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  • Forum kicks off to forge trust among Japan, China, South Korea

    YANGZHOU, China -- The annual Northeast Asia Trilateral Forum, featuring former leaders of Japan, China and South Korea, got underway Monday evening in this historic city of central China. With bilateral tensions between Japan and its two neighbors

    April 21, 2014 11:59 pm JST
  • US jittery over South Korea's tilt toward China

    TOKYO -- A recent flurry of diplomatic maneuvering by Washington underscores just how desperate the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama is to mend the frayed ties between Japan and South Korea. On March 25, Obama brought Japanese Prime

    April 21, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Frederic Neumann: Don't let TPP stumble over beef

    U.S. President Barack Obama heads for Tokyo this week. He will also travel to Malaysia, the Philippines and Korea. There are plenty of things to talk about in all these countries. But one item stands out, the centerpiece of America's supposed foreig

    April 21, 2014 04:00 pm JST
  • Panasonic to give Southeast Asia more latitude in electronics

    OSAKA -- Panasonic has firmed up plans for assigning headquarters functions to Southeast Asia as early as this summer for consumer electronics operations there. Planning and development of products will be localized, shifting decision-making aut

    April 19, 2014 05:43 am JST
  • It's South Korea vs. Sony in 4K content market

    SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics of South Korea, the world's largest and second largest TV makers, are helping to create 4K content in a bid to vie with Japan's Sony for control over the market. Ultrahigh-definition 4K TVs hit the

    April 18, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • South Korea's KT prices $1B bond: Dealogic

    KT, a South Korean telecom company, priced a $1 billion bond this week. The deal was priced at a discount and is the second largest dollar-denominated deal by a South Korean issuer in 2014, on par with Korean National Oil's $1 billion deal on Jan. 1

    April 18, 2014 11:36 am JST
  • In rare move, China, Japan, South Korea gang up on smog

    BEIJING -- Working-level environmental officers from Japan, China and South Korea met here recently to discuss cross-border air pollution, kicking off the first such talks among the three neighbors, which have long been mired in historical and terri

    April 18, 2014 03:30 am JST
  • Toyota overhauls Camry to counter Hyundai's spiffy new Sonata

    NEW YORK -- Toyota Motor unveiled an upgraded Camry sedan at the New York Auto Show on Wednesday, counting on the sportier-looking sedan to steal the spotlight from Hyundai's all-new Sonata. The 2015 Camry, to debut this fall, features a bolder

    April 17, 2014 04:10 am JST
  • As smartphone profits dip, Samsung rushes to overhaul empire

    SEOUL -- Smartphones have been good to the Samsung group, but like all good things, an end is inevitable. With the company's other businesses on shaky ground, South Korea's largest conglomerate is racing to restructure. In his New Year's address

    April 17, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Trade key to diplomatic success with US

    TOKYO -- U.S. President Barack Obama's Japan visit next week comes at a critical time for the bilateral relationship and for Asia. A key point of contention is the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. Tokyo and Washington are still at odds ove

    April 17, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Asia's manufacturing balance could prove a house of cards

    BANGKOK -- Hon Hai Precision Industry is heading south. The company, better known as Foxconn, is in talks with an Indonesian provincial government to build an assembly plant in a Jakarta suburb. It wants to expand its smartphone supply chain, which

    April 17, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Sony fights to revive TV business with 4K

    TOKYO -- Sony aims to whip its money-losing television business back into shape by focusing on ultrahigh-definition 4K technology. But despite the company's early lead, overseas rivals are catching up. A 4K TV boasts four times the resolution of

    April 16, 2014 05:24 am JST
  • US sounds alarm on possible North Korean nuclear test

    WASHINGTON -- The U.S. is holding a flurry of talks with Asian allies over a possible nuclear test by North Korea amid growing concern ahead of President Barack Obama's tour of the region later this month. North Korea launched ballistic missile

    April 16, 2014 04:32 am JST
  • Japan online ad agency Adways big on Asia smartphone market

    TOKYO -- Japanese Internet advertising agency Adways is accelerating its business targeting Asia's market for smartphone ads. Haruhisa Okamura, founder and CEO of Adways, has set a goal of "becoming the No. 1 agency for smartphone ads in Asia."

    April 15, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Stephen Grenville: IMF ignores its own data on emerging economies

    Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, told the Group of 20 summit in St. Petersburg last September: "Just as some advanced economies have begun to gather momentum, many emerging markets are slowing." With this warn

    April 15, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Japan, South Korea try some diplomacy ahead of Obama visit

    TOKYO -- Japan and South Korea will show they are at least interested in mending fences before U.S. President Barack Obama travels to Asia, but they remain deeply divided over questions of history and territory. Asia bureau chiefs from both coun

    April 15, 2014 03:06 am JST
  • SingTel teams with Samsung to boost Asian mobile data presence

    SINGAPORE -- Singapore Telecommunications announced a multifaceted partnership with Samsung to accelerate wireless data usage in emerging markets from India to Indonesia. The tie-up is aimed at increasing data revenue through SingTel group compa

    April 14, 2014 11:59 pm JST
  • South Korean won near 6-year high on current-account surplus

    TOKYO -- The South Korean won is surging on an increase in the country's current-account surplus, briefly hitting 1,031 against the dollar last Thursday to mark its highest level since August 2008. Though the won has been rising since the start

    April 14, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Museums wrestle with how to display, preserve contemporary art

    TOKYO -- Museums the world over have a problem with contemporary art. Namely, the particular needs of art installations can often prevent them from being displayed properly. There are works, for instance, that play videos on outdated TVs. Other

    April 14, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • New films expose repressed histories in Asia

    TOKYO -- Japan's filmgoers have the opportunity this spring and summer to view several films from Asia that illuminate terrible, long-buried events from modern history. By telling the stories of nations butchering their own citizens, these masterful

    April 12, 2014 01:00 pm JST