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  • Sony, Taiwan's E Ink aim to write new chapters for e-paper

    TOKYO -- Sony is setting up a joint venture with Taiwan-based E Ink Holdings this month, hoping to spur faster growth in the market for e-paper displays.The partners since 2004 are establishing the Taiwanese venture to develop and market new e-paper

    April 11, 2017 05:25 am JST
  • Formosa Plastics worries China slowdown may dampen demand

    TAIPEI -- China's economic slowdown is the primary threat to petrochemical demand in that country this year, senior executives at Formosa Plastics Group, Taiwan's largest industrial conglomerate, warned Monday."The economies of Europe and the U.S. a

    April 11, 2017 01:00 am JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index loses as US rate caution, geopolitical risks weigh

    HONG KONG (Nikkei Markets) -- Asian stocks edged lower as the threat of rising U.S. interest rates and caution amid growing geopolitical tensions kept investors on the sidelines.The Nikkei Asia300 Index lost 0.1% or 1.5 points to 1,168.78. China Pet

    April 10, 2017 09:08 pm JST
  • Fingerprint chip provider Goodix eyes smart vehicles and connected devices

    BARCELONA/TAIPEI -- For Shenzhen Huiding Technology, also known as Goodix, a leading provider of the chips that underpin fingerprint technology in smartphones, being a Chinese company is a blessing.Goodix might not yet be a household name, but the u

    April 10, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • 'Have smartphone, will travel' is mantra of new Chinese tourists

    In preparation for my trip to Taiwan during this year's Chinese New Year holiday, I purchased a ticket through, a major Chinese online travel agency that I often use, for a flight on China Eastern Airlines on Jan. 26, two days before the s

    April 8, 2017 03:00 pm JST
  • Another day, another front opens for embattled Toshiba

    TOKYO -- The U.S. International Trade Commission will investigate a complaint by a Taiwanese chipmaker that flash memory products made by Toshiba infringe on its patents, the agency said Thursday.The independent quasi-judicial agency handles claims

    April 8, 2017 05:05 am JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index slips after US strikes Syria

    HONG KONG (Nikkei Markets) -- Asian stocks fell on Friday as investor nerves were rattled after the U.S. carried out a missile strike on Syria following a deadly chemical attack in the nation's rebel-held area.The Nikkei Asia300 Index slipped 0.4% o

    April 7, 2017 08:35 pm JST
  • The internet poised to dethrone TV as ad king

    PALO ALTO, U.S. -- Television's reign as the dominant advertising medium appears near its end, as sellers increasingly reach out to consumers through mobile devices.The rise of smartphones provides a tailwind for spending on internet ads, which is e

    April 7, 2017 08:00 am JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index slips on Fed minutes, China-US meeting nerves

    HONG KONG (Nikkei Markets) -- Asian stocks fell Thursday amid concerns the U.S. Federal Reserve will soon consider shrinking its balance sheet, and as caution ahead of a key meeting between U.S. and Chinese presidents kept investors on the sidelines

    April 6, 2017 08:25 pm JST
  • Panel innovators put the future on display in Tokyo

    TOKYO -- Thin, bendable panels and other next-generation display technologies are quickly making their way into everyday devices -- and not just TVs and smartphones.The latest visual marvels went on display in Tokyo on Wednesday at Finetech Japan. N

    April 6, 2017 04:00 pm JST
  • Sharp to boost LCD plant workforce

    TOKYO -- Sharp's leadership team said Thursday they intend to double the number of workers at a key LCD panel plant mainly for the production of smartphone camera parts. The plant, located in Kameyama, in western Japan's Mie Prefecture, will supply

    April 6, 2017 01:10 pm JST
  • Taiwan business keeps heat on Tsai over labor reforms

    Taiwanese business leaders have blasted President Tsai Ing-wen's administration over labor reforms enacted last December, in a battle that says much about the demographic changes confronting the island economy.One of the pillars of the amended labor

    April 6, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Asian growth seen slowing to 5.7% in 2017: ADB

    MANILA -- Asia will not grow as fast this year due to policy uncertainty in advanced economies and an outflow of capital, the Asian Development Bank said on Thursday.In its 2017 Asian Development Outlook, the Manila-based lender projects growth for

    April 6, 2017 10:30 am JST
  • Asia Inc. muddles through Brexit uncertainty

    TOKYO As the U.K. embarks on at least two years of negotiations to extricate itself from the European Union, Asian companies are weighing up the likely impact of Brexit on everything from banking to steelmaking. For many, the picture is not a promis

    April 6, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Big business cozies up to Beijing

    GUANGZHOU Chalk it up to an impeccable sense of political timing: Just four days before China's National People's Congress convened in early March, Hon Hai Precision Industry broke ground on a new liquid crystal display plant in the Guangdong Provin

    April 6, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • A musical memorial to Taiwan's 228 Incident transcends politics

    TAIPEI On a recent afternoon, around 500 people gathered in a central Taipei park to hear the premiere of "Ode to Democracy," a piece of classical music composed in memory of the victims of a dark chapter in Taiwan's history.Against the hum of traff

    April 6, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Hedge funds suffer money exodus

    TOKYO -- Once wielding powerful influence on global financial markets, hedge funds are losing customers as more investors shun their high fees amid poor returns.Hedge funds tracked by Eurekahedge saw fund outflows of $60.7 billion by the end of Febr

    April 6, 2017 09:00 am JST
  • Taiwan manufacturing PMI rises to 56.2 in March

    TOKYO -- The Nikkei Taiwan Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, for March rose to 56.2 from February's 54.5.A reading above 50 indicates economic expansion, while one below 50 points toward contraction."Taiwan's manufacturing sector fin

    April 5, 2017 09:30 am JST
  • Hon Hai cooperation taking Sharp in the right direction

    OSAKA -- Ever since Hon Hai Precision Industry, known as Foxconn Technology Group, took Sharp under its wing, the two have been pushing ahead with cooperation to try and rehabilitate the troubled Japanese electronics maker.In particular, the relatio

    April 4, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • Global debt hits $215tn in 2016, led by emerging markets -- IIF

    Global debt rose to 325 percent of the world's gross domestic product in 2016, totalling $215 trillion, an Institute for International Finance report released on Monday showed, boosted by the rapid growth of issuance in emerging markets.Global debt

    April 4, 2017 09:14 am JST