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  • Learning the lessons of the Asian financial crisis

    BANGKOK/JAKARTA/MANILA In June 1997, Sirivat Voravetvuthikun found himself selling sandwiches on the streets of Bangkok. The former high-flying stock investor had lost everything when his project to build luxury condos went belly-up.At a loss for ho

    June 22, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Oil slump hits Asian stocks, eclipsing MSCI's A-share inclusion

    HONG KONG (Nikkei Markets) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan retreated as an overnight slide on Wall Street and drop in global oil prices overshadowed MSCI's decision to include China's domestic shares in its global indexes.The Nikkei Asia300 Index o

    June 21, 2017 02:37 pm JST
  • New delivery options brighten SE Asia's e-commerce outlook

    TOKYO/SINGAPORE -- Package delivery has long been a bottleneck for e-commerce in Southeast Asia, but things are changing -- thanks to startups offering various new ways to get orders into the hands of shoppers.Neighbors' homes and "smart" lockers se

    June 15, 2017 03:13 pm JST
  • Asian stocks slide as Fed ready to cut stimulus, raise rates again in 2017

    HONG KONG (Nikkei Markets) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan fell Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve delivered a widely-expected rate increase and signaled there could be another hike to borrowing costs this year.The U.S. central bank on Wednesd

    June 15, 2017 02:44 pm JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 is on a roll, with a few notable exceptions

    HONG KONG The earnings picture for the Nikkei Asia300 had a number of standouts, among them Indian companies providing consumer goods and IT services, along with Apple's major Taiwanese suppliers and Chinese internet conglomerates. But a few sectors

    June 15, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Asian shares outshine their advanced-economy peers

    TOKYO The Nikkei Asia300 Index, which tracks 300 high-profile Asian companies, recorded a 17% gain since its debut six months ago.The index stood at 1052.97 when it first started on December 1, 2016. After slumping briefly out of the gate, it shot u

    June 15, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • IHH Healthcare strengthens its foothold in China

    KUALA LUMPUR -- IHH Healthcare began construction Friday of a new hospital in Shanghai, as part of an 8 billion yuan ($1.2 billion) investment to turn China into its fifth key market.The Kuala Lumpur and Singapore-listed premium hospital operator is

    June 9, 2017 10:14 pm JST
  • Thai restaurants' labor woes may be a swipe of the tablet away

    BANGKOK -- Thailand's shrinking working population is expected to hit its restaurant industry especially hard. But Advanced Info Service, the country's largest cellphone service provider, and Kasikornbank may have a solution.They think information t

    June 8, 2017 03:57 pm JST
  • Thai stocks suffer from Japan syndrome

    SINGAPORE -- Thailand's stock market is underperforming its Southeast Asian peers, and anyone who has monitored Japan's economic tribulations will spot some eerie parallels. Analysts attribute the lackluster performance of Thai shares to slumping in

    June 7, 2017 10:30 am JST
  • Asian flagship carriers sink as Chinese airlines expand

    HANOI -- Major Asian airlines find themselves increasingly squeezed due to the advent of low-cost carriers, rising fuel prices and intense price competition stemming from a sharp expansion of international operations by Chinese air carriers.Chinese

    June 5, 2017 09:00 am JST
  • Way to Southeast Asian shoppers' hearts? Through their feeds

    TOKYO -- Partnering with social media superstars is a new favorite tactic of advertisers in Southeast Asia, lending products the poster's cache and a chance to be seen by their multitude of followers."Look, there's magic all around," wrote Melissa K

    June 3, 2017 05:38 am JST
  • Chinese automakers launch a global offensive via emerging Asia

    BANGKOK -- To get an idea of just how dramatically Asia's auto industry is changing, one need only look at Southeast Asia and India, where Chinese newcomers are looking to make inroads even as traditional heavyweights bow out.Take the recent surpris

    June 1, 2017 01:30 pm JST
  • Thai business tries to clean up its act

    BANGKOK Tackling corrupt practices, such as bribery and insider trading, has moved up the agenda at many companies in Thailand in recent years.More than 830 Thai companies have signed on to a campaign to clean up business called the Collective Actio

    June 1, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Mobile payments are catching on strong in Southeast Asia

    BANGKOK Cash is still king in Southeast Asia, but may be dethroned sooner rather than later as the region embraces the cashless society using smartpones tied to mobile payment systems.One rising star in the cashless market is Thailand's Rabbit trans

    June 1, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Emerging markets and high-tech drive auto industry change

    TOKYO The global automobile market is changing, with old industry models being junked as manufacturers open their doors to new technologies and ways of doing business.Toyota Motor, one of the more conservative majors, is aware of this trend and alte

    June 1, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • China, India and the global auto industry's transformation

    Zhejiang Geely Holding Group's acquisition of a 49.9% stake in Malaysian automaker Proton Holdings from DRB-Hicom is unlikely to trigger an immediate change in the Southeast Asian market overall. Japanese automakers, particularly Toyota Motor, hold

    June 1, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Chinese automakers launch a global offensive via emerging Asia

    BANGKOK To get an idea of just how dramatically Asia's auto industry is changing, one need only look at Southeast Asia and India, where Chinese newcomers are looking to make inroads even as traditional heavyweights bow out.Take the recent surprise o

    June 1, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Nikkei Asia 300 Index marks six months with 17% rise

    TOKYO -- The Nikkei Asia300 Index, tracing some 300 of Asia's must-watch listed companies, marked its first six months on Thursday with a 17% gain since its debut.The Nikkei Asia300 Index stood at 1229.14 on May 31, while the index started at 1052.9

    May 31, 2017 10:00 pm JST
  • Thailand's Dtac to offer 4G network with state firm

    BANGKOK -- Thailand's Total Access Communication, commonly known as Dtac, will join with state-owned telecom operator TOT to offer 4G wireless network services.Dtac will pay 4.51 billion baht ($132 million) annually to access 60% of TOT's 2,300MHz s

    May 30, 2017 07:19 am JST
  • Geely joins China's charge into Asian auto markets

    BANGKOK -- Chinese automakers are launching a fresh challenge in Southeast Asia, undeterred by the failure of more established players to gain a solid foothold in markets traditionally dominated by Japanese brands.About 3.2 million cars were sold in

    May 25, 2017 05:00 am JST