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Samsung's Seocho building in Seoul on Tuesday. The electronics company said that its first-quarter operating profits had risen nearly tenfold year-on-year — a 931.8 percent increase — amid recovering chip prices and growing demand.
BUSINESS / Tech
Apr 30, 2024
Samsung says AI to drive technology demand in second half after strong Q1
The upbeat outlook sent its shares 1.8% higher after it reported a more than 10x rise in first-quarter operating profit.
Samsung Electronics plans to use a technology championed by its rival SK Hynix, as the world's top memory chipmaker seeks to catch up in the race to produce high-end chips used to power artificial intelligence.
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 13, 2024
Samsung to adopt chipmaking tech used by rival amid AI chip supply race
Samsung's decision to stick with a chipmaking technology called nonconductive film is one of the reasons it has fallen behind.
A Hyundai Ioniq 5 electric vehicle charges at Chaevi Stay Charging Station in Seoul on Oct. 18
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 12, 2023
South Korean auto-battery firms cautious on challenging China rivals
Feeding their worries is slowing growth in electric vehicle sales, price competition and the potential for changes in United States subsidies.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Nov 18, 2021
Asia looks to release oil reserves after U.S. request
The world's biggest economies said on Thursday they were looking into releasing oil from their strategic reserves, following a rare request from the United States.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / ANALYSIS
Aug 30, 2019
Japan's curbs on high-tech materials exports to South Korea could backfire in long run
Japan's curbs on exports of high-tech materials to South Korea could backfire in the long run, eroding its dominance over a key link in the global chip supply chain, suppliers and experts have said.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Aug 14, 2018
South Korea's 'Hyundai Town' faces grim future with idled shipyard, rise in suicides
When Lee Dong-hee came to Ulsan to work for Hyundai Heavy Industries five years ago, shipyards in the city known as Hyundai Town operated day and night and workers could make triple South Korea's annual average salary.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / ANALYSIS
Jul 19, 2018
Wage, hours policies by South Korean leader Moon backfire for jobless, low income workers
President Moon Jae-in wants South Koreans to work less and earn more — and to achieve that his government has hiked the minimum wage and slashed the maximum length of the working week.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Society
Mar 16, 2018
Once harassed herself, South Korean lawyer fights for Me Too victims
Almost a decade ago, Lee Eun-eui was thrust into a lonely battle against her employer, Samsung, after she reported unwelcome touching by a superior.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Feb 14, 2018
As South Korean births dwindle, 'penis parks' multiply
Even the bright-red lighthouse in the tiny South Korean port of Sinnam is shaped like a penis.

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The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.  
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan