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  • ASEAN summit opens with concerns over threats to peace, stability

    MANILA (Kyodo) -- Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations kicked off their summit Saturday with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte expressing concerns over threats to regional peace and stability, while also stressing the need to tac

    April 29, 2017 04:08 pm JST
  • Kavi Chongkittavorn

    ASEAN at 50: Carry on soul searching?

    The slogan of ASEAN 2017 under its Philippine chairmanship -- "Partnership for Changes, Engaging the World" -- is telling. After five decades of existence, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations continues to do what it has always done best -- so

    April 28, 2017 11:50 pm JST
  • UOB's profit up 5.4%, beating expectations

    SINGAPORE -- Singapore's United Overseas Bank posted a net profit of 807 million Singapore dollars ($578 million) for the first quarter ended in March, recording a 5.4% increase compared to the same period last year and beating analysts' expectation

    April 28, 2017 09:13 pm JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index advances for fourth month

    HONG KONG (Nikkei Markets) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan climbed for a fourth straight month in April, though most regional markets declined Friday ahead of a long weekend and as investors considered a raft of earnings.The Nikkei Asia300 Index sl

    April 28, 2017 08:47 pm JST
  • Singapore, Malaysia stocks post weekly gains as French polls boost global markets

    SINGAPORE (Nikkei Markets) - Shares in Singapore and Malaysia advanced this week, joining a global rally in equities, as a pro-European Union candidate's victory in the first round of French elections allayed concerns about the future of the bloc.Em

    April 28, 2017 07:14 pm JST
  • Singapore unemployment hits 7-year high in Q1 as economy sheds jobs

    SINGAPORE (Nikkei Markets) -- Unemployment in Singapore rose to a seven-year high in the first quarter of 2017 as construction industry jobs shrank, underlining the patchy economic recovery.Flash estimates released by the Ministry of Manpower on Fri

    April 28, 2017 06:34 pm JST
  • ASEAN airs 'grave concern' over North Korea missile tests

    MANILA -- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations on Friday became the latest body to voice anxiety over rising tensions in the Korean Peninsula. In a statement, ASEAN foreign ministers expressed their "grave concern over the escalation of tensio

    April 28, 2017 05:30 pm JST
  • Japan pursues currency swaps with ASEAN members

    TOKYO -- Japan seeks to establish bilateral currency swap frameworks with members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations as a hedge against tight fund supplies in a financial crisis and also as a counter to the growing influence of the yuan.T

    April 28, 2017 04:50 am JST
  • Sony unit eyes 8 new music halls across Asia

    TOKYO -- Sony Music Entertainment plans to open performance halls in eight major Asian cities by 2023, with an eye on tapping demand from Japanese artists for high-quality venues to stage concerts for their growing legions of fans.Zepp Hall Network,

    April 28, 2017 03:30 am JST
  • Asia-Pacific leads global business travel

    BANGKOK -- Business travel within Asia is growing at twice the pace of the rest of the world and looks set to overtake the top-spending Americas within 10 years, according to research by the World Travel and Tourism Council, a leading industry body,

    April 27, 2017 11:20 pm JST
  • Interview

    Tokyo to push for TPP without US, says Aso

    TOKYO -- Japan wants to convince 10 other Pacific Rim countries to enter into the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal without the U.S., Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso said on Thursday.In a reversal of earlier reticence about a TPP minus the U.S., Japan n

    April 27, 2017 09:00 pm JST
  • Singapore, Malaysia stocks fall after Trump's tax plan

    SINGAPORE (Nikkei Markets) -- Singapore and Malaysia shares edged lower as U.S. President Donald Trump's much-awaited plan for tax reforms lacked details, disappointing investors.U.S. stocks edged lower overnight after Trump proposed to cut corporat

    April 27, 2017 07:30 pm JST
  • SGX's new regulatory unit to consider relaxing rules for listed firms

    SINGAPORE (Nikkei Markets) -- The Singapore Exchange's new regulatory entity will look at simplifying or removing rules to ease the burden on listed companies, its chairman said on Thursday.SGX announced the formation of the unit in July last year,

    April 27, 2017 07:18 pm JST
  • TPP talks to get going -- with notable absentee

    TOKYO -- The 11 remaining signatories to the Trans-Pacific Partnership will start talks next week aimed at putting the trade agreement into force, without the participation of the U.S. Lead negotiators gather in Canada to begin the new talks on May

    April 27, 2017 06:35 pm JST
  • The long, frustrating quest for free trade in Asia

    SINGAPORE -- It was a punch in the gut for Jenesis (Shenzhen) when the U.S. called it quits on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Just like that, the contract electronics manufacturer's very raison d'etre was thrown into question.Jenesis, which supplies

    April 27, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Think the RCEP is about free trade? Think again

    SINGAPORE -- Delegates from Pakistan's remote Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province were all smiles as they signed an economic cooperation agreement with China on April 17."We have set the stage to begin [a] journey of industrialization," the province's chief

    April 27, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Building Asia's capital markets

    Challenges faced by Asian capital markets present huge potential

    The economies of South and Southeast Asia are all in their own unique stages of development, and each capital market faces a different set of challenges. A common theme, however, is that new business opportunities are cropping up across the region.

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Building Asia's capital markets

    New frontiers, new opportunities

    Introduction: Challenges faced by Asian capital markets present huge potentialFor the second year in a row, the Nikkei Asian Review and The Banker, a Financial Times Group publication, have teamed up to produce a special report looking at the state

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Building Asia's capital markets

    Singapore wants to be a fintech kingmaker

    Tiny Singapore has its hands full in trying to maintain its status as a financial hub of Asia. To succeed, it is stoking the fires of financial technology, or fintech.In November, more than 13,000 people gathered in Singapore to attend the inaugural

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • If US won't lead on trade, China will: Ex-US trade rep

    TOKYO America's withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership leaves the door open for China to set the agenda in Asia-Pacific trade, warns former U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman.Now a distinguished fellow at the Council on Foreign Relation

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST