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  • European business leaders back a Thai canal project

    BANGKOK An ambitious, $28 billion plan to build a ship canal linking the Indian and Pacific oceans has received a major boost of support as European business leaders in Thailand join Chinese government advisers and influential Thais to urge the mili

    September 21, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Chinese makers offer Asia what Apple doesn't: Affordability

    BANGKOK On a recent Saturday morning, the MBK Center, a regional mecca for electronic gadgets in the heart of the Thai capital, was crowded with young technology buffs. Just days earlier, Apple had unveiled its iPhone X, but despite the worldwide bu

    September 21, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Richard Heydarian: ASEAN can act as a bridge for the two Koreas

    The Association of Southeast Asian Nations could play an effective role in easing tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile program because of its ties with both Koreas.North Korea appears well on its way to becoming a nuclear power. As the wo

    September 21, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • AP Systems benefiting from rising OLED orders

    SEOUL -- AP Systems stands to benefit from rising orders for its organic light-emitting diode equipment from its key client, Samsung Electronics, as well as customers from China as the panel display industry experiences a structural shift from liqui

    September 20, 2017 09:11 pm JST
  • Japan vows to promote "quality infrastructure" in Indo-Pacific

    NEW YORK (Kyodo) -- Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono on Tuesday pledged to take the lead in promoting "quality infrastructure" in the Indo-Pacific region.Speaking in a meeting in New York on promoting high-quality and environmentally friendly inf

    September 20, 2017 09:17 am JST
  • Biggest Asian workforces underprepared for digital future: survey

    HONG KONG -- The economies of China, India and Indonesia are digitizing fast, but their populations may not be well equipped to reap the benefits of a world experiencing rapid globalization, urbanization and technological innovation, according to a

    September 20, 2017 01:25 am JST
  • Kakao in talks to sell VW cars over South Korean app

    SEOUL -- Kakao is in talks with Volkswagen to sell the German automaker's cars through a smartphone app, the South Korean internet company said on Tuesday. Users of Kakao Mobility, a subsidiary of Kakao that already provides ride-hailing services,

    September 19, 2017 08:34 pm JST
  • US to send carrier strike group to South Korea for joint drills

    SEOUL -- South Korea will perform joint military exercises with an American strike group in response to North Korea's sixth nuclear test and continued missile launches as the two allies prepare for another possible provocation next month.The U.S. ha

    September 19, 2017 02:15 am JST
  • Asia foreshadows rise of Chinese smartphones as iPhone X unveiled

    BANGKOK -- On Saturday morning the MBK Center, a regional electronic gadget Mecca in the heart of the Thai capital, was crowded with young technology buffs after the unveiling of the iPhone X, the latest smartphone model from Apple. Yet despite the

    September 18, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • Moon and Trump agree on need for stronger North Korea sanctions: South Korea

    SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed to exert stronger pressure through sanctions on North Korea following its nuclear and missile tests, South Korea's presidential office said following a tele

    September 17, 2017 02:15 pm JST
  • Asia's multinationals are hoarding cash like never before

    TOKYO -- Japan's Toyota Motor has always been known for squirreling away cash. But these days the automaker --nicknamed "Toyota Bank" for its $153 billion of reserves -- has plenty of company, especially among new Asian multinationals.Since 2000, th

    September 16, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Moon, lacking options, reluctantly gets tougher on Pyongyang

    SEOUL -- As Pyongyang continues to make progress in its nuclear and missile programs, South Korean President Moon Jae-in is being forced to abandon his initial conciliatory stance on the rogue state in favor of a tougher approach in partnership with

    September 16, 2017 06:38 am JST
  • Samsung to back self-driving cars with $300m fund

    SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics said Thursday it will set up a $300 million fund to accelerate the development of autonomous driving technologies.The South Korean company looks to invest in companies in the autonomous driving and connected car fields,

    September 16, 2017 05:50 am JST
  • Samsung's answer to iPhone X: foldable smartphone

    SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics hopes to quickly overcome technological challenges and unveil a foldable smartphone next year, determined to guard its increasingly tenuous market perch against threats from Apple and other up-and-coming tech players. Th

    September 16, 2017 03:03 am JST
  • J. Berkshire Miller

    Options for managing the North Korean threat

    On Friday, North Korea launched what appears to be its Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. The early morning launch prompted Japan's J-Alert system to activate and warn citizens in th

    September 15, 2017 11:18 pm JST
  • US needs to shift North Korea policy to deterrence: expert

    SINGAPORE -- The latest sanctions on North Korea agreed at the United Nations Security Council are important, but not sufficient to stop Kim Jong Un's ambition to make his country a nuclear-armed state, a prominent political expert said in an interv

    September 15, 2017 04:46 pm JST
  • New iPhones highlight waning clout of Japanese parts makers

    TOKYO -- New iPhone models no longer excite Japanese parts makers as much as before, as their dominance as Apple suppliers has been eroded over the years with the rise of South Korean and Taiwanese rivals.The U.S. tech giant unveiled new iterations

    September 15, 2017 02:15 pm JST
  • Moon warns North Korea of further isolation after latest launch

    SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in warned North Korea Friday that further challenges will deepen the country's diplomatic and economic isolation, vowing to use all possible measures to stop Pyongyang's provocations.Moon met with his Nationa

    September 15, 2017 12:59 pm JST
  • China, Russia must take direct action against North Korea: Tillerson

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday urged China and Russia to take direct action against North Korea in response to its latest missile launch. "China and Russia must indicate their intolerance for these reckless

    September 15, 2017 10:12 am JST
  • UN Security Council to meet on North Korea missile test on Friday

    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) -- The United Nations Security Council will meet at 3 p.m. EDT (1900 GMT) on Friday on the latest North Korea missile test, diplomats said, at the request of the United States and Japan.North Korea fired a missile that flew

    September 15, 2017 09:19 am JST