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  • 30 years after martial law, a Taiwan transformed

    TAIPEI Two recent events have thrown the differences between Taiwan and China into especially sharp relief: the 30th anniversary of the end of martial law on the island, and the death of Nobel Peace Prize-winning dissident Liu Xiaobo, China's most p

    July 20, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Taiwan's bubble tea is finding a second home in New York

    NEW YORK Emily Walsh had never heard of bubble tea until she was introduced to the drink five years ago by a blogger friend. Now the New York University graduate student buys a cup two or three times a week."I like that it's sweet, but not a juice,

    July 20, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Tourists to Japan boosted spending 13% in April-June

    TOKYO -- Travel expenditures by visitors to Japan increased 13% year on year to 1.07 trillion yen ($8.37 billion) in the quarter ended in June, the Japan Tourism Agency said Wednesday.The figure is the highest for a quarter since the survey began in

    July 19, 2017 11:41 pm JST
  • Reporters Without Borders, wary of Beijing, opens in Taipei

    TAIPEI -- The head of Reporters Without Borders said on Tuesday it had chosen Taipei rather than Hong Kong for its main Asian office to avoid interference and surveillance from Beijing, and hoped its team could work more safely from there. The inter

    July 19, 2017 12:33 am JST
  • Foxconn's top-down management style has Sharp looking up

    OSAKA -- Sharp has finally regained its edge. Since finding shelter last August in the welcoming arms of Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry, better known as Foxconn Technology Group, the bottom line of the once-ailing Japanese electronics company i

    July 18, 2017 09:16 pm JST
  • At some companies, sons-in-law trump professional managers

    TOKYO -- Toyota Motor, Wal-Mart Stores, and ArcelorMittal. Many companies that draw stock market attention are management-owned companies. They have strengths and weaknesses, and not all of them are big names."We focus more on future growth than on

    July 18, 2017 01:14 pm JST
  • Taiwan to conditionally lift 16-year-old import ban on Japanese beef

    TAIPEI (Kyodo) -- Taiwan has decided in principle to lift a ban since 2001 on beef imported from Japan, action taken following the discovery there of cattle with mad cow disease, the Food and Drug Administration said in a statement posted Monday on

    July 18, 2017 09:52 am JST
  • Nanya forecasts continued tight DRAM supply

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan's leading memory chipmaker Nanya Technology on Monday said the supply of dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chips would continue to be tight in the second half, driven by demand for data center servers, dual cameras in handsets, ot

    July 17, 2017 11:10 pm JST
  • Terry Gou knows how to keep politicians happy

    BEIJING -- Terry Gou knows what politicians want to hear. On May 26, the founder and chairman of Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry, also known as Foxconn Technology Group, caught up with Chen Min'er, the Communist Party secretary for Guizhou Provi

    July 17, 2017 12:05 pm JST
  • At the end of a dark week, Taiwanese values shine through

    TAIPEI -- On Saturday, Taiwan celebrated.The day marked 30 years since martial law was lifted. Before that, the island had been under iron rule for 38 years -- among the longest such stretches in modern history.The anniversary comes at a crucial mom

    July 15, 2017 11:48 pm JST
  • Int'l meeting ends without agreement on Japan saury quota proposal

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- An international meeting ended Saturday without approving a Japan proposal to set country-by-country quotas for saury to prevent overfishing, as it was opposed by China, Russia and South Korea, the Fisheries Agency said.The seven pa

    July 15, 2017 09:26 pm JST
  • 30 years after martial law, Taiwan strikes democratic path

    TAIPEI -- In the 30 years since the end of its nearly four decades of martial law, Taiwan has taken a very different road from mainland China, creating a society built on democracy and diversity. Yet as Beijing turns up the pressure on the island to

    July 15, 2017 07:00 am JST
  • Japanese telecom groups support smart farming abroad

    TOKYO -- Japanese telecommunications groups will use their expertise in "internet of things" technologies to support farming abroad.SoftBank Group will help rice growers in Colombia increase production. In a pilot study starting this month, sensors

    July 15, 2017 06:41 am JST
  • Attention turns to freedom of Liu Xiaobo's widow after Chinese dissident's death

    BEIJING (Reuters) -- Friends of China's Nobel Peace Prize-winning dissident Liu Xiaobo, who died of liver cancer in custody, said on Friday they were unable to contact his widow, Liu Xia, and that ensuring her freedom was now a top priority.Liu Xiao

    July 14, 2017 10:54 pm JST
  • Asian startup investment finally tops US tally

    PALO ALTO, U.S. -- Asian startups received $19.3 billion in investments in the April-June period, overtaking American ventures for the first time as rising stars like Chinese ride app provider Didi Chuxing guzzled up capital.Investment in Japanese a

    July 14, 2017 04:05 pm JST
  • Japan aims to reel in China, Taiwan on saury fishing limits

    TOKYO -- Japan looks to propose a fishing limit on Pacific saury at an international conference in Sapporo this week, an idea likely to meet heavy opposition from mainland China and Taiwan.The northern Japanese city welcomed representatives of China

    July 14, 2017 06:48 am JST
  • Apple supplier TSMC dampens Q3 hopes

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the world's largest contract chipmaker and a key Apple supplier, said on Thursday that its third quarter was not proving as strong as expected, with inventory correction offsetting healthy demand fro

    July 14, 2017 01:26 am JST
  • Taiwan's tech sales grow 5% in June, thanks to Apple appetite

    TAIPEI -- Major Taiwanese tech companies increased sales to Apple in June even though suppliers are shipping components later than they had in the past few years.Overall sales of the 19 tech companies monitored by Nikkei Asian Review rose 5.21% in J

    July 13, 2017 07:08 pm JST
  • South Korea, Taiwan, China lead surging chip investment

    TOKYO -- Global chipmaking leaders South Korea, Taiwan and mainland China likely will drive investment in semiconductor manufacturing equipment to an all-time high this year, with Samsung Electronics and others scrambling to fill roaring demand for

    July 13, 2017 11:13 am JST
  • Gadget assembler Foxconn harbors big-brand ambitions

    TAIPEI Terry Gou, founder and chairman of Hon Hai Precision Industry, seemed caught off guard and unprepared to talk outside his hotel in Osaka in early June when approached by a Nikkei Asian Review reporter.But Gou soon loosened up, taking the oppo

    July 13, 2017 10:00 am JST