Japan’s Rakuten signs alliance with Taiwan’s PChome Online

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten signed an agreement with Taiwan’s PChome Online which will strengthen exchanges between their membership programs, reports said Thursday....

Mexican player Amador suspended in Japan for doping

TOKYO (AP) — Mexican infielder Japhet Amador has been suspended for six months by Nippon Professional Baseball for a doping violation. The 31-year-old slugger, who has been out since...

Rakuten Announces Signing of Andrés Iniesta to Vissel Kobe

TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 24, 2018--Rakuten Vissel Kobe, Inc., a Rakuten Group company, today announced that Andrés Iniesta will join Vissel Kobe, the much-loved Western Japan football club, after a...

Poorly kept secret: Iniesta joins Japanese club Vissel Kobe

TOKYO (AP) — Former Barcelona playmaker Andres Iniesta has been introduced as the newest member of Japanese club Vissel Kobe, a poorly kept secret that's been rumored for weeks. Inie...

Taipei, Kaohsiung make top ten favorite tourist destinations for Japanese females

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taipei and Kaohsiung ranked 2nd and 10th respectively of the ten most favorite overseas destinations for Japanese female travelers, according to the latest survey by Japan...

Walmart getting into the e-book market, an Amazon strength

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart is planning to sell e-books and audiobooks, its latest effort to encroach on an area of Amazon strength. The nation's largest retailer said Thursday it has st...

TAITRA to help 50 Taiwanese companies use Amazon

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA, 外貿協會) has worked out a deal with Amazon and Chunghwa Post which will allow 50 Taiwanese companies to sell their prod...

Taiwan's JCIC honors institutions excelling in credit information management

Taipei (Taiwan News) -- To improve the availability, accuracy and quality of credit information, the Joint Credit Information Center (JCIC) has established two awards since 2007 to honor financia...

What you can get for Messi's 700 million euro buyout clause

MADRID (AP) — If a rival soccer team were to pay Lionel Messi's 700 million euro ($834 million) buyout clause, Barcelona could potentially buy nine of the 20 most expensive teams in the world. ...

10 online shopping discounts for Double 11 day shopping in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Several of Taiwan's online shopping platforms offer big promotions, and huge discounts on a wide range of products for Double 11, which is one of the world's ...

BC-AS--Asian News Digest, AS

MALAYSIA-NORTH KOREA — The estranged half brother of North Korea's leader had about 1.4 times the lethal dosage of VX nerve agent on his face after he was attacked, a government chemist test...

NBA, Japan's Rakuten announce exclusive distribution deal

TOKYO (AP) — The National Basketball Association and Rakuten Inc. have announced a marketing partnership. The deal announced Tuesday makes the Japanese online giant the exclusive dis...

From Bronx to Tokyo, Darvish vs Tanaka creates buzz

NEW YORK (AP) — Snuggled in his baby pouch, 3-month-old Toma Tsubota probably won't remember being at Yankee Stadium for his first baseball game. His dad will. "Whe...

Taiwan is No.1 with Japanese gourmets

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan is the country with the tastiest food according to Japanese gourmets, vaulting ahead of Italy and South Korea in a poll by Japan’s Rakuten Travel website. ...

Manfred hopes for changes in MLB agreement with Japan

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball would like to make changes in the player acquisition agreement with its Japanese counterparts. MLB and Nippon Professional Baseball agreed to th...