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  • Taiwan's unemployment hits six-year low

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to a six-year low of 3.97% in June, from 3.99% in May, the island's Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics said Tuesday. The announcement came a day after Taiwanese

    July 22, 2014 03:19 pm JST
  • Rising nationalism threatens Asia's economic interdependence

    BANGKOK -- Asia's rapid ascent has led many to dub this the "Asian century," but an intensifying cycle of nationalism is one of a number of issues the region must overcome to become a driver of the global economy.China at the centerChinese oil drill

    July 22, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • Taiwanese bicycle maker to step up pedaling in China

    TAIPEI -- One of Taiwan's leading bicycle manufacturers plans to open hundreds of new stores in China this fiscal year, seizing on growing demand for midrange models in the massive mainland market. Merida Industry's Chinese stores operate mainly

    July 22, 2014 04:28 am JST
  • Chinese yuan raising global profile

    HONG KONG -- Companies the world over are increasingly using China's currency to make settlements for trade and investment as they seek to hedge risk and do more business with the massive Chinese market. Yuan-denominated settlements as a proport

    July 19, 2014 04:24 am JST
  • South Korea to stop capping rice imports, switch to tariff

    SEOUL -- After two decades of granting only minimal access to foreign rice, South Korea said Friday it will move toward an open market under an import tariff starting next year, joining the likes of Japan and Taiwan. Seoul will inform the World

    July 19, 2014 02:03 am JST
  • Brisk demand, streamlining lead Tokyo Electron into black

    TOKYO -- Chipmaking equipment provider Tokyo Electron likely generated a little over 10 billion yen ($97.7 million) in group operating profit in the April-June period, turning around from a 9.6 billion yen loss a year earlier. Thanks to the grow

    July 19, 2014 02:00 am JST
  • Budget carrier Peach aiming to take off from Naha

    OSAKA -- Peach Aviation is building up Okinawa's Naha Airport as a second hub, looking to use it as a foothold to return to a growth track after setbacks from a pilot pinch. The Japanese low-cost carrier will begin service Saturday between Naha

    July 19, 2014 01:14 am JST
  • International airlines avoid Ukraine airspace

    TAIPEI -- Major international airlines said Friday they are avoiding Ukrainian airspace, while China and the U.S. banned flights over the area after a Malaysia Airlines jetliner was shot down hours earlier. U.S. officials said Malaysia Airlines

    July 18, 2014 05:10 pm JST
  • Fujitsu to wind down chip production

    TOKYO -- Fujitsu has decided to withdraw from semiconductor manufacturing and will sell two fabrication facilities over the next several years to Taiwanese and U.S. companies. The move is the latest in a series of realignments reshaping the Japa

    July 18, 2014 02:39 am JST
  • Largan Precision posts record Q2 profit in high-tech optics

    TAIPEI -- Largan Precision, Taiwan's leading manufacturer of opto-electronic camera modules used in mobile phones, tablets and notebooks, is riding high on a boom in the mobile device sector. A key supplier to the US consumer goods giant Apple,

    July 17, 2014 10:08 pm JST
  • Taiwan's TSMC hit by profit taking after posting quarterly records

    HONG KONG -- Shares in Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg., known as TSMC, are trading sharply lower Thursday, a day after the chipmaker announced record sales and net profit for the April-June quarter. Concerns that the stock was overheating may have tri

    July 17, 2014 02:00 pm JST
  • Technical edge brought TSMC to top of foundry market

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, or TSMC, has carved out a commanding lead in the chip foundry market, racking up record sales and profits through advanced technology and massive production capacity. CPU shipments from the chipmaker

    July 17, 2014 03:19 am JST
  • Partners in poetry

    When many people think of Japanese poetry, they think of haiku. But there is another form written in the same 5-7-5 syllable style, only with a more satirical tone: senryu. After years of writing haiku, I began penning the humorous poems as well. An

    July 17, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Partners in poetry

    When many people think of Japanese poetry, they think of haiku. But there is another form written in the same 5-7-5 syllable style, only with a more satirical tone: senryu. After years of writing haiku, I began penning the humorous poems as well. An

    July 17, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Taiwan's opposition digs in against China

    TAIPEI -- A senior member of Taiwan's main opposition, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), reaffirmed on Wednesday that the island republic should remain independent of the mainland -- a position China rejects. DPP Secretary-General Joseph W

    July 16, 2014 11:58 pm JST
  • Taiwan's TSMC posts record revenue and profit

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMC), the world's largest contract chip manufacturer, on Wednesday posted record revenue and profit for the second quarter on the back of strong demand, and is projecting a robust third quarter. Ch

    July 16, 2014 11:28 pm JST
  • Taiwan's smartphone maker HTC reshuffles management

    TAIPEI -- Troubled smartphone maker HTC has moved two key executives aside. Fred Liu, the president of engineering and operations, has been assigned a new unspecified role in senior management, while chief marketing officer Ben Ho has gone on "s

    July 15, 2014 11:45 pm JST
  • Seiko Instruments to let smartphone designers buy chips online

    TOKYO -- Seiko Instruments, or SII, will offer a selection of its general-purpose semiconductor devices online, aiming to cultivate a new customer base among the growing ranks of Chinese and Taiwanese companies developing inexpensive smartphones bas

    July 15, 2014 03:11 am JST
  • Taiwan minister resigns in Journal of Vibration and Control scandal

    TAIPEI -- Chiang Wei-ling, Taiwan's minister of education, resigned on Monday after a peer review fraud in an international scientific journal was exposed. Chiang was identified as a collaborator in five among 60 articles retracted by the Journa

    July 14, 2014 08:18 pm JST
  • Online word-of-mouth marketing picking up in Taiwan

    TAIPEI -- Marketing using popular websites, blogs and social media is thriving in Taiwan. Companies are actively reaching out online to attract Taiwanese consumers, who tend to solicit recommendations from friends and acquaintances when they buy som

    July 14, 2014 07:00 pm JST