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Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Japan's trade deficit swelled to a record US$109 billion in 2014, data showed Monday, mostly because of huge post-Fukushima energy bills, but analysts said a recent drop in oil prices would shrink the yawning gap.
 > Japan
The euro briefly sank to a new 11-year low against the dollar in early Asian trade Monday after anti-austerity party Syriza swept to victory in Greece's general elections.
The Taiwan Institute of Economic Research (TIER, 台灣經濟研究院) on Monday raised its projection for Taiwan's economic growth in 2015, due in part to falling oil prices, an improving global economy and a better outlook on domestic consumption.
 > Taiwan
Thomson Reuters presents ITRI with a Global Innovators Award
The non-profit Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) was presented with the Top 100 Global Innovators Award by Thomson Reuters yesterday. 
Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) yesterday announced the launch of its traditional Chinese-language website to enable more local developers and businesses in Taiwan to easily learn and access the most up-to-date information in their local language, according to an AWS press release.
Construction sector slows amid government scrutiny
The construction sector slowed down in December as newly elected local governors renewed investigations into infrastructure projects, said the Taiwan Institute of Economic Research (TIER).
 > Taiwan
Shares in Taiwan closed slightly higher Monday after hovering within a narrow range during the entire session because of the Greek election as well as a slide on Wall Street, dealers said.
 > Taiwan
Following the European Central Bank's (ECB) announcement on Jan. 22 of a new quantitative easing (QE) program, Asian stocks have been soaring higher as foreign investment in Taiwan marks a 6-year high with almost NT$2.2 billion worth of investment.
 > Taiwan
Despite declining smartphone shipments by Samsung Electronics Co, which still accounted for the most smartphones running on the Android operating system last year, those using systems developed by Google Inc. are expected to see their market share grow at a double-digit pace in 2015, thanks to the rise of Chinese device makers.
 > China
Indonesian law firms are facing rising competition from global rivals lured by Indonesia's growing economy and the increasing number of corporate clients needing advice on major deals, such as infrastructure projects.
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