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  • Tokyo Filmex highlights dynamic new directors

    TOKYO -- The 14th annual Tokyo Filmex film festival, which was created as a way to discover and foster talent in Asian film, opened Dec. 1 with a strong lineup of films by new directors. "We have found talented filmmakers who can carry the Asian

    December 12, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Japan to take up freedom of the skies at Asean summit

    TOKYO -- Japan is set to offer generous economic assistance to Southeast Asian nations in hopes of gaining their support for its refusal to recognize China's air defense identification zone. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government wants a three-da

    December 11, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • Oil tycoon sees SE Asian Games as chance to build brand

    YANGON -- Next to colorful advertisements for instant-coffee mix and precious gems, a towering billboard off Yangon's main Pyay Road portrays Myanmar's national sailing team. Myanmar might not seem a hot spot for the affluent marine sport. But a

    December 10, 2013 03:34 pm JST
  • Expanded Haneda service gives Asia pride of place

    TOKYO -- All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines will make it easier for travelers to jet off to Southeast Asia and China from Tokyo's Haneda Airport by adding flights early next year. ANA on Monday announced a new schedule, to take effect March 3

    December 10, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • Malaysians have highest English proficiency in Asia: ranking

    TOKYO -- Malaysia took top marks in an English skills test given to Asian nations, narrowly edging out Singapore, where English is one of the official national languages. The Philippines, where English is also spoken as a national language, was

    December 10, 2013 02:01 am JST
  • One month after typhoon, Filipinos face uncertain future

    TACLOBAN, Philippines -- One month since a devastating typhoon struck the Philippines, people struggling to rebuild their shattered lives face a murky future. Typhoon Haiyan left over 7,500 people dead or missing, tearing a path of devastation a

    December 9, 2013 01:00 pm JST
  • Southeast Asian carriers reporting flight plans to China

    SINGAPORE -- More airlines based in Southeast Asia are complying with China's demand for notification of flights passing through a new air defense identification zone it recently established in the East China Sea. The airlines apparently do not

    December 7, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • Post-typhoon growth signals raise Philippine stocks' prospects

    SINGAPORE -- The outlook for the Philippine stock market is brightening, now that it appears last month's superstorm will have a fairly modest impact on economic growth. Investors are focusing on shares in utilities, communications companies and rea

    December 4, 2013 03:00 pm JST
  • Philippines no longer just the world's call center

    MANILA -- The Philippine market for outsourced jobs from abroad is expanding in both size and scope, taking on work with more added value. In a business district of the capital city, workers search for Japanese medical research papers on behalf

    December 2, 2013 10:24 pm JST
  • Japanese electric trike producer doubling down in Philippines

    NAGOYA -- With the Philippine government seeking to push gas-guzzling taxis off the road, a Japanese manufacturer of electric trikes will more than double local output as early as next year. Prozza produces about 50 of its Pecolo electric trikes

    December 2, 2013 01:30 am JST
  • 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