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 2017-09-21 09:58 

The Mainichi

Western Digital takes fresh legal action against Toshiba... +

NEW YORK (Kyodo) -- Western Digital Corp. said Wednesday it has taken a legal step against Toshiba Corp.'s investment in a new production site at their joint-venture chip plant, just hours after the Japanese firm rejected the California-based company&...

 2017-09-21 09:55 

The Asahi Shimbun

Xi’s anti-graft king and key ally to quit due to age in October:The Asahi Shimbun... +

BEIJING--President Xi Jinping is letting go of his close aide and anti-corruption inquisitor Wang Qi...

 2017-09-21 09:48 

Central News Agency

Taiwan shares rebound, led by high-tech heavyweights... +

Taipei, Sept. 21 (CNA) Shares in Taiwan bounced back Thursday from losses seen in the previous few sessions as investors were encouraged by another record high on Wall Street overnight, dealers said....

 2017-09-21 09:48 

Central News Agency

Central bank leaves interest rates unchanged... +

Taipei, Sept. 21 (CNA) Taiwan's central bank announced Thursday that it has decided to leave its key interest rates unchanged after concluding a quarterly policymaking meeting....

 2017-09-21 09:47 

Central News Agency

Taipei Star Bank robbery suspect apprehended... +

Taipei, Sept. 21 (CNA) The Taipei City Police Department's Shilin Precinct issued a press statement Thursday saying that the suspect who robbed the Taipei Star Bank's Shilin branch of NT$300,000 (US$9,922) a day earlier had been apprehended....

 2017-09-21 09:45 

South China Morning Post

S&P cuts Chinas sovereign credit rating on growing economic, financial risk... +

S&P Global Ratings on Thursday cut China’s sovereign credit by one notch, citing economic and financial risks raised by the country’s’ prolonged period of strong credit growth. The downgrade, from AA- to A+, is the second by an inte...

 2017-09-21 09:45 

The Asahi Shimbun

100-day-old giant panda cub becomes a toddler:The Asahi Shimbun... +

Ueno Zoo's giant panda cub has found her feet and is toddling about playfully in her pen.She can fi...

 2017-09-21 09:44 

South China Morning Post

[ Hong Kong ]

Victim among hundreds to support former HKU students Billy Fung and Colman Li... +

Hundreds of mitigation letters, including one from a victim, were presented to a court on Thursday in support of two former University of Hong Kong student leaders who avoided jail for their roles in a chaotic siege of a council meeting last year. The let...

 2017-09-21 09:39 

South China Morning Post

Fame academy, the Chinese college offering classes in how to become an internet celebrity... +

A college in southwest China has opened an “internet celebrity” programme for students who want to be live-streaming stars. Chongqing Institute of Engineering has already enrolled 19 students, mainly female, to be taught about how to present t...

 2017-09-21 09:38 

Yonhap News

(LEAD) Daewoo Shipbuilding wins 927 bln won deal for 5 container ships... +

Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., a major shipyard here, said Thursday that it has clinched a 927 billion won (US$818 million) deal to build five container vessels....

 2017-09-21 09:38 

South China Morning Post

[ Asia ]

Man sets himself on fire outside New Zealands parliament... +

A man who set himself on fire outside New Zealand’s parliament was in a critical condition Thursday, police said, just two days before the country’s general election. Fire and ambulance officers rushed to the man, who journalists at the Wellin...

 2017-09-21 09:35 

South China Morning Post

Number of obese schoolchildren in China could hit 50 million by 2030, study says... +

The number of overweight and obese Chinese schoolchildren could grow to 50 million by 2030 if measures are not taken to halt the upward trend, a university researcher said. According to the latest figures available, the number of schoolchildren – ag...

 2017-09-21 09:30 

The Asahi Shimbun

J-pop icon Namie Amuro to retire from music in 2018:The Asahi Shimbun... +

Namie Amuro rocked the J-pop world by announcing her retirement from music next year, ending a quart...

 2017-09-21 09:26 

Yonhap News

(LEAD) Army general arrested on bribery charges... +

A South Korean military court issued a warrant for the arrest of Army Gen. Park Chan-ju accused of receiving bribes from a civilian firm seeking favors in a base-related project during his service as the commanding general of the 2nd Operational Command,...

 2017-09-21 09:21 

The Mainichi

Hibakusha group stages rally urging gov't to sign nuke ban treaty... +

An organization representing nuclear bomb sufferers staged a rally in Tokyo on Sept. 20, urging the Japanese government to promptly sign the nuclear weapons ban treaty -- a historic agreement reached in July....

 2017-09-21 09:14 

Nikkei Asian Review

Singapore Exchange eyes higher returns from cash pile... +

SINGAPORE (Nikkei Markets) -- Singapore Exchange is looking for ways to better deploy its huge cash holdings and might consider parking excess funds i...

 2017-09-21 09:11 

The Mainichi

S. Korea decides to provide humanitarian aid to N. Korea... +

SEOUL (Kyodo) -- South Korea decided Thursday to provide $8 million in humanitarian aid to North Korea via two U.N. agencies, the Unification Ministry said in a statement....

 2017-09-21 09:08 

South China Morning Post

[ Asia ]

Emojis: this Japanese man created them in 1998 Apple and Google made them a global phenomenon... +

The tiny smiley faces, hearts, knife-and-fork or clenched fist have become a global language for mobile phone messages. They are displayed in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. They star in a new Hollywood film. The emoji is heir to a tradition of pict...

 2017-09-21 09:06 

Yonhap News

Army general arrested on bribery charges... +

South Korea's military court issued a warrant for the arrest of Army Gen. Park Chan-ju accused of receiving bribes from a civilian firm seeking favors in a base-related project during his service as the commanding general of the 2nd Operational Comma...

 2017-09-21 09:05 

The Asahi Shimbun

TEPCO to delay emptying fuel storage pools at Fukushima plant:The Asahi Shimbun... +

Plans to remove fuel rods from two spent fuel pools at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant will be del...

 2017-09-21 09:04 

Nikkei Asian Review

Christopher Aston: Pressure on tycoons won't get Beijing all it wants... +
 2017-09-21 09:03 

Yonhap News

(3rd LD) Parliament approves Moon's pick for Supreme Court chief... +

South Korea's parliament approved President Moon Jae-in's pick for Supreme Court chief justice on Thursday, ending a month of partisan bickering over his ideological orientation and avoiding the risk of another judicial leadership void....

 2017-09-21 09:02 

NHK

Tillerson: Signs of fuel shortages in N.Korea... +

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says that North Korea has started to show signs of fuel shortages as a result of UN sanctions....

 2017-09-21 09:01 

NHK

Myanmar vice president: No harm to civilians... +

Myanmar Vice President Henry Van Thio has told the UN General Assembly that the country's security forces are under instructions not to harm innocent civilians. The government is facing international criticism over ongoing violence toward the minority...

 2017-09-21 09:01 

Yonhap News

LPGA's rookie sensation most eager to win scoring title... +

In pursuit of multiple individual awards, LPGA Tour's rookie sensation Park Sung-hyun said Thursday she's most eager to grab the scoring title at the season's end....

 2017-09-21 09:00 

NHK

PyeongChang Winter Games medals unveiled... +

The medals for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, have been unveiled simultaneously in Seoul and New York....

 2017-09-21 09:00 

Yonhap News

Moon, Trump to hold talks on ways to end N. Korean nuclear ambitions... +

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his U.S. counterpart, Donald Trump, were set to hold discussions Thursday on ways to put an end to North Korea's nuclear and missile provocations....

 2017-09-21 08:58 

The Mainichi

Hurricane Maria destroys homes, triggers flooding in Puerto Rico... +

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- The strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in more than 80 years destroyed hundreds of homes, knocked out power across the entire island and turned some streets into raging rivers Wednesday in an onslaught that could plunge t...

 2017-09-21 08:57 

The Mainichi

Report: Hackers were snooping inside Equifax as of March... +

(AP) -- Hackers broke into Equifax's computer systems in March, two months earlier than the company had previously disclosed, according to a Wall Street Journal report ....

 2017-09-21 08:54 

Yonhap News

Daewoo Shipbuilding wins 927 bln won deal for 5 container ships... +

Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., a major shipyard here, said Thursday that it has clinched a 927 billion won (US$818 million) deal to build five container vessels....

 2017-09-21 08:50 

Yonhap News

(LEAD) Indian minister listens to difficulties facing S. Korean businesses on the subcontinent... +

India's commerce minister met with South Korean company leaders Thursday to listen to the difficulties they experience while doing business in the rapidly growing Indian market, an industry group said....

 2017-09-21 08:50 

The Mainichi

SEC reveals 2016 hack that breached its filing system... +

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Securities and Exchange Commission said Wednesday that a cyber breach of a filing system it uses may have provided the basis for some illegal trading in 2016....

 2017-09-21 08:47 

Central News Agency

Hon Hai shares soar despite failed bid for Toshiba assets... +

Taipei, Sept. 21 (CNA) Shares of manufacturing giant Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. () rebounded sharply Thursday as investors seemed undeterred by Toshiba Corp's decision not to sell its memory chip assets to the Taiwanese company, dealers said....

 2017-09-21 08:47 

South China Morning Post

[ Hong Kong ]

Former student leaders handed community service over chaotic HKU siege... +

Two former student leaders convicted over the chaotic siege of a University of Hong Kong governing council meeting last year were given community service by a court on Thursday. Former student union president Billy Fung Jing-en, 23, was sentenced to 240 h...

 2017-09-21 08:47 

Central News Agency

U.S. dollar closes higher on Taipei forex... +

Taipei, Sept. 21 (CNA) The U.S. dollar rose against the Taiwan dollar Thursday, gaining NT$0.076 to close at NT$30.208....

 2017-09-21 08:40 

The Asahi Shimbun

BASEBALL/ MLB chief says teams will follow rules to pursue Otani:The Asahi Shimbun... +

SEATTLE--With Japanese star Shohei Otani considering a jump to a Major League Baseball team, Commiss...

 2017-09-21 08:36 

The Mainichi

BOJ maintains monetary easing in pursuit of 2% inflation... +

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Bank of Japan decided Thursday to keep its aggressive monetary easing measures unchanged, continuing the pursuit of its elusive 2 percent inflation target....

 2017-09-21 08:35 

Yonhap News

Uber launches car pool service in Seoul for diversification ... +

U.S. ride-hailing company Uber Technologies Inc. on Thursday launched its car pool service in South Korea from which it sees a ...

 2017-09-21 08:35 

The Asahi Shimbun

Trump, Moon to meet amid tensions over North Korea:The Asahi Shimbun... +

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON--U.S. President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in will hold ta...

 2017-09-21 08:34 

Yonhap News

Sechskies returns with 1st full-length album in 18 years... +

Sechskies, an iconic '90s K-pop band who made a surprise comeback last year, released its fifth full-length album on Thursday....

 2017-09-21 08:33 

Yonhap News

Top sports body reduced punishments on convicted swimming execs: lawmaker... +

South Korea's top sports body has reduced lifetime bans on swimming executives convicted of bribery, apparently thanks to their connection with the head of the organization, a lawmaker claimed Thursday....

 2017-09-21 08:30 

South China Morning Post

Ryan Phillippe has responded to his ex-girlfriends claim that he threw her down a flight of stairs and abused drugs... +

By Amanda Luz Henning Santiago Ryan Phillippe’s ex-girlfriend Elsie Rose Hewitt alleged that the actor physically abused her while they were still together, the Los Angeles Times reported on Tuesday. And now Phillippe has responded. Hewitt filed a...

 2017-09-21 08:30 

The Asahi Shimbun

EDITORIAL: Mr. Abe, you can run but you can’t hide; scandals not small matter:The Asahi Shimbun... +

It was not even two months ago that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was offering profuse apologies to the ...

 2017-09-21 08:28 

The Mainichi

Japan's nuclear watchdog chief holds final press conference before stepping down... +

Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) Chairman Shunichi Tanaka held his final press conference in Tokyo's Minato Ward on Sept. 20 before officially stepping down from his role....

 2017-09-21 08:26 

The Mainichi

Soccer: Impact ends 1st-place Toronto's 11-match MLS unbeaten streak... +

(AP) -- Ignacio Piatti and Anthony Jackson-Hamel scored two goals each as the Montreal Impact ended first-place Toronto FC's 11-match unbeaten streak in Major League Soccer....

 2017-09-21 08:25 

The Asahi Shimbun

S. Korea OKs aid to North, which calls Trump a ‘barking dog’:The Asahi Shimbun... +

SEOUL--South Korea approved a plan on Thursday to send $8 million (900 million yen) worth of aid to ...

 2017-09-21 08:25 

NHK

Japan sends emergency team to Mexico... +

A Japanese disaster relief team has left for Mexico to help with the country's search and rescue efforts after Tuesday's magnitude 7.1 earthquake....

 2017-09-21 08:25 

Nikkei Asian Review

Fledgling Japanese fintech sector needs to 'design for global use'... +

TOKYO -- For a country with such a strong reputation for advanced technology, Japan has lagged far behind its global peers when it comes to applying i...

 2017-09-21 08:17 

Yonhap News

Smaller firms lag far behind big counterparts in debt service capability: BOK... +

Smaller South Korean firms lagged far behind their larger counterparts in debt service capability, the country's central bank said Thursday, in the latest sign of a deepening polarization of corporate performance....

 2017-09-21 08:15 

South China Morning Post

Meet Jacinda Ardern, the Kiwi Trump hoping to cut Chinese immigration... +

New Zealand’s next leader could be a young, whiskey loving woman who has been compared to both Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US leader Donald Trump, but it’s her plans to tighten immigration rules that are likely to raise the most...

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