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  • Taiwan confident of steady growth as US recovers

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan's economy expanded 3.78% in the July-September quarter, its fastest in almost two years. Strong global demand for electronics products, growing capital formation and solid domestic consumption helped push up the economy. The ann

    October 31, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Asia would likely have been safe from Fed move even before BOJ acted

    HONG KONG -- Investment advisers are unanimous: The end of the U.S. Federal Reserve's extraordinary dollar-printing policy will hurt emerging equity markets. They are also united in anticipating that Asian markets are unlikely to bear the brunt of t

    October 31, 2014 05:00 pm JST
  • IT helps Taiwan log 3.78% GDP growth

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan's real gross domestic product grew 3.78% from a year earlier in the July-September quarter, up from an August forecast of 3.62%, according to data released Friday. It was an increase of 1.98% on a seasonally adjusted basis. Than

    October 31, 2014 03:30 pm JST
  • TV demand pulls up display panel earnings in Taiwan

    TAIPEI -- Innolux, Taiwan's leading display panel manufacturer, has announced strong third quarter revenue and profit increases due to revived demand for large televisions. Innolux's statement came as Taiwanese panel makers overcome steep losse

    October 31, 2014 01:24 am JST
  • Nurturing orchestral youth

    TOKYO -- Japanese conductors are investing time and energy in orchestras in Myanmar, Vietnam, Indonesia and across the region. The goal is to help make classical music more popular. Conductor Yunosuke Yamamoto gives lessons to Myanmar's Yangon-b

    October 30, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Humphrey Hawksley: China will pay a price in Taiwan for its handling of Hong Kong

    The support recently expressed by Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou for pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, and his call for the mainland to move toward democracy, immediately pose two challenging questions to the Communist Party leadership in China.

    October 30, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Taiwan, Hong Kong investors targeting Japanese real estate

    TAIPEI/HONG KONG/TOKYO -- Rich individuals from Taiwan and Hong Kong are turning toward Japanese real estate as rising prices at home squeeze returns on investments there. Many Japanese properties generate yields of 4-6% after management fees an

    October 30, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Taiwan's Largan looks beyond smartphone lenses

    TAIPEI -- The world's largest maker of smartphone camera lenses, Largan Precision of Taiwan, is diversifying its products to maintain its strong growth. Largan, which commands a more than 30% share of the global market in terms of shipments, is

    October 27, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Western Japan looks to get foreigners on the rails

    TOKYO -- Railway operators in the west of Japan are bolstering efforts to attract the growing number of foreign visitors. Japanese customers in the west continue to decline, because of demographic and economic issues. Budget airlines and gro

    October 27, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • Foxconn considering display panel plant in China

    TAIPEI -- Foxconn Technology Group, a major assembler for U.S. consumer tech giant Apple, is reviewing its investment plans following a report that it is in preliminary talks about building a display panel facility in Zhengzhou in central China's He

    October 24, 2014 09:30 pm JST
  • Spying suspected at Taiwan's IT majors

    TAIPEI -- Major electronics companies in Taiwan appear to have become the victims of corporate spying, arousing fears they might now lose their competitive edge. The Ministry of Justice is investigating a case involving MediaTek, a developer of

    October 24, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Taiwan panel maker TPK logs 3Q loss; Apple Watch delay seen as factor

    TAIPEI -- Taiwanese touch panel supplier TPK Holding on Thursday said it booked red ink for the third quarter. The company cited delayed shipments of a key new product -- likely a reference to the Apple Watch -- and production issues with fresh tech

    October 23, 2014 06:45 pm JST
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Trust partners with Taiwan's CTBC on lending business

    TOKYO -- Japan's Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank is partnering with major Taiwanese banking group CTBC Financial Holding. Sumitomo Mitsui Trust aims to leverage the Taiwanese lender's reach in Southeast Asia to expand its Asian operations. Sources sa

    October 23, 2014 02:00 pm JST
  • Taiwan, Hong Kong investors targeting Japanese real estate

    TAIPEI/HONG KONG/TOKYO -- Rich individuals from Taiwan and Hong Kong are turning toward Japanese real estate as rising prices at home squeeze returns on investments there. Many Japanese properties generate yields of 4-6% after management fees an

    October 23, 2014 02:31 am JST
  • Humphrey Hawksley: China will pay a price in Taiwan for its handling of Hong Kong

    The support recently expressed by Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou for pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, and his call for the mainland to move toward democracy, immediately pose two challenging questions to the Communist Party leadership in China.

    October 22, 2014 08:30 pm JST
  • Taiwanese machine parts maker to double presence in Japan

    TOKYO -- Hiwin Technologies will double the locations and employees of its Japanese unit by December 2016, seeking to compete for market share here. The Taiwanese manufacturer of machine tool parts now has six locations in Japan, including ones

    October 22, 2014 06:36 am JST
  • Prosecutions in Taiwan cooking oil scandal

    TAIPEI -- Prosecutors on Tuesday indicted Wei Ying-chung of Ting Hsin International Group on fraud charges relating to contaminated cooking oil produced by a key subsidiary last year. The move came after Ting Hsin companies became embroiled in t

    October 21, 2014 09:28 pm JST
  • High growth in Asia-Pacific of high net worth individuals

    SINGAPORE -- The wealth held by high net worth individuals (HNWIs) in emerging Asia is predicted to grow at about 12.3% annually from 2013 to 2016, and at about 8.4% for their counterparts in more mature Asian economies, according to the Asia-Pacifi

    October 21, 2014 09:07 pm JST
  • Taiwan tech companies find China less profitable

    TAIPEI -- A key industry group reported on Monday that Taiwanese businesses operating in China are making less money and encountering more disputes as the economy slows. The survey by the Taiwan Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Associati

    October 20, 2014 09:05 pm JST
  • Japanese restaurant chains stepping up store openings in China

    TOKYO -- Japanese restaurant chains Watami and Saizeriya will accelerate openings in China, targeting the growing ranks of middle-class consumers there. Watami will open a new line of restaurants serving Mediterranean cuisine with a Japanese fla

    October 18, 2014 06:17 am JST