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  • Taiwan's IT turnaround

    Taiwan's IT industry faces trouble. It rose to prominence over the last decade by embracing overseas technology and investing aggressively in mass production to seize a massive market share. Bad times loom. Taiwanese DRAM makers have taken a bea

    April 17, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Asia's manufacturing balance could prove a house of cards

    BANGKOK -- Hon Hai Precision Industry is heading south. The company, better known as Foxconn, is in talks with an Indonesian provincial government to build an assembly plant in a Jakarta suburb. It wants to expand its smartphone supply chain, which

    April 17, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Taiwan's business model ready for a revamp

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan's IT industry is trying to solve problems of its own creation. Many of the sector's top companies are suffering from a brain drain, which has hobbled the development of new products and left them unequipped to deal with rising c

    April 17, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • How deep should Taiwan's China ties go?

    Students that occupied the chambers of Taiwan's Legislative Yuan for more than three weeks recently were dead set against a planned services trade pact with China. Their beef with the government underscores the ambivalence of Taiwanese toward closer

    April 17, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Worried workers fret about Taiwan's IT sector

    TAIPEI -- Jack Chen has given up. "We have to work unreasonable hours to service our clients all over the world," said Chen, a 33-year-old IT professional who earned about $1,900 a month before quitting last year to take a career break. "Taiwane

    April 17, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Six industries singled out by Taiwan's Ma

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan's dour economy is getting a kick. The government is prioritizing new industries to boost the economy. It has singled out six sectors for special support, including biotechnology and agribusiness. Rows upon rows of breeding t

    April 17, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • China's media control spreads to Taiwan, Hong Kong

    TOKYO -- Recent incidents in Taiwan and Hong Kong suggest that China's sway over the media is not limited to the mainland. Student protesters left Taiwan's parliament on April 10 after occupying the legislature for some three weeks to prote

    April 16, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • 'Tonkotsu' ramen bowling over Asia

    TOKYO -- Japanese ramen has a lot of fans throughout Asia, but one variety of this noodle dish -- tonkotsu style -- is proving especially popular, especially among the region's Chinese populace. Tonkotsu, which literally means "pork bones," ref

    April 15, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Stephen Grenville: IMF ignores its own data on emerging economies

    Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, told the Group of 20 summit in St. Petersburg last September: "Just as some advanced economies have begun to gather momentum, many emerging markets are slowing." With this warn

    April 15, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Taiwan's Lung Yen aims to be go-to funeral company for vast Chinese community

    TAIPEI -- Lung Yen Life Service dominates Taiwan's cemetery and funeral services business. Now the company is looking to expand in China and other Asian markets with large ethnic Chinese populations. Lung Yen was the first company in Taiwan to i

    April 14, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Japan's Vector has high hopes for PR business in Asia

    TOKYO -- Japanese public relations company Vector recently brought talent from a popular Thai cooking show, "Iron Chef," to visit farms in Kyushu, in southwestern Japan. They were there at the invitation of Japan's agriculture ministry to promote th

    April 13, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Taiwanese opposing China trade pact end protest

    TAIPEI (Kyodo) -- Opponents of a trade deal with China ended Thursday their weeks-long protest in which they occupied the legislative chamber and also stormed the Cabinet compound. The protesters agreed to leave after Legislative Speaker Wang Ji

    April 10, 2014 09:30 pm JST
  • Japan's Tokyu Livable to drum up real estate investment in Taiwan

    TOKYO -- Real estate brokerage Tokyu Livable will set up a joint venture in Taiwan to market investment properties in Japan to affluent Taiwanese. Until now, the unit of Tokyo-listed Tokyu Fudosan Holdings has relied on local real estate compani

    April 10, 2014 05:25 am JST
  • Emerging markets seen dialing up smartphone growth

    OSAKA -- The driving force behind the roughly 20% growth projected for the global smartphone market this year will not be industrialized nations but such emerging markets as China, India and Indonesia. According to some estimates, smartphone sal

    April 10, 2014 05:01 am JST
  • Market for $100 smartphones heating up in Asia

    BEIJING/TAIPEI/MUMBAI -- Chinese, Taiwanese and Indian companies are gearing up to sell smartphones for about $100 in Asia, focusing on what is seen as the key price point for the future. China's Xiaomi held an exclusive online smartphone sales

    April 10, 2014 04:22 am JST
  • A century on stage

    OSAKA -- The all-woman Takarazuka Revue marked 100 years of leg-kicking, cross-dressing, singing, dancing and thrilling audiences on April 1. A special performance by the all-woman company is now playing a run at the Takarazuka Grand Theater in

    April 10, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • To tackle global disinflation, fix income gaps

    Six years after the global financial crisis hit growth across much of the developed world, you might think we have finally embarked on a path of steady healing. Unemployment rates are falling, growth is positive, albeit a little disappointing, and f

    April 10, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Thailand's Betagro hatches Japanese egg-and-rice plan

    BANGKOK -- Thai agriculture business conglomerate Betagro is bringing Japanese omu-raisu -- eggs stuffed with fried rice -- to the Southeast Asian nation. It will work with the Japanese restaurant chain operator Pomme Food on the launch of a new omu

    April 9, 2014 04:31 pm JST
  • Asus to release $99 smartphone

    TAIPEI -- Taiwanese PC maker Asustek Computer rolled out the new ZenFone smartphone series in its home market Tuesday, with the lowest-end model expected to carry a price tag of just $99. The series includes handsets with 4-, 5- and 6-inch scree

    April 9, 2014 05:36 am JST
  • Poor numbers, insider trading allegations clobber Taiwan's Acer

    TAIPEI -- Taiwanese PC maker Acer, which has been struggling with sluggish PC sales, is fighting an uphill battle to turn itself around in the wake of the insider trading scandal that broke in mid-March. Among those arrested in connection with t

    April 7, 2014 07:00 pm JST