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  • Share prices of Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia X climb on merger speculation

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia Airlines continues to hog the headlines after two of its passenger planes crashed in less than five months. Its share price climbed 2.2% to a high of 0.23 ringgit ($0.07) in early trading Thursday on a local news report that

    July 24, 2014 04:00 pm JST
  • 7-Eleven Malaysia looks to Japan for inspiration

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Fresh from an initial public offering in May that raised $226 million, 7-Eleven Malaysia is set for a major refurbishment and expansion of its outlets, and it is looking to Japan for ideas on store layouts and items to stock, such as

    July 24, 2014 02:00 pm JST
  • Brahma Chellaney: To prevent another MH17, examine root causes

    Despite the international outrage over its tragic fate, Malaysia Airlines' MH17 is not the first civilian airliner thought to have been shot down by rebels with an anti-aircraft missile. Nor will it be the last, unless urgent steps are taken interna

    July 24, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Japan developing rain forest evaluation system

    TOKYO -- Japanese researchers are developing a system to help Southeast Asian countries protect biological diversity in tropical rain forests. The Environment Ministry and Kyoto University plan to develop a low-cost, satellite-based system to as

    July 24, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • 4G's rise

    Home to a huge and growing chunk of the world's mobile phone users, Asia is beginning to embrace fourth-generation cellular services. 4G technology offers much faster data speeds, which is good news for the swelling ranks of people who use their han

    July 24, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • In Malaysia, a cautious rollout

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia was among the first in Southeast Asia to introduce fourth-generation mobile technology when service plans appeared in January 2013. But over a year later, coverage remains patchy and industry watchers say that telecommun

    July 24, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Double disaster jeopardizes Malaysia Airlines

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Double tragedy, with two passenger planes lost in less than five months, has Malaysia Airlines on the brink. The government, which owns a 69% stake in the airline, is undertaking a comprehensive review of the company. Can it turn the

    July 24, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Weaponizing the world

    Military spending in 2013 showed year-on-year growth worldwide in all regions except for the U.S., Europe and Oceania. Increases were particularly high in emerging economies. China has nearly tripled its military spending over a decade, and now acco

    July 24, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Diverging from the conventional shop

    TOKYO -- Every day, 7-Eleven scatters a few new shops around the world. As of the end of March, the number of stores displaying the orange, green and red logo came to 52,811, up 54% from six years earlier. A lot of those stores opened in Asia. T

    July 24, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • MH17 black boxes to be sent to Britain for analysis: Malaysia

    KUALA LUMPUR (Kyodo) -- The black boxes of the Malaysia Airlines jetliner that was shot down over rebel-held eastern Ukraine will be sent to Britain for forensic analysis, Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said in a statement Wednesday.

    July 23, 2014 10:43 am JST
  • Malaysia Airlines could be taken private by state-owned fund

    SINGAPORE -- Malaysian sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Nasional could buy all the stock in Malaysia Airlines and temporarily nationalize the carrier due to expectations of even weaker finances in the wake of the crash of one of its jetliners in Ukrai

    July 23, 2014 02:48 am JST
  • Singaporean yacht builder buys Australian rival

    SINGAPORE -- Grand Banks Yachts, a luxury yacht builder in Singapore dating from 1956 and connected to Malaysian tycoon Lim Kok Thay of the Genting Group, is acquiring an Australian rival company, Palm Beach Motor Yacht, in an ongoing effort to retu

    July 21, 2014 10:15 pm JST
  • Japan's listed companies go a-courting in SE Asia

    TOKYO -- Some 800 investors from around Asia gathered at the Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, in early June for Nomura Investment Forum Asia 2014, an investor relations event hosted by brokerage house Nomura Securities and featuring more than 50 le

    July 21, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Takasago finds tasty market in Southeast Asia

    TOKYO -- Japan's largest flavor and fragrance company, Takasago International, is building a new production and research center in Singapore as it looks to capitalize on growing markets in Southeast Asia. Although overseas sales already account

    July 21, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Japan developing rain forest biodiversity evaluation system

    TOKYO -- Japan is developing a system to help Southeast Asian countries protect biological diversity in tropical rain forests. The Ministry of the Environment and Kyoto University plan to develop a satellite-based, low-cost system to assess bio

    July 20, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Malaysia Airlines defends MH17's flight over Ukraine war zone

    SEPANG, Malaysia (Kyodo) -- Malaysia Airlines whose plane was shot down over Ukraine insisted Saturday that it did not make a mistake in flying over a war zone. "For Malaysia Airlines, our threat analysis said it is safe," Malaysia Airlines Dire

    July 19, 2014 09:50 pm JST
  • Downed plane puts Malaysia Airlines in even worse straits

    SINGAPORE -- The crash of a Malaysia Airlines jet over Ukraine on Thursday was a devastating blow to the company's already tenuous turnaround plans. The airline lost one jetliner under mysterious circumstances in March. Now there are worries tha

    July 19, 2014 05:23 am JST
  • Responsibility for downed jet still unclear

    MOSCOW -- Ukraine and Russia are engaged in an information war over a passenger jet shot down over eastern Ukraine, which may make it all the more difficult to discover what actually happened. The U.S. and European nations consider it most likel

    July 19, 2014 05:22 am JST
  • 181 bodies found at crash site of downed airliner in Ukraine

    KIEV, Ukraine (Kyodo) -- Ukrainian authorities said Friday that 181 bodies have so far been found in a rebel-controlled area of eastern Ukraine where a Malaysian Airlines plane with 298 people on board crashed on Thursday. Ukraine Foreign Minist

    July 19, 2014 02:17 am JST
  • Budget carrier Peach aiming to take off from Naha

    OSAKA -- Peach Aviation is building up Okinawa's Naha Airport as a second hub, looking to use it as a foothold to return to a growth track after setbacks from a pilot pinch. The Japanese low-cost carrier will begin service Saturday between Naha

    July 19, 2014 01:14 am JST