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  • Japan rescue fund to lead joint bid for Toshiba chip ops

    TOKYO -- The Innovation Network Corp. of Japan will orchestrate the expanding U.S.-Japan partnership for a joint bid for Toshiba's memory chip business, probably bringing on board some Japanese companies as well as Toshiba's American partner Western

    April 29, 2017 07:17 am JST
  • Foxconn plans 'capital-intensive' US investment - Chairman Gou

    WASHINGTON/TAIPEI (Reuters) -- Foxconn, the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer and a major Apple Inc supplier, is planning a "capital-intensive" investment in the United States, Chairman Terry Gou said as he exited the White House on

    April 29, 2017 03:27 am JST
  • MediaTek sees a tepid Q2 amid sluggish China smartphone demand

    TAIPEI -- MediaTek, the largest mobile chip supplier to China, on Friday posted the lowest margins in the Taiwanese company's history for the January-March period, amid ferocious market competition. It also foresees a lukewarm second quarter due to

    April 28, 2017 11:00 pm JST
  • Sharp marks first operating profit in 3 years

    TOKYO -- Sharp on Friday booked an operating profit of 62.45 billion yen ($561 million) for the fiscal year ended in March -- the company's first operating profit in three years. The previous year's figure was an operating loss of 161.96 billion yen

    April 28, 2017 05:27 pm JST
  • Foxconn shares jump after Gou's White House visit

    HONG KONG -- Taiwan-listed shares of key iPhone assembler Hon Hai Precision Industry, also known as Foxconn Technology Group, surged to a year-to-date high, following media reports that Chairman Terry Gou visited the White House.The Nikkei Asian Rev

    April 28, 2017 03:30 pm JST
  • Trump spurns Taiwan leader's suggestion of another call

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday spurned the Taiwanese president's suggestion that the two leaders hold another phone call, saying he did not want to create problems for Chinese President Xi Jinping at a time when Beij

    April 28, 2017 11:37 am JST
  • Taiwan posts solid Q1 growth as global shoppers splurge on phones

    TAIPEI (Reuters) -- Taiwan reported solid first-quarter economic growth on Friday as strong global demand for components for the new iPhone and other electronic gadgets keep Asia's hi-tech factories humming.The trade-reliant economy expanded for the

    April 28, 2017 10:12 am JST
  • Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou visits White House

    TAIPEI -- Chairman Terry Gou of key iPhone assembler Hon Hai Precision Industry, also known as Foxconn Technology Group, visited the White House on Thursday local time, though it is not known whether he met with President Donald Trump.Footage from t

    April 28, 2017 10:10 am JST
  • Taiwan's AUO posts Q1 profit amid tighter display market

    TAIPEI -- AU Optronics logged 9.4 billion New Taiwan dollars ($311 million) in net profit for the January-March quarter after tumbling into the red a year earlier, rebounding on a surge in display prices resulting from brisk demand for big-screen te

    April 28, 2017 05:00 am JST
  • Sony unit eyes 8 new music halls across Asia

    TOKYO -- Sony Music Entertainment plans to open performance halls in eight major Asian cities by 2023, with an eye on tapping demand from Japanese artists for high-quality venues to stage concerts for their growing legions of fans.Zepp Hall Network,

    April 28, 2017 03:30 am JST
  • Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou to meet Trump: sources

    TAIPEI -- Chairman Terry Gou of key iPhone assembler Hon Hai Precision Industry, also known as Foxconn Technology Group, is set to meet U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington on Thursday, according to people familiar with the plan.The sources did

    April 28, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • Asia-Pacific leads global business travel

    BANGKOK -- Business travel within Asia is growing at twice the pace of the rest of the world and looks set to overtake the top-spending Americas within 10 years, according to research by the World Travel and Tourism Council, a leading industry body,

    April 27, 2017 11:20 pm JST
  • Asia Inc. welcomes Trump's big tax plan

    TOKYO/SEOUL -- U.S. President Donald Trump's announcement of a dramatic tax reform plan was greeted with welcome and suspicion by Asian companies on Thursday.If Trump has his way, the corporate tax rate in the U.S. would fall from 35% to 15%.Kawasak

    April 27, 2017 08:00 pm JST
  • Calvin Koh: Sports in Asia could spark global VR breakthrough

    The sandy shores of Copacabana Beach were thousands of miles away for most sports fans, but many were able to soak up the atmosphere at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games thanks to 300 hours of virtual reality coverage.The Olympic Games is the kind of

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Taiwan DRAM maker gives pay rise to keep staff from China

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan's leading memory chipmaker Nanya Technology on Wednesday said it would give hundreds of engineers a pay rise so as to not lose them to aggressive competitors in China, including Beijing-backed Tsinghua Unigroup and Hefei Chang Xin N

    April 26, 2017 11:42 pm JST
  • Taiwan's opposition party faces uphill climb

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan's leading opposition Kuomintang faces a steep climb to recovery, diminished in the legislature and distrusted for its friendly stance toward China as it nears a May 20 vote to elect its new leader.There are about 480,000 voting memb

    April 26, 2017 05:00 am JST
  • Amid hype, iPhone suppliers scramble to ready new parts

    TAIPEI -- The production of iPhone's 10th anniversary range has hit a snag as suppliers struggle to perfect key components including display, wireless charging and printed circuit boards, people familiar with the company said.Apple is set to release

    April 25, 2017 08:50 pm JST
  • Chinese, Americans, French venture farther distances in Japan

    TOKYO -- East Japan Railway and NTT Data jointly conducted a survey on how foreign travelers to Japan move around while they are in the country. The companies hope data gleaned from the survey will be used to rejuvenate small towns across Japan. The

    April 24, 2017 03:40 pm JST
  • Asian currencies get modest boost following French vote

    TOKYO -- Asian currencies received a small boost against the dollar and Tokyo stocks rose on Monday, as the first round of France's presidential election eased investor concerns over a Brexit-like shock.Centrist Emmanuel Macron won the first round o

    April 24, 2017 12:30 pm JST
  • AI now and tomorrow

    Is your job robot-ready?

    TOKYO -- Robots are making people redundant, and you may be next.Once a flight of fancy, we are now in an age where workers of all stripes, including professionals and white-collar workers, could be on the receiving end of pink slips thanks to robot

    April 22, 2017 10:00 pm JST