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  • ASEAN PMI rises to 51.1 in April

    TOKYO -- The Nikkei ASEAN Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, rose to 51.1 in April from 50.9 in March. The rate of improvement was the quickest recorded in 33 months.A reading above 50 indicates economic expansion, while a reading bel

    May 5, 2017 09:30 am JST
  • TPP members agree to go on minus US, but differ on terms

    TORONTO -- The 11 remaining Trans-Pacific Partnership members agreed over two-day talks here to resuscitate the trade pact without the U.S., but differences remained over the shape the new deal would take.The gathered representatives agreed to "keep

    May 5, 2017 02:20 am JST
  • Japan seeks to give patrol planes to Malaysia

    TOKYO -- Japan is looking to donate retired military patrol aircraft to Malaysia, letting that Southeast Asian country keep closer watch over the South China Sea to rein in China's maritime expansion.Parliament is currently weighing revisions to the

    May 5, 2017 02:15 am JST
  • Malaysia's Tenaga Nasional re-enters power plant project with 51% stake

    KUALA LUMPUR (Nikkei Markets) -- Tenaga Nasional, Malaysia's national power utility, Thursday signed a deal to re-enter a power plant project that is expected to cost about 4.7 billion ringgit ($1.09 billion), suggesting it expects better returns fr

    May 4, 2017 07:37 pm JST
  • Armed with data, IT companies are transforming health care

    TOKYO Health care as we know it is unsustainable. Hospitals and clinics will not be able to handle the inevitable rise in the number of elderly patients. A technological transformation is vital to free up doctors to concentrate on emergencies and ne

    May 4, 2017 07:00 pm JST
  • Armed with data, IT companies are transforming health care

    TOKYO Health care as we know it is unsustainable. Hospitals and clinics will not be able to handle the inevitable rise in the number of elderly patients. A technological transformation is vital to free up doctors to concentrate on emergencies and ne

    May 4, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Southeast Asia plays catch-up in dealing with graying populations

    KUALA LUMPUR Southeast Asia wants to defy Father Time. As its populations age and workforces start their inevitable decline, the region is counting on high-tech remedies to try and turn back the clock, or at least slow it down.According to a recent

    May 4, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • The case for a truly international Asian infrastructure summit

    The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the Asian Development Bank are widely seen as competitors in shaping a new world order. The former, sponsored by China, has already outstripped the membership of the latter, backed by Japan and the U.S. B

    May 4, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • ADB chief sees 'even bigger role' for multilateral lenders

    MANILA Asian Development Bank President Takehiko Nakao sees three key ways in which the institution has paved the way for the region's economic emergence. He sat down with The Nikkei to talk about the lender's five-decade track record and what the f

    May 4, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • The ADB faces up to new challenges

    Asia has seen remarkable growth in recent decades, but it still needs to improve power grids, roads, waterworks and other infrastructure, both to sustain that growth and as a result of it. Asian economies also need to attract private-sector capital

    May 4, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Kavi Chongkittavorn: Global disruptions test a soul-searching ASEAN

    The slogan of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations for 2017 -- "Partnering for Change, Engaging the World" -- is telling. It suggests that after 50 years of existence, the group will continue to do what it has always done best: soul-searching.

    May 4, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Southeast Asian summit statement packs less of a punch on China

    MANILA The Association of Southeast Asian Nations is celebrating 50 years of togetherness this year, but the focus at its latest summit was how the bloc would handle an issue that divides its members: territorial friction with Beijing in the South C

    May 4, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • New Pacific trade pact goes against the protectionist tide

    AUCKLAND With international trade deals around the world breaking down, a new pact among 14 Pacific nations offers hope of progress even if its impact is likely to be mostly symbolic.Australia, New Zealand and 12 smaller island nations are to sign t

    May 4, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Diverging agendas explode the myth of 'Asian values'

    Democracies in Northeast and Southeast Asia are drifting further apart in their political and strategic policies. In the era of globalization and social media, long-assumed cultural similarities between these two regions are not holding up. This is

    May 4, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Malaysian musician enchants audiences with the lovely 'sape'

    KUALA LUMPUR The lilting melody, once sung by girls watching over paddy fields, mesmerized the audience at Kuala Lumpur's Petronas Gallery. Even small children barely moved, gripped by musician Alena Murang's wistful voice and soulful accompaniment

    May 4, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Japan gears up for Malaysia-Singapore rail tender

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Japan is stepping up its efforts ahead of a tender for the proposed 350 km high-speed rail linking Malaysia's capital to Singapore.With a track record in high-speed rail, known as the Shinkansen system, Japanese public and private se

    May 3, 2017 11:15 pm JST
  • Malaysia emerging as major production center for ferroalloys

    SARAWAK, Malaysia -- Japanese steelmakers are starting to diversify their suppliers of ferroalloys, which are key ingredients in steelmaking. They have been heavily reliant on imports from China and India, but the future supply from the two countrie

    May 3, 2017 07:00 pm JST
  • ADB to launch infrastructure project referee program

    MANILA -- The Asian Development Bank plans to start a program to mediate conflicts between public and private sector entities in Asia's infrastructure developments. The bank will announce the program at its annual meeting, which starts Thursday in Y

    May 3, 2017 04:00 pm JST
  • The ADB faces up to new challenges

    TOKYO -- Asia has seen remarkable growth in recent decades, but it still needs to improve power grids, roads, waterworks and other infrastructure, both to sustain that growth and as a result of it. Asian economies also need to attract private-sector

    May 3, 2017 01:00 pm JST
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    ADB chief sees 'even bigger role' for multilateral lenders

    MANILA -- Asian Development Bank President Takehiko Nakao sees three key ways in which the institution has paved the way for the region's economic emergence. He sat down with The Nikkei to talk about the lender's five-decade track record and what th

    May 3, 2017 12:20 pm JST