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  • Taiwan arrests put spotlight on gambling fund flows

    TAIPEI/HONG KONG -- When Taipei District Prosecutors Office swooped down on a company they accused of illegally transferring large sums to a Macau casino, it stirred up a hornet's nest by poking into a world of shadowy transactions that have helped

    September 19, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Chinese footwear maker's leaders, cash go missing

    FRANKFURT, Germany -- Ultrasonic, a Chinese shoe manufacturer listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, has reported that its top two bosses have vanished along with cash, raising questions here about corporate governance of Chinese companies. On

    September 19, 2014 12:16 am JST
  • East Asia to go easy on endangered Japanese eel

    TOKYO -- Three months after the Japanese eel was designated an endangered species, a quartet of East Asian governments have agreed to scale back farming in 2015 and may consider further reductions starting in 2016 to forestall a ban on trade. Re

    September 18, 2014 06:35 am JST
  • Art, a tight Taiwan-Japan bond

    Despite a territorial row over a group of islets in the East China Sea between Taiwan and Japan, it is important for both sides to remember that their ties stretch far back and that they continue to share important bonds. In its modern history,

    September 18, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Taiwan's 'gutter oil' scandal shakes faith in regional food safety

    TAIPEI -- In early September, Taiwanese investigators busted Kaohsiung-based Chang Guann for mixing recycled oil from leather factories and food waste into its cooking oil products. It was at first a regional scandal, but it soon became an incident

    September 18, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • JFE Steel exits Vietnamese mill project

    TOKYO -- JFE Steel announced Tuesday that it is pulling out of plans to build an integrated steel mill in Vietnam after determining that the project would not be profitable. The Japanese steelmaker joined the Vietnam steel works project of Taiwa

    September 17, 2014 02:19 am JST
  • Understanding depression in Asia

    As humans, we tend to chase after the global notion of "success" while neglecting its true value, which isn't fame, fortune or power but "emotional well-being." According to the World Health Organization's first report on suicide prevention, rel

    September 16, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • November pain may be in store for Taiwan's ruling party

    CHIAYI, Taiwan -- The governing party of Taiwan is struggling to drum up public support prior to unified local elections scheduled for late November. President Ma Ying-jeou, who leads the ruling Kuomintang, or Chinese Nationalist Party, presente

    September 16, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • China Mobile chairman urges Taiwan to co-develop 5G standard

    HSINCHU, Taiwan -- China Mobile Chairman Xi Guohua said Tuesday that mainland China and Taiwan should consider working together on the standard for the next generation of mobile network technologies for global use. Xi's statement came as China i

    September 16, 2014 06:40 pm JST
  • MediaTek teams up with Google on Android One platform

    TAIPEI -- Taiwanese fabless chipmaker MediaTek is partnering with U.S. tech giant Google to develop the Android One platform for use in midtier smartphones aimed at consumers in emerging markets. The move comes as smartphone makers are shifting

    September 16, 2014 12:30 pm JST
  • Will lessons be learned from Taiwan's latest 'gutter oil' scandal?

    TAIPEI -- When Taiwanese investigators busted Kaohsiung-based Chang Guann in southern Taiwan in early September for mixing recycled oil from leather factories and food waste in its cooking oil products, few realized the ramifications the incident wo

    September 16, 2014 11:40 am JST
  • Foxconn, rights group to discuss leukemia cases at China plant

    TAIPEI -- A Hong Kong-based human rights group said it will meet with key Apple assembler Foxconn Technology Group Tuesday to discuss what it says is a high incidence of leukemia among employees at the Taiwanese company's plant in Shenzhen, China.

    September 16, 2014 11:00 am JST
  • Taiwan's 'gutter oil' scandal deepens in Hong Kong and Macau

    TAIPEI -- In a deepening tainted food scandal, a senior Taiwan health official said on Friday that more contaminated cooking oil, or 'gutter oil', has been exported to Hong Kong and Macau than was previously realized. On Thursday, local authori

    September 12, 2014 08:48 pm JST
  • Smartphone-related shares drop in Taiwan after Apple announcement

    HONG KONG -- Apple's announcement Tuesday of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has sparked a variety of reactions throughout Asia, such as profit-taking in related Taiwanese stocks. Taiwanese manufacturers will continue to play key roles in the new

    September 12, 2014 05:32 am JST
  • Taiwan 'gutter oil' scandal spreads worldwide

    TAIPEI -- Foods made using 'gutter oil' have been exported from Taiwan to 12 countries, local officials revealed on Thursday, announcing concurrently that they are banning imports of lard from Hong Kong in ongoing attempts to contain the spiraling t

    September 12, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Foxconn poised to win Beijing's blessing to offer mobile services

    TAIPEI -- Foxconn Technology Group is likely to gain Beijing authorities' approval to provide mobile services, a Chinese telecom industry official said Thursday. The company is expected to get the green light at the end of this month, according

    September 11, 2014 06:20 pm JST
  • Hon Hai ready to stake out own-brand territory -- but will it?

    TAIPEI -- The world's largest manufacturer of electronics for other companies, Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry, is quietly and steadily expanding its line of smartphones and other devices under what is rumored to become a de facto original brand

    September 11, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Taiwan's UMC buys into Fujitsu chip plant with eye on auto business

    TAIPEI -- Looking to win more orders for chips used in automobiles, major Taiwanese semiconductor maker United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) is resuming production in Japan by investing in a Fujitsu plant. The Hsinchu-based UMC announced it will

    September 11, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Taiwan activists see suffrage fight as 'warning'

    TAIPEI -- Hong Kong activists demanding that Beijing allow an open election for the territory's leader in 2017 are winning some allies in Taiwan. Lin Fei-fan, a student activist, said he and his fellow democracy advocates have been offering advi

    September 11, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • 'Gutter oil' from Taiwan sparks regional food scare

    TAIPEI -- Taiwanese officials are struggling to contain an escalating tainted cooking oil scandal that has affected local businesses and already spread to mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau. Taiwan investigators busted Kaohsiung-based oil whole

    September 9, 2014 09:40 pm JST