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  • Nicholas Spiro

    Caution is the watchword for emerging Asia's central banks

    From a growth standpoint, emerging Asian economies are the envy of their peers in Europe and Latin America. According to the latest forecasts from the International Monetary Fund, the average real gross domestic product growth rate in the develo

    May 2, 2015 05:00 pm JST
  • Automated production

    Konica Minolta to make multifunction printers in Malaysia

    MELAKA, Malaysia -- Konica Minolta will invest 300 million ringgit ($83.8 million) to launch production of multifunction printers at a Malaysian plant this fiscal year. This is a departure for the Japanese company, which has based most of its pr

    May 2, 2015 02:48 am JST
  • Ed Story

    How Southeast Asia can rejuvenate oil and gas exploration

    Oil and gas exploration in Southeast Asia is in crisis, with potentially serious long-term consequences for the region as energy demand increases. Fortunately, there are international exploration companies with the belief, courage and funding to und

    April 30, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Strengthening production

    Kaneka plans new plastics facility in Malaysia

    OSAKA -- Kaneka will spend 12 billion yen ($101 million) to construct a plant for functional plastics in Malaysia by the start of 2017. The move responds to skyrocketing demand in Southeast Asia for Kaneka's highly durable products, used in cons

    April 30, 2015 05:23 am JST
  • How safe are your medical records from viruses?

    TOKYO -- Hospitals have always had to be careful about the spread of infections. But in this modern era of networked healthcare, the danger of viruses has taken on new meaning. Threats from both opportunistic computer viruses and deliberate cyberatt

    April 30, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • ASEAN sends stronger message over China's island-building

    LANGKAWI, Malaysia -- Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have taken their displeasure with China's island-building activities in the South China Sea up a notch. Even so, differences of opinion within the group make it difficult to

    April 30, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Malaysian literature

    Niche publisher shakes up market with gritty fiction

    KUALA LUMPUR -- When Amir Muhammad attended the Kuala Lumpur International Book Fair as a publisher for the first time in 2011, he had only three titles and shared a booth with another exhibitor. This year, the founder of Buku Fixi has seven booths

    April 29, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Show of unity

    ASEAN says South China Sea reclamation 'erodes trust'

    LANGKAWI, Malaysia -- ASEAN took a united stance against China's land reclamation projects in the South China Sea in an unusually candid statement issued Tuesday. Land reclamation work has "eroded trust and confidence and may undermine peace, se

    April 29, 2015 05:27 am JST
  • Rough waters

    ASEAN turning tougher on China

    LANGKAWI, Malaysia -- ASEAN leaders are growing less accommodating toward China, with plans to release a statement contending that its maritime advances damage trust, peace and stability in the region. Association of Southeast Asian Nations lead

    April 28, 2015 05:18 am JST
  • ASEAN Economic Community

    Leaders plan extended deregulation timeline

    LANGKAWI, Malaysia -- ASEAN leaders discussed a new road map for strengthening regional economic cooperation at a summit Monday, aiming to kick-start a stalled integration process. The ASEAN Economic Community aims to transform the Association o

    April 28, 2015 05:15 am JST
  • ASEAN-China

    Southeast Asian ministers call for South China Sea talks

    KUALA LUMPUR -- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) wants China to stop reclamations in the South China Sea and to seek peaceful solutions to maritime disputes there through talks. ASEAN foreign ministers met on Sunday in Kuala Lu

    April 26, 2015 11:15 pm JST
  • Ben Simpfendorfer

    A golden era for midsize companies

    Midsize companies are Asia's new champions. It used to be that big multinationals and local conglomerates were the region's biggest consumer goods success stories. They were able to build and scale in a way that no midsize company could hope to repl

    April 26, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • ASEAN summit

    Southeast Asian leaders to discuss South China Sea situation

    KUALA LUMPUR -- ASEAN leaders want to hasten talks on what to do about the situation in the South China Sea. Malaysia, the rotating chair of this year's meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, will bring up the matter when the le

    April 24, 2015 08:30 pm JST
  • Philippine Long Distance Telephone

    Carrier pumps $15M into Southeast Asian version of Netflix

    MANILA -- Philippine Long Distance Telephone's transformation into a multimedia company is getting another boost in the form of a $15 million investment in an Internet video-streaming service. PLDT's investment is part of iflix's $30 million fun

    April 23, 2015 08:00 pm JST
  • Have halal guide, will travel

    Muslim consumers and their mighty dinar

    SINGAPORE -- When final-year students at Wheelock College in Singapore prepare for their stay on the home campus in Boston, in the U.S. state of Massachusetts, they get a list from the previous year's seniors showing where to buy halal groceries, fi

    April 23, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • In agriculture, Asia will reap what it sows

    Despite being blessed with fertile lands, Asia's farmers are having a tough time. Across the region, they are increasingly exposed to the vagaries of global markets. Sagging commodity prices brought on by a flood of imports and ill-conceived policie

    April 23, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Interview

    Myanmar peace negotiator urges investment in ethnic areas

    TOKYO -- Aung Min, Myanmar's minister in charge of peace talks with the country's armed ethnic groups, says building trust among all the players involved is what ultimately led to the breakthrough provisional cease-fire agreement on March 31. Au

    April 21, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Frederic Neumann

    Asia's new economic order

    It is easy to despair at the progress of reform -- or lack thereof -- in Asia. Lofty ambitions forcefully proclaimed in recent years from Japan to India, from China to Indonesia, have yet to be fully implemented, let alone deliver their intended lif

    April 21, 2015 05:00 pm JST
  • World Economic Forum

    Widodo '100% confident' of Indonesia's economic reforms

    JAKARTA -- Calling for more foreign investment in Indonesia, President Joko Widodo said Monday he is "100% confident" of overcoming challenges and bringing economic reform to the country. Widodo was among the political leaders from the Associati

    April 21, 2015 01:39 am JST
  • Malakoff relisting

    Malaysian power producer plans $868M IPO

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Power producer Malakoff is seeking a relisting on the Kuala Lumpur stock exchange to raise up to 3.15 billion ringgit ($868 million). Malaysia's largest independent power producer, Malakoff plans to float 1.52 billion existing an

    April 20, 2015 07:20 pm JST