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  • Ayala consolidates manufacturing, auto assets

    MANILA -- Ayala Corp. announced on Wednesday the combining of its car distribution and electronics manufacturing ventures within a single investment vehicle.The Philippine conglomerate's AYC Holdings transferred its 50.6% stake in Integrated Micro-E

    March 29, 2017 10:47 pm JST
  • Bill Hayton

    What does China really want in the South China Sea?

    The question of what China actually wants in the South China Sea is surprisingly little studied in the West. Too many international analysts seem happy to make assumptions about China's strategic and tactical motivations without reference to Chinese

    March 29, 2017 02:00 pm JST
  • Philippine Airlines hopes for new investor within first half

    MANILA -- Philippine Airlines is hoping to strike a deal with a foreign investor within the first half to help the carrier upgrade services and expand its network globally, President Jaime Bautista said.Speaking to reporters on March 24, the head of

    March 27, 2017 07:54 pm JST
  • Microinsurance closes gaps in social safety nets

    TOKYO "I was very worried [about the hospital bill] because my father was in [intensive care] for a long time," said Sheryl Tan, recalling the two painful months leading up to her father's death last year. "So I was relieved when I heard that Medi

    March 26, 2017 04:30 pm JST
  • Insurers help to pay for Asia's infrastructure needs

    BANGKOK -- A recent $150 million refurbishment of two decades-old geothermal power plants on the Philippine island of Luzon may sound like just another project aimed at overcoming the country's severe electricity shortages. But, for Asia's insurance

    March 26, 2017 01:40 am JST
  • Duterte's 'top guns' off to solicit infrastructure support from Tokyo

    MANILA -- As the government of President Rodrigo Duterte looks to Japan for investment after firming up deals with China, a high-level Philippine delegation is due in Tokyo on March 27 and 28 to pitch infrastructure projects.Finance Sec. Carlos Domi

    March 24, 2017 11:30 pm JST
  • Michael Vatikiotis

    ASEAN at 50: Uncertain times call for smart diplomacy

    As the Association of Southeast Asian Nations celebrates its 50th anniversary, the complexity of the internal and external environment is severely testing its approach to cooperative security that rests, above all, on preserving the sovereignty of e

    March 23, 2017 09:40 pm JST
  • Philippine central bank keeps policy rate unchanged, as expected

    MANILA (Reuters) -- The Philippine central bank left its key overnight borrowing rate steady at 3.0 percent on Thursday, saying inflation should settle within its target for this year and next.Nine out of 10 economists in a Reuters poll predicted th

    March 23, 2017 06:37 pm JST
  • Insurance promises Asia much more than peace of mind

    TOKYO Trinh Pham, a 25-year-old office worker in Ho Chi Minh City, vividly remembers the day she decided to join an insurance program."My colleague suddenly passed away three months ago with colorectal cancer," she said. "I felt so sorry for him and

    March 23, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • ASEAN finds free trade a tougher sell in today's environment

    SINGAPORE -- People become aware of the divine power of a mantra only when they no longer hear it.People have been hearing world leaders inveigh against protectionism after official meetings for so long that they barely took notice. But the communiq

    March 23, 2017 11:30 am JST
  • Insurance promises Asia much more than peace of mind

    TOKYO Trinh Pham, a 25-year-old office worker in Ho Chi Minh City, vividly remembers the day she decided to join an insurance program."My colleague suddenly passed away three months ago with colorectal cancer," she said. "I felt so sorry for him and

    March 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Insurers help to pay for Asia's infrastructure needs

    BANGKOK A recent $150 million refurbishment of two decades-old geothermal power plants on the Philippine island of Luzon may sound like just another project aimed at overcoming the country's severe electricity shortages. But, for Asia's insurance co

    March 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Microinsurance closes gaps in social safety nets

    TOKYO "I was very worried [about the hospital bill] because my father was in [intensive care] for a long time," said Sheryl Tan, recalling the two painful months leading up to her father's death last year. "So I was relieved when I heard that Medi

    March 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • ASEAN finds free trade a tougher sell in today's environment

    SINGAPORE People become aware of the divine power of a mantra only when they no longer hear it.People have been hearing world leaders inveigh against protectionism after official meetings for so long that they barely took notice. But the communique

    March 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Cross-border Labor Race

    Japan faces being left behind as rivals adapt faster

    TOKYO -- With the world's developed economies facing growing labor shortages, the race to attract talent from overseas has grown increasingly fierce. While some countries have faced up to the challenge, Japan is at risk of emerging as the big loser.

    March 22, 2017 06:00 pm JST
  • Southeast Asia's gaming startups win by branching out

    TOKYO -- Gaming startups that take their cues from Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings are on the rise in Southeast Asia, stoking investor interest in the potential for the same diversified approach to succeed in the region.The Garena exampleAt a ga

    March 22, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Foreign housekeepers to help kick off spring cleaning in Japan

    TOKYO -- Foreign housekeepers will start providing services in Japan under a government push to expand the market, with staffing agency Pasona launching a business with 25 Filipinos as early as this month."We want our staff to spend a fruitful three

    March 22, 2017 04:10 am JST
  • Beijing, Manila facing new maritime dispute

    MANILA -- The territorial dispute between China and the Philippines in the South China Sea could flare up again after Chinese ships were found surveying a resource-rich area located within the Philippines' exclusive economic zone.The vessels are bel

    March 22, 2017 01:59 am JST
  • Philippines freezes gaming license issuances in Manila

    MANILA -- The Philippines will not issue any more casino licenses in the capital for five years after the industry regulator heeded oversupply concerns among existing investors.Andrea Domingo, chair of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation

    March 21, 2017 11:32 pm JST
  • Philippines' Duterte welcomes prospect of ICC case, says "brutal" war on drugs to go on

    MANILA (Reuters) -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday welcomed the prospect of the International Criminal Court (ICC) putting him on trial over his bloody war on drugs, saying he would not be intimidated and his campaign would be unrele

    March 19, 2017 08:05 pm JST