States was pushing the region to the brink of nuclear war.North Korea's state med

    May 4, 2017 01:46 am JST
  • Shares in Apple suppliers boosted by new iPhone hopes

    TAIPEI -- Most of the shares in Apple's key suppliers in Asia closed higher on Wednesday despite an unexpected fall in iPhone unit sales in the second quarter.Apple reported Tuesday that sales of iPhone units fell 0.8% in the second quarter ended Ap

    May 3, 2017 10:25 pm JST
  • South Korea's presidential hopefuls promise break with the past

    SEOUL -- The South Korean presidential election is shaping up to be a contest of which candidate can promise the cleanest break with the past.Former President Lee Myung-bak, a conservative, was in office from 2008 to 2013. Lee came from a business b

    May 3, 2017 06:30 pm JST
  • South Korea's presidential race comes down to the wire

    SEOUL -- As South Koreans prepare to choose a new president on May 9, liberal candidate Moon Jae-in looks set for an easy win, with his nearest rival trailing by more than 20 percentage points in the latest opinion poll.But even a double-digit lead

    May 3, 2017 06:30 pm JST
  • The ADB faces up to new challenges

    TOKYO -- Asia has seen remarkable growth in recent decades, but it still needs to improve power grids, roads, waterworks and other infrastructure, both to sustain that growth and as a result of it. Asian economies also need to attract private-sector

    May 3, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • Job offers up in Indonesia, China: Tokyo staffing agency

    TOKYO -- Job offers jumped in Indonesia and China but dropped in Vietnam and South Korea during the January-March quarter, according to JAC Recruitment, a Tokyo-based employment agency that places highly specialized workers at the overseas sites of

    May 3, 2017 03:20 am JST
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    Celltrion eyes market for original drugs

    INCHEON, South Korea - Celltrion is expanding into the original drugs market and focusing on developing its own products as well as looking for acquisition targets, marking a change for the company that had built its reputation in biosimilar medicin

    May 3, 2017 12:10 am JST