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  • Taiwan politics

    Pro-independence presidential hopeful Tsai observes National Day, calls for unity

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan's pro-independence presidential candidate, Tsai Ing-wen, sought to highlight her moderate political stance Saturday by attending National Day celebrations and singing the island's anthem. Tsai, chairwoman of main opposition De

    October 10, 2015 05:00 pm JST
  • Ivy League controversy

    Asian-Americans call for fairer college admissions system

    NEW YORK -- Elite U.S. universities continue to face claims that they discriminate against Asian-American applicants. In September, the Asian-American Coalition for Education requested an investigation into why Harvard University rejected an Asi

    October 10, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Taiwanese politics

    Keen on TPP, presidential frontrunner Tsai reaches out to Japan

    TAIPEI -- Opposition party leader and presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen sought support for Taiwan joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership during her trip to Japan this week, and tried to reinforce her connection with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. O

    October 9, 2015 09:58 pm JST
  • Asian currencies

    Dovish Fed minutes lift ringgit to near 2 month-high, rupiah jumps 3.5%

    KUALA LUMPUR (NewsRise) -- Malaysia's ringgit rose to its highest in nearly two months on Friday and looks set to post its biggest weekly gain in 17 years as minutes of Federal Reserve's September meeting reinforced hopes that the U.S. central bank

    October 9, 2015 06:40 pm JST
  • Taiwan opposition leader alludes to Japanese Cabinet visit

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Taiwanese opposition party leader and presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen suggested that she visited Japan's Cabinet Office building and met with Cabinet ministers, the first time a Taiwanese presidential candidate has ever done so.

    October 9, 2015 05:55 pm JST
  • From sadness to wow

    Facebook launches reaction buttons beyond like

    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) -- Like it or not, Facebook Inc's trademark "like" button is set to get more expressive. Users will soon be able to do more than "like" posts. They will be able to love them and express sympathy, anger or sadness with ani

    October 9, 2015 09:06 am JST
  • World-wide PC shipments continue to slump

    World-wide personal computer shipments dropped in the September quarter as PC makers didn't receive much of a boost from Microsoft Corp.'s new operating system, Windows 10, according to a pair of data trackers Thursday. International Data Corp.

    October 9, 2015 08:57 am JST
  • Asian markets

    China stocks jump after trading break

    HONG KONG -- Chinese stocks surged on Thursday, the country's first day of trade after a one-week holiday. Market players seemed to be cheered following rallies in the U.S. and Europe during the past week. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index

    October 8, 2015 05:15 pm JST
  • Squabbling department stores

    Taiwan's Shin Kong now doing things its way in China

    Despite attempts to tie it up in red tape, Taiwan's largest department store is forging ahead in China. Shin Kong Mitsukoshi was established in 1989 as a joint venture between Taiwan's Shin Kong Group and Japan's Mitsukoshi department store, now run

    October 8, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • TPP

    Deal signals emergence of a new global order

    ATLANTA -- Akira Amari, Japan's economy minister, was fuming. "This is no time for playing games," he told U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman. "We must make the greatest possible concessions to sort out our differences. Otherwise, we'll ne

    October 8, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • CEO in the news: Garuda's Arif gets rapid results from quick decisions

    JAKARTA -- When it comes to business, Indonesia is known for its slow way of doing things. But Arif Wibowo, Garuda Indonesia's chief executive, had no time to waste in turning around the troubled flag carrier. Now, less than a year since he took the

    October 8, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • The pact is a win for prosperity and peace

    One way to make sense of the current world is to measure the progress of rules-based order versus coercion-based disorder. The latter category includes the collapse of state structures in the Middle East at the hands of violent extremists, Russia's

    October 8, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • TPP signals emergence of a new global order

    ATLANTA -- Akira Amari, Japan's economy minister, was fuming. "This is no time for playing games," he told U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman. "We must make the greatest possible concessions to sort out our differences. Otherwise, we'll ne

    October 8, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Touch-screen demand

    Apple supplier TPK's stock rebounds on September sales

    HONG KONG -- Shares of TPK Holding, a touch-screen vendor for Apple, bounced back Wednesday after a two-day losing streak on the Taiwan Stock Exchange as investors welcomed the company's September revenue surge. The stock rose to 81.5 New Taiwan

    October 7, 2015 09:53 pm JST
  • Taiwan politics

    Nationalists poised to replace presidential candidate

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan's ruling Nationalists will hold an extraordinary party conference before the end of October to discuss their faltering presidential campaign. The conference is likely to pave the way for incumbent Chairman Eric Chu to replace Hung H

    October 7, 2015 08:40 pm JST
  • Nikkei PMI

    Software and services rises highest in September

    HONG KONG -- The Nikkei Asia Sector Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, for September showed increased business activity in 10 out of the 19 industries monitored. The software and services sector saw the sharpest output growth in all industries,

    October 7, 2015 11:00 am JST
  • Taiwanese stock market

    Largan Precision's September sales boost shares

    HONG KONG -- Largan Precision rallied Tuesday on Taiwan's stock market after the optical lens maker posted group sales of 5.51 billion New Taiwan dollars ($168 million) for September, its highest monthly sales so far this year. The stock finishe

    October 7, 2015 12:20 am JST
  • Nationalists' Hung says she won't heed calls to abandon presidential candidacy

    TAIPEI (Kyodo) -- Taiwan's deputy legislative speaker and presidential candidate Hung Hsiu-chu said Tuesday that she will not heed calls within the ruling Nationalist Party (KMT) to drop out of the January race. A defiant Hung held a provisional

    October 6, 2015 07:52 pm JST
  • Kanpai barbecue eateries

    Free drinks and succulent 'wagyu' beef

    TAIPEI -- A chain of restaurants launched in Taiwan 15 years ago has gone from strength to strength, winning the hearts and stomachs of locals and even changing the island's traditional food culture. Barbecue joints were a rarity in Taiwan until

    October 6, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • VW scandal

    Taipei demands recall of 17,774 vehicles

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan's Environmental Protection Agency has demanded Volkswagen recall 17,774 vehicles fitted with engine control unit software designed to cheat emissions tests and compensate affected car owners accordingly. The German automaker is

    October 6, 2015 04:00 pm JST