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  • Alibaba in a bind

    Taiwan threatens to throw out Alibaba

    Taipei -- Taiwan's Investment Commission has demanded that Chinese internet giant Alibaba withdraws from the island before Aug. 24 after local officials discovered the company registered its Taiwan branch as a Singaporean entity rather than a Chines

    March 4, 2015 12:06 am JST
  • HTC's gamble

    Handset maker sees better odds upmarket

    TAIPEI -- HTC is making no secret of where it wants to go: the high end. The One M9, the latest flagship handset from Taiwan's leading smartphone maker, is designed to strengthen the company's presence upmarket, where it is up against powerhouse

    March 3, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Route postponed, altered

    Taiwan, China clear up aviation rift

    TAIPEI -- A senior Taiwanese official said Taiwan and China have resolved some of their differences over new Chinese flight routes that Taipei claims could endanger the safety of flights departing the island. The reconciliation may help recently

    March 3, 2015 02:20 pm JST
  • Survival game

    Samsung, HTC moving up with new smartphone models

    BARCELONA, Spain -- Smartphone market leader Samsung Electronics of South Korea and Taiwan's HTC unveiled their latest flagship wares at the Mobile World Congress, which opened here Monday. Both companies hope that their top-of-the-line models c

    March 3, 2015 06:19 am JST
  • MediaTek

    Taiwan chipmaker establishes $300M venture incubator

    TAIPEI -- MediaTek, a leading Taiwanese fabless chipmaker, has announced the creation of a $300 million investment fund that will back startups around the world. The move is part of the Taiwanese tech company's efforts to develop technologies fo

    March 2, 2015 06:20 pm JST
  • Fattening up on thinning hair

    Japanese wig-maker delivers an emotional appeal in China

    TOKYO -- A Japanese hairpiece-maker may be on the verge of profitabilty in China. And that's a big deal where wigs are less a part of the culture than they are in Japan. So far, Aderans' sales there are lower than those in the U.S. and Europe, t

    February 28, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Islamic State threat?

    Tweet puts Taiwan government on alert

    TAIPEI -- The Taiwan government has gone into alert mode after a Twitter feed sparked concerns that the Islamic State group may be targeting the landmark Taipei 101 skyscraper. The authenticity of the threat has not been confirmed. "We are still

    February 27, 2015 09:44 pm JST
  • Slave labor claim

    Taiwan tensions fuel Foxconn's bad rep

    GUANGZHOU, China -- Foxconn is in the media spotlight again over an allegation of slave labor conditions at its factories on the Chinese mainland, but this may be more of a smear arising from China's ill will toward Taiwan. In 2010, the Taiwanes

    February 27, 2015 03:08 am JST
  • Aviation dispute heats up

    Taiwan may intercept Chinese jetliners

    TAIPEI -- A senior Taiwanese official said the island may dispatch military aircraft to intercept Chinese airliners should mainland planes close in on a boundary over the Taiwan Strait. The threat comes after China unilaterally established new r

    February 26, 2015 07:12 pm JST
  • Conglomerates under fire

    Taiwanese youths are seething

    Some of Taiwan's biggest companies have become lightning rods for criticism as much of the rest of the island is growing fed up with high unemployment and a widening wealth gap. With ill feelings running high and the tide of politics apparently

    February 26, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • American hospitals ahead, at least in terms of market value

    BANGKOK -- U.S. medical companies are ahead of the pack, at least on the markets. Asian companies such as Malaysia's IHH Healthcare and Bangkok Dusit Medical Services of Thailand also rank high in terms of market capitalization. But American ope

    February 26, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Love, tragedy and baseball

    TOKYO -- When Taiwanese screenwriter and director Wei Te-sheng starts a project, he pays no mind to making a crowd pleaser. "I have never taken audience taste into account when making a film," he said. What Wei does think about: showing "the tru

    February 26, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Yoshino, Morgan, Wignaraja: Why Asia needs more financial education

    In the aftermath of the global financial crisis of 2007-2008, financial literacy and financial education are gaining more attention around the world. There were sobering lessons, for example, in how the misselling of financial products contributed d

    February 26, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Tejraj M. Aminabhavi: Eating our way to a healthier world

    A balanced diet is essential for not only providing energy and nutrients but also preventing disease. Changes in lifestyles and what we eat have greatly influenced human health, resulting in higher risks of noncommunicable diseases such as cancer, d

    February 26, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Taiwan's tourism boom

    Luxury hotels battle it out for foreign travelers

    TAIPEI -- A surge in overseas tourists to Taiwan is heating up competition among the capital's high-end hotels as they scramble to woo affluent travelers. About 9.91 million foreign tourists visited Taiwan in 2014, up 24% on the year, due partly

    February 25, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Shakespeare in Asia

    While audiences love the Bard of Avon, rulers may not be so keen

    TAIPEI -- Four hundred years and 10,000 km lie between the plays of William Shakespeare and contemporary Asia. But playhouse crowds across the region have much in common with their 16th and 17th century English predecessors. They embrace the broodin

    February 23, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Bilahari Kausikan

    How history is helping to rebalance Asia

    The U.S., China and Japan are groping toward a new equilibrium in their relationship with each other and with other countries in East Asia. The adjustments underway are complex and psychologically wrenching. Profound interdependence among the U.S.,

    February 23, 2015 07:00 am JST
  • Cross-strait relations

    Taiwan's China-driven growth model showing cracks

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan's China-centric growth strategy increasingly looks shaky as rising labor costs on the mainland discourage companies on the island from boosting investment and production. The shift in cross-straight economic relations could affe

    February 19, 2015 07:15 am JST
  • A popular destination

    Foreign tourists in Japan up 29% in January

    TOKYO -- Foreign tourists visiting Japan increased 29% on the year to 1.21 million last month, according to data released Wednesday by the Japan National Tourism Organization. In addition to the weak yen making Japanese travel seem like a bargai

    February 19, 2015 12:23 am JST
  • Japan's elevator makers race to the top in China

    TOKYO -- Japan's top three elevator makers are engaged in a fierce contest for bragging rights and have taken the fight to China, the world's largest market for elevators. This year, Mitsubishi Electric will lay claim to the crown that Toshiba h

    February 19, 2015 12:00 am JST