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  • 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
  • Ranking Asean's fastest growing companies: Resource boom trickles down to retail

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- 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

    November 21, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Year-end deal on TPP a long shot

    SALT LAKE CITY (Nikkei) -- Japan, the U.S. and 10 other nations kicked off another round of bargaining Tuesday that may determine whether the ambitious trans-Pacific trade deal they are seeking comes to fruition this year. Japan is sure to face

    November 20, 2013 02:07 am JST
  • Reliance on state-run enterprises has Southeast Asia facing bridge to nowhere

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

    November 15, 2013 06:30 pm JST
  • Malaysian ringgit runs out of steam, for now

    SINGAPORE (NQN)--The Malaysian ringgit is struggling to rise against the dollar. Investors were buying the currency because they favored the Malaysian government's measures to improve the country's fiscal health. But such buying has run its course a

    November 12, 2013 08:55 pm JST