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  • 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
  • Ranking Asean's fastest growing companies: Resource boom trickles down to retail

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- 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

    November 21, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Year-end deal on TPP a long shot

    SALT LAKE CITY (Nikkei) -- Japan, the U.S. and 10 other nations kicked off another round of bargaining Tuesday that may determine whether the ambitious trans-Pacific trade deal they are seeking comes to fruition this year. Japan is sure to face

    November 20, 2013 02:07 am JST
  • Japanese group, Singapore seek faster track for medical tech

    SINGAPORE (Nikkei) -- Japanese companies may be able to sidestep regulatory red tape and bring their medical technologies to market more quickly with some help from Singapore, under an agreement between the Southeast Asian city-state and a life scie

    November 18, 2013 11:49 pm JST