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  • Islamic State: The new face of terror

    In its quest to acquire manpower and support for its operations in Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State militant group is making deep inroads into Asia -- and achieving a level of success that al-Qaida could only have dreamed of. The growing presence o

    November 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Kamal Alam: Syria offers clues to Islamic State's future in Asia

    One of the more remarkable documents found in the Osama bin Laden compound included a letter to the Islamic State group of Iraq and Syria cautioning Abu Musab al-Zarqawi over his group's extreme violence. The insurgency in Fallujah and Tal Afar

    November 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Simpler rules to unleash South Korea's e-commerce potential

    SEOUL -- South Korean lawmakers last month scrapped an outdated and cumbersome restriction on electronic transactions that had long stifled online businesses in one of the world's most technologically advanced nations. Now that buyers and seller

    November 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Gi-Wook Shin: Can Asia emulate Silicon Valley?

    The city of Cupertino, California, is only about 15km from Stanford University, where I teach and live. It is home to the headquarters of Apple, a global leader in the computer and smartphone industries. It is also home to many Indian and Chinese en

    November 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Humphrey Hawksley

    Why the UN belongs at the heart of Korea's DMZ

    On Oct. 31, at a conference in the United Nations' center in Geneva, a low-key delegation from South Korea unveiled details of an ambitious plan. There were no high-powered officials or ranks of press cameras to mark the event, although the pres

    November 19, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • ADB report

    Asia's integration driven by Western uncertainty

    MANILA -- Asia is becoming increasingly interconnected as economies move to reduce their reliance on the West, where growth has been sluggish, the Asian Development Bank said Tuesday. In its latest Asian Economic Integration Monitor, the bank sa

    November 19, 2014 10:30 am JST
  • Tax time-out

    Abe finds global sympathy for delay

    TOKYO -- The world is greeting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's decision to postpone a tax increase on consumers with a mixture of relief that the Japanese economy will be spared another blow and concern about the fiscal repercussions. In China and S

    November 19, 2014 05:34 am JST
  • Modern art in the colonies

    Remembering East Asia's era of shared exhibitions

    When I came to Japan to study in the early 1990s, modernity and art in East Asia was receiving particular attention in the area of art history in Japan and South Korea. A flurry of academic conferences and symposiums on the theme were held at that t

    November 18, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Japanese character goods

    Bandai to offer toys with popular video game theme in South Korea

    TOKYO -- Bandai will start selling toys based on its popular "Yokai Watch" video game in South Korea next month, taking them abroad for the first time. The Japanese company began broadcasting the animated series in South Korea this October, and

    November 18, 2014 07:45 am JST
  • LCD Panels

    Foxconn confirms new plant but wary of China-South Korea FTA

    TAIPEI -- Terry Gou, chairman of Foxconn Technology Group, has said his company will invest in a new LCD panel plant in Taiwan but expressed misgivings that an impending China-South Korea free trade agreement (FTA) will hurt the island's competitive

    November 16, 2014 06:18 pm JST
  • In Brazil

    Japanese pass torch to Chinese and Koreans

    SAO PAULO -- The most prominent structure of Liberdade, a district near the center of Brazil's largest city, Sao Paulo, is a big red torii -- a gateway usually installed at the entrance of Japanese Shinto shrines to mark the start of a sacred zone.

    November 16, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Park warms to 3-way summit after Abe-Xi icebreaker

    NAYPYITAW -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye is showing newfound enthusiasm for three-way talks with President Xi Jinping of China and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, perhaps out of alarm that the two countries have patched up relations eno

    November 15, 2014 07:42 am JST
  • Samsung IT unit's strong start may ease group succession

    SEOUL -- Samsung Group information technology unit Samsung SDS met with robust investor demand in its market debut Friday, potentially paving the way for a smooth succession at one of South Korea's largest conglomerates. The domestic IT industry

    November 15, 2014 07:22 am JST
  • Complacency undoes smartphone titans in South Korea, Japan

    TOKYO -- Android smartphone users are increasingly choosing cheaper generic models over high-price brands, a trend that has hit bottom lines of major smartphone makers hard. Among those smarting is Samsung Electronics. The South Korean electroni

    November 14, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Samsung's 3-D camera puts real life into virtual reality

    PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Samsung Electronics on Wednesday showcased a 360-degree 3-D camera that can re-create a virtual world for anyone wearing a specially designed headset. The device, unveiled at its developers' conference in San Francisco, incor

    November 14, 2014 08:06 am JST
  • ASEAN+3 members agree to cooperate on food security, finance

    NAYPYITAW -- Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, plus Japan, China and South Korea, agreed to bolster practical cooperation on food security, finance, tourism and education at a Thursday summit. The countries reaffirmed their

    November 14, 2014 05:31 am JST
  • China's big companies look to Korea for role models

    China's two large manufacturers of rolling stock, CSR and China CNR, are expected to merge, giving them a virtual monopoly in the country. The idea is to avoid competition in the domestic market that hurts them both,and improve their chances of win

    November 13, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • South Korea-India leaders OK talks to expand free trade deal

    NAYPYITAW -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye held talks Wednesday with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Naypyitaw, the capital of Myanmar, reaching an agreement to expand the scope of a free trade deal between the two countries. A com

    November 13, 2014 05:30 pm JST
  • Mushrooming smartphone startups threaten titans

    TOKYO -- Smartphone startups, such as China's Xiaomi, are beginning to undermine some of the major players' bottom lines thanks to the availability of cheap, high-quality parts. Founded in 2010, Xiaomi had a 5.3% global market share in the July-

    November 13, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Julian Vella: How to fund world's $78 trillion infrastructure bill

    An infrastructure spending boost to fuel economic growth and job creation has been a central theme among a group of rich and developing nations. Under Australia's current G-20 presidency, infrastructure spending is high on the agenda at the group's

    November 13, 2014 12:00 am JST