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  • ASEAN meeting

    Ministers defy Beijing's warning on sea dispute talks

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Southeast Asian foreign ministers on Tuesday began their three-day annual meeting, with talks focusing on China's controversial land reclamation in the South China Sea, defying a warning from Beijing that the territorial dispute shou

    August 4, 2015 10:00 pm JST
  • SM Prime Holdings

    Mall income lifts 1st-half earnings at Philippine developer

    MANILA -- SM Prime Holdings, the Philippines' largest land developer, on Monday said the company's 52 shopping centers buoyed its first-half earnings. The company said it would open three more malls in the second half of the year, bringing its retai

    August 4, 2015 10:00 pm JST
  • Auto sales

    Southeast Asian outlook gloomy

    BANGKOK -- New car sales in six major Southeast Asian countries -- Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Singapore -- in June has declined by 10% from a year earlier to 252,618 units. Sales have decreased on a year-on-year basi

    August 3, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Future of the Philippines

    Aquino's predecessors built economic pillars; he built trust

    MANILA -- In downtown Angeles City, around 80km north of Manila, a seemingly nondescript building is one part of the Philippines' still-unfolding success story. Owned by a domestic real estate company, the eNTEC building has a pair of business p

    August 3, 2015 11:35 am JST
  • Military buildup

    Tensions high between China, neighbors over South China Sea

    MANILA -- The Philippines and Vietnam are beefing up their military presence in the South China Sea amid fresh concerns over China's island-building on disputed territory there. Easing tensions in the region is likely to be a major item on the a

    August 3, 2015 02:00 am JST
  • Behind lofty rhetoric

    ASEAN economic integration still work in progress

    SINGAPORE -- Japanese living here are quickly made aware that their home country and Southeast Asia do not always react to global news or events the same way. Issues that grab headlines in Japan are often ignored here. The ASEAN Economic Communi

    August 3, 2015 02:00 am JST
  • Philippines presidency

    Aquino finally anoints Roxas

    MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino's Liberal Party formally endorsed Manuel Roxas, the interior and local government secretary, as its candidate in next year's presidential elections. "We will go with someone who is certain to continue the 'stra

    July 31, 2015 10:35 pm JST
  • Tapping the youth market

    Theme parks give Filipino kids taste of working life

    MANILA -- Entertainment centers giving children a chance to try out a variety of jobs have been cropping up in the Philippines as global companies look to take advantage of the country's youthful population, burgeoning middle class and focus on educ

    July 31, 2015 10:00 pm JST
  • Weakest since 2011

    Southeast Asia's new-auto sales down 8% in first half

    BANGKOK -- Sales of new automobiles in Southeast Asia sank for a fourth straight half in the January-June period to their lowest level since the second half of 2011, when Thailand was hit by devastating floods. New vehicles sold in six major Sou

    July 31, 2015 09:57 pm JST
  • Aquino backs interior minister for 2016 Philippine presidential polls

    MANILA (Kyodo) -- Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Friday formally endorsed Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel "Mar" Roxas as the standard-bearer of their political party in next year's presidential election. "I bring you, who

    July 31, 2015 05:41 pm JST
  • Philippine gaming

    Third Manila Bay casino complex to open in 2016

    MANILA -- Japan's Universal Entertainment is set to open its $2-billion casino project in the Philippines next year. The facility will be the third gaming complex in the country's new entertainment hub. The Manila Bay Resorts -- owned by Univers

    July 31, 2015 11:45 am JST
  • Averting competition with FamilyMart

    Circle K Sunkus sheds foreign stores amid merger talks

    TOKYO -- Minimart operator Circle K Sunkus has left the overseas market by dissolving the partnership with its U.S. counterpart. Circle K Sunkus created a 50-50 joint venture with Arizona-based Circle K Stores in 2013 called Circle K Asia, a bra

    July 31, 2015 02:00 am JST
  • Philippines presidency

    Will personality trump policy in the next election?

    Less than a year before the Philippines elects a new president, the leadership race is gathering pace as contenders jockey for the chance to build on recent economic gains. Under President Benigno Aquino, economic growth in the former "sick man

    July 30, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Julio S. Amador III

    Aquino's successor faces challenge building on recent success

    As the Philippines heads into an election next year, there are questions as to whether its current performance is sustainable, or if changes in political leadership will cause policy swings that derail the country's growth and development. The P

    July 30, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Kazumi Nishikawa: Why Asian business must lead regional integration

    Economic integration in Asia, particularly within the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, is progressing well, thanks to increased supply-chain links, as well as government-led initiatives such as the ASEAN Economic Community. H

    July 30, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • China's growth to slow to 4.1% by 2025: Tokyo think tank

    TOKYO -- China's growth rate could fall to 4.1% by 2025, according to new projections by the Japan Center for Economic Research. The downtrend will put a drag on four major Southeast Asian economies. This is the first time the Tokyo-based think

    July 30, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Twilight of a Philippine presidency

    The Philippines is entering the twilight of Benigno Aquino's presidency. His term has been fruitful: Since he took power in 2010, the nation has logged some of the fastest growth in Southeast Asia. Efforts to reduce graft and improve governance have

    July 30, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Manila seeks larger allies amid maritime face-off with Beijing

    MANILA -- Some say the Philippines is to China as a minnow is to a shark. The Southeast Asian country has minimal military muscle, yet it is locked in a territorial dispute with Beijing over the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. To shore up it

    July 30, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • John Silva: Truce with Muslim rebels has some wary of Shariah traditions

    A deal brokered between Muslim rebels and the Philippine government that could bring Islamic law to some southern parts of the country is coming under greater scrutiny as more Filipinos question its implications for human rights. The March 2014

    July 30, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Marites D. Vitug: Will personality trump policy in the next election?

    Less than a year before the Philippines elects a new president, the leadership race is gathering pace as contenders jockey for the chance to build on recent economic gains. Under President Benigno Aquino, economic growth in the former "sick man

    July 30, 2015 12:00 am JST