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  • Hitachi a finalist in bid for Italian train businesses

    TOKYO -- Japan's Hitachi and China CNR are the two finalists for the purchase of the railroad businesses Italian aerospace and defense giant Finmeccanica is planning to unload. Finmeccanica will select by the end of October the buyer for Ansaldo

    October 2, 2014 06:33 am JST
  • US, India to boost trilateral ties with Japan

    TOKYO -- U.S. President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi agreed on the importance of dialogue with Japan and confirmed their plan to hold trilateral foreign ministerial talks, a move designed to check growing Chinese influence in

    October 2, 2014 04:22 am JST
  • US, India teaming up to secure seas, combat terrorism

    WASHINGTON/NEW DELHI -- U.S. President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi agreed at a White House summit Tuesday to strengthen security ties in light of an increasingly assertive China and rising terrorist threats. They express

    October 2, 2014 03:35 am JST
  • Hong Kong tourism, retail sector hit hard by protests

    HONG KONG -- The Chinese holiday that began Wednesday is usually a busy season for Hong Kong's tourism industry and retailers, but the pro-democracy demonstrations here have forced stores to close and are keeping some visitors away. Protest org

    October 2, 2014 01:48 am JST
  • China faces democracy contagion from Hong Kong and Taiwan

    TAIPEI -- Beijing was not in a celebratory mood when it condemned protestors in Hong Kong for "undermining stability" during its 65th National Day anniversary on Wednesday. Citizens in Hong Kong, a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China si

    October 2, 2014 12:09 am JST
  • China taking pains to prevent Hong Kong protests from spreading

    BEIJING -- Chinese authorities are tightening their grip, including censoring the media, to prevent pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong from influencing public opinion on the mainland. They have blocked video and audio news reports about t

    October 2, 2014 12:03 am JST
  • Arthur Herman: Japan's coming drone revolution

    Unmanned aircraft, or drones, made headlines last spring when South Korean investigators found three small robotic planes equipped with digital cameras that had flown undetected across the border from North Korea and then crashed. South Korean offic

    October 2, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Out of the cities and into the suburbs

    Retailers increasingly see Asia as a key growth area. A total of 53 million sq. meters of new shopping center space will be provided between 2014 and 2016 in Asia, according to data compiled by global real estate consultant Cushman & Wakefield.

    October 2, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Foreign investors shrug off Vietnam's anti-China riots

    HANOI -- Riots that killed four Chinese workers and damaged hundreds of factories in May have slowed Vietnam's economic growth and shaken Chinese and Taiwanese businesses. But overall, foreign investors remain confident in the country's growth poten

    October 2, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Life sentence for Uighur scholar highlights China's hard line

    BEIJING -- A Chinese court in the far western region of Xinjiang sentenced a respected Uighur economist to life in prison for separatism, a punishment many have criticized as disproportionate. Xi Jinping's government appears to be making an examp

    October 2, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Brahma Chellaney: Tibet is the real source of Sino-Indian friction

    The sprawling, mountainous country of Tibet was annexed by China in the 1950s, eliminating a historical buffer with India. Today, the region remains at the heart of Sino-Indian problems, including territorial disputes, border tensions and water feud

    October 2, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Shenzhen: China's business incubator

    GUANGZHOU -- Shenzhen's "startup city" reputation is growing in China. New information technology companies have emerged one after another in the Guangdong Province city that borders Hong Kong. Promising companies in new areas, including medical

    October 2, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Renewed growth driven by electric vehicle batteries

    SEOUL -- LG is staking much of its future on batteries for electric vehicles and other car products as its chemical unit gains ground in the booming eco-friendly car market. LG Chem has bagged a series of contracts to supply electric vehicle bat

    October 2, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • It's not easy to be a shopping mall

    BANGKOK -- For seven years, Thailand's largest retail conglomerate poured many of its ambitions into one project. When Central Embassy opened May 8, hundreds of high-society guests flocked there. Hopes were high that the mall, which cost more pe

    October 2, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • China's retailers want to entertain you

    DALIAN, China -- It's a sunny September Sunday, and the family is divided. Dad wants to catch a movie. Mom wants to sing some karaoke. Your siblings are campaigning for some serious arcade time. You? Well, you just want to join an English conversati

    October 2, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • China remembers Yamaguchi as Li Hsianglan

    HONG KONG -- Yoshiko Yamaguchi is not only remembered in Japan but also in China. Mainstream Hong Kong media widely published her death on September 15, at the same time as reported in Japan. Of course, the diva-turned-politician was referred to as

    October 2, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Yamaguchi dies at 94

    TOKYO -- Wartime actress Yoshiko Yamaguchi, who later served 18 years in the upper house of the Japanese Diet, died of heart failure at her home in Tokyo on Sept. 7, her family announced. She was 94. She grew up in Japan-occupied Manchuria, whic

    October 2, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Japan, China must work harder to build mutually beneficial relationship

    A delegation from the Japan-China Economic Association, comprising chiefly of top executives of major Japanese companies, visited China and met with Vice Premier Wang Yang and other senior Chinese officials. The delegation had requested a meeting wi

    October 2, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Laox chief says made-in-Japan products doing well with Chinese

    SHANGHAI -- the Japanese electronics and duty-free store operator Laox is expected to swing to a net profit in fiscal 2014, which ends December, for the first time in 14 years, fueled by a surge in the number of foreign tourists visiting its stores

    October 1, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • It's sink or swim for Shanghai's free-market experiment

    SHANGHAI -- Just a year after being launched, a ground-breaking free trade zone in Shanghai that was hailed as a symbol of progress in Chinese structural reforms is starting to be seen as a missed opportunity. The China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Tra

    October 1, 2014 07:00 pm JST