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India's Tata Motors on show at the Indonesian International Motor Show in Jakarta in September. The company is one of many foreign businesses eager to tap into expected market growth.

Indonesia investment magnet

Chinese, Indian investors 'act east'

JAKARTA/DALIAN, China/MUMBAI -- Indonesia is turning into a magnet for foreign investment, particularly from India and China, as the country's middle and wealthy classes look to double by 2020. Oil producers in the Middle East and Africa are also sh...

  • Japanese fish

    Tsukiji wholesalers looking to boost sales to Southeast Asia

    TOKYO -- Fish wholesalers at Tokyo Central Wholesale Market in Tsukiji, Tokyo, are increasingly serving fresh, quality Japanese fisheries products to consumers in Southeast Asian countries by tapping into a temperature-controlled supply chain. Th...

  • International sake sales

    Small Japanese brewer sells directly to Hong Kong, Taiwan

    FUKUI, Japan -- Genpei Syuzo, a sake maker in Japan's western Fukui Prefecture, is selling directly to Hong Kong and Taiwan, a rare move for a Japanese brewery that usually uses agents to sell overseas. The brewer aims to achieve overseas sales o...

  • 'Kamacon Valley'

    New tech traditions emerging from Japan's ancient capital

    YOKOHAMA -- Japan's ancient capital of Kamakura, some 50km southwest of Tokyo, is a history-drenched city where 23 million tourists a year go for a glimpse of a bygone era. It is also a promising new technology hub thanks to a growing confederacy of ...

  • Myanmar women engineering interns

    Infrastructure development spurs youthful interest in Japanese know-how

    TOKYO -- Three women from Myanmar recently joined a JFE Engineering internship to develop skills to take back to their homeland. The program for Southeast Asian university students held in Japan has been running since 2013. It aims to share knowledge...

  • Turkish TV drama

    Exports grow to new levels

    ISTANBUL -- Turkish TV dramas are drawing increasingly international audiences, with the value of such exports expected to hit a new high this year. A magnificent historical drama set in Ottoman-era Istanbul and other programs have fascinated lar...

  • Agriculture in Vietnam

    IT companies transforming outdated farm sector

    HANOI -- Information technology companies in this country are launching agriculture support services to help farmers increase their crop yields by streamlining and modernizing the country's old-fashioned farming methods. Of Vietnam's population o...

  • A lighter buzz

    Brewers turn attention to low-alcohol drinks

    TOKYO -- As demand for beer dwindles, major Japanese brewers are working to boost the supply of low-alcohol beverages to tap their growing popularity among women and young people. Suntory Spirits has invested 600 million yen ($5 million) at its m...

  • Wider appeal

    New electric trains geared for non-electrified lines too

    TOKYO -- Japan's rolling stock exports focus on the market for urban commuter trains operating on electrified lines. But to enhance their competitiveness and win more business in the developing economies of Asia and Eastern Europe, some leading manuf...

  • Fast-developing Myanmar

    Competition heating up for skilled workers

    TOKYO -- In recent years, there has been a growing rush of Japanese companies making inroads into Myanmar ever since the country opened its doors to the outside world. Japan and Myanmar are jointly building a special economic zone and businesses ...

  • Indian Ocean trade swells

    Indonesia becomes a base for reaching markets around the rim

    JAKARTA/DALIAN, China/MUMBAI -- An economic transformation is gathering pace around the Indian Ocean. Countries that encircle it are increasingly doing business with one another, creating what could soon become a new locus of global growth. And Indon...

  • Crude conundrum

    Low oil prices a mixed blessing for Japanese businesses

    TOKYO -- Some Japanese companies are celebrating the plunge in crude oil prices, while others are less than thrilled. But even those currently benefiting from oil's fall see reason to worry if the trend continues.An unexpected boonOn Jan. 5, the firs...

  • Thailand banking

    Big four profit growth slumps with sluggish economy

    BANGKOK -- Thailand's beleaguered economy reduced profit growth at its four largest banks in 2014 which posted a combined 169 billion baht ($5.18 billion) in net profits for 2014 -- a 4% increase compared to double digit growth in 2013. Various facto...

  • Manufacturing powerhouse

    Taiwan received highest ever foreign orders in 2014

    TAIPEI -- Taiwanese companies' orders from foreign businesses hit a record high last year, propelled by the growing popularity of smartphones around the world. The total value of foreign orders rose 6.7% on the year to an all-time high of $472.8 ...

  • Min Jiang

    2015 Chinese internet industry prospects

    With more than 650 million Internet users and more than a billion cellphone users, China is the world's largest Web and mobile market. This enormous market is dominated by a handful of Chinese Internet companies, such as Alibaba, Tencent and Baidu, t...

  • Manufacturing rebound

    Hopes for 'Made in Japan, Again'

    TOKYO -- Moves to bring production back home are gathering momentum among Japanese companies amid the yen's prolonged weakness. According to a report published in the Jan. 9 morning edition of the Nikkei, optical equipment maker Canon plans to ra...

  • Out of the driver's seat

    Auto sales slow to pick up in Thailand

    BANGKOK -- Thai automobile sales, once the engine of growth in the Southeast Asian vehicle market, will likely rise just 4% this year even as the government seeks to sharply step up local production. Sales are seen at 920,000 units. In 2014, they...

  • Japanese commercial property market

    Slew of new office buildings coming to big cities

    TOKYO -- Tokyo and other major Japanese cities are set to receive a host of new office buildings this year, a development likely to prompt many businesses to relocate their offices. In 2015, the newly available area in large buildings with at lea...

  • OCBC's synergy strategy

    In China and Myanmar, bank sees a match made in heaven

    SINGAPORE -- As its name suggests, Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp. has leveraged the wealth and business activities of the Chinese diaspora. This has been the Singaporean institution's raison d'etre since the founding of its predecessor, Oversea-Chines...

  • Malaysia vehicle sales

    Slow growth expected again in 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Last year, Malaysia's vehicle sales growth was slowed by uncertainties over a new tax system and stringent loan approvals. Now, amid expectations of slower economic expansion, the auto industry is forecasting the continuation of stagn...