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  • Emerging nations' forex forecast: chance of a storm

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- The possibility that the U.S. will dial down its quantitative easing continues to stir fears of currency turmoil in emerging economies. The prospect of Uncle Sam's taper is also underpinning expectations for further yen depreciatio

    November 21, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Ripples from Western derivatives regulation spreading across Asia

    Since the beginning of the financial crisis in 2008, Group of 20 governments have sought to extend their regulation of the financial markets -- to avoid letting "Main Street pay for a failure on Wall Street."The leaders' statement issued at the G-20

    November 21, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Asean's profit-growth kings: Resource boom trickles down to retail

    TOKYO -- For companies operating in Southeast Asia, now is an excellent time to be involved in infrastructure and natural resources. Being a retailer does not hurt, either, thanks to surging domestic demand across the region.These sectors dominated

    November 21, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Changing tack, South Korea OKs higher electricity prices

    SEOUL (Nikkei) -- By reversing its policy of keeping electricity prices relatively low, the South Korean government hopes to combat supply shortages plaguing the nation. A Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy bureaucrat acknowledged at a news

    November 20, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • South Korean students flood Samsung, Hyundai with applications

    SEOUL (Nikkei) -- A handful of large companies like Samsung Group are increasingly popular among prospective college graduates in South Korea, as smaller firms scale back hiring amid the sluggish economy. Samsung Group has received more than 100

    November 19, 2013 05:04 pm JST
  • Korean firms to add more part-timers with full benefits

    SEOUL (Nikkei) -- South Korean companies are moving to expand the ranks of employees who work shorter hours but enjoy the same benefits as regular full-timers, in line with government efforts to bolster employment. Samsung Group says it will hir

    November 18, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • Top Japanese firms stepping up hiring of foreigners

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- Major companies are recruiting more college-educated foreigners as they strive to secure skilled engineers and look to expand market share in emerging economies. NEC will take on 43% more foreigners from this autumn through nex

    November 17, 2013 10:53 pm JST
  • Japanese firms' profits outpacing foreign rivals

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- Japanese corporations have pushed their profitability sharply past foreign rivals, lifting the nation's stock market in the process. The Nikkei Stock Average reached 15,000 on Friday for the first time in about six months as in

    November 16, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • Late to TPP, Japan now caught in tug of war

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- Stuck between an impatient Washington and a cautious Asian contingent, Trans-Pacific Partnership latecomer Japan has been struggling to find its footing. At an Oct. 4 TPP meeting in Bali, Michael Froman was eager to get moving.

    November 16, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • Korean cosmetics firms giving Asia a makeover

    HANOI (Nikkei) -- Cosmetics companies from South Korea are expanding their reach to the rest of Asia, heating up competition in a market projected to grow past 10 trillion yen ($100 billion) by 2017. "Look at how your skin is dry," said a cosmet

    November 15, 2013 11:46 pm JST
  • S Korea targeting bilateral trade deals with eye on TPP

    SEOUL (Nikkei) -- South Korea is scrambling to sign free trade agreements with several nations to prepare for possible participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks. The country agreed to hold negotiations toward a free trade a

    November 15, 2013 10:51 pm JST
  • Conveyor-belt sushi rolls into Asia

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- Asians outside of Japan are getting a taste for sushi -- the kind that rides on little plates around conveyor belts. "Kaiten zushi," as the genre is called in Japanese, is equal parts cuisine and engineering. Robots shape rice

    November 14, 2013 06:00 pm JST
  • Japan, China, South Korea dicker over free trade deal

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- Japan, China and South Korea are preparing for a new round of negotiations on a trilateral free trade agreement later this month, and it has become clear that each country is going in with different political calculations. A re

    November 14, 2013 01:00 pm JST
  • ANALYSIS: South Korea in bind over TPP trade pact

    SEOUL (Nikkei) -- Deep divisions in the government may keep South Korea, a self-proclaimed champion of free trade, from participating in the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. The South Korean government has said it is examining

    November 13, 2013 01:14 pm JST