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  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014: Acer's Shih returns amid PC problems

    TAIPEI -- Stan Shih is back. The 69-year-old co-founder of major Taiwanese PC maker Acer retired from the company's management about nine years ago. He returned last November when Chairman and CEO J.T. Wang stepped down because of the company's

    March 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014: Silent Cyrus: Tata's enigmatic Mistry pushes for revival

    NEW DELHI -- Cyrus Mistry became chairman of Tata Sons at the wrong time. The secretive chairman took the helm of the holding company of the Tata Group, India's largest industrial house, in December 2012. In an interview with The Nikkei, his pr

    March 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Yamato to offer next-day delivery between Singapore, Malaysia

    TOKYO -- Yamato Holdings plans to begin overnight delivery of small packages between Singapore and Malaysia starting next month, part of a broader push to expand coverage in Southeast Asia. Currently, the Japanese company provides domestic deliv

    March 26, 2014 05:18 am JST
  • Taiwan stocks lose steam on political unrest, US rate-hike speculation

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan stocks are getting bounced around, first by fears over what a possible U.S. interest rate hike next year might mean, then by confidence in the island's smartphone-related industries and finally by student-led protests against a trad

    March 25, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Singapore's Tigerair orders 37 aircraft from Airbus

    SINGAPORE -- Singapore's Tiger Airways Holdings (Tigerair), ordered new 37 aircraft from Airbus. The deal is worth $3.8 billion based on the Airbus list price, though Tigerair said it negotiated a "significantly lower" price. A320neo, the manufa

    March 25, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Taiwan government faces backlash after student crackdown

    TAIPEI -- A crackdown on protesters opposed to a cross-strait trade pact has dealt a serious blow to public opinion of Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou's government, almost certainly delaying enforcement of the agreement and possibly hurting prospec

    March 25, 2014 03:48 am JST
  • Taiwan torn between fighting pollution, sparking economy

    Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, the world's top chip packaging and testing service provider, got off relatively easy for polluting a river in Taiwan, whose government might have been more concerned about the impact on the economy. In Decembe

    March 25, 2014 03:43 am JST
  • MediaTek going on hiring blitz to bolster smartphone chips

    TAIPEI -- Taiwanese fabless chipmaker MediaTek plans to add a record 2,000 or so workers to its workforce this year to strengthen development of smartphone chips. MediaTek, mainly known for chips used in lower-priced smartphones, is aiming to ca

    March 21, 2014 11:56 pm JST
  • Japanese railcar makers train eyes on emerging markets

    TOKYO -- Japan's big two railcar manufacturers want to expand by making inroads into increasingly lucrative emerging markets. Kawasaki Heavy Industries' and Hitachi's contracts for railway projects abroad have been mostly in the U.S., U.K.

    March 20, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Hon Hai recruitment drive aims to lessen reliance on Apple

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry, the world's largest contract manufacturer of electronics, is pushing hard to move beyond its core business and into three new areas: software, chips and telecommunications. The move is aimed at redu

    March 20, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Japan's JR Central to advise Taiwanese bullet train operator

    NAGOYA -- Central Japan Railway, or JR Central, expects to sign a technical consulting agreement soon with the operator of Taiwan's shinkansen bullet train service, first giving advice on a railroad extension project slated for 2016. The deal, w

    March 20, 2014 01:52 am JST
  • Taiwanese EMS firm to sell own low-cost 3-D printers

    TOKYO -- Taiwanese electronic manufacturing service provider New Kinpo Group will release its own line of low-cost 3-D printers, capitalizing on the know-how it accumulated by making related products for others. The EMS firm rolled out in Japan

    March 20, 2014 12:56 am JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014: Premchai's Myanmar job faces hurdles

    BANGKOK -- Premchai Karnasuta, president of Italian-Thai Development, has spearheaded to make his company a major general contractor in Southeast Asia. Generally viewed as a businessman who is outspoken and acts boldly, Premchai is resolved to this

    March 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014: Interflex's Bae embraces two giants

    SEOUL -- Bae Chul-han works with the world's No. 1 and No. 2 smartphone makers. His company, Interflex, sells field programmable circuit boards for use in smartphones, to Apple of the U.S., along with South Korea's Samsung Electronics. Interflex

    March 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014: Zhang: hot pot hot shot

    BEIJING -- Zhang Yong keeps it in the family. His company, Sichuan Haidilao Catering, only hires people that care for their parents. Sichuan Haidilao operates a chain of about 90 restaurants in 24 Chinese cities that sell hot pots -- spicy stews

    March 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014: Mahindra's mantra begins to bear fruit

    MUMBAI -- Anand Mahindra's key to success is maintaining a solid corporate structure. Among Indian auto-related companies, special attention in 2014 is focused on the Mahindra & Mahindra group. It overtook Indian rival Tata Motors at home to bec

    March 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Japan's literati impervious to politics

    TOKYO -- Bookworms across Northeast Asia seem indifferent to the region's political fights. Literary works by popular contemporary Japanese authors such as Keigo Higashino and Kotaro Isaka are being translated quickly and sold in South Korea, Ch

    March 19, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • Taiwan's Ma wants a meeting with China's Xi -- and a place in the history books

    TAIPEI -- China and Taiwan held a meeting between ministers in charge of bilateral policy in Nanjing on Feb. 11, marking a step toward an improvement in relations. China and Taiwan have been at odds for more than six decades, and the ministerial

    March 16, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • Forget the white dress: Kyoto to host Japanese-style weddings for visitors

    TOKYO -- Couples from other parts of Asia will soon have a new option for getting hitched: a traditional wedding in Japan's ancient capital. Kyoto Prefecture intends to team up with wedding organizers and other companies to host nuptials for vis

    March 13, 2014 03:15 pm JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014: Samsung: The son also rises

    SEOUL -- Lee Jae-yong is all but guaranteed to lead Samsung Electronics into the future. His father, Lee Kun-hee, heads the Samsung group of South Korea and is the owner-chairman of Samsung Electronics. He has run the company with an iron fist b

    March 13, 2014 12:00 am JST