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  • Japan provided Kim Jong Nam fingerprints to Malaysia for murder probe

    KUALA LUMPUR/MANILA (Kyodo) -- Japan provided Malaysia with fingerprint data of the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for the investigation into his apparent murder last month at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, sources close to the

    March 13, 2017 09:57 am JST
  • Oji expands sales of baby diapers to Vietnam, Cambodia

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Oji Holdings will start selling disposable diapers for babies in Vietnam and Cambodia, the Japanese paper company's latest effort to expand its Southeast Asian footprint.An Oji diaper plant in Malaysia that opened in spring 2016 will

    March 13, 2017 04:00 am JST
  • Private hospitals target Southeast Asia's middle class

    TOKYO -- For middle-class Southeast Asians, medical care has meant choosing between costly high-grade private hospitals or cheap but ineffective public ones. Now a middle ground has formed.Private health care institutions popping up throughout emerg

    March 12, 2017 01:47 am JST
  • Malaysia confirms airport murder victim was Kim Jong Nam

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysian police have confirmed the identity of the corpse of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged older half-brother of North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un.After Kim was assassinated at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 on Feb. 13, police f

    March 10, 2017 09:45 pm JST
  • Slain North Korean man confirmed to be Kim Jong Nam: Malaysia police

    KUALA LUMPER (Kyodo) -- Malaysian police said Friday that the man murdered at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport about a month before has been confirmed to be Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, without e

    March 10, 2017 09:28 pm JST
  • Japanese papermaker mills Utopia in Malaysia

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Japanese papermakers have been wearing each other out with no major industry reorganization in the past decade. While the search for a Utopian market continues at home, industry leader Oji Holdings appears to have found one -- in Mal

    March 10, 2017 07:15 pm JST
  • For female migrant workers, problems can begin at home

    SINGAPORE -- From the very outset, Myint's search for work to support her family had to be conducted outside the law. Like thousands before her, the frightened young woman from Myanmar was recruited by a Yangon labor agency in defiance of a temporar

    March 10, 2017 05:30 pm JST
  • Malaysia braces for possible North Korean cyberattacks

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia has beefed up security on all fronts including cyberspace after diplomatic relations with North Korea deteriorated in the aftermath of the assassination last month of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of leader Kim Jo

    March 9, 2017 09:50 pm JST
  • North Korea lets two Malaysian officials leave via China

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Two Malaysians thought to have been caught in a travel ban imposed by North Korea on Tuesday arrived in Beijing on Thursday, according to the United Nations World Food Program.The man and woman worked for the WFP at the Malaysian emb

    March 9, 2017 08:25 pm JST
  • Malaysia's capital markets regulator expects fund raisings to gain pace

    KUALA LUMPUR (NewsRise) - Fund raising activities are expected to gather pace this year in Malaysia as companies seek more capital to fund infrastructure projects and expand capacities on the back of a steadily expanding economy, the Securities Comm

    March 9, 2017 08:13 pm JST
  • Double Dip Asia300

    Earnings gloom aside, Asia Inc. is positioned for growth

    HONG KONG -- Don't start fretting just yet. Even though Asia's leading companies are set to log their first back-to-back drop in aggregate annual net profit since the Asian financial crisis, there are plenty of reasons to believe corporate Asia is s

    March 9, 2017 05:10 pm JST
  • Double Dip Asia300

    China's chill hits banks' bottom lines

    TOKYO -- Unable to shrug off its disappointing performance of the preceding year, Asia's financial sector registered a second straight year of decline in its bottom line in 2016. Net profit for the sector came in at $173.1 billion, a decline of 8.8%

    March 9, 2017 05:10 pm JST
  • Over 1 in 4 people in Asia pay bribes for public services

    TOKYO -- More than one in four people in Asia paid a bribe to receive basic public services such education or health care, according to a a recent survey by the anti-graft group Transparency International.The survey -- which covered 21,861 people ac

    March 9, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • Saudi Arabia's royal tour yields major deals for Aramco

    JAKARTA/KUALA LUMPUR By the time King Salman of Saudi Arabia and his massive entourage wrapped up their visit to the capitals of Southeast Asia's two largest Muslim nations, they could consider the outing a success. State-owned Saudi Aramco, the wor

    March 9, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Double Dip Asia300

    Asia Inc. stumbles through two years of profit shrinkage

    BANGKOK -- In the 20 years since the Asian currency crisis of 1997, the region's companies have generally done well. They recovered from that setback and shrugged off the global financial crisis triggered by the U.S. housing meltdown a decade later,

    March 9, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Earnings gloom aside, Asia Inc. is positioned for growth

    HONG KONG Don't start fretting just yet. Even though Asia's leading companies are set to log their first back-to-back drop in aggregate annual net profit since the Asian financial crisis, there are plenty of reasons to believe corporate Asia is stil

    March 9, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • China's chill hits banks' bottom lines

    TOKYO Unable to shrug off its disappointing performance of the preceding year, Asia's financial sector registered a second straight year of decline in its bottom line in 2016. Net profit for the sector came in at $173.1 billion, a decline of 8.8% co

    March 9, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Asian companies try to shake off two years of weaker profits

    BANGKOK In the 20 years since the Asian currency crisis of 1997, the region's companies have generally done well. They recovered from that setback and shrugged off the global financial crisis triggered by the U.S. housing meltdown a decade later, th

    March 9, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Asian PMI readings paint a mixed picture

    TOKYO Business activity in Southeast Asia picked up overall in February, but manufacturers' outlook for future output was less rosy, the latest Nikkei Purchasing Managers' Index shows.The headline Nikkei ASEAN Manufacturing PMI rose 0.3 point from J

    March 9, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • ADB report poses $26tn question for Asia

    MANILA Back in 2009, the Asian Development Bank estimated the region would need $8 trillion worth of infrastructure investment between 2010 and 2020. Now, for the 15 years from 2016 to 2030, the bank reckons $26 trillion is in order to sustain curre

    March 9, 2017 10:00 am JST