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  • Sharp to open panel factory in US

    TAIPEI -- Sharp President and CEO Tai Jeng-wu on Saturday said his company is planning to build a factory in the U.S. that will make small displays."These panels will not only be used on smartphones," Tai told a small group of reporters at a Foxconn

    May 27, 2017 09:41 pm JST
  • Nanya Technology chief warns China could disrupt global chip market

    TAOYUAN, Taiwan -- The head of major Taiwanese memory chipmaker Nanya Technology on Friday warned that China's aggressive moves to foster its own chip capabilities could cause a serious supply glut and voiced concerns about Chinese companies' ongoin

    May 26, 2017 11:56 pm JST
  • Taiwan raises 2017 growth forecast to three-year high amid iPhone anticipation

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan has raised the forecast for its economic growth this year to a three-year high, due to strong demand for semiconductor products and anticipation of the 10th anniversary edition of Apple's iPhone.Taiwan's Directorate General of Budge

    May 26, 2017 10:22 pm JST
  • Sharp expects first net profit in 4 years

    Electronics giant Sharp on Friday said it expected to post its first net profit in four years in the current fiscal year.The company laid out a road map for the next three years that focuses heavily on internet-of-things business and ultrahigh-defin

    May 26, 2017 05:54 pm JST
  • 5-way battle brewing for Toshiba's memory ops

    TOKYO -- Four bidders and U.S. partner Western Digital are competing to buy Toshiba's cash-cow memory chip unit, with some pursuing co-ownership schemes with two state-backed entities in order to gain an edge.During a meeting Thursday at its Tokyo h

    May 26, 2017 06:41 am JST
  • TSMC tests 7-nanometer chips, edges ahead of Samsung

    HSINCHU, Taiwan -- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the world's largest contract chipmaker, is testing cutting-edge 7-nanometer chips for 12 customers, and the company will start to make the product in large quantities in the first half of 20

    May 26, 2017 12:29 am JST
  • East Asian workers remarkably disengaged

    TOKYO -- Workers in East Asia are much less engaged in their jobs than their counterparts in the rest of the world, a recent survey by Gallup shows. Experts say East Asian companies need to alter their management styles before disengaged workforces

    May 25, 2017 10:40 pm JST
  • Asian companies shine in Forbes Global 2000

    TOKYO -- Chinese banks topped the list and a slew of Asian corporations were featured in the Forbes Global 2000 ranking of the world's largest and most powerful public companies, reflecting the region's growing economic clout.Industrial and Commerci

    May 25, 2017 02:30 pm JST
  • One year on, Taiwan's Tsai wrestles with domestic discontent

    TAIPEI Since Tsai Ing-wen took office as Taiwan's president a year ago, cross-strait ties have grown chillier. But while relations with Beijing are always a matter of intense focus, it is issues on the home front that critics are talking about most.

    May 25, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Japan welcomes a record number of tourists in April

    TOKYO Summer is on its way and Japan's tourism industry has plenty to smile about. The number of foreign visitors to the country topped 2.57 million in April, the highest ever total for a single month.The figure represents a 23.9% rise from a year e

    May 25, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Editorial: Victories at home can help Taiwan's Tsai dodge China's punches

    One year has passed since Tsai Ing-wen was sworn in as Taiwan's president. The island's first female leader has been pressing ahead with liberal reforms, including measures to protect minority groups and a plan to wean the nation entirely off nuclea

    May 25, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Nippon Signal to electrify Taiwan railway

    TOKYO -- Nippon Signal will take on a railway electrification project in Taiwan for the island's Transport Ministry, as it aims to develop its overseas segment into a main profit driver.The Japanese railway signal maker will partner with a Taiwanese

    May 25, 2017 04:44 am JST
  • Yanfei Li

    Services the next frontier in Asian energy revolution

    Modern life is characterized by a constant quest for energy. Every day, we refill our gas tanks, charge our phones or replace the batteries in our devices. This need for energy can provoke anxiety when we cannot find power plugs to charge our laptop

    May 25, 2017 12:15 am JST
  • Taiwan court rules in favor of same-sex marriage

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan's constitutional court on Wednesday ruled in favor of granting same-sex couples the right to marry.The court demands Taiwanese lawmakers amend laws or pass a new bill within the next two years to make homosexual union possible. If t

    May 24, 2017 09:35 pm JST
  • Taiwan court rules in favour of same-sex marriage, first in Asia

    TAIPEI (Reuters) -- Taiwan's constitutional court declared on Wednesday that same-sex couples have the right to legally marry, the first such ruling in Asia.The court, known as the Judicial Yuan, said current marriage laws were "in violation of both

    May 24, 2017 07:42 pm JST
  • Foxconn to swim against protectionist tide, chairman says

    TAIPEI -- Hon Hai Precision Industry will continue investing abroad and cultivating new markets despite rising protectionism worldwide, Chairman Terry Gou told shareholders in an annual report.Even with leading economic powers increasingly looking a

    May 24, 2017 12:01 am JST
  • Sreeram Chaulia

    Cyberattacks send a wakeup call to Asia

    The WannaCry malware unleashed on May 12 that locked up over 300,000 computer systems in 150 countries for ransom payment signified the mother of all cyberattacks in its geographic sway and sophistication. It unveiled a new era of hyper-globalized t

    May 23, 2017 07:50 pm JST
  • Tingyi shares fall sharply due to thinner profit margin

    HONG KONG -- Tingyi Holding shares on Tuesday extended losses, a day after the Taiwanese food and beverage maker reported that its gross profit margin for the January-March quarter was not quite as fat as a year earlier.Shares fell 0.450 Hong Kong d

    May 23, 2017 04:00 pm JST
  • Taiwan barred from WHO meet amid objections from Beijing

    GENEVA/TAIPEI -- Taiwan has been blocked from attending an annual World Health Organization meeting that opened in Geneva on Monday amid attempts by Beijing to pressure the island into accepting the "One China" principle.The Chinese government has u

    May 23, 2017 02:30 am JST
  • LeTV founder Jia steps down as CEO

    DALIAN, China -- Beijing-based Leshi internet Information & Technology said on Sunday that its founder and chief executive, Jia Yueting will step down, although he will remain as chairman of the internet streaming service.According to the announceme

    May 22, 2017 05:45 pm JST