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  • Japanese cities aren't 'sistering' up like they used to

    TOKYO -- Tight budgets and, in some cases, chilly diplomatic relations are making it tougher for Japanese municipalities to establish bonds with foreign cities. The Tokyo-based Council of Local Authorities for International Relations tracks thes

    June 8, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Taiwanese heavyweight named Tokyo Star Bank chairman

    TAIPEI -- In conjunction with its acquisition by Taiwan's CTBC Bank, Tokyo Star Bank on Thursday welcomed as its new chairman a veteran of Taiwanese government and politics with strong ties in both Japan and mainland China. Chiang Pin-kun, 81, w

    June 7, 2014 12:07 am JST
  • Taiwan's XYZprinting takes 3-D printing into low-price dimension

    TAIPEI -- Contract manufacturers that mass-produce sophisticated electronics at low cost are the stars of Taiwan's IT sector. Now the industry is applying those capabilities to the nascent market for printers that layer material into solid, 3-D obje

    June 6, 2014 07:09 pm JST
  • Low-cost airlines hiking Tokyo-Taipei fares

    TOKYO -- Low-cost carriers have raised their prices for flights between Japan's Narita Airport and Taipei as passenger traffic grows between the two popular destinations. The cheapest round-trip ticket for weekday service from Narita early next

    June 5, 2014 11:34 pm JST
  • Taiwanese IT firms look to repeat success with wearable gadgets

    TAIPEI -- Although Samsung Electronics of South Korea and Google of the U.S. may have been first out with wearable devices, Taiwan's IT companies are in hot pursuit of this potentially enormous market. The products and technologies shown off at

    June 5, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • Asia taking governance more seriously

    HONG KONG -- Corporate governance is improving in much of Asia, with particularly positive trends in Thailand, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan and Indonesia, according to Jamie Allen, secretary-general of the Asian Corporate Governance Association. Th

    June 5, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Rising middle class does not a democracy make

    HONG KONG -- It is wrong to think China will become more democratic as a result of its growing middle class, says Bao Pu, a Hong Kong-based publisher who runs New Century Press. Bao's father was political secretary to Zhao Ziyang, the reformist lead

    June 5, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Business needs political stability

    A panel of Asian entrepreneurs expressed cautious relief about the Thai military coup, saying political stability is fundamental for business. One of the panelists in Tokyo to attend the conference was Simon Shen, CEO of Taiwan's New Kinpo Group

    June 5, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Asia taking governance more seriously

    HONG KONG -- Corporate governance is improving in much of Asia, according to Jamie Allen, secretary-general of the Asian Corporate Governance Association. The organization, founded in 1999 and made up of nearly 100 asset managers, listed compani

    June 5, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • MediaTek, Acer join hands on 'Internet of things'

    TAIPEI -- MediaTek and Acer announced Wednesday that they will work together to develop technologies for the "Internet of things," using the buzzword that describes the next generation of household and wearable devices that will be connected online.

    June 4, 2014 08:15 pm JST
  • Foreign factories in China face tougher labor disputes

    DALIAN, China -- Foreign factories in China have recently been forced to fully meet demands from workers staging large-scale strikes. The striking workers' demands are becoming increasingly diversified, with some clamoring for the replacement of

    June 4, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Political changes get in way of Japan's bullet train export drive

    TOKYO -- Government-backed efforts to export Japan's shinkansen bullet train technology to emerging countries are not going well. Political uncertainty and high construction costs are proving to be big problems in plans for high-speed train systems

    June 4, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Rising middle class does not a democracy make

    HONG KONG -- It is wrong to think China will become more democratic as a result of its growing middle class, says Bao Pu, a Hong Kong-based publisher who runs New Century Press. Bao's father was political secretary to Zhao Ziyang, the reformist lead

    June 4, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Dual-currency smart card set for use in Singapore, Taiwan

    SINGAPORE -- Frequent travelers between Taiwan and Singapore will soon be able to use the same smart card to pay for public transportation and shopping at select stores. EZ-Link, the distributor of smart cards for transportation in Singapore, an

    June 3, 2014 05:10 pm JST
  • Asustek unveils Android, Windows 5-in-1 hybrid

    TAIPEI -- Asustek Computer introduced Monday a new hybrid computer that can function as an Android phone, a tablet and -- with a keyboard -- a laptop. The Transformer Book V was unveiled at Taiwan's largest annual tech trade show, Computex, and

    June 3, 2014 11:40 am JST
  • Businesses bracing for breaks in China-Vietnam trade network

    HANOI -- With Sino-Vietnamese tensions still running high a month after a territorial dispute flared up in the South China Sea, companies operating in Vietnam are making contingency plans for a disruption of the logistics network linking the two sid

    June 3, 2014 04:00 am JST
  • JR East partnering with JAL in serving foreign tourists

    TOKYO -- JR East, the main railway operator in eastern Japan, is teaming up with Japan Airlines in the travel business serving the nation's foreign visitors. Through travel unit View Travel Service, JR East will take a stake in Creative Travel,

    June 3, 2014 03:19 am JST
  • Apple, Google, Samsung steal Asian hearts

    TOKYO -- Sony and Honda Motor were the only Japanese companies highly ranked in the Brand Asia 2014 survey, in which smartphone and Internet companies stole the show. Nikkei BP Consulting -- like The Nikkei Asian Review part of the Nikkei group

    June 1, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Yamato Transport to deliver chilled parcels to Taiwan, Singapore

    TOKYO -- Japan's Yamato Transport said Friday that it will start shipping refrigerated and frozen packages to Singapore and Taiwan this year. The move, following the start of Yamato's next-day Cool Ta-Q-Bin service to Hong Kong last year, comes

    May 31, 2014 06:01 am JST
  • Taiwan's Chinatrust to get nod for purchase of Tokyo Star Bank

    TOKYO -- Japan's Financial Services Agency decided on Friday to approve the purchase of Tokyo Star Bank by Taiwan's Chinatrust Commercial Bank. Chinatrust will get the official go-ahead at the start of next week, clearing the way for it to becom

    May 31, 2014 01:30 am JST