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  • 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
  • Resource crisis threatens Asia's rise

    Asian economies facing a domestic resource crunch are being forced increasingly to rely on imported mineral ores, timber and fossil fuels, bringing international supplies under pressure and triggering price volatility. Yet Asia, paradoxically, is th

    November 28, 2013 01:00 pm JST
  • Panasonic ending chip production in quest for new beginning

    OSAKA (Nikkei) -- Having lost to Korean and Chinese rivals in consumer electronics, Japan's electronics manufacturers aim to revive themselves by abandoning long-standing core operations and growing what they see as their next areas of strength.

    November 28, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • 'So?' question inspires Singapore Education Minister Heng

    SINGAPORE -- Heng Swee Keat, minister for education of Singapore, is a core member of Singapore's fourth-generation leadership. He is one of those named without fail as a candidate to succeed Lee Hsien Loong as prime minister. When the global financ

    November 28, 2013 12:00 am 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 12:00 am JST
  • Resource crisis threatens Asia's rise

    Asian economies facing a domestic resource crunch are being forced increasingly to rely on imported mineral ores, timber and fossil fuels, bringing international supplies under pressure and triggering price volatility. Yet Asia, paradoxically, is th

    November 28, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Southeast Asian consumers prioritize quality over price

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- Consumers in emerging Southeast Asian economies look for quality over low prices when it comes to goods and services, a survey on consumer brand loyalty has found. In an extensive online survey, market research firm Nielsen que

    November 27, 2013 01:00 pm JST
  • Singapore sovereign fund shifting focus to energy, resources

    SINGAPORE (Nikkei) -- A Singaporean sovereign wealth fund is stepping up investment in the energy sector on expectations of robust returns as Asian demand grows. The move is also aimed at bolstering the city-state's energy security. Temasek

    November 25, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • P&G to tap Southeast Asia from Singapore R&D base

    Looking to expand its regional presence beyond China and India, Procter & Gamble will build a key innovation center in Singapore as the U.S. daily products giant zeros in on Southeast Asia. By setting up a major research and development base in

    November 23, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • Ripples from Western derivatives regulation spreading across Asia

    Since the beginning of the financial crisis in 2008, Group of 20 governments have sought to extend their regulation of the financial markets -- to avoid letting "Main Street pay for a failure on Wall Street."The leaders' statement issued at the G-20

    November 21, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Asean's profit-growth kings: Resource boom trickles down to retail

    TOKYO -- For companies operating in Southeast Asia, now is an excellent time to be involved in infrastructure and natural resources. Being a retailer does not hurt, either, thanks to surging domestic demand across the region.These sectors dominated

    November 21, 2013 12:00 am JST