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Amazon helps Shenzhen entrepreneur turn mom’s money into a billion dollars

By Blake Schmidt,Venus Feng
- via The Japan Times    May 21, 2018

Employees work at the head office of Anker Innovations in Shenzhen, China. | BLOOMBERG

After Steven Yang left his coveted job at Google, he asked his mother whether he should take venture capital money to fund his business idea.If ...

U.S. environment agency moves to undo safety rules prompted by fatal blast at fertilizer plant

via The Japan Times    May 18, 2018

Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt moved Thursday to rescind much of a package of safety measures proposed for chemical plants nationwide after a deadly ...

Sharp’s lens unit CEO sees path to defying smartphone slowdown

By Pavel Alpeyev,Yuki Furukawa
- via The Japan Times    May 17, 2018

An employee assembles a sample lens unit for a smartphone at the Kantatsu Co. factory in Sukagawa, Fukushima Prefecture, this month. | BLOOMBERG

The mobile phone industry may be in a midst of a slump, but a unit of Sharp Corp. is forecasting growth thanks to the race ...

Core machinery orders down 3.9% in March on lower demand from manufacturers

via The Japan Times    May 17, 2018

Core private-sector machinery orders fell 3.9 percent in March from the previous month amid a lull in demand from manufacturers, government data showed Thursday.The orders, ...

Next-generation technology tipped to reboot Asian economies after smartphones peak

By Enda Curran
- via The Japan Times    May 16, 2018

An attendant wearing an Oculus VR Inc. Rift virtual reality headset demonstrates a glove with a Yamaha Corp. rubber-like stretchable strain sensor at the Wearable Expo in Tokyo in January 2016. | BLOOMBERG

The technology boom powering Asia’s economies is about to get a reboot.Explosive growth in new-era gadgets such as wearable devices and internet-linked home appliances is ...

Disaster-hit Fukushima silk maker’s ‘fairy feather’ threads helping to revitalize traditional industry

via The Japan Times    May 15, 2018

A worker passes silk threads through a weaving machine at Saiei-Orimono Co.'s factory in Kawamata, Fukushima Prefecture, on Jan. 13. | KYODO

A producer of luxury silk is helping revitalize the traditional textile industry — and inspire the local community — in a town devastated by the ...

Business failures hit 28-year low in April

via The Japan Times    May 10, 2018

The number of corporate bankruptcies in April hit a 28-year low for the month, a private credit research firm said Thursday.The figure fell 4.4 percent ...

Japanese firms turn to ‘referral hiring’ in talent search amid labor crunch

via The Japan Times    May 09, 2018

Kazuhiko Omae (left) and Kurumi Ohinata, who joined Will Group after Omae referred her to the company, chat in Tokyo in April. | KYODO

Faced with worker shortages and difficulty with identifying and attracting talent, companies are increasingly turning to the underused method of employee referrals to fill their ...

It's time to turn manufacturing on its head

By Tony Richards, President and CEO of Impact Dakota
-    Apr 24, 2018

The leader of a major business group in North Dakota has issued a call for government and industries to break away from long-held notions about economic development. He says that if the United Stat...

TWSE: Cultivating Growth

   Sep 01, 2017

When gauging a country's economic prospects, analysts first study the historical performance of its financial market and activity that characterize its investment environment. For more than 50 year...

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