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  • Toyota Tsusho makes bid for Malaysia's top can maker

    TOKYO -- Toyota Tsusho has offered to buy a majority stake in Malaysia's Kian Joo Can Factory, a move that would expand the Japanese trading house's consumer products business in Southeast Asia. Nagoya-based Toyota Tsusho is seeking 51% of the c

    March 12, 2014 11:47 pm JST
  • Japanese IT firms seizing on Southeast Asian demand

    TOKYO -- Leading Japanese information technology companies aim to meet the rapidly growing demand for information systems in Southeast Asia by readying a number of relatively inexpensive products and services. The firms, which are competing with

    March 12, 2014 05:07 am JST
  • Stolen passports likely not linked to terrorists: Malaysian police

    KUALA LUMPUR -- A 19-year-old Iranian who used a stolen passport to board the now-missing Malaysia Airlines flight has no apparent ties to terrorist organizations, according to Malaysian police. Pouria Mehrdad underwent departure screening Frida

    March 12, 2014 04:02 am JST
  • Clues elusive in disappearance of Malaysian jet

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Three days after a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet vanished from radar screens on its way from here to Beijing, large-scale search-and-rescue efforts have uncovered few clues to what a top Malaysian aviation official calls an unprece

    March 11, 2014 04:43 am JST
  • Missing plane adds to worries of struggling Malaysia Airlines

    TOKYO -- As the search continued Monday for a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet, the mysterious disappearance cast a shadow on a carrier that has already had its share of troubles. Flight 370 took off from Kuala Lumpur with 239 passengers and crew

    March 11, 2014 01:45 am JST
  • Investing in Southeast Asia gets riskier

    TOKYO -- Rising costs in Southeast Asia have made the region's business investment environment more challenging. Sitting on the terrace of his mansion in Singapore, Jim Rogers speaks on Yoma Strategic Holdings, a Myanmar property developer. The

    March 10, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Global community springs into action on missing Malaysian jet

    BEIJING/WASHINGTON -- China has sent naval vessels to the area where the Beijing-bound Malaysia Airlines jet fell off the radar, while U.S. authorities have offered their help in the investigation. According to China's Xinhua News Agency, the Ch

    March 10, 2014 03:23 am JST
  • Woody Epstein: Probabilities and possibilities

    We have more than our share of extreme natural disasters in Asia. Earthquakes and tsunamis, volcanic eruptions and typhoons. The severity and costs are impossible to predict. Drawing up effective emergency plans is a Sisyphean task. How should w

    March 7, 2014 03:30 pm JST
  • Japan to help Southeast Asia set up oil reserves

    TOKYO -- The Japanese government will assist Southeast Asian countries in establishing strategic petroleum reserves, an initiative aimed at reducing the risks of supply disruptions and stabilizing prices. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Indus

    March 7, 2014 04:05 am JST
  • Probabilities and possibilities

    We have more than our share of extreme natural disasters in Asia. Earthquakes and tsunamis, volcanic eruptions and typhoons. The severity and costs are impossible to predict. Drawing up effective emergency plans is a Sisyphean task. How should w

    March 6, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014: Park one part of a conducting duo

    SEOUL -- Park Hong-seok considers teamwork and innovation as the keys to success at his company, electronic appliance maker Moneual. The company produces electrical appliances that have unique functions and refined design. It offers, for example

    March 6, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014: Two at the top for TSMC

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan's TSMC remains the world's largest semiconductor foundry, or contract semiconductor producer. The company's two presidents -- Mark Liu, 59, and C. C. Wei, 60 -- last November jointly took over the CEO position from Chairman Morris C

    March 6, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014: Saha head seeks Japan Inc. help

    BANGKOK -- Japanese convenience is key to growth for Saha Group Chairman Boonsithi Chokwatana. Saha Group, Thailand's largest consumer products conglomerate, runs about 80 joint ventures with Japanese companies. 2014 is likely to be the year the

    March 6, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • China's Greenland makes $3.2bn property investment in Malaysia

    BEIJING -- Greenland Group, a major state-owned Chinese property company, is pouring 20 billion yuan ($3.25 billion) into development projects in Malaysia. The Shanghai-based real estate company will build houses, serviced apartments, hotels and com

    March 5, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Itochu to launch marketing push for OP brand in Asia

    TOKYO -- Japanese trading house Itochu is planning a marketing push for the Ocean Pacific casual clothing brand, for which it has trademark rights in Japan and six other countries in Asia. Itochu will expand its product lineup in Japan by about

    March 4, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Osaka team to make palm biofuel in Malaysia

    OSAKA -- Solid fuel made from palm scraps in Malaysia could provide a less-polluting alternative to coal in steel mills and garbage incinerators, according to the Osaka company and university behind the effort. Osaka Gas Engineering will set up

    March 4, 2014 01:06 am JST
  • Southeast Asia's new car sales down 16% in January

    BANGKOK -- New car sales for six major Southeast Asian countries declined for the ninth straight month in January, falling 16% on the year to 254,264 units. Sales were dragged down largely by the end of the Thai government's subsidy program for firs

    March 3, 2014 01:10 pm JST
  • Japan to send 3,000 Japanese language-teaching assistants to ASEAN

    TOKYO -- The Japanese government plans to send at least 3,000 Japanese-language teaching assistants to the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) by 2020. The planned dispatch of Japanese people to Japanese-language educational

    March 1, 2014 08:00 pm JST
  • Japan to give $200M in Palestinian aid

    TOKYO -- Japan will provide the Palestinian Authority with $200 million in grant aid over two years to help develop the troubled economy in the occupied West Bank. The aid will go toward the "Corridor for Peace and Prosperity" initiative, in whi

    February 28, 2014 02:00 am JST
  • Frederic Neumann: Choppy waters for Asia's economies, but clearer sailing ahead

    Data is everywhere. Faster credit growth in China, slowing gross domestic product in Japan, resilience in Indonesia, a dip in Taiwanese export orders. Rather noisy. The Lunar New Year has something to do with this, throwing economic data release

    February 27, 2014 02:00 pm JST