Feb 5, 2015

Fast-growing Asian airlines race to find qualified pilots

The deadly crash of a TransAsia plane into a river in Taiwan is again focusing the world’s attention on the safety challenges facing fast-growing Asian airlines. TransAsia has been adding new routes rapidly since the Taiwanese carrier went public in 2011. TransAsia and others ...

Jan 31, 2015

Japanese workers average 16 hours of unpaid overtime a month

About 40 percent of Japanese workers put in unpaid overtime and their uncompensated overtime adds up to 16 hours a month on average, a labor union survey shows. The survey by the Japanese Trade Union Confederation (Rengo) also found that around 40 percent of ...

Consumer optimism puts  U.S. economy on steady course

| Jan 31, 2015

Consumer optimism puts U.S. economy on steady course

There’s a good reason the U.S. economy is impressing the world right now despite a slowdown in the final three months of 2014: In a word, steadiness. Companies have been hiring at healthy rates for the past year. Layoffs hover near historic lows. Auto ...

Jan 27, 2015

Toyota to change age-based pay scale

Toyota Motor Corp. plans to change its seniority-based pay structure for workers in Japan that will erase salary gaps between age groups, the company’s human resources chief said on Tuesday. The carmaker will consider introducing performance pay for younger employees and wants to tie ...

Full text of Obama's State of the Union address

Jan 21, 2015

Full text of Obama's State of the Union address

The full text of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night, as prepared for delivery and provided by the White House: Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, my fellow Americans: We are 15 years into this new century. Fifteen ...

Key quotes from Obama's State of the Union address

Jan 21, 2015

Key quotes from Obama's State of the Union address

The following are key quotes from U.S. President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday: Economy Turning the page “We are 15 years into this new century. Fifteen years that dawned with terror touching our shores; that unfolded with a new generation ...

Jan 19, 2015

Japanese companies doing more firing than hiring: OECD

More than half of Japanese who are laid off will still be out of work a year later, according to a report released Monday that also says companies must be more flexible if the economy is to improve. The findings come as Prime Minister ...

On Paris terrorist's turf, fears of more attacks ahead

Jan 19, 2015

On Paris terrorist's turf, fears of more attacks ahead

The housing project that was home to Amedy Coulibaly is a concrete labyrinth so scary that doctors refuse to make house calls and mail workers will not deliver parcels. Drug dealers and teenage thugs hold sway over the blighted neighborhood. Even the police venture ...