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  • From sadness to wow

    Facebook launches reaction buttons beyond like

    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) -- Like it or not, Facebook Inc's trademark "like" button is set to get more expressive. Users will soon be able to do more than "like" posts. They will be able to love them and express sympathy, anger or sadness with ani

    October 9, 2015 09:06 am JST
  • World-wide PC shipments continue to slump

    World-wide personal computer shipments dropped in the September quarter as PC makers didn't receive much of a boost from Microsoft Corp.'s new operating system, Windows 10, according to a pair of data trackers Thursday. International Data Corp.

    October 9, 2015 08:57 am JST
  • Asian markets

    China stocks jump after trading break

    HONG KONG -- Chinese stocks surged on Thursday, the country's first day of trade after a one-week holiday. Market players seemed to be cheered following rallies in the U.S. and Europe during the past week. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index

    October 8, 2015 05:15 pm JST
  • TPP

    Deal signals emergence of a new global order

    ATLANTA -- Akira Amari, Japan's economy minister, was fuming. "This is no time for playing games," he told U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman. "We must make the greatest possible concessions to sort out our differences. Otherwise, we'll ne

    October 8, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Agreed at last

    It took more than five years of negotiations and concessions all around, but a basic agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership has been reached. This brings the creation of the world's largest free trade zone one step closer. The 12 TPP members

    October 8, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • TPP signals emergence of a new global order

    ATLANTA -- Akira Amari, Japan's economy minister, was fuming. "This is no time for playing games," he told U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman. "We must make the greatest possible concessions to sort out our differences. Otherwise, we'll ne

    October 8, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Patrick Pouyanne interview

    Total CEO eyes cutting costs, continuing Yamal LNG project

    PARIS -- Patrick Pouyanne, CEO of major French oil company Total, said in an interview with The Nikkei that his company is discussing with Japanese financial institutions how to raise funds for its Yamal liquefied natural gas project in northwestern

    October 7, 2015 11:00 pm JST
  • Nikkei PMI

    Software and services rises highest in September

    HONG KONG -- The Nikkei Asia Sector Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, for September showed increased business activity in 10 out of the 19 industries monitored. The software and services sector saw the sharpest output growth in all industries,

    October 7, 2015 11:00 am JST
  • Ayala Corp.

    Philippine group's water arm boosts investment in Vietnam

    MANILA -- Ayala Corp. is infusing more capital into its water business abroad. The Ayala-led Manila Water on Tuesday said it was investing $4.26 million in its Singaporean unit Manila Water Asia Pacific. The funds will be used to bankroll "furth

    October 6, 2015 08:05 pm JST
  • World Bank report

    Developing Asia growth to slow to 6.5% as China chill settles in

    SINGAPORE -- The World Bank expects the slowdown of the Chinese economy, though gradual, to continue to weigh on the growth of developing Asia in coming years. In its "East Asia and Pacific Economic Update" report issued Oct. 5, the bank lowered

    October 6, 2015 12:44 pm JST
  • TPP

    Partnership could be a blow and opportunity for Japanese farmers

    TOKYO -- Japanese farmers will probably find both new opportunities and new threats under the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, with rice and livestock as two crucial areas that will see major impacts. Japan currently caps tariff-free rice im

    October 6, 2015 04:04 am JST
  • SM Investments

    Retail giant may team up abroad for ASEAN expansion

    MANILA -- SM Investments, the Philippines' largest retailer, is open to partnering with foreign companies to expand its footprint in Southeast Asia, says the company's chief financial officer, Jose Sio. The company currently serves roughly 100 m

    October 5, 2015 11:05 pm JST
  • World Bank cuts East Asia forecasts, cites China, US rate risks

    SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The World Bank cut its 2015 and 2016 growth forecasts for developing East Asia and Pacific, and said the outlook was clouded by the risk of a sharp slowdown in China and possible spillovers from expected increases in U.S. inter

    October 5, 2015 11:22 am JST
  • Signs of recovery?

    Southeast Asian auto sales up first time in more than 2 years

    BANGKOK -- New-auto sales in Southeast Asia's six major economies increased for the first time in 28 months this August. Combined volume edged up 0.4% on the year to 254,918 units as Thailand's decline slowed and Malaysian sales grew despite a c

    October 3, 2015 02:04 am JST
  • Metro Pacific

    CEO of Philippine group urges more foreign ownership in ASEAN

    MANILA -- Southeast Asia's economic integration, which will formally kick off by the end of the year in the form of the ASEAN Economic Community, should pave the way for greater participation in the region's development by foreign investors, the CEO

    October 2, 2015 11:00 pm JST
  • Philippine Long Distance Telephone

    Silicon Valley vehicle to drive digital investments

    MANILA -- Philippine Long Distance Telephone has created a vehicle dedicated to overseas digital investments, including opportunities in Silicon Valley, in a move that suggests more deals beyond the company's traditional telephony services. PLDT C

    October 1, 2015 12:56 am JST
  • Philippine retailers gorge on smaller rivals

    MANILA -- Leading Philippine retailers, whose expansion has always been largely organic, are rewriting their growth stories. And it looks like a chapter is being dedicated to their acquisition binge outside the country's capital. The largest pla

    October 1, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Frederic Neumann: It ain't 1997

    Here's a popular refrain making the rounds: Emerging Asia is at risk of sliding into a 1997-style currency crisis. Think again. Challenges abound, to be sure. But the region is a lot more resilient today than it was nearly 20 years ago. Foreign exch

    October 1, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Sembcorp Industries

    Investing in Bangladesh to meet growing power demand

    SINGAPORE -- Sembcorp Industries, Singapore's state-linked infrastructure firm, is increasing its foothold as a major power generation player in emerging Asia. The company announced on Sept. 28 that it has clinched a deal to develop and operate a po

    September 30, 2015 08:35 pm JST
  • Regional effort

    Philippines seeks linkup with ASEAN bourses next year

    MANILA -- The Philippine Stock Exchange aims to join a cross-border stock trading platform in Southeast Asia as early as next year, CEO Hans Sicat said Tuesday. Exchanges in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand launched the so-called ASEAN Trading L

    September 30, 2015 06:16 am JST