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  • Taiwan manufacturing PMI slows to 54.4 in April

    TOKYO -- The Nikkei Taiwan Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, fell to 54.4 in April from 56.2 in March.A reading above 50 indicates economic expansion, while one below 50 points toward contraction."April's survey data pointed to a fur

    May 2, 2017 09:30 am JST
  • Tea Leaves

    Diversity trumps 'Asian values'

    Political and strategic policy differences between the democracies of Northeast and Southeast Asia are widening. In the era of globalization and social media, long-assumed cultural similarities between these two regions are not holding up. This is i

    May 1, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Nikkei Asia Prizes 2017

    Persistence pays for Taiwan virologist who helped stop SARS

    Michael Ming-Chiao Lai, Taiwan, Distinguished Research Fellow, Institute of Molecular Biology, Academia Sinica -- Winner for science and technologyTAIPEI -- As a young virologist, Michael Ming-Chiao Lai hoped his work would aid society "at some poin

    May 1, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • Nikkei Asia Prizes 2017

    Health and welfare innovators garner annual honors

    TOKYO -- The man behind the creation of India's biometric national ID system, a Taiwanese virologist whose discoveries helped contain SARS, and a Pakistani nonprofit foundation that provides emergency services have been awarded this year's Nikkei As

    May 1, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • Company in focus

    TSMC looks to feed AI boom

    TAIPEI -- In late March, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. rose above rival Intel by market value for the first time. TSMC's rise and Intel's stumbling over the past decade reflect how mobile devices have overtaken personal computers as the one

    April 30, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Asia-Pacific press freedom takes another step back

    HONG KONG -- Freedom of the press is eroding all across the globe, according to the latest findings by watchdog organization Reporters without Borders. While relatively speaking, the Asia-Pacific region is not as bad as others, like the Middle East

    April 29, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • Japan rescue fund to lead joint bid for Toshiba chip ops

    TOKYO -- The Innovation Network Corp. of Japan will orchestrate the expanding U.S.-Japan partnership for a joint bid for Toshiba's memory chip business, probably bringing on board some Japanese companies as well as Toshiba's American partner Western

    April 29, 2017 07:17 am JST
  • Foxconn plans 'capital-intensive' US investment - Chairman Gou

    WASHINGTON/TAIPEI (Reuters) -- Foxconn, the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer and a major Apple Inc supplier, is planning a "capital-intensive" investment in the United States, Chairman Terry Gou said as he exited the White House on

    April 29, 2017 03:27 am JST
  • MediaTek sees a tepid Q2 amid sluggish China smartphone demand

    TAIPEI -- MediaTek, the largest mobile chip supplier to China, on Friday posted the lowest margins in the Taiwanese company's history for the January-March period, amid ferocious market competition. It also foresees a lukewarm second quarter due to

    April 28, 2017 11:00 pm JST
  • Sharp marks first operating profit in 3 years

    TOKYO -- Sharp on Friday booked an operating profit of 62.45 billion yen ($561 million) for the fiscal year ended in March -- the company's first operating profit in three years. The previous year's figure was an operating loss of 161.96 billion yen

    April 28, 2017 05:27 pm JST
  • Foxconn shares jump after Gou's White House visit

    HONG KONG -- Taiwan-listed shares of key iPhone assembler Hon Hai Precision Industry, also known as Foxconn Technology Group, surged to a year-to-date high, following media reports that Chairman Terry Gou visited the White House.The Nikkei Asian Rev

    April 28, 2017 03:30 pm JST
  • Trump spurns Taiwan leader's suggestion of another call

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday spurned the Taiwanese president's suggestion that the two leaders hold another phone call, saying he did not want to create problems for Chinese President Xi Jinping at a time when Beij

    April 28, 2017 11:37 am JST
  • Taiwan posts solid Q1 growth as global shoppers splurge on phones

    TAIPEI (Reuters) -- Taiwan reported solid first-quarter economic growth on Friday as strong global demand for components for the new iPhone and other electronic gadgets keep Asia's hi-tech factories humming.The trade-reliant economy expanded for the

    April 28, 2017 10:12 am JST
  • Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou visits White House

    TAIPEI -- Chairman Terry Gou of key iPhone assembler Hon Hai Precision Industry, also known as Foxconn Technology Group, visited the White House on Thursday local time, though it is not known whether he met with President Donald Trump.Footage from t

    April 28, 2017 10:10 am JST
  • Taiwan's AUO posts Q1 profit amid tighter display market

    TAIPEI -- AU Optronics logged 9.4 billion New Taiwan dollars ($311 million) in net profit for the January-March quarter after tumbling into the red a year earlier, rebounding on a surge in display prices resulting from brisk demand for big-screen te

    April 28, 2017 05:00 am JST
  • Sony unit eyes 8 new music halls across Asia

    TOKYO -- Sony Music Entertainment plans to open performance halls in eight major Asian cities by 2023, with an eye on tapping demand from Japanese artists for high-quality venues to stage concerts for their growing legions of fans.Zepp Hall Network,

    April 28, 2017 03:30 am JST
  • Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou to meet Trump: sources

    TAIPEI -- Chairman Terry Gou of key iPhone assembler Hon Hai Precision Industry, also known as Foxconn Technology Group, is set to meet U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington on Thursday, according to people familiar with the plan.The sources did

    April 28, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • Asia-Pacific leads global business travel

    BANGKOK -- Business travel within Asia is growing at twice the pace of the rest of the world and looks set to overtake the top-spending Americas within 10 years, according to research by the World Travel and Tourism Council, a leading industry body,

    April 27, 2017 11:20 pm JST
  • Asia Inc. welcomes Trump's big tax plan

    TOKYO/SEOUL -- U.S. President Donald Trump's announcement of a dramatic tax reform plan was greeted with welcome and suspicion by Asian companies on Thursday.If Trump has his way, the corporate tax rate in the U.S. would fall from 35% to 15%.Kawasak

    April 27, 2017 08:00 pm JST
  • Calvin Koh: Sports in Asia could spark global VR breakthrough

    The sandy shores of Copacabana Beach were thousands of miles away for most sports fans, but many were able to soak up the atmosphere at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games thanks to 300 hours of virtual reality coverage.The Olympic Games is the kind of

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST