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  • China should push hybrids to combat air pollution: CADA chief

    BEIJING -- Amid mounting concerns over worsening air pollution in China, Beijing is considering a subsidy program for hybrid vehicles. Until now, the Chinese government has offered subsidies to help those who buy rechargeable eco-friendly cars,

    May 19, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Kobe Steel forges unique approach in US, China aluminum markets

    TOKYO -- Japan's Kobe Steel is carving out its own opportunities in the Chinese and U.S. aluminum markets to gain a competitive edge there. This summer it will start construction of an automotive aluminum sheet plant in Tianjin, China. It forec

    May 19, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • Nomura to launch brokerage business in Shanghai

    TOKYO -- Japanese securities giant Nomura Holdings will set up a joint venture in a Shanghai free trade zone with a local finance group. Nomura signed an agreement with Shanghai Lujiazui Development Group and its finance unit on Sunday to launch

    May 19, 2014 03:27 am JST
  • China ratcheting up pressure on Vietnam following riots

    BEIJING/HANOI -- China is exerting more pressure on Vietnam in response to violent anti-Chinese demonstrations in the country over escalating territorial disputes, evacuating its citizens and canceling bilateral programs. Chinese Foreign Ministry

    May 19, 2014 02:33 am JST
  • Chongqing still struggling to heal the scars left by Bo Xilai

    CHONGQING, China -- China's government wants to put the Bo Xilai scandal behind it as quickly as possible. But this inland industrial city located along the upper reaches of the Yangtze River continues to reel from the political and economic repercu

    May 18, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • Vietnamese fed up with a lot more than China's oil rig

    TAIPEI -- An influx of Chinese workers into Vietnam has helped to fan the country's anti-China protests. Public anger boiled over last week at news of China deploying an oil rig in disputed South China Sea waters -- and protecting it with numero

    May 17, 2014 10:28 pm JST
  • Asia-Pacific trade ministers meet in China amid tensions at sea

    QINGDAO, China (Kyodo) -- Asia-Pacific trade ministers gathered Saturday for a two-day meeting in the eastern Chinese port city of Qingdao to identify priorities for cooperation in the region that accounts for over half of the world's growth, a

    May 17, 2014 04:03 pm JST
  • Contagious enthusiasm

    BEIJING -- George F. Gao is a world authority on viruses, and his cheerful demeanor is no less infectious than the bugs he works with. "Domo. Hajimemashite. (Hi! How do you do?) Is my pronunciation correct?" His carefree affability gives the imp

    May 17, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Vietnam, Philippines joining hands against China

    HANOI -- Vietnam and the Philippines are starting to solidify an alliance against China to better deal with territorial conflicts in the South China Sea. Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung will pay an official visit to the Philippines Wed

    May 17, 2014 03:27 am JST
  • China angling for dominance at Asian forum

    BEIJING -- Chinese President Xi Jinping will use an Asian forum next week as a platform to take steps toward a Beijing-led Asian security framework, aiming to counter U.S. influence. The Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures

    May 17, 2014 03:22 am JST
  • Terumo to upgrade Chinese, Indian presence

    TOKYO -- Medical equipment manufacturer Terumo intends to strengthen manufacturing and sales capabilities in such emerging markets as China and India, where demand for hospital health care products is growing rapidly. In China, the Tokyo-based c

    May 17, 2014 02:15 am JST
  • Japan's Faltec to set up third Chinese autoparts plant

    TOKYO -- Autoparts maker Faltec will launch in October a new factory in inland China to produce plastic exteriors and metal parts. It will mark the Japanese manufacturer's third production base in the country. Investment is estimated at 1.5 bill

    May 17, 2014 12:59 am JST
  • Foxconn to supend Vietnam operations as Sino-Vietnam tensions escalate

    TAIPEI -- Apple's key assembler Foxconn Technology Group of Taiwan said on Friday it will suspend operations at its Vietnam facilities for three days starting from Saturday to "ensure the safety of its workers." The action followed a surge of anti-C

    May 16, 2014 10:29 pm JST
  • China's attempt to heal environment hurting Japan's dyeing industry

    TOKYO -- China is trying to heal its environment by cutting back on dye production -- a move that has sent Japan's textile industry reeling. China is the world's largest dye producer, and the industry has been heavily polluting the country's wa

    May 16, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • North Korean leader Kim could be serious about reforms

    TOKYO -- Word is growing that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is ready for earnest economic reforms, starting with agriculture. Kim seems to be gradually reinforcing his power base through purges and generational changes in North Korea's leaders

    May 16, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Peter Tasker: Capitalism's champions head East

    The bid by Pfizer, the U.S. pharmaceutical giant, to take over AstraZeneca, one of Britain's largest pharma groups, has generated uproar across a broad range of circles in the U.K. Pfizer's chief executive was hauled before a parliamentary committee

    May 16, 2014 03:00 pm JST
  • True face of Chinese plaintiffs seeking wartime compensation for forced labor

    BEIJING -- In China, lawsuits seeking apologies and compensation for Japanese companies for forced labor during the Sino-Japanese war have been filed since late February one after another. A total of seven class action suits have been submitted to c

    May 16, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Panel backs bigger role for Japanese defense forces

    TOKYO -- Say a U.S. warship evacuating Japanese nationals from a foreign conflict came under attack as it neared Japan. In a news conference Thursday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe posed this what-if to illustrate his point that the ability to engag

    May 16, 2014 06:12 am JST
  • US, Asian neighbors react to Japan's defense powers push

    WASHINGTON/SEOUL/BEIJING -- The U.S., South Korea and China offered starkly contrasting responses Thursday to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's earlier remarks advocating an end to his country's self-imposed ban on the use of military force to ai

    May 16, 2014 05:10 am JST
  • China's Fosun group ready to snap up real estate in Japan

    SHANGHAI -- A privately owned investment company headquartered here will start investing in Japanese real estate by acquiring a midsize player based in Tokyo. A real estate unit of the Fosun group will take a 98% stake in Idera Capital Managemen

    May 16, 2014 04:34 am JST