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  • Taiwanese machine parts maker to double presence in Japan

    TOKYO -- Hiwin Technologies will double the locations and employees of its Japanese unit by December 2016, seeking to compete for market share here. The Taiwanese manufacturer of machine tool parts now has six locations in Japan, including ones

    October 22, 2014 06:36 am JST
  • Prosecutions in Taiwan cooking oil scandal

    TAIPEI -- Prosecutors on Tuesday indicted Wei Ying-chung of Ting Hsin International Group on fraud charges relating to contaminated cooking oil produced by a key subsidiary last year. The move came after Ting Hsin companies became embroiled in t

    October 21, 2014 09:28 pm JST
  • High growth in Asia-Pacific of high net worth individuals

    SINGAPORE -- The wealth held by high net worth individuals (HNWIs) in emerging Asia is predicted to grow at about 12.3% annually from 2013 to 2016, and at about 8.4% for their counterparts in more mature Asian economies, according to the Asia-Pacifi

    October 21, 2014 09:07 pm JST
  • Taiwan tech companies find China less profitable

    TAIPEI -- A key industry group reported on Monday that Taiwanese businesses operating in China are making less money and encountering more disputes as the economy slows. The survey by the Taiwan Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Associati

    October 20, 2014 09:05 pm JST
  • Japanese restaurant chains stepping up store openings in China

    TOKYO -- Japanese restaurant chains Watami and Saizeriya will accelerate openings in China, targeting the growing ranks of middle-class consumers there. Watami will open a new line of restaurants serving Mediterranean cuisine with a Japanese fla

    October 18, 2014 06:17 am JST
  • Totoro, Ultraman goods maker to expand further in Asia

    TOKYO -- Benelic, known for its merchandise based on movie and TV characters, will launch Hong Kong and Taiwanese company stores next year. The Tokyo-based company will also move a portion of its production process from China to the Philippines

    October 18, 2014 04:39 am JST
  • Court detains one of four Wei brothers in food scandal

    TAIPEI -- A Taiwanese district court on Friday ordered the detention of a member of the owning family of food conglomerate Ting Hsin International Group in an ongoing contaminated cooking oil saga. Public outrage has mounted against Ting Hsin, t

    October 17, 2014 09:55 pm JST
  • Mutual suspicion still hampering cross-strait investment

    BEIJING -- Taiwan's government has said it will send a special envoy to next month's Asia-Pacific Economic Forum conference here, keeping with tradition and dashing hopes for a first-ever summit between the leaders of mainland China and its estrange

    October 17, 2014 05:46 am JST
  • Taiwan chip maker closing on Samsung

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMC), the world's largest contract chip manufacturer, is predicting a robust fourth quarter and double-digit growth for next two years based on strong global demand for smartphones. The key Apple su

    October 17, 2014 01:16 am JST
  • Wei brothers exit after food scandal with massive donation

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan's Wei brothers, the tycoons who own food conglomerate Ting Hsin International Group and China's popular Master Kong instant noodle brand, announced on Thursday that they will no longer produce cooking oil in Taiwan in the wake of a

    October 17, 2014 12:30 am JST
  • DJ: Asian shares slide, led by sharp drop in Nikkei

    A global selloff extended into Asia with stocks in Japan slumping over 2% to their lowest since May as growing concerns over economic growth around the world took its toll on the region. Markets in Asia were comparatively calmer than the U.S. wh

    October 16, 2014 11:50 am JST
  • Taiwan tycoons under fire in tainted oil scandal

    TAIPEI -- The Wei brothers, the Taiwanese food tycoons that own the popular Master Kong instant noodle brand in China, are facing a public outcry in Taiwan for selling cooking oil illicitly mixed with lard for animal feed. Their food empire in C

    October 16, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Anders Corr: China threat requires an Asian NATO

    China's increasing belligerence in the East and South China seas, and toward India, has fundamentally destabilized the security dynamics of Asia. Japan is seeking a closer alliance with India and is likely seeking advanced offensive weapons from the

    October 16, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • A 21st century lighting standard

    TOKYO -- This year's Nobel Prize in physics was awarded to three Japanese-born scientists. Isamu Akasaki of Meijo University, Hiroshi Amano of Nagoya University and Shuji Nakamura of the University of California, Santa Barbara, made the discoveries

    October 16, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Taiwan's tainted oil scandal spreads

    TAIPEI -- Health authorities in Taiwan have accused Namchow Chemical, a major local cooking oil supplier, of using industrial grade beef tallow in its product preparations over the past two years. A statement on Wednesday by acting Director-Gene

    October 15, 2014 10:56 pm JST
  • Acer, Octon partner on telecommunications solutions

    TAIPEI -- Taiwanese PC maker Acer said Tuesday it is partnering with telecommunications solutions provider Octon to bolster its cloud service offerings. Acer is struggling to turn itself around amid a global slump in PC demand. The tie-up is the

    October 14, 2014 07:55 pm JST
  • Japanese conductors nurture young orchestras across Asia

    TOKYO -- Japanese conductors are investing their time and energy to train orchestras in Myanmar, Vietnam, Indonesia and other parts of Asia. The goal is to help make classical music more popular in the region. One of these is Yunosuke Yamamoto

    October 14, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • Owner of Master Kong noodles apologizes for over latest tainted oil scandal

    TAIPEI -- A senior executive of the company that owns the Master Kong brand of instant noodles apologized Saturday over the latest tainted oil scandal in Taiwan. Wei Ying-chung, a Ting Hsin International Group executive board member, however, e

    October 11, 2014 11:00 pm JST
  • Taiwan's President Ma calls for democracy in Hong Kong

    TAIPEI -- During his national day remarks on Friday, President Ma Ying-jeou said that Beijing should consider implementing democracy in China as the country's economy grows, and called for universal suffrage in Hong Kong. Ma's comments followed

    October 10, 2014 08:30 pm JST
  • Taiwan's Wei family fried in bad oil

    TAIPEI -- In the latest round of a tainted cooking oil scandal that has gripped Taiwan for weeks, tycoon Wei Ing-chou and three brothers are getting heavy criticism for selling oil contaminated by lard meant for animals to their customers. The f

    October 9, 2014 11:41 pm JST