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  • Southeast Asian car sales surge outside of Thailand, Malaysia

    BANGKOK -- New-car sales in the six leading Southeast Asian nations ebbed 0.4% on the year in August to 253,987 vehicles, with Thailand largely accounting for the 16th straight month of declines. Indonesia, the region's biggest market, saw sales

    October 2, 2014 04:40 am JST
  • Out of the cities and into the suburbs

    Retailers increasingly see Asia as a key growth area. A total of 53 million sq. meters of new shopping center space will be provided between 2014 and 2016 in Asia, according to data compiled by global real estate consultant Cushman & Wakefield.

    October 2, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • The advancement of shopping

    There are now more than 1,500 large- scale retail complexes throughout Asia, and construction is to start on hundreds more malls over the next two to three years. This is not surprising. The economies of the world's most populated region are growing

    October 2, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • The Philippines loves bazaars

    MANILA -- The Philippine economy is rising fast, and so are high-end shopping centers in the country. But more humble retailers might be having the best success of all. While major developers like SM Prime Holdings, Ayala Land and Megaworld are

    October 2, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • ANA to begin code-sharing with Philippine Airlines

    TOKYO -- All-Nippon Airways and Philippine Airlines will start code-sharing flights between Japan and the Philippines, as well as on some domestic routes, in a move to build up business in the burgeoning Asian market. ANA currently operates a to

    October 1, 2014 04:40 am JST
  • Japan starting to pay price for halfhearted courtship of foreign workers

    TOKYO -- Immigration is often discussed as a potential solution for shoring up Japan's aging and shrinking workforce. Yet many say Tokyo is not doing enough to compete with other governments that offer international workers greener pastures. The

    September 30, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Japanese energy companies step on the gas in Southeast Asia

    TOKYO -- Japanese power companies and petrochemical players are going on the offensive in energy-hungry Southeast Asia, building new facilities and ramping up production to meet the region's skyrocketing demand. Tokyo Electric Power, or Tepco,

    September 30, 2014 01:40 pm JST
  • Philippine brandy maker Emperador has taste for growth

    MANILA -- With 33 million cases sold last year, Emperador is the world's top producer of brandy by sales volume, according to Drinks International, a British magazine specializing in the alcoholic beverage industry. The Philippine distiller has

    September 28, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • PLDT rolls out free mobile Web surfing to spur data usage

    MANILA -- Philippine Long Distance Telephone is allowing its mobile subscribers to surf the Internet for free in its latest effort to win subscribers and drive growth. The promo will be available from Friday until Nov. 30, and each subscriber is

    September 26, 2014 07:30 pm JST
  • As Asia gets its wheels on, better public transit would be a boon

    TOKYO -- Japanese and other companies stand to benefit from the new opportunities that could open up in Asia for improving public transportation, catalyzed by a recent study showing how much major cities would benefit economically from easing traffi

    September 26, 2014 03:52 am JST
  • Japanese employers realize old personnel policies won't cut it elsewhere in Asia

    TOKYO -- Japanese companies doing business across Asia are trying to polish their image as employers. As the region's economies grow and competition for labor increases, they feel a pressing need to change their reputation for low pay, slow promotio

    September 25, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • REITs expand reach in Asia

    SINGAPORE -- As Thailand's first real estate investment trust prepares for its listing on Oct. 1, more Asian markets are moving to open their doors to the high dividend securities, with new attention turning toward India and China. REITs have pr

    September 25, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Bank of the Philippine Islands puts focus on domestic economy

    MANILA -- Bank of the Philippine Islands is focused on enlarging its domestic footprint, while many other major players look to regional expansion as economic integration progresses. The Philippines' oldest lender still prefers to expand its cor

    September 25, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • FamilyMart Philippines brings in franchisees to drive growth

    MANILA -- FamilyMart Philippines has opened its doors to franchisees in a bid to multiply store counts and catch up with more established convenience store rivals in the country. A franchising event was held in Manila's Makati business distric

    September 24, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Ayala Land plans $1.68 billion development north of Manila

    MANILA -- Philippine property giant Ayala Land is investing 75 billion pesos ($1.68 billion) on developing a mixed-use real estate project outside the Philippine capital in the next 20 years. Dubbed "Alviera," the project will sit on 1,100-hecta

    September 24, 2014 11:00 am JST
  • Territorial rows gumming up China-Asean trade

    GUANGZHOU, China -- China's trade with Southeast Asia is losing steam, and territorial disputes with its southern neighbors are not helping matters. For more than a decade until 2013, the value of trade between China and members of the Associati

    September 22, 2014 03:36 am JST
  • Humphrey Hawksley: Scottish vote holds lessons for Asia

    The United Kingdom has survived; it remains a single sovereign state comprising the three nations of England, Scotland and Wales, and the province of Northern Ireland. But Scotland's referendum vote on Sept. 18 was so tense, and the result so close

    September 20, 2014 09:30 pm JST
  • IT giants sending disaster prediction systems to Southeast Asia

    TOKYO -- Fujitsu, IBM and other major information technology companies are deploying disaster mitigation systems to Southeast Asia, a region prone to flooding and earthquakes. Screens covering walls at a disaster prevention center in Jakarta sho

    September 20, 2014 05:28 am JST
  • Manila inundated, trading suspended as typhoon gains strength

    MANILA -- Parts of the Philippine capital were engulfed in floodwaters Friday, forcing government offices and private businesses to suspend operations as typhoon Fung-Wong intensified. Major areas in Metropolitan Manila and nearby provinces were

    September 19, 2014 05:00 pm JST
  • India, Asean enhance free trade agreement

    NEW DELHI -- Four years after a free trade agreement relating to goods came into effect between India and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the trade partners have gone a step further with a supplementary trade in services and investment a

    September 19, 2014 12:34 pm JST