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  • Global growth engine running a little rougher

    MANILA, Philippines -- Southeast Asia is still one of the main engines driving the global economy, but it is kicking out less horsepower as declining domestic demand and sluggish exports increasingly weigh on economies throughout the region. The

    November 29, 2013 07:00 pm JST
  • Asean's Muslim, ethnic Chinese populations act as bridge to global markets

    SINGAPORE -- Kewpie, a Japanese food maker known for its mayonnaise, has removed angel's wings from its doll logo used in Malaysia and Indonesia. The reason: out of consideration for Muslims, who shun idol worship. Meanwhile, seasonings maker Aji

    November 29, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • Asia can withstand an early Fed taper

    The U.S. economy is holding up better than expected. Job growth has accelerated in recent months, and GDP expanded impressively in the third quarter. The Fed may thus decide to ease up on quantitative easing in the coming months. True, inflation is

    November 28, 2013 01:00 pm JST
  • Resource crisis threatens Asia's rise

    Asian economies facing a domestic resource crunch are being forced increasingly to rely on imported mineral ores, timber and fossil fuels, bringing international supplies under pressure and triggering price volatility. Yet Asia, paradoxically, is th

    November 28, 2013 01:00 pm JST
  • Asia can withstand an early Fed taper

    The U.S. economy is holding up better than expected. Job growth has accelerated in recent months, and GDP expanded impressively in the third quarter. The Fed may thus decide to ease up on quantitative easing in the coming months. True, inflation is

    November 28, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Resource crisis threatens Asia's rise

    Asian economies facing a domestic resource crunch are being forced increasingly to rely on imported mineral ores, timber and fossil fuels, bringing international supplies under pressure and triggering price volatility. Yet Asia, paradoxically, is th

    November 28, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • SoftBank bringing electric-car usage monitor to Southeast Asia

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- SoftBank is expanding sales of a usage-monitoring system for electric vehicles that enables flexible billing, working with businesses in such countries as Brunei and the Philippines, which are expected to widely adopt the cars.

    November 27, 2013 10:25 pm JST
  • Southeast Asian consumers prioritize quality over price

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- Consumers in emerging Southeast Asian economies look for quality over low prices when it comes to goods and services, a survey on consumer brand loyalty has found. In an extensive online survey, market research firm Nielsen que

    November 27, 2013 01:00 pm JST
  • Local currency bonds in East Asia up 12.5% from last year

    MANILA -- The Asian Development Bank announced Monday that local currency bonds issued in East Asia as of the end of September have reached a combined $7.13 trillion, up 12.5% from a year ago. The amount puts these bonds at a record collective h

    November 26, 2013 05:00 pm JST
  • Typhoon-hit Philippines helped by Filipinos living abroad

    MANILA -- The Philippines is working to recover from this month's massive typhoon. In addition to disaster aid from other countries, a major source of support is likely to come from Filipinos living abroad who send cash back home. The damage fro

    November 25, 2013 01:00 pm JST
  • FamilyMart redoubles push into China

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- Japanese convenience store operator FamilyMart plans to open 340 branches in China next year, up 140% from this year's plan, as it expects to turn a profit there for the first time ever in the July-December half. The company en

    November 23, 2013 12:59 am JST
  • Storm won't keep Philippines from 7% growth: economic zone director

    MANILA (Nikkei) -- The typhoon that battered the Philippines will not hold the country back economically, says Lilia de Lima, director general of the Philippine Economic Zone Authority, who predicts 7% growth for the year. De Lima, whose agency

    November 21, 2013 05:45 am JST
  • Emerging nations' forex forecast: chance of a storm

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- The possibility that the U.S. will dial down its quantitative easing continues to stir fears of currency turmoil in emerging economies. The prospect of Uncle Sam's taper is also underpinning expectations for further yen depreciatio

    November 21, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Asean's profit-growth kings: Resource boom trickles down to retail

    TOKYO -- For companies operating in Southeast Asia, now is an excellent time to be involved in infrastructure and natural resources. Being a retailer does not hurt, either, thanks to surging domestic demand across the region.These sectors dominated

    November 21, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Ranking Asean's fastest growing companies: Resource boom trickles down to retail

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- For companies operating in Southeast Asia, now is an excellent time to be involved in infrastructure and natural resources. Being a retailer does not hurt, either, thanks to surging domestic demand across the region.These sectors

    November 21, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Typhoon aid levels highlight international differences

    MANILA (Nikkei) -- In the wake of the typhoon that slammed the central part of the country, the generous aid from the U.S. and Japan contrasts sharply with the weak response from a China locked in a territorial dispute with the Philippines. The

    November 15, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • ADB pledges $523M for battered Philippines

    MANILA (Nikkei) -- The Asian Development Bank announced a $523 million support package for the Philippines on Wednesday, with the bank's chief calling for an international effort to help the country rebuild from a devastating typhoon. "The inter

    November 14, 2013 02:39 am JST
  • Typhoon seen battering Philippine economy next year

    MANILA (Nikkei) -- The devastating typhoon that struck the central Philippines Friday is expected to slam the brakes on growth in the emerging economy, with the agriculture and fishery industries likely to take a hit of 8.5 billion yen ($84.77 milli

    November 13, 2013 02:31 am JST