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  • Japan, China play for 'swing states' in regional trade game

    TOKYO -- Top negotiators from 16 Asia-Pacific countries representing roughly half the world's population and around a third of global trade will meet in Kobe next week to discuss a trade deal that some, like Japan, hope will bear fruit amid the grow

    February 25, 2017 04:00 am JST
  • China promised no building on disputed shoal: Philippines

    MANILA -- Chinese President Xi Jinping told Philippine counterpart Rodrigo Duterte that no structures would be built on Scarborough Shoal when the two leaders met last October, Philippine Foreign Minister Perfecto Yasay told reporters Thursday.Duter

    February 24, 2017 06:25 am JST
  • Manila court issues warrant for arrest of top Duterte critic

    MANILA -- A Philippine court ordered the arrest on Thursday of Leila de Lima, the senator and outspoken critic of President Rodrigo Duterte who branded him a "sociopathic killer".A Metro Manila regional trial court said there is probable cause to ar

    February 24, 2017 12:40 am JST
  • Ayala enters e-commerce through Zalora Philippines

    MANILA -- Philippine conglomerate Ayala Corp. announced on Thursday its e-commerce debut through an investment in Rocket Internet-backed Zalora Philippines.Ayala has acquired a 43.3% stake in BF Jade E-Service Philippines, the operator of Zalora Phi

    February 23, 2017 11:10 pm JST
  • E-learning combats Southeast Asia's teacher shortages

    TOKYO -- Southeast Asia is benefiting from increased adoption of e-learning, as information technology helps compensate for shortages of teachers and study materials.Filling the gapsIn a wooden school building in San Pablo, on the Philippine island

    February 23, 2017 05:00 pm JST
  • Company in focus: Philippines' Ayala comes full circle with its push into health care

    MANILA Before Ayala Corp. became an investment powerhouse, the 183-year-old group ran a drugstore as one of its first businesses. Now, as it accelerates its diversification efforts, the oldest Philippine conglomerate is going back to those origins b

    February 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • ASEAN wants to seal a South China Sea deal with Beijing this year

    BORACAY, Philippines The Association of Southeast Asian Nations hopes to soon reach a deal with China on a "framework" for a code of conduct in the South China Sea, though some bloc members appear more enthusiastic about the idea than others."We are

    February 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Philippine-China row unsolvable 'during our lifetime'

    MANILA (Reuters) -- The foreign minister of the Philippines expressed doubt on Wednesday that a maritime sovereignty dispute with China could be resolved "during our lifetime", so it was better to set it aside, engage Beijing and avoid an armed conf

    February 22, 2017 03:45 pm JST
  • Conflicts of interest abound as Trump brand pivots to Asia

    JAKARTA/NEW YORK -- Plans for resorts and office towers bearing the brand of America's real-estate-mogul-turned-president are taking shape from the Middle East to Southeast Asia, expanding a business that he says his children will run but which rais

    February 22, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • ASEAN wants South China Sea deal with Beijing this year

    BORACAY ISLAND, Philippines -- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations hopes to strike a deal with China on a "framework" for a code of conduct in the South China Sea by the middle of this year, though some members of the regional grouping appear

    February 21, 2017 11:38 pm JST
  • Remote 'off' switch to help Southeast Asians get car loans

    TOKYO -- Japan's Global Mobility Service is expanding its auto lease and loan services in Southeast Asia, which use information technology to remotely shut down the engines of cars whose owners are behind on payments.The services have been introduce

    February 21, 2017 06:00 pm JST
  • ASEAN prepares to gauge the Trump effect

    BORACAY ISLAND, Philippines -- The first major meeting of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) ministers this year will provide a window on the regional reaction to shifts expected in U.S. foreign policy following President Donald Trump's

    February 19, 2017 10:35 pm JST
  • Company in focus

    Ayala offers affordable healthcare for Filipinos to boost growth

    MANILA -- Before Ayala Corp. became a Philippine investment powerhouse, the 183-year-old company operated a drugstore among its first businesses. As it accelerates its diversification strategy, the company is reviving its interest in medicine by off

    February 19, 2017 02:30 pm JST
  • Japan may offer military trucks to ASEAN

    TOKYO -- Japan, trying to enhance defense cooperation with Southeast Asia, wants to offer ASEAN nations second-hand transport vehicles from its Ground Self Defense Force.The government plans to pass a bill during the current Diet session that would

    February 19, 2017 01:30 am JST
  • South China Sea may strain ASEAN unity this year

    MANILA -- The ability of Southeast Asia's regional bloc to tackle territorial disputes in the South China Sea with a united front will be tested as a newly China-friendly Philippines leads the discussions in that effort.Elephant in the roomAs this y

    February 18, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • Automakers boosting output in the Philippines

    MANILA -- The Philippines' auto manufacturing sector is kicking into higher gear as Japan's Mitsubishi Motors prepares to launch a new production line on Friday. An underdeveloped local supply network, however, still detracts from the country's appe

    February 17, 2017 10:50 am JST
  • Universal Robina and Vitasoy form beverage joint venture

    MANILA -- Universal Robina, the Philippine food and drink company, and Hong Kong's Vitasoy International Holdings are to team up on a beverage joint venture starting mid-year.Vitasoy-URC will be equally owned by the two companies and will produce ou

    February 16, 2017 10:56 pm JST
  • Japan dreams

    MANILA/TOKYO Beside a table with a teapot, teacups and chopsticks, Rovie Ebanculla vacuums a tatami mat while another female colleague cleans a high-tech toilet, the kind that can be found in many Japanese homes.The women are in the Philippines, in

    February 16, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Thomas and Lester: How Southeast Asia can kick its coal habit

    The last few years have been marked by spectacular advances in green energy. In 2015, $348 billion was invested in renewables, and total worldwide installed capacity overtook coal. In 2016, U.K. generation from wind was higher than coal for the firs

    February 16, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Stainless steel market stirs back to life

    TOKYO -- Prices of stainless steel are on an uptrend, with producers and distributors breathing a sigh of relief after a prolonged slump.Benchmark SUS 304 stainless steel currently trades at around 320,000 yen ($2,800) per ton wholesale in Tokyo, ro

    February 16, 2017 11:00 am JST