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  • Spelunking to the opera

    Cavelike performance hall wows Taiwan

    TAIPEI -- A project that upends the conventions of architecture is nearing completion in Taiwan. The structure of the Taichung Metropolitan Opera House, in the city it is named for, resembles a cave. Rather than pillars or beams, the building fe

    January 30, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Refocusing operations

    Toshiba to exit foreign TV sales, license brand

    TOKYO -- Toshiba said Thursday that it will stop developing and selling televisions overseas. In March, the Japanese electronics maker will begin licensing the Toshiba brand to Taiwan's Compal Electronics in North America. Compal will handle eve

    January 30, 2015 04:58 am JST
  • AU Optronics sees growing demand

    Taiwan panel maker reports highest profit in six years

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan panel maker AU Optronics reported its highest annual profit in six years, thanks to robust demand for smartphones in China and the globe's growing appetite for big-screen TVs. "Falling oil prices will help bolster [the global]

    January 29, 2015 09:20 pm JST
  • Foxconn telecom merger

    Plans to enter mobile communications tentatively blocked

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan's National Communications Commission tentatively rejected the merger application for a Foxconn Technology Group unit with major mobile carrier Asia Pacific Telecom, asking the companies to resubmit their proposal. "We are reject

    January 29, 2015 10:48 am JST
  • United Microelectronics Corporation forecast

    Taiwan chip maker expects to outperform 2015 growth prediction

    TAIPEI -- Taiwanese chip maker United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) expects first quarter wafer shipments to grow on strong demand for communications products and is confident of strong full-year results for 2015. UMC's statement comes on t

    January 28, 2015 10:07 pm JST
  • Taiwan's iPhone suppliers

    Share prices mixed after Apple earnings report

    TAIPEI -- Shares of major Taiwanese suppliers of Apple Inc. ended mixed Wednesday after the U.S. tech giant reported a record quarter while releasing a mild forecast. The Cupertino, California-based company saw its net profit for the first fisc

    January 28, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Nanya Technology's DRAM outlook

    Coming off record year, Taiwan company expects 'steady' 2015

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan's leading DRAM chip manufacturer, Nanya Technology, is expecting a stable year for the sector thanks to strong global demand for smartphones. "The DRAM market will be steady in 2015," Nanya President Charles Kau told investors

    January 28, 2015 10:20 am JST
  • United Microelectronics Corporation expansion

    Leading Taiwanese chip maker buys into China

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan's United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) has acquired a 33% stake in a Xiamen-based chip maker via a Chinese subsidiary as part of its plan to build a 12-inch wafer production facility on the mainland. UMC's announcement on T

    January 27, 2015 11:45 pm JST
  • Mizuho Bank in Taiwan

    Japanese lender to serve as clearing bank for island's domestic yen settlements

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan's Central Bank-backed domestic foreign currency settlement services will begin to cover Japanese yen, starting Jan. 28, with Mizuho Bank being the clearing bank. The move to include the Japanese currency in a centralized payment

    January 27, 2015 07:55 pm JST
  • Weaning itself off Apple

    Hon Hai sees automobiles as next key business

    TAIPEI -- Taiwanese contract electronics manufacturer Hon Hai Precision Industry has taken steps in preparation for a full entry into the automobile industry, hoping to end its dependence on main client Apple. At the end of last month, Hon Hai a

    January 27, 2015 05:16 am JST
  • International sake sales

    Small Japanese brewer sells directly to Hong Kong, Taiwan

    FUKUI, Japan -- Genpei Syuzo, a sake maker in Japan's western Fukui Prefecture, is selling directly to Hong Kong and Taiwan, a rare move for a Japanese brewery that usually uses agents to sell overseas. The brewer aims to achieve overseas sales

    January 25, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Obituary: Chin Shunshin dies at 90

    Japanese novelist helped bridge Japanese, Chinese cultures

    TOKYO -- Taiwanese-Japanese novelist Chin Shunshin, whose historical fiction and other writing helped bridge Japanese and Chinese cultures, died of natural causes in a hospital in Kobe on Jan. 21. He was 90. Chin was born in 1924 into a family o

    January 23, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Taiwan's LCD titans

    Top 2 panel makers' earnings rise, but windfall might not last

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan's top makers of LCD panels are bouncing back. Innolux and AU Optronics put an end to money-losing operations in 2013 by shifting production to panels used in bigger and more advanced TV sets. Innolux and AUO are expected to have

    January 23, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Taiwan's new auteur

    Wei's trilogy brings him fame in Japan

    TOKYO -- Taiwanese director Wei Te-sheng has hit the big time in Japan. His rise to fame is thanks to a number of successful movies set during the Japanese colonial rule of Taiwan (1895-1945). The director says he is driven to use his films to "conf

    January 23, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Cross-strait talks

    Taiwan to raise objections to China's new flight routes

    TAIPEI -- A senior Taiwanese official said he will voice concerns about Beijing's decision to create four new commercial flight routes over the Taiwan Strait when he meets with his mainland counterpart in February. Taiwanese authorities have pr

    January 22, 2015 07:30 pm JST
  • Manufacturing powerhouse

    Taiwan received highest ever foreign orders in 2014

    TAIPEI -- Taiwanese companies' orders from foreign businesses hit a record high last year, propelled by the growing popularity of smartphones around the world. The total value of foreign orders rose 6.7% on the year to an all-time high of $472.8

    January 22, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • End of the eel crunch? Prices starting to fall but possible trade restrictions loom

    TOKYO -- Prices for Japanese eels are falling after years of sharp increases, but the industry still faces challenges, including possible trade restrictions to protect the fish. Thanks to a recovery in catches of juvenile eels -- called elvers o

    January 22, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • High-flying TSMC faces multiple challenges

    TAIPEI -- The world's largest chip foundry, Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg. (TSMC), stands tall in an ever-changing tech sector. Its earnings climb year after year: The company on Jan. 15 reported that net profit surged 40% to 263.9 billion New Taiwan dol

    January 22, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • New chief of Taiwan's Nationalists inherits sticky issues

    TAIPEI -- The new chairman of Taiwan's Nationalists faces a challenging to-do list, with the ruling party still nursing the wounds from its drubbing in mayoral elections in November. Intraparty reforms and ties with Beijing are among the thorny issu

    January 22, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Stephen Grenville: Low oil prices provide a fleeting chance for reform

    If the global price of oil had jumped by 50%, there is little doubt that economic commentators would be calling it a disaster for world growth. The price has in fact fallen by more than 50% since last June, but this ray of good news has not yet pier

    January 22, 2015 12:00 am JST