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  • Japan's competition watchdog at odds with financial sector over mergers

    TOKYO -- The rift is widening between Japan's regional banks and the Japan Fair Trade Commission, even as the competition watchdog continues to deny it is hindering integration deals.The JFTC does not approve deals that would negatively impact custo

    December 11, 2017 01:05 pm JST
  • Trade upturn sparks Asian manufacturing in November

    HONG KONG -- Strengthening economies on both sides of the Pacific are lifting global trade, as well as Asia's manufacturing sector. Six of the 12 economies surveyed by The Nikkei -- Taiwan, Japan, India, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines -- po

    December 11, 2017 09:00 am JST
  • Japan dangles corporate tax cuts to spur investment, pay raises

    TOKYO -- Japan promises to create a productivity revolution by cutting taxes on businesses that increase pay and invest in technologies, but the country remains reluctant to go deeper with deregulation that could help unleash innovation. The cabinet

    December 9, 2017 06:55 am JST
  • Foxconn affiliate Kantatsu plans IPO in 2019

    TAIPEI -- Apple lens supplier Kantatsu, a smaller rival to Taiwan's Largan Precision, is eyeing an initial public offering in 2019, according to its biggest stakeholder."We hope that Kantatsu can go for an IPO in 2019 in Japan," Sharp President Tai

    December 8, 2017 10:17 pm JST
  • Quanta expanding capacity to tap strong server demand in US, Europe

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan's Quanta Computer will expand its assembly lines for data center servers in both the U.S. and Europe next year to meet robust demand, a senior company executive said Friday."We will continue to expand our U.S. sites next year and we

    December 8, 2017 09:50 pm JST
  • Wall Street rally lifts Nikkei Asia300 Index as tech selloff eases

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan rose Friday, boosted by an overnight rally on Wall Street and robust China trade data.The Nikkei Asia300 Index advanced 1% to 1,368.40, trimming the gauge's losses since last Friday to 0.4%. Hong-Ko

    December 8, 2017 08:46 pm JST
  • Taiwan Nov exports hit record high aided by China, US demand

    TAIPEI (Reuters) -- Taiwan's exports climbed to a record amount in November, beating expectations and shoring up confidence strong global demand for electronics will bolster the island's growth prospects in 2018.Taiwan's factories are an integral pa

    December 8, 2017 06:38 pm JST
  • China, Panama to begin talks on free-trade deal in June 2018

    PANAMA CITY (Reuters) -- Panama and China will begin negotiations in June 2018 to sign a free-trade deal, the two countries' trade ministers said on Thursday, consolidating a relationship that has strengthened after the Central American nation ditch

    December 8, 2017 10:37 am JST
  • Sharp doesn't want dynamo boss Tai Jeng-wu to leave just yet

    OSAKA -- With Sharp now back on the Tokyo Stock Exchange's big board, the electronics maker's forceful CEO considers his mission complete, raising questions about how the company will carry on his efforts to restore earnings growth. Tai Jeng-wu, the

    December 8, 2017 05:43 am JST
  • TSMC to invest record $20bn in advanced 3-nm chips

    HSINGCHU, Taiwan -- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the world's biggest contract chipmaker by revenue, is planning to spend more than $20 billion to build the world's most advanced 3-nanometer chip facility in Taiwan in the early 2020s, acco

    December 7, 2017 11:39 pm JST
  • MediaTek partners with Google to reach into emerging markets

    HONG KONG -- Mediatek, the world's second largest mobile chip maker, has teamed up with U.S. tech group Google to offer cheaper, faster smartphones in emerging markets as early as next year amid sluggish demand from mainland China.The Taiwanese comp

    December 7, 2017 08:41 pm JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index little changed as tech firms gain, offsetting weak energy stocks

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan ended little changed as a rebound in technology heavyweights offset a fall in energy producers after Brent crude prices dropped to their lowest in more than a month.The Nikkei Asia300 Index ended al

    December 7, 2017 08:15 pm JST
  • India's economy to be world's No.3 by 2028: forecast

    TOKYO -- India and key Association of Southeast Asian Nations members will become increasingly vital drivers of Asian growth over the coming decade, while China's economy slows to a pace comparable with the U.S., new projections from the Japan Cente

    December 7, 2017 12:40 pm JST
  • Apple aims to use its own power chips in next year's iPhone

    TAIPEI Apple is developing its own main power management chips to be used in iPhones as early as next year, according to industry sources, as the tech giant's quest for design self-sufficiency continues to shake up its supply chain.The main power ma

    December 7, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Taiwan is embracing marriage equality, and refining its own identity

    I met Chi Chia-wei in November 2016 while covering a rally in support of same-sex marriage in Taipei.Waving a large rainbow flag, and wearing another for good measure, he told me how he had been jailed after coming out as gay in 1986, when Taiwan wa

    December 7, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Tea Leaves

    Taiwan is embracing marriage equality, and refining its own identity

    I met Chi Chia-wei in November 2016 while covering a rally in support of same-sex marriage in Taipei.Waving a large rainbow flag, and wearing another for good measure, he told me how he had been jailed after coming out as gay in 1986, when Taiwan wa

    December 7, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Autos the best performer in Asia sector PMI in November

    TOKYO -- The Nikkei Asia Sector Purchasing Managers' Index for November showed output growth in 15 of the 19 sectors monitored, instead of 13 for the previous month.Automobiles and auto parts (61.0) posted the most pronounced growth, followed by pha

    December 7, 2017 09:30 am JST
  • Apple planning LCD iPhone with a metal case for 2018: source

    TAIPEI -- Apple is likely to release another new iPhone with a liquid crystal display next year, according to a source privy to the company's product designs. The source also said Apple is tentatively planning two new handsets equipped with organic

    December 7, 2017 08:45 am JST
  • Largan Precision shares plunge on report of sales drop

    TAIPEI -- Shares of iPhone camera lens maker Largan Precision plunged Wednesday, closing down nearly 10%, after the supplier to gadget maker Apple warned that its revenue in December will fall, versus the previous month, during a traditionally stron

    December 6, 2017 09:19 pm JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index extends losses on Trump's Jerusalem move

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan extended losses on Wednesday, amid concerns that U.S. President Donald Trump's move to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel could trigger unrest in the Middle East.A plunge in copper prices

    December 6, 2017 09:18 pm JST