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  • SMRT diversification

    Transport operator on the phone

    SINGAPORE -- Multi-modal public transport operator SMRT, which has already diversified from trains, buses and taxis into retail malls around train stations, is now contemplating a move into mobile telecommunications. SMRT said on Wednesday that

    April 17, 2015 12:50 pm JST
  • Keppel Corporation

    Property arm offsets gloomy rig prospects

    SINGAPORE -- Buoyed by its property arm and some equity divestments, Keppel Corporation, the world's largest offshore oil and gas rig builder, posted a profit of 360 million Singapore dollars ($266 million) for the quarter ending in March, a 6.4% in

    April 16, 2015 10:55 pm JST
  • Investment in cybersecurity aimed at making SingTel more than a telco

    SINGAPORE -- Southeast Asia's largest telecommunications company by market capitalization, Singapore Telecommunications, announced on April 8 that it is buying 98% of U.S. cybersecurity company Trustwave Holdings for $810 million. The carrier is bui

    April 16, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Women scarce in Asia's boardrooms

    SINGAPORE -- Woman have a far smaller presence in Asian boardrooms than in the West, according to a survey by Korn Ferry and the National University of Singapore Business School's Centre for Governance, Institutions and Organizations. Among the

    April 16, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Asia must work together to fight epidemics

    One year has passed since the outbreak of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. The official death toll, which includes figures for such countries as Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, has surpassed 10,000. Though some experts say the worst of the Ebola

    April 16, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • A change of perspective

    Singapore move brought Hoya CEO closer to global operations

    TOKYO -- Since 2010, many Japanese companies have been transferring departments and even head office functions to Singapore, taking advantage of its concentration of talent and information. Optical glass maker Hoya is one example. In the three a

    April 15, 2015 03:51 am JST
  • Singapore Press Holdings

    Profits down as media businesses weaken

    SINGAPORE -- As conditions worsen in the local publishing and advertising markets, Singapore Press Holdings, the city-state's largest newspaper and publishing company, has posted a 14.4% year-on-year drop in profit to 69.6 million Singapore dollars

    April 14, 2015 11:30 pm JST
  • Interpol World 2015

    Police gather in Singapore to pursue technology

    SINGAPORE -- The International Criminal Police Organization, the inter-governmental body for police cooperation, opened its inaugural technology forum and trade show in Singapore on Tuesday. The event, Interpol World, aims to help police from more t

    April 14, 2015 07:03 pm JST
  • Companies, law enforcement team up

    Japan plays key role in Interpol's new cybercrime center

    SINGAPORE -- International law enforcement agency Interpol opened a center in Singapore on Monday aimed at nabbing Internet hackers who are committing increasingly serious and sophisticated crimes. The new facility, the Interpol Global Complex f

    April 14, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Halal exports

    Malaysia's smaller businesses turn to the world

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Small and midsize enterprises in Malaysia are steadily expanding their export markets. Their strategy? First, have their products halal certified, and then, sell them to multinational companies at home. Many Muslims consume halal

    April 14, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • ASEAN under prying eyes

    Report details decade of cyberspying likely backed by China

    TOKYO -- FireEye, a U.S.-based network security company, says it has blown the cover off a cyberspying group believed to be sponsored by the Chinese government. In a new report, FireEye alleges the group has been targeting Southeast Asia and India f

    April 13, 2015 07:30 pm JST
  • Small-biz boost

    13 Asian nations to make local financing easier

    TOKYO -- Japan, China, South Korea, and 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will create a financing mechanism allowing their banks to procure local currency by putting up sovereign bonds as collateral. Finance ministers and

    April 11, 2015 03:37 am JST
  • Tourism

    Singapore announces new campaign to draw foreign visitors

    SINGAPORE -- The tourism industry in Singapore will get another shot in the arm from the government, with a new campaign to sell the city-state as an attractive and affordable destination, the country's tourist board announced Tuesday. The move

    April 10, 2015 06:35 pm JST
  • GrabTaxi

    Southeast Asia's leading taxi app operator plans R&D center in Singapore

    SINGAPORE -- Singapore-based GrabTaxi, Southeast Asia's largest smartphone taxi booking app operator, is launching its first R&D center to boost its efficiency in a highly competitive market. Located in the heart of Singapore's central business

    April 9, 2015 09:35 pm JST
  • Iskandar Malaysia

    Building on Singapore's land shortage

    SINGAPORE -- Land-starved Singapore is building an industrial park and motor circuit next door in Malaysia to feed its need for space and speed. Ascendas Group, Singapore's leading developer, is partnering Malaysia's UEM Sunrise in a 40-60 joint

    April 9, 2015 12:30 am JST
  • Hawker culture

    SINGAPORE -- Kuah Yong Say started selling his specialty black carrot cake, a savory stir-fry with radish and dark soy sauce, as a street vendor back in 1964. Selling from his trishaw, a kind of early-day food truck, he would serve his only dish not

    April 9, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Thailand scrambles to avert global new-flight ban

    BANGKOK -- Thailand is rushing to prevent a possible global ban on new flights from the country after the Southeast Asian tourist hub failed a United Nations aviation safety audit. The country's airline industry was branded a "significant safety

    April 9, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • SingTel's cyber security deal

    Singapore telco buys Trustwave for $810m

    SINGAPORE -- Major telecommunications player Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) announced Wednesday it is buying 98% of U.S. cyber security company Trustwave Holdings for $810 million. It is going to be the group's largest acquisition outside it

    April 8, 2015 07:35 pm JST
  • Seeking safer roads

    IHI's 3-D lasers take aim at traffic accidents

    TOKYO -- Japanese heavy electric machinery maker IHI has developed technology that uses 3-D laser radar to minimize car accidents and keep traffic flowing smoothly. The company plans to test the system in Singapore by the end of this fiscal year.

    April 6, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Iskandar Malaysia

    Job scarcity crimping mega-development's growth

    TOKYO -- If all goes according to plan, the Iskandar Malaysia project will create an economic, social, academic and health care hub in Malaysia to rival neighboring Singapore. As things stand, that's a big if. The $82.8 billion development proje

    April 5, 2015 01:00 pm JST