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  • LCD panel glut in China spurring changes across industry

    BEIJING -- China is facing a serious glut of large LCD panels as manufacturers keep boosting output capacity despite the lackluster market, a trend likely to have far-reaching repercussions for related businesses in East Asia. Local LCD panel pr

    December 24, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • Taiwan's technology slump makes doughnuts look tantalizing

    TAIPEI -- These are dismal days in Taiwan's information technology sector. Industry companies have long been the engines of the island's economy, but they are in dire need of tuneups amid dramatic global changes. One major player has resorted to sel

    December 22, 2013 01:00 pm JST
  • Taiwan contract electronics makers rattled by mobile device boom

    TAIPEI -- Taiwanese contract electronics makers are losing some of their muscle as Samsung Electronics and other big groups that manufacturer on their own are sharply expanding shares in the markets for tablet computers and other mobile devices. A

    December 21, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • Vanilla Air launches service to Okinawa, Taipei

    TOKYO -- Japanese budget carrier Vanilla Air began its first flights linking Tokyo with Okinawa and Taipei on Friday as the ANA Holdings subsidiary seeks to seize on record tourist traffic to Japan. Formerly AirAsia Japan, Vanilla Air has shifte

    December 21, 2013 12:23 am JST
  • Japan rail firms pushing shinkansen as global standard

    NAGOYA -- Four major Japanese railroad companies are teaming up to make the country's high-speed system the global standard, as they face fierce competition from Canadian and European rivals. As soon as April, they will form an association to prom

    December 20, 2013 02:00 am JST
  • Asia looks steady, not spectacular in 2014

    It’s that time of the year: a good point for a little introspection. Overall, 2013 brought its share of surprises, both ups and downs. But markets are signing off in a relatively cheery mood and investors are expecting better news ahead. Plenty

    December 19, 2013 01:00 pm JST
  • Secom to launch corporate security service in Myanmar

    TOKYO -- Secom will offer security services for corporations in Myanmar starting next fall, touting cutting-edge devices that help curb labor costs. In Southeast Asia, commercial buildings and factories are often staffed around the clock by secu

    December 19, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Asia looks steady, not spectacular in 2014

    It’s that time of the year: a good point for a little introspection. Overall, 2013 brought its share of surprises, both ups and downs. But markets are signing off in a relatively cheery mood and investors are expecting better news ahead. Plenty

    December 19, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Kyosan Electric plans integrated production in Taiwan

    TOKYO -- Kyosan Electric Mfg. will begin start-to-finish production of railway signal equipment in Taiwan, which it's positioning as a supply base for rapidly growing overseas markets, especially developing countries. The Japanese company has disp

    December 16, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • Rags-to-riches founder keeps Taiwanese parts maker thriving

    TAIPEI -- Eric Chuo brims with an energy that belies his 71 years. The chairman of Taiwan's Hiwin Technologies, one of the world's three largest makers of ball screws, has gone from rags to riches and put fear into Japanese rivals, but he is too

    December 13, 2013 04:18 am JST
  • Tokyo Filmex highlights dynamic new directors

    TOKYO -- The 14th annual Tokyo Filmex film festival, which was created as a way to discover and foster talent in Asian film, opened Dec. 1 with a strong lineup of films by new directors. "We have found talented filmmakers who can carry the Asian

    December 12, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Asian students still ace world rankings

    TOKYO -- The OECD's latest international student assessment shows that Asia continues to have some of the highest scoring students in the world when it comes to reading, mathematics and science. Students in Shanghai topped all three rankings, wh

    December 12, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Tokyo Filmex highlights dynamic new directors

    TOKYO -- The 14th annual Tokyo Filmex film festival, which was created as a way to discover and foster talent in Asian film, opened Dec. 1 with a strong lineup of films by new directors. "We have found talented filmmakers who can carry the Asian

    December 12, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Secom to launch corporate security service in Myanmar

    TOKYO -- Secom will offer security services for corporations in Myanmar starting next fall, touting its cutting-edge information technology devices that help curb labor costs. In Southeast Asia, commercial buildings and factories are often staff

    December 11, 2013 02:29 am JST
  • Asian students continue to ace world education rankings

    TOKYO -- The OECD's latest international student assessment shows that Asia continues to have some of the highest scoring students in the world when it comes to reading, mathematics and science. Students in Shanghai topped all three rankings, wh

    December 8, 2013 01:00 pm JST
  • Japanese inn manageresses and their 'omotenashi' spirit

    The word omotenashi, or hospitality, was used to express one of the great characteristics of Japan and its people in the country's bid to host the 2020 Olympics. The best place to experience omotenashi is at a traditional inn. Born and raised in Sou

    December 5, 2013 07:00 pm JST
  • A humble rice cooker from Taiwan tries to conquer the world

    TAIPEI -- Ever hear of Tatung? The Taiwanese company used to make steel but in 1960 started selling rice cookers that to this day account for 95% of all rice cooker sales on the island. And now it wants to conquer the rest of the world with its

    December 5, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Taiwan tech may be going way of Japan's once-proud industry

    KYOTO, Japan -- Although many of Taiwan's high-tech companies are struggling to keep up with lower-cost competitors from across the Taiwan Strait, some newcomers are picking up the slack and driving growth. That observation comes from Chang Chun

    December 5, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Japanese inn manageresses and their 'omotenashi' spirit

    The word omotenashi, or hospitality, was used to express one of the great characteristics of Japan and its people in the country's bid to host the 2020 Olympics. The best place to experience omotenashi is at a traditional inn. Born and raised in Sou

    December 5, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Sega, Chinese partner designing smartphone games for East Asia

    TOKYO -- Sega will partner with a major Chinese online game developer on smartphone offerings geared toward East Asian markets. The global market for smartphone games is forecast to double in the next five years. Facing withering competition at

    December 1, 2013 10:32 pm JST