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  • Military buildup

    Tensions high between China, neighbors over South China Sea

    MANILA -- The Philippines and Vietnam are beefing up their military presence in the South China Sea amid fresh concerns over China's island-building on disputed territory there. Easing tensions in the region is likely to be a major item on the a

    August 3, 2015 02:00 am JST
  • Behind lofty rhetoric

    ASEAN economic integration still work in progress

    SINGAPORE -- Japanese living here are quickly made aware that their home country and Southeast Asia do not always react to global news or events the same way. Issues that grab headlines in Japan are often ignored here. The ASEAN Economic Communi

    August 3, 2015 02:00 am JST
  • Malaysia says Indian Ocean airplane debris is part of a Boeing 777

    KUALA LUMPUR/PARIS (Reuters) -- Malaysia said on Sunday that airplane debris that washed up on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion has been identified as being from a Boeing 777, the same model as a Malaysian Airlines plane which vanished last year.

    August 2, 2015 07:28 pm JST
  • TPP impasse

    Breakthrough needed by end of month

    LAHAINA, Hawaii -- Japan, the U.S. and other Pacific Rim nations negotiating a trade and investment pact have managed to propose holding another ministerial meeting in late August in a desperate attempt to keep a deal from collapsing. But there

    August 2, 2015 12:30 am JST
  • TPP negotiation

    Full text of statement by ministers from TPP countries

    LAHAINA, Hawaii (Kyodo) -- The following is the full text of a joint statement released Friday by ministers from the 12 countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade initiative after their four-day talks in Hawaii. We, the trade

    August 1, 2015 06:12 pm JST
  • TPP negotiations

    Trade ministers fail to bridge gaps

    LAHAINA, Hawaii -- Trade ministers representing the Trans-Pacific Partnership failed to reach an agreement on Friday despite days of intense negotiations and set no timetable for the next round, highlighting the difficulty in achieving the ambiti

    August 1, 2015 05:45 pm JST
  • TPP nations fail to secure deal, next ministerial eyed in August

    LAHAINA, Hawaii (Kyodo) -- Negotiations for a Pacific Rim trade agreement ended Friday without hammering out a much-anticipated deal to create the most ambitious free trade zone in a generation, with the 12 negotiating countries eyeing convening ano

    August 1, 2015 05:00 pm JST
  • Pacific trade talks enter make-or-break final day in Hawaii

    LAHAINA, Hawaii (Kyodo) -- Negotiations for a Pacific Rim trade agreement entered the final day Friday on the Hawaiian island of Maui, with trade ministers rushing to secure a deal to create the most ambitious free trade zone in a generation. Th

    August 1, 2015 09:40 am JST
  • Weakest since 2011

    Southeast Asia's new-auto sales down 8% in first half

    BANGKOK -- Sales of new automobiles in Southeast Asia sank for a fourth straight half in the January-June period to their lowest level since the second half of 2011, when Thailand was hit by devastating floods. New vehicles sold in six major Sou

    July 31, 2015 09:57 pm JST
  • Final day

    Malaysia, Vietnam just saying no to parts of TPP

    LAHAINA, Hawaii -- Malaysia and Vietnam, the Trans-Pacific Partnership's two emerging economies, have offered compromises regarding service sector liberalization but remain steadfast in other "sensitive" areas. With hours to go before ministeria

    July 31, 2015 03:15 pm JST
  • TPP talks

    Malaysia, Vietnam to ease investment rules

    LAHAINA, Hawaii -- Emerging countries will relax regulations on foreign investment in a wide range of areas under a draft agreement by the 12 nations hashing out the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact. Malaysia would let foreign companies

    July 31, 2015 02:00 am JST
  • Averting competition with FamilyMart

    Circle K Sunkus sheds foreign stores amid merger talks

    TOKYO -- Minimart operator Circle K Sunkus has left the overseas market by dissolving the partnership with its U.S. counterpart. Circle K Sunkus created a 50-50 joint venture with Arizona-based Circle K Stores in 2013 called Circle K Asia, a bra

    July 31, 2015 02:00 am JST
  • Authorities study plane debris found off Africa for links to Flight MH370

    PARIS/SYDNEY (Reuters) -- France's air crash investigation agency is studying a piece of plane debris found on Reunion Island off the east coast of Africa but it was too early to say if it came from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, a spokesma

    July 30, 2015 09:07 am JST
  • Kazumi Nishikawa: Why Asian business must lead regional integration

    Economic integration in Asia, particularly within the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, is progressing well, thanks to increased supply-chain links, as well as government-led initiatives such as the ASEAN Economic Community. H

    July 30, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • US rewards Malaysia, slams Thailand on human trafficking

    WASHINGTON/BANGKOK -- The U.S. has upgraded its assessment of Malaysia's human trafficking and forced labor policies, but left Thailand on the blacklist of its annual rankings of efforts to combat "modern slavery," released on July 27. Critics

    July 30, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • China's growth to slow to 4.1% by 2025: Tokyo think tank

    TOKYO -- China's growth rate could fall to 4.1% by 2025, according to new projections by the Japan Center for Economic Research. The downtrend will put a drag on four major Southeast Asian economies. This is the first time the Tokyo-based think

    July 30, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Cutting through disputes

    TPP nations near deal on 70-year copyright protection

    LAHAINA, Hawaii -- Trade ministers from the 12 nations negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership pact are expected to agree on protecting copyrighted content for 70 years after the death of the creator, with plans to allow some exemptions based on t

    July 29, 2015 11:15 pm JST
  • AirAsia X

    Budget airline taps Hokkaido in turnaround bid

    SINGAPORE -- AirAsia X, a long-haul affiliate of Malaysia-based AirAsia, announced Tuesday it will launch a new route between Kuala Lumpur and Sapporo, Japan. AirAsia X in October will begin offering four flights to Sapporo and back to Kuala Lum

    July 29, 2015 08:05 pm JST
  • Roadblock in Malaysia?

    Ministers meet for a final TPP push

    Lahaina, HAWAII -- Ministerial-level talks began here Tuesday that could end with 12 nations concluding an agreement that would make it easier for corporations and investors to ship products, conduct business and buy assets across borders. Even if t

    July 29, 2015 05:50 pm JST
  • Pacific trade talks in final stretch as ministers meet in Hawaii

    LAHAINA, Hawaii (Kyodo) -- Talks on a multilateral Pacific free trade agreement are entering the final stretch with trade ministers from 12 countries set to gather Tuesday for make-or-break bargaining toward creating the world's largest free trade z

    July 29, 2015 01:23 pm JST