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  • Startups and the economy

    Southeast Asia catches eye of venture capitalists

    BANGKOK -- It was a long time coming, but Southeast Asia is finally attracting investments from top-tier global venture capital firms. Until the turn of the century, the conventional wisdom among Silicon Valley venture capitalists was to avoid i

    July 2, 2015 10:00 am JST
  • Foxconn looks beyond 'Apple pie'

    TAIPEI -- Foxconn Technology Group's role as key Apple assembler was not the first thing mentioned by the Taiwanese company's Chairman Terry Gou on June 25, when he spoke about the future at the annual shareholders meeting of group flagship Hon Hai

    July 2, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • George Magnus: Greece will cast long political shadows

    If Greece were in Asia, it would be the seventh largest economy, of little geopolitical consequence and soon to be overtaken by Bangladesh and Vietnam. Greece's size, however, is not the right metric to use when gauging its significance in Europe's

    July 2, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Frederic Neumann: Greek turmoil is not without risks to Asia

    The coming weeks will prove critical for Greece's membership of the eurozone. For Asia, the immediate impact of a potential "Grexit" should be manageable. A powerful policy response by major central banks and comfortable reserve buffers in the regio

    July 2, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Southeast Asia catches eye of venture capitalists

    BANGKOK -- It was a long time coming, but Southeast Asia is finally attracting investments from top-tier global venture capital firms. Until the turn of the century, the conventional wisdom among Silicon Valley venture capitalists was to avoid i

    July 2, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Entrepreneurial engines

    Startups are finding fertile ground in Asia -- Southeast Asia in particular. Populations are getting wealthier, smartphones are ubiquitous and governments are holding out carrots for innovators. Homegrown ventures are sniffing out opportunities far

    July 2, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Frederic Neumann

    Greek turmoil is not without risks to Asia

    The coming weeks will prove critical for Greece's membership of the eurozone. For Asia, the immediate impact of a potential "Grexit" should be manageable. A powerful policy response by major central banks and comfortable reserve buffers in the regio

    July 1, 2015 04:00 pm JST
  • Nikkei PMI

    Factory activity losing steam across Asia

    TOKYO -- Asia's factory activity lost steam across the landscape in June, as output and new orders slowed. In India, the Nikkei India Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, fell from 52.6 in May to 51.3 in June as new business inflows

    July 1, 2015 02:00 pm JST
  • Nikkei PMI

    Taiwan factory PMI hits 33-month low

    TOKYO -- Taiwan's manufacturing activity in June dropped to its lowest level in 33 months, with the sharpest declining rates since September 2012. The Nikkei Taiwan Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, came in at 46.3 for June, falling

    July 1, 2015 10:50 am JST
  • First Japanese-American admiral

    US Pacific Command chief challenges China's 'great wall of sand'

    TOKYO -- Admiral Harry Harris, the new commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, is in the spotlight amid maritime tensions in the South China Sea and elsewhere. Harris, of Japanese descent, is the first Asian-American to rise to the rank of a

    June 30, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Geoff Cook

    Asia's wealthy show their social conscience

    As Asia's middle class is going through a generational shift in wealth, there is also a shift in how that wealth is being used to influence society. More than any other region globally, the wealthiest of the Asia-Pacific are now placing more importa

    June 30, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Real estate boom

    Tokyo is Asia's hottest investment destination

    TOKYO -- Tokyo is Asia's hottest city for real estate investment, in terms of offices, retail facilities and hotels, according to U.S. real estate services firm CBRE. Total real estate investment into Japan during the first quarter of this year

    June 30, 2015 09:36 am JST
  • Default concerns

    Greek crisis triggers Asian sell-off

    TAIPEI -- Asian shares tumbled Monday after the European Central Bank ended its credit lifeline to Greece and the country closed its banks, with Chinese stocks plunging despite the surprise weekend rate cut by China's central bank. China's bench

    June 29, 2015 09:23 pm JST
  • Diplomatic itinerary

    Taiwanese president to visit Central America in July

    TAIPEI -- Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou is slated to visit the island's three Central American allies -- Dominican Republic, Haiti and Nicaragua -- during an eight-day trip starting July 11. Vice Foreign Minister Simon Ko told reporters in Ta

    June 29, 2015 08:20 pm JST
  • New economic indicator

    Nikkei to introduce Asia-specific PMI in July

    TOKYO -- Nikkei Inc. will start releasing an Asia-specific purchasing managers' index on Wednesday, the company said Monday. The Nikkei Purchasing Managers' Index, or Nikkei PMI for short, will be based on monthly economic surveys compiled by U.

    June 29, 2015 04:00 pm JST
  • Taiwan water park fire

    Tally of injured rises to 516

    TAIPEI (Reuters) -- The number of people injured in a fire at a Taiwan water amusement park rose to 516 on Sunday, government officials said, with more than 180 still in intensive care. Media reported four mainland Chinese and two foreigner

    June 28, 2015 03:00 pm JST
  • Yes or no to Europe?

    Greece's Tsipras calls referendum to break bailout deadlock

    ATHENS/BRUSSELS (Reuters) -- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called a referendum on austerity demands from foreign creditors on Saturday, rejecting an "ultimatum" from lenders and putting a deal that could determine Greece's future in Europe to

    June 27, 2015 12:16 pm JST
  • Budget travel

    Peach Aviation to offer Haneda-Taipei seats from 7,680 yen

    OSAKA -- Peach Aviation will launch a new route linking Haneda Airport with Taipei on Aug. 8, as it becomes the first Japanese low-cost carrier allowed in the highly convenient airport in central Tokyo. Fares on the route will likely be less tha

    June 26, 2015 03:25 am JST
  • Foxconn

    Tech giant plans for robots, defends labor record

    TAIPEI -- Chairman Terry Gou said Foxconn Technology Group will be able to replace 30% of its workers on the production lines with robots in five years' time. Gou said he wants to cut the number of staff in the repetitive, monotonous work of put

    June 26, 2015 12:20 am JST
  • Tech trio partner on Pepper to spice up global robot market

    TAIPEI -- Three technology majors from Japan, Taiwan and China are teaming up to launch global sales of a humanoid robot that reads emotions and is designed to live with humans. The companies -- Japanese telecommunications group SoftBank, Taiwa

    June 25, 2015 12:00 am JST