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  • Roadblock in Malaysia?

    Ministers meet for a final TPP push

    Lahaina, HAWAII -- Ministerial-level talks began here Tuesday that could end with 12 nations concluding an agreement that would make it easier for corporations and investors to ship products, conduct business and buy assets across borders. Even if t

    July 29, 2015 05:50 pm JST
  • Pacific trade talks in final stretch as ministers meet in Hawaii

    LAHAINA, Hawaii (Kyodo) -- Talks on a multilateral Pacific free trade agreement are entering the final stretch with trade ministers from 12 countries set to gather Tuesday for make-or-break bargaining toward creating the world's largest free trade z

    July 29, 2015 01:23 pm JST
  • Thitinan Pongsudhirak

    Greek drama presents moral lesson for developing Asia

    The Greek crisis highlights the emerging reality that established international institutions and power structures dating back to the second half of the 20th century are no longer capable of dealing with global demands and expectations. For Asia, thi

    July 29, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Cross-border appeal

    Mitsui eyes Malaysia project for companies squeezed out of Singapore

    TOKYO -- Mitsui & Co. will develop a Malaysian industrial park featuring rental warehouses and factories to meet the needs of businesses facing tight space and high operating costs in neighboring Singapore. Malaysia-based Nusajaya Tech Park will

    July 29, 2015 03:14 am JST
  • 1MDB scandal

    Deputy prime minister's removal shows growing friction in Malaysian government

    SINGAPORE -- Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak's decision to ax Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin is the latest development in a political battle over a debt-ridden state-owned investment fund that is exposing rifts within the ruling party.

    July 29, 2015 01:25 am JST
  • Robert W. Kantner

    TPP could reshape Asia's intellectual property landscape

    Nations such as Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei, which are seeking greater access to markets in the U.S., Japan and Australia, may soon have to dramatically expand the private intellectual property rights they recognize as one price of admission to the

    July 28, 2015 10:55 pm JST
  • Toll Group

    Logistics company to build $166 million facility in Singapore

    SINGAPORE -- Toll Group, the logistics company that was recently acquired by Japan Post, on Monday announced plans to invest 228 million Singapore dollars ($166.4 million) in a new 100,000 sq meter logistics facility in Singapore. The new fac

    July 28, 2015 10:30 pm JST
  • Cameron in Asia

    Britain seeks far-flung business opportunities

    JAKARTA -- In his first major foreign visit since retaining power in the May 2015 elections, British Prime Minister David Cameron brought over 30 heads of business to Indonesia, the world's fourth biggest market by population, to seek investment dea

    July 28, 2015 09:30 pm JST
  • Daniel Wu

    TPP progress could reinvigorate Asian togetherness

    Signs that the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks could advance to an agreement in principle by the end of the year might give new life to negotiations for an alternative regional free-trade pact. In particular, Indonesia has shown new keenness to

    July 28, 2015 05:45 pm JST
  • Nicholas Spiro

    Southeast Asia slowdown tests investors' will

    Singapore's economy has practically ground to a halt. As recently as the second half of 2014, it grew 3.75%. But a flash estimate for second-quarter gross domestic product showed the economy contracted 4.6% from the previous quarter, much worse than

    July 28, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Nouriel Roubini

    Alpha, beta, and beyond

    NEW YORK -- Even in normal times, individual and institutional investors alike have a hard time figuring out where to invest and in what. Should one invest more in advanced or emerging economies? And which ones? How does one decide when, and in what

    July 28, 2015 10:30 am JST
  • DBS

    Lender's Q2 profit beats expectations, says H2 shaky

    SINGAPORE - DBS Group Holdings reported a 15% growth to 1.117 billion Singapore dollars ($816 million) in net profit for the second quarter from a year ago on Monday, beating market expectations, but warned of an uncertain outlook for the second hal

    July 27, 2015 10:44 pm JST
  • U.S. upgrades Malaysia, Cuba in trafficking report

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The United States upgraded Malaysia in an annual report on human trafficking on Monday despite calls by human rights groups and nearly 180 U.S. lawmakers to keep the Southeast Asian country on a list of worst offenders in fai

    July 27, 2015 10:20 pm JST
  • Merrill Lynch survey

    CFOs in Asia more optimistic this year

    SHANGHAI -- Chief financial officers at major companies in Asia are feeling better about their earnings prospects this year, thanks in part to lower prices of crude oil, according to a survey by Bank of America Merrill Lynch. The survey found th

    July 27, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Nikkei PMI

    'Problems ahead' for South Korea, Taiwan: Markit economist

    LONDON -- The numbers coming out of a manufacturing-specific purchasing managers' index published by Nikkei paint a troubling picture for South Korea and Taiwan, while they show Vietnam to be a country on the rise. The manufacturing PMI can serv

    July 27, 2015 01:30 am JST
  • Interview with 'Love Hina' author

    Can the TPP play nice with Japan's manga universe?

    TOKYO -- Japan's comic and anime fans, and even some of its professional authors, have a message for the 12 countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership: Do not lock up intellectual property so tightly that cosplayers and writers of fan ficti

    July 26, 2015 01:15 am JST
  • 'Otaku' on alert

    Why cosplay fans fear the TPP

    TOKYO -- A Japanese girl with short blond hair takes a fighting stance, holding a gigantic sword and looking like she has just stepped out of a "Final Fantasy" video game. Right behind her, Sailor Moon and her warrior friends gather around, taking a

    July 25, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • OSIM International

    Retailer's profit, sales hit by China slowdown

    SINGAPORE -- OSIM International, the Singaporean retailer of lifestyle products such as massage chairs, reported slumping net profits of 22.4 million Singapore dollars ($16.3 million) for the second quarter ended June, a 24% fall on the year, on the

    July 24, 2015 11:45 pm JST
  • Keppel Corp.

    Rig builder's profit dips as Petrobras scandal disrupts projects

    SINGAPORE -- Singapore's Keppel Corp., the world's largest oil and gas rig builder, saw its second-quarter profit decline 2.3% on the year to 396.7 million Singapore dollars ($290.3 million). Higher contribution from its property arm and divestm

    July 24, 2015 03:00 pm JST
  • WTO members seal trillion-dollar IT trade deal

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- World Trade Organization (WTO) members finalized a deal on Friday to cut tariffs on $1 trillion worth of information technology products in a boost for producers of goods ranging from video games to medical equipment. The

    July 24, 2015 01:12 pm JST