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  • Opportunities as China grays

    Franklin Templeton sees health care boom for Thailand, Singapore

    SINGAPORE -- Health care-related sectors in Southeast Asia may see a major boost as the region becomes a hub for meeting the medical needs of China's massive aging population. Franklin Templeton Investments of the U.S. is stepping up its investm

    November 22, 2014 12:42 am JST
  • Keppel diversification

    Singapore conglomerate buying up data centers

    SINGAPORE -- Keppel Telecommunications & Transportation (Keppel T&T), a subsidiary of Singapore's government-linked conglomerate Keppel Corp., is acquiring a data center in the Netherlands that will double its footprint in the European country as we

    November 21, 2014 06:33 pm JST
  • Panasonic in Southeast Asia

    Marketing power storage, surveillance systems to local businesses

    JAKARTA -- Panasonic will step up marketing to corporate customers in Southeast Asia, pursuing big contracts for power systems that combine storage and solar batteries, and surveillance equipment. System engineers and marketing personnel in char

    November 21, 2014 06:24 am JST
  • Exporting karaoke

    Koshidaka to ramp up South Korean parlor openings

    TOKYO -- Karaoke chain operator Koshidaka Holdings will turn to overseas markets for a new pillar of revenue, with plans to sharply boost its presence in South Korea while considering zeroing on karaoke aficionados in Malaysia and other Southeast As

    November 21, 2014 01:37 am JST
  • Hitachi on the rails

    Armed with advanced IT, conglomerate chases train industry's Big Three

    SINGAPORE -- Hitachi is stepping up efforts to sell railway systems internationally. The Japanese engineering and electronics conglomerate has the world's top three railroad equipment suppliers in its sights and hopes to catch them by leveraging sop

    November 20, 2014 07:30 pm JST
  • Asia's ultrarich

    Region's wealthy population seen topping Europe's in 2027

    SINGAPORE -- Asia's population of ultrarich individuals -- people with net assets of at least $30 million -- is expected to exceed that of Europe in 2027, according to a report compiled by research company Wealth-X and investment bank UBS. Growt

    November 20, 2014 07:28 pm JST
  • Emerson's $21M commitment

    US electrical engineering company opens pair of Singapore facilities

    SINGAPORE -- Emerson of the U.S. on Tuesday opened two facilities in Singapore, including a sensor manufacturing plant. The electrical engineering company's total investment of $21 million is aimed at better serving Asian customers in the oil and ga

    November 20, 2014 10:24 am JST
  • Bottom lines

    ASEAN companies with modest market caps multiply their profits

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Don't let their relatively modest market capitalizations fool you: Some Southeast Asian companies have been making massive profit strides. These businesses have ridden the economic growth that has swept across the region, partly

    November 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Expanding middle class, integration breathe new life into trade

    SINGAPORE -- The Asian arm of U.K.-based Aberdeen Asset Management is focusing on banking, property and consumer-related sectors in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to capitalize on the region's expanding middle class. The company believes

    November 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Introducing the $10 billion club

    BANGKOK -- Southeast Asia's $10 billion club keeps getting bigger. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations had 44 companies with market capitalizations of at least that amount at the end of October, up from 34 four years earlier. Sure, Japan

    November 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • The region's top companies: ASEAN 100

    Companies in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are on the rise. Forty-four listed companies boasted market capitalizations of $10 billion or more as of the end of October, while 24 reported more than $1 billion in net profit during the most

    November 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • What company rankings say about the region's economy

    BANGKOK -- Ranking Southeast Asia's top companies by market capitalization and net profit gives a good idea who the movers and shakers are in Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam. But the list also reveals important

    November 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Modest market caps not always a hurdle

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Don't let their relatively modest market capitalizations fool you: Some Southeast Asian companies have been making massive profit strides. These businesses have ridden the economic growth that has swept across the region, partly

    November 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • The $10 billion club

    Meet Southeast Asia's most valuable companies

    BANGKOK -- Southeast Asia's $10 billion club keeps getting bigger. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations had 44 companies with market capitalizations of at least that amount at the end of October, up from 34 four years earlier. Sure, Japan

    November 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Islamic State: The new face of terror

    In its quest to acquire manpower and support for its operations in Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State militant group is making deep inroads into Asia -- and achieving a level of success that al-Qaida could only have dreamed of. The growing presence o

    November 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Kamal Alam: Syria offers clues to Islamic State's future in Asia

    One of the more remarkable documents found in the Osama bin Laden compound included a letter to the Islamic State group of Iraq and Syria cautioning Abu Musab al-Zarqawi over his group's extreme violence. The insurgency in Fallujah and Tal Afar

    November 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Quenching Southeast Asia's thirst for bottled tea

    TOKYO -- As incomes rise in Southeast Asia, consumers are becoming more health-conscious and opting for low-calorie bottled teas over sugary soft drinks. This shift in tastes is opening up new opportunities for beverage makers from around the world.

    November 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Taxi apps attract money -- and controversy -- in Southeast Asia

    SINGAPORE -- For Uber Technologies and other operators of taxi-hailing apps, the playing field has shifted from West to East. Loaded with funds from both local and Western investors, these companies are flocking to Southeast Asia, where tech-savvy c

    November 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • List of ASEAN 100 companies

    ASEAN 100Singapore (25 companies)Banyan Tree HoldingsCapitaLandCity DevelopmentsComfortDelGroDBS Group HoldingsGlobal Logistic PropertiesHyfluxKeppel Corp. Neptune Orient LinesOlam InternationalOSIM InternationalOversea-Chinese Banking Corp.Raffles

    November 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Standard & Poor's

    JGB rating hinges on structural reforms

    SINGAPORE -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday night that he will postpone next October's consumption tax hike from 8% to 10% and dissolve the lower house on Friday. He made the announcement during a press conference at the prime minis

    November 19, 2014 07:00 pm JST