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  • Experiences, not brands, seen drawing Asians to Japan

    SINGAPORE -- Winston Koh, a 22-year-old law student at the National University of Singapore, says he is fond of the Japanese expression ichigo ichie -- literally, "one time, one meeting" -- which refers to the idea of cherishing each encounter with

    May 26, 2016 03:30 pm JST
  • Oil prices top $50, Asian shares struggle on China worries

    TOKYO (Reuters) -- Brent crude oil rose above $50 a barrel for the first time in nearly seven months on Thursday but Asian shares struggled to gain traction, with worries about U.S. interest rates and China's slowing economy keeping many investors o

    May 26, 2016 01:26 pm JST
  • Companies in focus: Pan-Asian budget carrier alliance may portend an industry shake-up

    SINGAPORE Never before have Southeast Asia's cities been so well-connected. Credit the expanding aviation industry, which seems to keep giving the region one new budget airline after another.But the skies have grown crowded and profits are being pin

    May 26, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Obama seals his legacy as a president who reshaped America's Asia policy

    U.S. President Barack Obama's decision to visit Hiroshima, where an American atomic bomb killed approximately 140,000 civilians in 1945, is more than a symbolic act. It will entrench Washington's updated relationship with Asia in both American and J

    May 26, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • In one corner of Singapore, readers still flock to the printed page

    SINGAPORE A small but growing group of book lovers is keeping demand for printed matter alive in smartphone-hooked Singapore.Tucked among the city-state's distinctive shophouses is a cozy little book cafe. It is a curious sight, considering how much

    May 26, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Guntur Sugiyarto: Professional mobility is the biggest challenge facing

    The launch of the ASEAN Economic Community at the end of 2015 marked a major milestone for the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. The AEC envisions the establishment of a single market and production base that should create be

    May 26, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • SGX's talks to acquire Baltic Exchange become exclusive

    SINGAPORE -- Singapore Exchange (SGX) has come a step closer to acquiring Baltic Exchange, a London-based information vendor for shipping-related trade, as the negotiations become exclusive.SGX and Baltic Exchange separately announced on Tuesday tha

    May 26, 2016 12:30 am JST
  • Online shopping soars among young Asians

    TOKYO -- Nearly half of young people in Asia shop online at least once a week, with their purchases ranging from water and toilet paper to cosmetics and home appliances, according to a recent Nikkei survey.An overall average of 49.2% of respondents

    May 25, 2016 01:00 pm JST
  • DBS, SGX link up to provide easier stock trading

    SINGAPORE -- DBS Group Holdings, Singapore's largest lender by assets, is working with the Singapore Exchange to help customers link their trading accounts with their Central Depository securities account through a new digital application process.Cu

    May 24, 2016 10:05 pm JST
  • Debt pressures drive Tata Communications data center sale

    SINGAPORE -- Tata Communications' $632.2 million sale of a controlling interest in its data center business in India and Singapore was driven by debt pressures.Tata Communications said May 19 it would sell a 74% stake in the business to state-linked

    May 24, 2016 07:03 pm JST
  • Economic slump may end up shackling Tsai

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan's prolonged economic slump could change from a tailwind to shackles for Tsai Ing-wen, who became president on May 20.There are only three buildings on Yilan Science Park's site of about 71 hectares, located about 5km south of centra

    May 24, 2016 01:00 pm JST
  • Pan-Asian LCC alliance could trigger industry shake-up

    SINGAPORE -- Never before have Southeast Asia's cities been so well connected. Credit the expanding aviation industry, which seems to keep giving the region one new budget airline after another.But the skies have grown crowded and profits pinched th

    May 22, 2016 07:50 pm JST
  • Malaysia's iFlix fights for screen time across Southeast Asia

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia's iFlix is aiming to be the leading online video streaming service in emerging markets and it has already gathered more than a million subscribers across Southeast Asia.The company started out with just two employees in Kual

    May 21, 2016 01:00 pm JST
  • Asia's millennials proving cautious consumers, investors

    HONG KONG -- In Asia, as in the U.S. and Europe, millennials are emerging as the new darlings of marketers, manufacturers and retailers who see them carrying the economy in the coming decades.But as Asian economies enter into a maturity phase, the r

    May 21, 2016 01:00 pm JST
  • Southeast Asian private equity deals lowest since 2004

    SINGAPORE -- The value of private equity deals in Southeast Asia in 2015 fell to the lowest level since 2004, as investors put off investments due to political and economic uncertainty in the region.Bain & Co. said in a report Friday that the total

    May 20, 2016 11:50 pm JST
  • Southeast Asian growth holds steady at 4.4%: ADB

    MANILA -- Year-on-year growth in Southeast Asia's five core economies was unchanged in the first quarter of 2016 compared with the preceding three months as the group turned in a mixed performance.Real gross domestic product rose 4.4% on the year in

    May 20, 2016 06:40 am JST
  • GLP's full-year profit jumps 48%

    SINGAPORE -- Singaporean logistics provider Global Logistic Properties has reported a $719 million net profit for the year ended March 31, a 48% jump from a year earlier. Growth was led by strong business in China, the completion of projects in Japa

    May 20, 2016 04:00 am JST
  • SingPost under probe for possible regulatory breach

    SINGAPORE -- Singapore Post said on Thursday that it was facing an investigation into a possible breach of a local companies act over past acquisitions.The Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority has demanded that the company provide the full

    May 19, 2016 09:18 pm JST
  • Asia prepares for a greater role in managing the internet

    TOKYO -- Since the dawn of the internet, the U.S. has taken charge of managing the network. Responsibility for running it, however, is shifting eastward.The global online population is expected to reach 5.5 billion by 2025, up from more than 3 billi

    May 19, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • No end in sight for Southeast Asia's earnings slide

    HONG KONG As China's corporate earnings lose steam, companies throughout the region are feeling the effects.As of the end of April, 272 of the Nikkei Asian Review's Asia300 companies had reported an aggregate annual net profit of $450 billion for 20

    May 19, 2016 12:00 pm JST