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  • Muji seems to have outgrown Japan

    TOKYO -- Ryohin Keikaku, the operator of the Muji chain, is quickly shifting from a Japanese retail chain to a multinational brand that caters to design-conscious crowds around the world. In July, overseas Muji stores exceeded the number of those in

    August 10, 2017 12:46 pm JST
  • China cracks down on bike-sharing in 8 cities

    GUANGZHOU -- The rampant spread of bicycle sharing in China since late last year has left the service plagued by problems, prompting authorities to restrict the business in at least eight cities nationwide.About 10 startups offer bike sharing in Gua

    August 10, 2017 12:07 pm JST
  • SEC puts Chicago Stock Exchange's China deal on hold

    NEW YORK (Reuters) -- The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday put on hold a decision by its staff approving the sale of the Chicago Stock Exchange to a group led by China-based investors, giving the regulator more time to mull the p

    August 10, 2017 11:43 am JST
  • Asian music sensations break the sound barrier

    Move over, K-pop. South Korea has been a dominant force in Asian entertainment for about a decade, but a powerful combination of economic development and social media is changing the game. From Southeast Asia to China, other countries are producing

    August 10, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Bitcoin secessionists' fate hinges on Chinese 'miners'

    BANGKOK It has been a turbulent few months for technologists, investors and regulators with an interest in bitcoin, the world's most widely circulated cryptocurrency. After weeks of market fluctuations, a long dispute over how to cope with surging g

    August 10, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Nanya Technology chief: Chinese chip rivals no threat -- yet

    NEW TAIPEI CITY, Taiwan For Taiwanese memory chip maker Nanya Technology, China's ambition to build up a competitive semiconductor sector is a threat to the balance of the industry, but it will take three to five years to affect the business, accord

    August 10, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Toyota and Mazda bolster ties amid seismic shifts in auto industry

    TOKYO/CHONGQING/GUANGZHOU A sense of urgency underpinned the words of Toyota President Akio Toyoda and Mazda counterpart Masamichi Kogai at a joint news conference on Aug. 4 about their newly strengthened alliance. With the likes of Google, Apple an

    August 10, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Beijing sets the pace in South China Sea talks

    MANILA For 15 years, China dictated the pace of negotiations with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on a code of conduct for handling disputes in the South China Sea. Now that an agreement has been reached, Beijing seems still to have the u

    August 10, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • China wants to play peacemaker for US-North Korea

    MANILA The relationship between China and North Korea is not quite as special as it once was. Chinese President Xi Jinping has often referred to their "blood ties," forged when the two sides fought against the U.S. in the Korean War. More recently,

    August 10, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Indonesian rail project goes off track over land acquisition

    JAKARTA Indonesia is facing major delays getting the land it needs for a planned high-speed railway, raising questions over whether Beijing should take the lead on the project, or whether it will be finished at all.The rail link, which is supposed t

    August 10, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Ambitious Thai canal would link Pacific and Indian oceans

    SIKAO, Thailand Fisherman Sittichai Bohmung lounges on a remote pier beside a ramshackle waterfront village in this southern Thai district and recalls the time last year when a group of retired generals from Bangkok and businessmen from China came c

    August 10, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Fraser Howie: Don't expect much from China's bond market opening

    China's central bank has surprised market watchers with a rapid-fire series of moves to liberalize the country's domestic bond market.A market link to allow trading by Hong Kong retail and institutional investors opened on July 1, just three and a h

    August 10, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • HNA eyes next airport deal amid China crackdown

    HONG KONG (Reuters) -- HNA Group is preparing its bid for a concession to operate Belgrade's airport, a company executive said, undeterred by Beijing's sharpened scrutiny of overseas acquisitions, which has clouded some of the Chinese conglomerate's

    August 10, 2017 07:07 am JST
  • Toiletries maker Lion to release exclusive goods for Alibaba

    TOKYO -- Toiletries maker Lion will produce Japan-themed toothpaste exclusively for e-commerce behemoth Alibaba Group Holding, as more Chinese consumers turn to Japanese brands for upmarket products.The Tokyo-based company plans to sell matcha-scent

    August 10, 2017 05:18 am JST
  • China's leaders press for rapid response to deadly quake

    BEIJING -- Chinese President Xi Jinping is calling for a swift response to a magnitude-7.0 earthquake that hit Sichuan Province Tuesday as he tries to limit the casualties and avoid criticism before this autumn's Communist Party congress.The quake o

    August 10, 2017 03:27 am JST
  • Malaysia's biggest railway, China's biggest coup?

    KUANTAN, Malaysia -- A Chinese state-owned contractor broke ground Wednesday on Malaysia's largest railway project, symbolizing Southeast Asia's growing economic reliance on Beijing's financial clout and technological prowess.While the project is a

    August 9, 2017 09:28 pm JST
  • China's SMIC cuts sales target, shares plunge 10.3%

    TAIPEI -- Semiconductor Manufacturing International Co. on Wednesday slashed its revenue growth target for 2017 and forecast a softer-than-expected third quarter due to intense competition for fingerprint chips amid sluggish demand for domestic smar

    August 9, 2017 06:44 pm JST
  • James D.J. Brown

    Russia plays dual game on North Korean crisis

    On Aug. 5, Russia joined the rest of the United Nations Security Council in voting for a U.S.-sponsored resolution to toughen sanctions on North Korea in response to Pyongyang's intercontinental ballistic missile tests on July 3 and 28. Nikki Haley,

    August 9, 2017 03:00 pm JST
  • Uni-President China shares spike 14% despite dip in revenue, profit

    HONG KONG -- Uni-President China Holdings, the mainland Chinese unit of Taiwanese food and beverage conglomerate Uni-President Enterprises, saw its share price spike up over 14% to reach a new year high during the morning trading session in Hong Kon

    August 9, 2017 02:45 pm JST
  • Hong Kong shares slide off 26-month peak as geopolitical woes surface

    HONG KONG (Nikkei Markets) -- Hong Kong shares retreated from 26-month highs as rising geopolitical tensions between the U.S. and North Korea sparked a flight to safety among investors.The Hang Seng Index shed 0.8% to 27,629.68 by midday. Mainland f

    August 9, 2017 02:44 pm JST