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  • Taiwanese tech industry enjoys third straight quarter of growth

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan's electronics manufacturers enjoyed a third consecutive quarter of increased output and foreign orders in the first three months of the year, thanks in part to steady demand for smartphone components and higher demand for personal c

    April 25, 2014 01:23 am JST
  • China again takes Go title

    TOKYO -- Chinese university student Wang Chen won the 12th World Students Go Oza Championship in Tokyo on Feb. 25-26. This was the first time in two years for a Chinese player to win the title, and the seventh time overall. In the annual amateur

    April 24, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Taiwan's cycling godfather leads industry to higher ground

    TAIPEI -- A soon-to-be octogenarian will set off from Taipei on a bicycle tour of Taiwan on May 1. The plan is to complete a 1,000km road trip around the island in just 12 days. The man is King Liu, founder and chairman of Giant Mfg., the world's la

    April 24, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • TSMC sees foundry market growing 14% on smartphone demand

    TAIPEI -- The global chip foundry market will likely grow 14% in 2014, Taiwan Semiconductor, or TSMC, now predicts, an upgrade from the 10% expansion it forecast in January. Co-Chief Executive Officer Mark Liu announced the latest projection at

    April 22, 2014 04:15 am JST
  • Brisk chip orders lift TSMC's 1st-quarter profit 21%

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg.'s net profit for the January-March quarter rose 21% on the year to 47.8 billion New Taiwan dollars ($1.58 billion), the company said Thursday. Profit and sales at the chip foundry giant rose for an eighth stra

    April 18, 2014 03:00 am JST
  • Tight supplies push up Asian butadiene prices

    TOKYO -- Asian prices of butadiene, a petrochemical product used to make synthetic rubber, are rebounding as regularly scheduled petrochemical plant maintenance in Japan and Taiwan reduces supplies. The spot price was recently around $1,380 per

    April 18, 2014 02:02 am JST
  • Taiwan's cycling godfather leads industry to higher ground

    TAIPEI -- A soon-to-be 80-year-old will set off from Taipei on a bicycle tour of Taiwan on May 1. The plan is to complete a 1,000km road trip of the island in just 12 days. The man is King Liu, founder and chairman of Giant Manufacturing, the world

    April 17, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Taiwan companies ready for solar power market to rise again

    TAIPEI -- Major solar cell companies in Taiwan are going on the offensive now that the market appears to be emerging from the doldrums. Business was slow from 2012 through last year. The European debt crisis and global oversupply took a toll on

    April 17, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Taiwan's IT turnaround

    Taiwan's IT industry faces trouble. It rose to prominence over the last decade by embracing overseas technology and investing aggressively in mass production to seize a massive market share. Bad times loom. Taiwanese DRAM makers have taken a bea

    April 17, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Asia's manufacturing balance could prove a house of cards

    BANGKOK -- Hon Hai Precision Industry is heading south. The company, better known as Foxconn, is in talks with an Indonesian provincial government to build an assembly plant in a Jakarta suburb. It wants to expand its smartphone supply chain, which

    April 17, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Taiwan's business model ready for a revamp

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan's IT industry is trying to solve problems of its own creation. Many of the sector's top companies are suffering from a brain drain, which has hobbled the development of new products and left them unequipped to deal with rising c

    April 17, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • How deep should Taiwan's China ties go?

    Students that occupied the chambers of Taiwan's Legislative Yuan for more than three weeks recently were dead set against a planned services trade pact with China. Their beef with the government underscores the ambivalence of Taiwanese toward closer

    April 17, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Worried workers fret about Taiwan's IT sector

    TAIPEI -- Jack Chen has given up. "We have to work unreasonable hours to service our clients all over the world," said Chen, a 33-year-old IT professional who earned about $1,900 a month before quitting last year to take a career break. "Taiwane

    April 17, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Six industries singled out by Taiwan's Ma

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan's dour economy is getting a kick. The government is prioritizing new industries to boost the economy. It has singled out six sectors for special support, including biotechnology and agribusiness. Rows upon rows of breeding t

    April 17, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • China's media control spreads to Taiwan, Hong Kong

    TOKYO -- Recent incidents in Taiwan and Hong Kong suggest that China's sway over the media is not limited to the mainland. Student protesters left Taiwan's parliament on April 10 after occupying the legislature for some three weeks to prote

    April 16, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • 'Tonkotsu' ramen bowling over Asia

    TOKYO -- Japanese ramen has a lot of fans throughout Asia, but one variety of this noodle dish -- tonkotsu style -- is proving especially popular, especially among the region's Chinese populace. Tonkotsu, which literally means "pork bones," ref

    April 15, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Stephen Grenville: IMF ignores its own data on emerging economies

    Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, told the Group of 20 summit in St. Petersburg last September: "Just as some advanced economies have begun to gather momentum, many emerging markets are slowing." With this warn

    April 15, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Taiwan's Lung Yen aims to be go-to funeral company for vast Chinese community

    TAIPEI -- Lung Yen Life Service dominates Taiwan's cemetery and funeral services business. Now the company is looking to expand in China and other Asian markets with large ethnic Chinese populations. Lung Yen was the first company in Taiwan to i

    April 14, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Japan's Vector has high hopes for PR business in Asia

    TOKYO -- Japanese public relations company Vector recently brought talent from a popular Thai cooking show, "Iron Chef," to visit farms in Kyushu, in southwestern Japan. They were there at the invitation of Japan's agriculture ministry to promote th

    April 13, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Taiwanese opposing China trade pact end protest

    TAIPEI (Kyodo) -- Opponents of a trade deal with China ended Thursday their weeks-long protest in which they occupied the legislative chamber and also stormed the Cabinet compound. The protesters agreed to leave after Legislative Speaker Wang Ji

    April 10, 2014 09:30 pm JST