North Korea's underground nuclear test shows it is making big strides toward becoming a true nuclear power. But the test may also reveal key clues the secretive nation might have hoped to hide about how close, or how far away, it is from fielding a nuclear weapon capable of striking the United States or its allies.
North Korea's third nuclear test, carried out Tuesday, apparently reflects the country's intention to push the United States back into direct negotiations with it in an attempt to ensure security guarantees and recognition of the regime of leader Kim Jong Un from Washington, which Pyongyang calls its "sworn enemy."
Japan's trade and industry minister Toshimitsu Motegi on Saturday proposed providing Saudi Arabia with a range of assistance for the construction of nuclear power plants. The vice head of King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy, Waleed Hussain Abulfaraj, Motegi suggested that the two countries sign a document to that end at an early date.
In one of the biggest business stories of this still-young year, the Dutch manufacturing company Philips recently announced the sale of its long-running consumer electronics division to the Japanese company Funai Electric. The news of the sale was an immediate hit with investors; Philips' stock values rose by two percent overnight.
Struggling Japanese chipmaker Renesas Electronics Corp. on Friday widened its fiscal 2012 group net loss projection to 176 billion yen from an earlier 150 billion yen due to sluggish chip demand amid the stagnant global economy.
Sony Corp. on Thursday reported a group net loss of 50.87 billion yen in the April to December period, compared to a wider loss of 201.45 billion yen a year earlier, and retained its outlook to return to profitability for the full year through March, reflecting the effects of restructuring efforts and the weakening yen.
Haier Group Corp., a leading Chinese consumer electronics manufacturer, plans to establish a research and development center in Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture, possibly in 2014, company officials said Thursday.
South Korean fire officials say a man suffered burns after the battery from a Samsung smartphone caught fire in his trouser pocket. Officials at Bupyeong Fire Station in Incheon city said Wednesday the lithium-ion battery was not in the phone when it caught fire. Such batteries are quick to charge but prone to overheating.
Chinese phone maker Huawei and Microsoft are combining forces to sell a new smartphone in Africa, which they say is the world's fastest growing mobile phone market. The two companies launched the Huawei 4Afrika Tuesday. The phone runs Windows Phone 8 and comes pre-loaded with applications designed for the African market.
Hitachi Ltd. said Monday it has revised down its group earnings outlook for the current business year through March due to the continuing economic slump in Europe and slowing growth in emerging markets including China and India.
The Environment Ministry has asked the industry ministry to have Tokyo Electric Power Co. postpone its plan to hold a tender to choose suppliers of electricity generated by coal-fired thermal plants, sources close to the matter said Monday.
LG Electronics Inc. reported its first quarterly loss in a year Wednesday after Europe slapped it with a massive fine for price fixing. Its net loss totaled 468 billion won ($429 million) for the last quarter of 2012, compared with a loss of 112 billion a year earlier.
U.S. investigators said Wednesday they asked Boeing Co. to provide a full operating history of lithium-ion batteries used in its grounded 787 Dreamliners after Japan's All Nippon Airways revealed it had repeatedly replaced the batteries even before overheating problems surfaced.
Funai Electric Co. said Tuesday it will acquire the audio equipment businesses of Royal Philips Electronics later this year so it can expand its product range and improve its performance. The Osaka-based consumer electronics maker will acquire all shares to be floated by a new company that the Dutch maker will set up in the April-September period.
Mitsubishi Corp. said Monday it plans to start operating two mega solar power plants in Fukushima Prefecture from August 2014. With their combined output planned to reach 18,000 kilowatts, the plants in the city of Iwaki can sustain some 7,000 households, according to the major trading house.
The constant evolution and innovation in the world of TV technology have been successfully fueling consumer demand and driving consistent growth in the industry over the last few years. In the Southeast Asia region, flat panel TVs have continued to register a surge in demand in 2012, selling over 8.3 million units in the first eleven months of the year...
A state-backed corporate turnaround fund is encouraging Sony Corp., NEC Corp. and Nissan Motor Co. to merge their lithium-ion battery businesses in the face of intensifying international competition, sources close to the matter said Friday.
Toshiba Corp. and General Electric Co. of the United States have agreed to set up a joint venture by the end of the year for the development and sales of a high-efficiency thermal power system, the Japanese electronics giant said Thursday.
Japan's nuclear regulatory authority on Wednesday decided not to accept applications from utilities seeking to extend the operation of reactors beyond 30 years under existing procedures, given that new regulations will be introduced in July.
STATS ChipPAC Ltd. today announced implementation of breakthrough performance and packaging innovation in multiple advanced chipsets for the rapidly developing smartphone market in China. Spreadtrum Communications, a leading fabless semiconductor provider in China, has adopted STATS ChipPAC's packaging innovations...
Hitachi Ltd. said Wednesday it will build two steam turbine generators for a supercritical pressure thermal power plant to be built in India. Hitachi, which is trying to boost its presence in India, said it has received orders for the generators from India's BGR Energy Systems Ltd. and National Thermal Power Corp.
Toshiba Corporation today announced that Yoichiro Tanaka, Ph.D., Senior Manager of Storage Products Application Engineering Department, Storage Products Division, Semiconductor & Storage Products Company, will give a presentation at IDEMA Japan January 2013 Quarterly Seminar on Friday, January 25.
Sony Mobile Communications Inc. said Monday it will start selling a new version of its Xperia tablet computer this spring in the Japanese market, featuring a lighter body and new imaging censor. The water and dust proof Xperia Tablet Z, equipped with a 10.1-inch liquid crystal panel, is compatible with the LTE high-speed network.
China Mobile is seeking support from Taiwanese chip and handset makers to back the fourth generation high-speed mobile network co-developed by the state-owned Chinese telecom operator. China Mobile chief executive Li Yue said the network adopted and promoted by the Chinese government will reach 30 percent of the Chinese population...
Sony Corp., the struggling Japanese electronics and entertainment company, is headed in the right direction although its comeback is not yet complete, its chief executive said Thursday. Kazuo Hirai told reporters that Sony is now more nimble and focused under his leadership which began nine months ago.