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  • Japan's @cosme ready to spread across Asia

    TOKYO -- Get ready, Taiwan, a brick-and-mortar @cosme store is coming your way.In fact, istyle, the operator of the well-regarded cosmetics review website and retail chain in Japan, is planning to open stores across Asia.The Taiwan store opens in Ma

    February 25, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • Big in Asia but World Baseball Classic still seeks US home run

    The 2017 World Baseball Classic -- a popular international sporting event created by U.S.-based Major League Baseball -- will get underway in March amid its struggles to achieve the same worldwide recognition as the annual American World Series.The

    February 24, 2017 07:00 pm JST
  • Sony cameras seize the focus at Asia's largest trade show

    TOKYO -- Sony is drawing huge attention this year at Asia's largest camera show, which opened Thursday in Yokohama.A relative latecomer in the high-end single-lens reflex camera market, Sony has emerged as a leading player with the largest booth at

    February 24, 2017 04:00 am JST
  • TSMC says it will be first to make 5-nano chips in 1H 2019

    HSINCHU, Taiwan -- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the world's largest contract chipmaker and a key Apple supplier, will begin to make cutting-edge 5-nanometer chips in small quantities in the first half of 2019, said Co-Chief Executive Mark

    February 24, 2017 12:15 am JST
  • Taiwan's scooter market gets electric jolt

    TAIPEI -- The popularity of electric scooters is surging in Taiwan, spurred by government subsidies and a healthy dose of creativity. Some see the bikes becoming the island's next big export.A record 20,915 new electric scooters were registered last

    February 23, 2017 06:00 pm JST
  • China leads demand in a complex nuclear industry

    TOKYO One major driving force behind the expansion of Toshiba's nuclear power plant business is the growing demand for electricity in Asia.According to the World Nuclear Association, 99 of 447 nuclear power plants operating in the world are in the U

    February 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Applied Materials rides high on China's chip, panel ambitions

    TAIPEI -- Applied Materials, the world's largest maker of semiconductor and display equipment, expects its revenue to get a lift this year by China's push to foster its own chip industry and develop advanced panel technologies."I've never been so po

    February 23, 2017 01:00 am JST
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    Beijing's Tsinghua Unigroup seeks 2018 IPO for chip unit: sources

    TAIPEI -- China's state-backed Tsinghua Unigroup is pushing for an initial public offering of its mobile chip unit, Unigroup Spreadtrum RDA, in 2018, sources told Nikkei Asian Review.Unigroup Spreadtrum RDA, China's top mobile chipmaker which suppli

    February 23, 2017 12:24 am JST
  • Taiwan labor law change drives personnel costs higher

    TAIPEI -- A recent amendment to Taiwan's labor law requiring all workers to get two days off for every week worked is forcing employers, big and small, to scramble to put a lid on rising personnel expenses."Overtime pay is ballooning, and we cannot

    February 22, 2017 05:30 am JST
  • Talent continues to jump ship at Sharp

    OSAKA -- Japanese electronics maker Sharp has lost another executive, with a managing officer in charge of Asian operations switching his allegiance to Edion, the operator of a major consumer electronics store chain.Akira Atarashi had been appointed

    February 22, 2017 02:30 am JST
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    US pause is Beijing's chance to reset Taiwan ties

    At their closest point, the beaches of mainland China and what Beijing regards as its renegade province of Taiwan are less than a couple of kilometers apart. On one side is the expanding Chinese megacity of Xiamen with its high-rise hotels and offic

    February 21, 2017 04:55 pm JST
  • Nippon Yusen to ferry farm-fresh goods to Europe by sea

    TOKYO -- Marine shipping company Nippon Yusen will carry fresh Japanese agricultural goods to Europe in special containers for a tenth the price of air freight, in a move likely to bring needed business to ocean transport operations.The shipper plan

    February 21, 2017 06:00 am JST
  • Evergreen sees aviation and shipping growth in Trump's US

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan's leading transportation conglomerate Evergreen Group on Monday said it was optimistic about its aviation and shipping businesses in the U.S. under President Donald Trump's new policy to boost infrastructure and investment.Evergreen

    February 20, 2017 11:26 pm JST
  • Key Apple supplier TPK sees bright year ahead

    TAIPEI -- TPK Holding, a key Apple Inc. touch module supplier, said its sales and bottom line will improve significantly this year, after suffering two consecutive annual losses."We are looking at a much bright year 2017. We expect revenue to grow y

    February 16, 2017 10:21 pm JST
  • Rocky road ahead for the group's third No. 1

    TOKYO Any business operating on a system of hereditary control leaves itself open to criticism. No matter how talented a new leader may be, there will always be whispers that he or she was chosen on the basis of blood rather than merit.Lee Jae-yong

    February 16, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Panasonic and UMC want you to wear their chips

    OSAKA Panasonic is partnering with Taiwanese chip foundry United Microelectronics Corp. to develop and mass-produce a power-sipping type of nonvolatile memory known as resistive random access memory, or ReRAM.The partners plan to use a 40-nanometer

    February 16, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • A Taiwanese university is boosting its position as an aquarium fish powerhouse

    TAIPEI For people in the know, Taiwan is the go-to place for aquarium fish. That status is being enhanced by a new slate of specialty courses offered by the graduate school at National Pingtung University of Science and Technology in southern Taiwan

    February 16, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Taiwan raises GDP forecast to 1.92% for 2017

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan's statistics bureau on Wednesday raised its full-year forecast for economic growth, buoyed by strong demand for the island's advanced semiconductor products and other electronics and despite concerns over rising protectionism around

    February 15, 2017 10:00 pm JST
  • Asustek aims to buck ongoing decline in notebook industry in 2017

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan's leading personal computer maker Asustek Computer, better known by its trade name Asus, said on Wednesday that it aims to outperform the industry average this year, while expanding its smartphone business."The notebook industry wil

    February 15, 2017 09:15 pm JST
  • Rocky road ahead for the group's third No. 1

    TOKYO -- Any business operating on a system of hereditary control leaves itself open to criticism. No matter how talented a new leader may be, there will always be whispers that he or she was chosen on the basis of blood rather than merit.Lee Jae-yo

    February 15, 2017 07:45 pm JST