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  • Asia's gas buyers to suppliers: It's time to play hardball

    TOKYO -- Asian nations are sick of paying high prices to sate their huge appetites for liquefied natural gas. And as the global market undergoes a major shift, with more countries becoming exporters, the region's gas gobblers are finding themselves

    December 12, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Tokyo Filmex highlights dynamic new directors

    TOKYO -- The 14th annual Tokyo Filmex film festival, which was created as a way to discover and foster talent in Asian film, opened Dec. 1 with a strong lineup of films by new directors. "We have found talented filmmakers who can carry the Asian

    December 12, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Heading into overtime, TPP nations to meet again in January

    SINGAPORE -- Having missed a year-end deadline, nations negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact will hold a ministerial meeting again early next year in hopes of smoothing out remaining obstacles to a final accord. Ministers f

    December 11, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • Oil tycoon sees SE Asian Games as chance to build brand

    YANGON -- Next to colorful advertisements for instant-coffee mix and precious gems, a towering billboard off Yangon's main Pyay Road portrays Myanmar's national sailing team. Myanmar might not seem a hot spot for the affluent marine sport. But a

    December 10, 2013 03:34 pm JST
  • Expanded Haneda service gives Asia pride of place

    TOKYO -- All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines will make it easier for travelers to jet off to Southeast Asia and China from Tokyo's Haneda Airport by adding flights early next year. ANA on Monday announced a new schedule, to take effect March 3

    December 10, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • TPP countries to miss year-end deadline, continue talks

    Singapore (Kyodo)--Countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks will miss the pledged deadline of reaching a full agreement by year-end, failing to find political solutions on contentious issues, a source familiar with the ne

    December 10, 2013 05:24 am JST
  • Malaysians have highest English proficiency in Asia: ranking

    TOKYO -- Malaysia took top marks in an English skills test given to Asian nations, narrowly edging out Singapore, where English is one of the official national languages. The Philippines, where English is also spoken as a national language, was

    December 10, 2013 02:01 am JST
  • Asian students continue to ace world education rankings

    TOKYO -- The OECD's latest international student assessment shows that Asia continues to have some of the highest scoring students in the world when it comes to reading, mathematics and science. Students in Shanghai topped all three rankings, wh

    December 8, 2013 01:00 pm JST
  • TPP agreement likely, but deep divisions remain

    SINGAPORE -- Twelve countries will likely clinch a deal covering more than two-thirds of the 21 fields under discussion at the latest round of talks for the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, which kicked off in Singapore on Saturday. A

    December 8, 2013 02:00 am JST
  • Southeast Asian carriers reporting flight plans to China

    SINGAPORE -- More airlines based in Southeast Asia are complying with China's demand for notification of flights passing through a new air defense identification zone it recently established in the East China Sea. The airlines apparently do not

    December 7, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • Asian cities race to host regional corporate headquarters

    TOKYO -- Asia's biggest cities are trying to convince foreign corporations that they are the ideal spots for regional hubs. Many are sweetening potential deals by offering tax breaks and other inducements. Singapore has been the regional hub of

    December 6, 2013 01:00 pm JST
  • Building up free trade, one agreement at a time

    We have advanced as people from living in caves to the sophistication of Tokyo by specialization. Trade is essentially about specialization. If you think about what our ancient ancestors did, some of them would have been better at making weapons for

    December 5, 2013 01:00 pm JST
  • Asian LNG buyers gaining upper hand on prices

    TOKYO -- The liquefied natural gas market is entering a period of great change as big consumers such as Japan and emerging Asian economies fight tooth and nail for greater leverage in price negotiations with Middle Eastern suppliers. Gas export

    December 5, 2013 02:31 am JST
  • Building up free trade, one agreement at a time

    We have advanced as people from living in caves to the sophistication of Tokyo by specialization. Trade is essentially about specialization. If you think about what our ancient ancestors did, some of them would have been better at making weapons for

    December 5, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Asia's commercial real estate torn between bullish investors, cautious occupiers

    The world of commercial property should be straightforward. Developers take a risk and build a building. If they are good or lucky, a business will like it and rent the space. An investor may like the look of the rental income stream and buy the bui

    December 5, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Singapore luring research centers to study Asian consumers

    SINGAPORE -- Business consulting firms and consumer goods makers have been setting up research outlets in Singapore to analyze consumption trends in Asia. McKinsey & Co., a major U.S.-based management consulting firm, opened a center in Singapor

    December 4, 2013 05:00 pm JST
  • IPOs become difficult in Malaysia

    SINGAPORE -- Seven Convenience, which operates about 1,500 7-Eleven convenience stores in Malaysia, has recently decided not to list its shares on the Bursa Malaysia, the country's stock exchange. The company gave up on the initial public offering,

    December 3, 2013 07:00 pm JST
  • Tocom to start OTC energy commodities market with Singapore firm

    TOKYO -- The Tokyo Commodity Exchange and major Singaporean oil broker Ginga Petroleum plan to launch an over-the-counter platform for energy commodities, including liquefied natural gas. The Japanese exchange, known as Tocom, and a local subsid

    November 29, 2013 10:44 pm JST
  • Global growth engine running a little rougher

    MANILA, Philippines -- Southeast Asia is still one of the main engines driving the global economy, but it is kicking out less horsepower as declining domestic demand and sluggish exports increasingly weigh on economies throughout the region. The

    November 29, 2013 07:00 pm JST
  • Asia can withstand an early Fed taper

    The U.S. economy is holding up better than expected. Job growth has accelerated in recent months, and GDP expanded impressively in the third quarter. The Fed may thus decide to ease up on quantitative easing in the coming months. True, inflation is

    November 28, 2013 01:00 pm JST