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  • Malaysians have highest English proficiency in Asia: ranking

    TOKYO -- Malaysia took top marks in an English skills test given to Asian nations, narrowly edging out Singapore, where English is one of the official national languages. The Philippines, where English is also spoken as a national language, was

    December 10, 2013 02:01 am JST
  • SE Asia a tough yet tempting market for Japan's drink makers

    TOKYO -- Cracking Southeast Asia's beverage market is a challenge worth attempting for Japan's beverage makers. Asahi Group Holdings, for one, is relying on its brand recognition and product development know-how to take on global rivals for a share

    December 8, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • TPP agreement likely, but deep divisions remain

    SINGAPORE -- Twelve countries will likely clinch a deal covering more than two-thirds of the 21 fields under discussion at the latest round of talks for the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, which kicked off in Singapore on Saturday. A

    December 8, 2013 02:00 am JST
  • Southeast Asian carriers reporting flight plans to China

    SINGAPORE -- More airlines based in Southeast Asia are complying with China's demand for notification of flights passing through a new air defense identification zone it recently established in the East China Sea. The airlines apparently do not

    December 7, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • Japanese carmakers to boost eco-car offerings in Southeast Asia

    TOKYO -- Japanese automakers are moving to increase sales and production of fuel-efficient, low-emission vehicles in Southeast Asia, where a sharp increase in vehicle ownership is raising air pollution concerns, prompting local authorities to promot

    December 6, 2013 02:00 am JST
  • IPOs become difficult in Malaysia

    SINGAPORE -- Seven Convenience, which operates about 1,500 7-Eleven convenience stores in Malaysia, has recently decided not to list its shares on the Bursa Malaysia, the country's stock exchange. The company gave up on the initial public offering,

    December 3, 2013 07:00 pm JST
  • Global growth engine running a little rougher

    MANILA, Philippines -- Southeast Asia is still one of the main engines driving the global economy, but it is kicking out less horsepower as declining domestic demand and sluggish exports increasingly weigh on economies throughout the region. The

    November 29, 2013 07:00 pm JST
  • Asia again swimming in sea of debt

    TOKYO -- Growing reliance on debt in emerging Asian economies is making some people nervous, as many still remember the economic hardship that followed the currency crisis in the late 1990s. The debt growth has been fueled by credit provided by

    November 29, 2013 01:00 pm JST
  • Asean's Muslim, ethnic Chinese populations act as bridge to global markets

    SINGAPORE -- Kewpie, a Japanese food maker known for its mayonnaise, has removed angel's wings from its doll logo used in Malaysia and Indonesia. The reason: out of consideration for Muslims, who shun idol worship. Meanwhile, seasonings maker Aji

    November 29, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • Japanese manufacturers switch to sustainable palm oil

    TOKYO -- Japanese producers of cosmetics and personal care items, such as Lion and Shiseido, are increasingly using palm oil certified as friendly to the environment. Demand for palm oil, a chief ingredient in laundry detergent, lotions and oth

    November 29, 2013 03:39 am JST
  • Asia can withstand an early Fed taper

    The U.S. economy is holding up better than expected. Job growth has accelerated in recent months, and GDP expanded impressively in the third quarter. The Fed may thus decide to ease up on quantitative easing in the coming months. True, inflation is

    November 28, 2013 01:00 pm JST
  • Resource crisis threatens Asia's rise

    Asian economies facing a domestic resource crunch are being forced increasingly to rely on imported mineral ores, timber and fossil fuels, bringing international supplies under pressure and triggering price volatility. Yet Asia, paradoxically, is th

    November 28, 2013 01:00 pm JST
  • Mukhriz Mahathir eager to shake up the old guard

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- A group of about 50 village women gathered together and sat patiently on a straw mat in a packed community hall in the middle of a paddy field. It was noon, with the tropical sun blazing mercilessly, when a sport utility ve

    November 28, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Southeast Asian state-run enterprises: pillars of growth or bridges to nowhere?

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (Nikkei) -- About 30km south of Kuala Lumpur lies a ghost town. Or at least that is how Malaysia's online community refers to the city of Putrajaya, which is Exhibit A for Southeast Asia's problems with state-run businesses.Wh

    November 28, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Asia can withstand an early Fed taper

    The U.S. economy is holding up better than expected. Job growth has accelerated in recent months, and GDP expanded impressively in the third quarter. The Fed may thus decide to ease up on quantitative easing in the coming months. True, inflation is

    November 28, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Resource crisis threatens Asia's rise

    Asian economies facing a domestic resource crunch are being forced increasingly to rely on imported mineral ores, timber and fossil fuels, bringing international supplies under pressure and triggering price volatility. Yet Asia, paradoxically, is th

    November 28, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Southeast Asian consumers prioritize quality over price

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- Consumers in emerging Southeast Asian economies look for quality over low prices when it comes to goods and services, a survey on consumer brand loyalty has found. In an extensive online survey, market research firm Nielsen que

    November 27, 2013 01:00 pm JST
  • Nippon Express sees big business potential in halal logistics

    TOKYO -- Nippon Express wants to enter the business of delivering halal products for Muslim customers. It starts in Malaysia, but the Japanese delivery company hopes to turn this project into a global enterprise. Halal rules do not cover just fo

    November 22, 2013 01:00 pm JST
  • Japan industrial gas supplier expands with Malaysian buy

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- Taiyo Nippon Sanso has acquired a smaller industrial gas producer in Malaysia, gaining a new foothold in Southeast Asia, where it is fighting for growth. In a deal completed earlier this month, it bought Sabah Oxygen, the secon

    November 21, 2013 01:55 am JST
  • Asean's profit-growth kings: Resource boom trickles down to retail

    TOKYO -- For companies operating in Southeast Asia, now is an excellent time to be involved in infrastructure and natural resources. Being a retailer does not hurt, either, thanks to surging domestic demand across the region.These sectors dominated

    November 21, 2013 12:00 am JST