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  • TSMC prospects

    Weakened chip demand trims growth outlook

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) dropped its growth estimate by a fifth to 4% for the chip sector in the face of a weakened global economy that is expected to reduce second quarter demand in emerging markets for smartphone

    April 16, 2015 10:13 pm JST
  • Asian markets

    Taiwan's Apple gang rides high

    TAIPEI -- Companies that do business with Apple have been a driving force in Taiwan's stock market as the U.S. tech giant continues to ship plenty of the iPhone 6 and readies to release its new watch. Shares in Hon Hai Precision Industry were up

    April 16, 2015 12:25 am JST
  • Japanese company applies printing tech to regenerative medicine

    TOKYO -- As technological innovations continue to gather pace, dramatic transformations in society and industry will likely continue for decades to come. ''Megachange: The World in 2050,'' a report by The Economist magazine, predicts a new evolu

    April 16, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Hitting the (comic) books

    TAIPEI -- Japanese publisher Kadokawa has launched a project to foster manga artists and other content creators in the rest of Asia. The company kicked off the initiative in September, when it opened a school in Taiwan, where large swaths of the

    April 16, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Beijing quashes Taiwan's AIIB bid

    TAIPEI -- China enthusiastically sought applications for the new development bank it is spearheading. On April 15, Beijing announced that the final tally of founding members has swollen to 57, including major European economies. Conspicuously absent

    April 16, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Taiwan's 2016 election

    Tsai sews up opposition nomination, backs cross-strait 'status quo'

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan's pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party on Wednesday officially nominated Tsai Ing-wen, its chairwoman, as its candidate for the next presidential election in January. Tsai, in an apparent attempt to address longstanding con

    April 15, 2015 08:41 pm JST
  • Simplo Technology profile

    Apple's iPhone batteries come from dominant Taiwan maker

    TAIPEI-- Taiwan-based Simplo Technology is one of the world's top lithium-ion battery manufacturers. It holds the largest share globally for laptop batteries, supplying over 20%. Chairman Sung Fu-hsang's strong front-line sales help the company acqu

    April 15, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Eye on the prize

    Taiwan still interested in AIIB for possible trade benefits

    TAIPEI -- Even after a rejection from Beijing, Taiwan still hopes to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank to facilitate its entry into regional trade pacts, President Ma Ying-jeou told Japanese reporters Tuesday. Because China considers

    April 15, 2015 02:01 am JST
  • China-Taiwan relations

    Nationalist meeting with Beijing leader could hurt election prospects

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou expressed support on Tuesday for a meeting between China's President Xi Jinping and Eric Chu, the new chairman of the ruling Nationalist party, who is expected to run in Taiwan's presidential race in January

    April 14, 2015 10:40 pm JST
  • Taiwan smartphone casings

    Catcher to boost output with new factory

    TAIPEI -- Catcher Technology, a Taiwanese maker of metal casings for small digital devices, is ramping up its capital investment. It plans to spend 1.2 billion New Taiwan dollars ($38 million) on a new factory near its headquarters in Tainan, in the

    April 14, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Halal exports

    Malaysia's smaller businesses turn to the world

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Small and midsize enterprises in Malaysia are steadily expanding their export markets. Their strategy? First, have their products halal certified, and then, sell them to multinational companies at home. Many Muslims consume halal

    April 14, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • AIIB membership

    China rejects 'Chinese Taipei'

    TAIPEI -- China formally turned down Taiwan's application on Monday for founding member status of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), which Beijing is rolling out as a counterweight to the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and Asi

    April 13, 2015 10:30 pm JST
  • China expansion

    Foxconn buys stake in new China big data exchange

    TAIPEI -- Taiwanese tech titan Foxconn Technology Group has acquired a stake in a big data trading company in southwestern China, according to a person familiar with the deal, in the latest move by the key Apple assembler's aggressive efforts to bra

    April 13, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Tsai Ing-wen

    Taiwan opposition leader vows to maintain peace with China

    TAIPEI -- Democratic Progressive Party chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan's main opposition leader who stands a good chance of winning in the presidential poll next January, said Thursday that she will not provoke Beijing and her party will be committe

    April 10, 2015 12:30 pm JST
  • Taiwan security

    Apache breach claims military scalps

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan's defense minister has offered to resign and high-ranking personnel have been disciplined after it emerged that an army pilot violated regulations by giving family and friends private tours of advanced Apache attack helicopters.

    April 9, 2015 10:00 pm JST
  • Logistics

    Okinawa air cargo hub harks back to ancient trading roots

    NAHA, Japan -- Once upon a time, Okinawa was an independent kingdom that made its living as an entrepot, sending goods to and fro around southern and eastern Asia. Now many Japanese companies are rediscovering the island prefecture's importance and

    April 9, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Meeting chip demand

    Shin-Etsu Chemical to build photoresist plant in Taiwan

    TOKYO -- Shin-Etsu Chemical will invest 13 billion yen ($107 million) to build a photosensitive resin plant in Taiwan, looking to separate itself from rivals by increasing capacity 30% and diversifying geographic risk. The company has acquired l

    April 9, 2015 04:13 am JST
  • Taiwanese worry AIIB could give China greater sway over island

    TAIPEI -- As major economies argue over whether to join a China-led regional development bank, a similar debate is taking place within Taiwan, as many fear a place in the club will give Beijing undue influence over the island. The reluctance to

    April 9, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Filling the coffers

    No company is eager to pay tax. But Asian countries have a growing need to build infrastructure, expand social services and address budget imbalances. Governments are therefore keen to increase their tax revenues. Part of this effort involves wideni

    April 9, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • China-Taiwan relations

    President Ma wants South China Sea disputes tamed

    TAIPEI - Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou said on Wednesday that territorial disputes in the South China Sea must be managed peacefully and disputing parties should get beyond differences and consider sharing resources. "The claimants should put

    April 8, 2015 11:50 pm JST