Search results

Results 1 - 20 of 1018
  • Corrupt from the top down

    Taiwan chemical giant fingers ex-president, others for bribery

    TAIPEI -- Major Taiwanese chemical company Formosa Plastics Group has found that 25 employees were involved in a bribery scandal. Among them is Lin Chen-jung, a former senior executive at core group member Formosa Plastics. Lin resigned from the

    July 28, 2015 11:19 pm JST
  • Taiwan on canvas

    Pioneering painter's legacy lives on decades after his tragic death

    CHIAYI, Taiwan -- Chen Cheng-po, one of Taiwan's first Western-style painters, was born in 1895, the year Japanese forces occupied the island. In the upheaval of 1947, two years after the Japanese relinquished control, he was shot dead in Chiayi, th

    July 28, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Taxpayer bailout

    Taiwan to rescue troubled bullet-train operator

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan intends to rescue a debt-ridden high-speed rail operator after deciding that the entity is too important to go bankrupt. The transportation ministry and Taiwan High Speed Rail signed a financial improvement plan Monday under whi

    July 28, 2015 02:34 am JST
  • U.S. upgrades Malaysia, Cuba in trafficking report

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The United States upgraded Malaysia in an annual report on human trafficking on Monday despite calls by human rights groups and nearly 180 U.S. lawmakers to keep the Southeast Asian country on a list of worst offenders in fai

    July 27, 2015 10:20 pm JST
  • Nikkei PMI

    'Problems ahead' for South Korea, Taiwan: Markit economist

    LONDON -- The numbers coming out of a manufacturing-specific purchasing managers' index published by Nikkei paint a troubling picture for South Korea and Taiwan, while they show Vietnam to be a country on the rise. The manufacturing PMI can serv

    July 27, 2015 01:30 am JST
  • Interview with 'Love Hina' author

    Can the TPP play nice with Japan's manga universe?

    TOKYO -- Japan's comic and anime fans, and even some of its professional authors, have a message for the 12 countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership: Do not lock up intellectual property so tightly that cosplayers and writers of fan ficti

    July 26, 2015 01:15 am JST
  • 'Otaku' on alert

    Why cosplay fans fear the TPP

    TOKYO -- A Japanese girl with short blond hair takes a fighting stance, holding a gigantic sword and looking like she has just stepped out of a "Final Fantasy" video game. Right behind her, Sailor Moon and her warrior friends gather around, taking a

    July 25, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • WTO members seal trillion-dollar IT trade deal

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- World Trade Organization (WTO) members finalized a deal on Friday to cut tariffs on $1 trillion worth of information technology products in a boost for producers of goods ranging from video games to medical equipment. The

    July 24, 2015 01:12 pm JST
  • All-in-one manufacturing

    JFE Steel to pursue Southeast Asian demand with plant investment

    TOKYO -- Japan's JFE Steel will invest in a new large-scale steel plant that Taiwan's Formosa Plastics is building in Vietnam, in anticipation of rising demand from carmakers setting up shop in Southeast Asia. The integrated operation will cover

    July 24, 2015 02:58 am JST
  • Taiwan presidency

    Nationalists formally approve pro-China candidate

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan's ruling Nationalist Party formally, and unanimously, confirmed Hung Hsiu-chu, the pro-China deputy parliamentary speaker, as its presidential candidate at a convention on July 19 attended by 1,200 delegates. The nomination of a

    July 24, 2015 02:25 am JST
  • Taiwanese equities

    Taiex slump prompts calls for capital gains tax cut

    HONG KONG -- Taiwan's main Taiex index dropped to a year-to-date low Thursday as disappointing earnings results at Apple and other U.S. tech giants weighed on shares of their Taiwanese suppliers. The index fell 1.4% to close at 8,791.12, a rough

    July 23, 2015 10:10 pm JST
  • The stock is falling

    Acer wishes upon a cloud

    TAIPEI -- With its mainstay personal computer business in a prolonged slump, Acer is looking to get into the cloud services game. But success is uncertain, since many powerful IT companies are already operating in the field. The big Taiwanese PC

    July 23, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Hot, dry and desperate

    El Nino should have faded out in spring, but it now looks like the world's most formidable "little boy" will hang around his Pacific playground through autumn. The weather phenomenon is causing deadly heat waves in South Asia, while Southeast As

    July 23, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Brahma Chellaney: Water (problems), water (problems) everywhere

    The centrality of water is a recurring theme in various religions. The Bible -- largely written amid water scarcity -- associates drought with the wrath of God. "By means of water," says the Quran, "we give life to everything." Hindu gods and goddes

    July 23, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Japan: A pro's guide

    TOKYO -- Foreign tourism is booming in Japan. May saw a 50% year-on-year jump in the number of visitors, and with some tourists coming for a second time, the uptrend is likely to continue. To keep people coming back for third and even fourth ad

    July 23, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Taiwan stocks

    Tech shares dip on restrained Apple outlook

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan's tech-heavy bourse fell on Wednesday after leading local Apple Inc. suppliers felt the effect of the U.S. company's conservative guidance for the current quarter and missed some estimates for iPhone sales. Apple on Tuesday guid

    July 22, 2015 11:57 pm JST
  • Taiwan to end ban on food imports from other than Fukushima: report

    TAIPEI (Kyodo) -- Taiwan's authorities will as early as next week end the island's ban on imports of food from four of five Japanese prefectures imposed after the 2011 nuclear accident in Fukushima Prefecture, a local newspaper reported Wednesday.

    July 22, 2015 01:24 pm JST
  • Echoes of smartphone woes

    Taiwan's export orders down 5.8% on weak electronics sales

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan's export orders fell 5.8% on the year to $36.6 billion for June, according to figures released Monday by the Ministry of Economic Affairs. Orders for semiconductors and other electronic components sank as the global economy and

    July 21, 2015 02:28 am JST
  • Ripple effect

    Japanese ETF market growing fast as BOJ steps up buying

    TOKYO -- The Japanese market for exchange-traded funds is expanding rapidly, with assets under management exceeding 15 trillion yen ($119 billion) for the first time ever, driven by aggressive purchases by the Bank of Japan. Assets managed by 13

    July 20, 2015 02:00 am JST
  • Bad omens

    Global market turbulence is a wake-up call

    TOKYO -- "I can't sell my stocks even if I want to, damn it!" Liu Guang Kun, a 60-year-old man, cut a desperate figure as he ranted July 10 at a brokerage in China's northeastern city of Dalian, Liaoning Province. Trading in the stocks Liu h

    July 19, 2015 09:30 pm JST