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  • ASEAN summit opens with concerns over threats to peace, stability

    MANILA (Kyodo) -- Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations kicked off their summit Saturday with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte expressing concerns over threats to regional peace and stability, while also stressing the need to tac

    April 29, 2017 04:08 pm JST
  • Kavi Chongkittavorn

    ASEAN at 50: Carry on soul searching?

    The slogan of ASEAN 2017 under its Philippine chairmanship -- "Partnership for Changes, Engaging the World" -- is telling. After five decades of existence, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations continues to do what it has always done best -- so

    April 28, 2017 11:50 pm JST
  • Malaysia Airports Holdings' net profit rises on strong home market

    KUALA LUMPUR (Nikkei Markets) - Malaysia Airports Holdings, which operates the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, said Friday its first-quarter net profit surged nearly four-fold from a year earlier thanks to lower depreciation and better local ope

    April 28, 2017 08:06 pm JST
  • ASEAN airs 'grave concern' over North Korea missile tests

    MANILA -- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations on Friday became the latest body to voice anxiety over rising tensions in the Korean Peninsula. In a statement, ASEAN foreign ministers expressed their "grave concern over the escalation of tensio

    April 28, 2017 05:30 pm JST
  • Japan pursues currency swaps with ASEAN members

    TOKYO -- Japan seeks to establish bilateral currency swap frameworks with members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations as a hedge against tight fund supplies in a financial crisis and also as a counter to the growing influence of the yuan.T

    April 28, 2017 04:50 am JST
  • Sony unit eyes 8 new music halls across Asia

    TOKYO -- Sony Music Entertainment plans to open performance halls in eight major Asian cities by 2023, with an eye on tapping demand from Japanese artists for high-quality venues to stage concerts for their growing legions of fans.Zepp Hall Network,

    April 28, 2017 03:30 am JST
  • Tenaga Nasional's 2Q net profit climbs 12% on higher electricity demand

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Tenaga Nasional, Malaysia's largest power utility, remains cautious even though net profit grew 12% year on year to 1.48 billion ringgit ($341 million) in the quarter ended Feb. 28.The second quarter's revenue increased 6.4% to 11.2

    April 28, 2017 12:50 am JST
  • Asia-Pacific leads global business travel

    BANGKOK -- Business travel within Asia is growing at twice the pace of the rest of the world and looks set to overtake the top-spending Americas within 10 years, according to research by the World Travel and Tourism Council, a leading industry body,

    April 27, 2017 11:20 pm JST
  • Maxis' net profit slackens in nearly two years as costs mount

    KUALA LUMPUR (Nikkei Markets) - Maxis, Malaysia's second-largest mobile telecom firm by subscribers, reported its first quarterly net profit decline in nearly two years as operating costs rose amid depleting customer base.Net profit for the three mo

    April 27, 2017 09:53 pm JST
  • Singapore, Malaysia stocks fall after Trump's tax plan

    SINGAPORE (Nikkei Markets) -- Singapore and Malaysia shares edged lower as U.S. President Donald Trump's much-awaited plan for tax reforms lacked details, disappointing investors.U.S. stocks edged lower overnight after Trump proposed to cut corporat

    April 27, 2017 07:30 pm JST
  • TPP talks to get going -- with notable absentee

    TOKYO -- The 11 remaining signatories to the Trans-Pacific Partnership will start talks next week aimed at putting the trade agreement into force, without the participation of the U.S. Lead negotiators gather in Canada to begin the new talks on May

    April 27, 2017 06:35 pm JST
  • Stronger yen digs into Komatsu's earnings

    TOKYO -- Komatsu, the world's second-largest construction and mining machinery maker, saw its annual earnings slide as a stronger yen erased gains from increasing demand in China and Indonesia.The 95-year-old company saw its revenue for the year end

    April 27, 2017 06:00 pm JST
  • The long, frustrating quest for free trade in Asia

    SINGAPORE -- It was a punch in the gut for Jenesis (Shenzhen) when the U.S. called it quits on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Just like that, the contract electronics manufacturer's very raison d'etre was thrown into question.Jenesis, which supplies

    April 27, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Think the RCEP is about free trade? Think again

    SINGAPORE -- Delegates from Pakistan's remote Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province were all smiles as they signed an economic cooperation agreement with China on April 17."We have set the stage to begin [a] journey of industrialization," the province's chief

    April 27, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Building Asia's capital markets

    Challenges faced by Asian capital markets present huge potential

    The economies of South and Southeast Asia are all in their own unique stages of development, and each capital market faces a different set of challenges. A common theme, however, is that new business opportunities are cropping up across the region.

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Building Asia's capital markets

    New frontiers, new opportunities

    Introduction: Challenges faced by Asian capital markets present huge potentialFor the second year in a row, the Nikkei Asian Review and The Banker, a Financial Times Group publication, have teamed up to produce a special report looking at the state

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Building Asia's capital markets

    Malaysia maps out the future of Islamic finance

    Malaysia is a global hub for Islamic finance, in terms of government and regulatory support and market innovation. But some participants argue the market's development beyond the country's borders has not been as rapid as hoped. A new Islamic fund a

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • If US won't lead on trade, China will: Ex-US trade rep

    TOKYO America's withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership leaves the door open for China to set the agenda in Asia-Pacific trade, warns former U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman.Now a distinguished fellow at the Council on Foreign Relation

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Think the RCEP is about free trade? Think again

    SINGAPORE Delegates from Pakistan's remote Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province were all smiles as they signed an economic cooperation agreement with China on April 17."We have set the stage to begin [a] journey of industrialization," the province's chief mi

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • The long and frustrating quest for free trade in Asia

    SINGAPORE It was a punch in the gut for Jenesis (Shenzhen) when the U.S. called it quits on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Just like that, the contract electronics manufacturer's very raison d'etre was thrown into question.Jenesis, which supplies el

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST