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  • G-20: righting an upside-down world?

    It is not so obvious these days, but the G-20 was formed out of crisis, established in 1999 as a meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors in the aftermath of the Asian financial crisis. The world came together back then in recogn

    February 20, 2014 04:00 pm JST
  • Fading Japan

    TOKYO -- Time was when Japan was so much more economically powerful than any other Asian nation that many reports on the region's economy excluded the Land of the Rising Sun. This was the only way to ensure accurate analyses. But the term "Asia exce

    February 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Shigenori Araki: Asia has huge potential for crowdsourcing

    Companies at home and abroad can be your workplace and people around the world your business partners. You can work freely, unbound by time or place. This new work style has become a reality for a growing number of people. Crowdsourcing is a bu

    February 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Can Asia be the world's brand factory?

    Numerous big brands manufacture their products in Asia. As the region builds technological and financial muscle, it also looks primed to produce more global brands of its own. The strongest Asian brand, according to U.S. consultancy Interbrand,

    February 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Fading Japan

    TOKYO -- Time was when Japan was so much more economically powerful than any other Asian nation that many reports on the region's economy excluded the Land of the Rising Sun. This was the only way to ensure accurate analyses. But the term "Asia exce

    February 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Licensing businesses battle in Asia

    The world was in attendance at the 12th Hong Kong International Licensing Show, which took place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre early last month. Asia's largest licensing exhibition, the event, organized by the Hong Kong Trade Dev

    February 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Can Asia be the world's brand factory?

    Numerous big brands manufacture their products in Asia. As the region builds technological and financial muscle, it also looks primed to produce more global brands of its own. The strongest Asian brand, according to U.S. consultancy Interbrand,

    February 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014:Philippines hopes Pangilinan can make a pipeline for peace

    MANILA -- Does Manuel Pangilinan hold the key to solving a territorial dispute between the Philippines and China? The government in Manila thinks so. Politicians in the Philippines are looking to Pangilinan, chairman of Philex Mining, for advice

    February 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014:Kochhar duets with India's rock star central banker

    MUMBAI -- Chanda Kochhar's ICICI Bank is at the forefront of Indian financial reform. The 52-year-old CEO of ICICI, India's largest private bank, joined management in the early 2000s. Since becoming CEO in 2009, she has led the bank's expansion.

    February 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • China, India next targets for IHH Healthcare

    TOKYO -- IHH Healthcare is looking to bolster its presence in China, India and Japan. It has already built a network that spans Southeast Asia and has a small presence in Europe and the Middle East. The Malaysian health-care service provider, w

    February 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Asia has huge potential for crowdsourcing

    Companies at home and abroad can be your workplace and people around the world your business partners. You can work freely, unbound by time or place. This new work style has become a reality for a growing number of people. Crowdsourcing is a bu

    February 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Toyo Construction sets up beachhead in Myanmar

    TOKYO -- Marine civil engineering firm Toyo Construction has launched a business office in Myanmar, a step to expand its presence in Southeast Asia, where construction of harbor facilities is expected to pick up. The Tokyo-headquartered firm alr

    February 19, 2014 02:06 am JST
  • Big names vying for Asian business at Singapore Airshow

    SINGAPORE -- Asia's largest air show is in full swing here, with civilian and military manufacturers jostling for a piece of the region's growing market. Major deals underway at this year's Singapore Airshow include an order for up to 100 planes

    February 14, 2014 03:32 am JST
  • China's cancer rates exploding

    DALIAN, China -- China could see 1 million new cases of lung cancer each year by 2025, according to a report from the World Health Organization citing the country's high smoking rate and poor air quality. According to the World Cancer Report rel

    February 13, 2014 02:00 pm JST
  • Asia-Pacific to be biggest aircraft market by 2032: Airbus

    PARIS -- The Asia-Pacific region will be the world's largest aircraft market by 2032, Airbus said in a report released Thursday. The European aircraft maker said airlines in the region will likely require a total of 10,940 new planes over the tw

    February 13, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014: Vietnam's Vuong aims to fight back

    HANOI -- Pham Nhat Vuong has found strength in adversity. Vingroup, a major Vietnamese property developer, on Christmas Eve opened a shopping and entertainment complex, named Vincom Mega Mall Times City, in Hanoi. The facilities were swamped wit

    February 13, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Affordable 3-D printers from Asia coming to Japan

    TOKYO -- Japanese hobbyists may soon find it much easier to make their own accessories, trinkets and toys using 3-D printers, as cheaper, foreign-made units become available for less than 100,000 yen ($978). As soon as this month, Taiwan's New K

    February 13, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014: Tang adds zest to infrastructure market

    SINGAPORE -- Tang Kin Fei has a rare trait for a Singaporean businessman: loyalty. The president of Singapore's leading government-affiliated conglomerate, Sembcorp Industries, is one of the few executives in the city-state who has stuck with th

    February 13, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014: Sugiarto sees life beyond cars

    JAKARTA--Prijono Sugiarto must diversify income streams this year as president director of Astra International. One of Indonesia's largest conglomerates, Astra assembles and sells vehicles in collaboration with Japanese automakers Toyota Motor a

    February 13, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Real estate woes weigh on Singapore stocks

    SINGAPORE -- The Singapore stock market is bearish because of real estate regulations and fears about the slowing of the U.S. Federal Reserve's asset-buying program. The Straits Times Index hit a recent low of 2,960 on Feb. 5, down 6.5% since th

    February 13, 2014 12:00 am JST