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  • Taiwan's Acer in a sticky situation

    TAIPEI -- Acer is going through its third and gravest business slump. Although the big Taiwanese PC company announced massive restructuring measures in November, its blueprint for revitalization remains unclear. Even in January, when Acer installed

    February 21, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • China crisis shock waves could hit Mongolia hardest: UBS

    HONG KONG -- China's local government debt, shadow banking and attempts at structural reform have left the country on a precipice. If it falls over the edge, which countries will be hit hardest, asks UBS. Emerging market turbulence has calmed fo

    February 20, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • What Taiwan's fabless star can teach Japan's not-so-fabulous chip sector

    TOKYO -- MediaTek, a major fabless semiconductor company in Taiwan, is a rising star in the global market. Japan's chip industry, meanwhile, appears to be sinking into oblivion. Can Japanese companies learn from MediaTek and other thriving players b

    February 20, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Global shipping

    It's Europe against Asia

    FRANKFURT/BEIJING -- Europe's shipping industry is realigning itself to better compete against Asian rivals. Germany's Hapag-Lloyd, the world's sixth-largest container line, has merged with No. 20 CSAV of Chile to become the fourth-largest operator.

    February 20, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • Beijing-Taipei detente stirs hope for stability with a dash of anxiety

    China and Taiwan recently held the first talks between ministerial-level officials since the revolution in 1949. Representatives in charge of cross-strait relations agreed to set up a framework for carrying on direct discussions. Regular government-

    February 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014:Philippines hopes Pangilinan can make a pipeline for peace

    MANILA -- Does Manuel Pangilinan hold the key to solving a territorial dispute between the Philippines and China? The government in Manila thinks so. Politicians in the Philippines are looking to Pangilinan, chairman of Philex Mining, for advice

    February 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014:Kochhar duets with India's rock star central banker

    MUMBAI -- Chanda Kochhar's ICICI Bank is at the forefront of Indian financial reform. The 52-year-old CEO of ICICI, India's largest private bank, joined management in the early 2000s. Since becoming CEO in 2009, she has led the bank's expansion.

    February 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Taiwan's Papago to release smart tire-pressure monitors in Japan

    TOKYO -- The Taiwanese car accessory maker Papago wants to have its smart tire-pressure monitoring system available in Japan by the end of this year. Such smart monitors could soon become mandatory in Japan and Papago is aiming to have its GoSafe TP

    February 18, 2014 03:00 pm JST
  • Renesas to up its game in chips for cars

    TOKYO -- Renesas Electronics, which already controls a 40%-plus global share in microprocessors for automobiles, plans to begin mass production of chips made with a 40-nanometer design rule, possibly within the year. With quintuple the data-proc

    February 18, 2014 05:23 am JST
  • US courting Taiwan for TPP as counterweight to China

    WASHINGTON -- With the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks expected to reach a settlement as early as spring, the Obama administration is stepping up overtures to Taiwan on joining the regional trade pact as part of efforts to keep China in check. T

    February 17, 2014 04:48 am JST
  • China, Taiwan touch on summit but differ on practicality

    BEIJING/TAIPEI -- Breaking with tradition, high-ranking officials from mainland China and Taiwan have mentioned the possibility of holding a meeting between their respective leaders, but both sides remain far apart on how to make it happen. Such

    February 15, 2014 06:44 am JST
  • Chip giants earning more, but R&D costs weigh heavily

    TOKYO -- The earnings gap between the world's five largest semiconductor makers and smaller manufacturers will widen in 2014, while research and development costs at the majors will keep climbing, according to U.S. consulting firm AlixPartners.

    February 14, 2014 01:30 pm JST
  • Big names vying for Asian business at Singapore Airshow

    SINGAPORE -- Asia's largest air show is in full swing here, with civilian and military manufacturers jostling for a piece of the region's growing market. Major deals underway at this year's Singapore Airshow include an order for up to 100 planes

    February 14, 2014 03:32 am JST
  • China's cancer rates exploding

    DALIAN, China -- China could see 1 million new cases of lung cancer each year by 2025, according to a report from the World Health Organization citing the country's high smoking rate and poor air quality. According to the World Cancer Report rel

    February 13, 2014 02:00 pm JST
  • Asia-Pacific to be biggest aircraft market by 2032: Airbus

    PARIS -- The Asia-Pacific region will be the world's largest aircraft market by 2032, Airbus said in a report released Thursday. The European aircraft maker said airlines in the region will likely require a total of 10,940 new planes over the tw

    February 13, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Google's Android controls nearly of 80% smartphone market

    NEW YORK -- Google's Android operating system dominates the global smartphone market and is gaining momentum, according to a recent U.S. survey. According to a report released Wednesday by market research firm IDC, Android controlled 78.6% of th

    February 13, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014: Vietnam's Vuong aims to fight back

    HANOI -- Pham Nhat Vuong has found strength in adversity. Vingroup, a major Vietnamese property developer, on Christmas Eve opened a shopping and entertainment complex, named Vincom Mega Mall Times City, in Hanoi. The facilities were swamped wit

    February 13, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Affordable 3-D printers from Asia coming to Japan

    TOKYO -- Japanese hobbyists may soon find it much easier to make their own accessories, trinkets and toys using 3-D printers, as cheaper, foreign-made units become available for less than 100,000 yen ($978). As soon as this month, Taiwan's New K

    February 13, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014: Tang adds zest to infrastructure market

    SINGAPORE -- Tang Kin Fei has a rare trait for a Singaporean businessman: loyalty. The president of Singapore's leading government-affiliated conglomerate, Sembcorp Industries, is one of the few executives in the city-state who has stuck with th

    February 13, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014: Sugiarto sees life beyond cars

    JAKARTA--Prijono Sugiarto must diversify income streams this year as president director of Astra International. One of Indonesia's largest conglomerates, Astra assembles and sells vehicles in collaboration with Japanese automakers Toyota Motor a

    February 13, 2014 12:00 am JST