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  • ASEAN businesses want clarity from Trump on trade

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Business groups in Southeast Asia are advocating the continuation of open trade policies, just as U.S. President Donald Trump looks to advance his protectionist agenda. More than anything, perhaps, companies across the Association of

    March 14, 2017 09:40 pm JST
  • Jack Ma asked to pull fake cigarette tax stamps off Alibaba

    MANILA -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's campaign against tax evasion and smuggling has reached Asia's largest e-commerce platform.On Friday, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez wrote Chinese billionaire Jack Ma, requesting he remove an adver

    March 14, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • Philippines' Ayala eager to fund more startups

    MANILA -- Philippine conglomerate Ayala Corp. is keen on investing in more developers of new technologies that complement its existing businesses, officials said on Monday.The company, which has already put around $50 million into startup companies,

    March 13, 2017 10:50 pm JST
  • Malaysia arrests five Filipinos for suspected Islamic State links

    KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) -- Malaysian police said on Monday they had arrested seven people, including five Filipinos, for suspected links to the Islamic State militant group.The Southeast Asian nation has been on high alert since armed gunmen linked t

    March 13, 2017 02:41 pm JST
  • Edtech taking off in Southeast Asia

    TOKYO -- Southeast Asia is proving to be fertile ground for internet-enabled education startups. Many countries in the region have creaking school systems that are now being asked to find room for swelling numbers of youths."Edtech" is stepping up.

    March 13, 2017 01:15 pm JST
  • Multinationals in Asia

    Heineken's 'future depends' on Southeast Asia

    HANOI/GENEVA -- The world's second-largest brewer, Heineken, is on the offensive in Southeast Asia.The Dutch company plans to expand production capacity more than tenfold at its Vietnam plant, and has begun operating new plants in other locations li

    March 12, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Budget Japanese food filling Filipino bellies

    MANILA -- Japanese cuisine can sometimes have a reputation for being a little on the pricey side, but the Yokocho food court, which opened in Manila in February, is trying to change that.Jella Mejia, a 33-year-old dining at Yokocho with friends, des

    March 12, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • Private hospitals target Southeast Asia's middle class

    TOKYO -- For middle-class Southeast Asians, medical care has meant choosing between costly high-grade private hospitals or cheap but ineffective public ones. Now a middle ground has formed.Private health care institutions popping up throughout emerg

    March 12, 2017 01:47 am JST
  • Mountain of garbage blights Manila

    MANILA -- Years of strong economic growth have markedly lifted living standards in the Philippines, but abject poverty remains a bitter fact of life for many people in this Southeast Asian country.Smokey Mountain is the most famous of several garbag

    March 10, 2017 07:00 pm JST
  • For female migrant workers, problems can begin at home

    SINGAPORE -- From the very outset, Myint's search for work to support her family had to be conducted outside the law. Like thousands before her, the frightened young woman from Myanmar was recruited by a Yangon labor agency in defiance of a temporar

    March 10, 2017 05:30 pm JST
  • Duterte in the hot seat after nixing of foreign secretary pick

    MANILA -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's choice to fill his cabinet with old friends and left-wingers has come back to bite him, with a foreign secretary forced out for lying about his U.S. citizenship and an environment secretary facing pus

    March 10, 2017 05:00 am JST
  • Double Dip Asia300

    Earnings gloom aside, Asia Inc. is positioned for growth

    HONG KONG -- Don't start fretting just yet. Even though Asia's leading companies are set to log their first back-to-back drop in aggregate annual net profit since the Asian financial crisis, there are plenty of reasons to believe corporate Asia is s

    March 9, 2017 05:10 pm JST
  • Double Dip Asia300

    China's chill hits banks' bottom lines

    TOKYO -- Unable to shrug off its disappointing performance of the preceding year, Asia's financial sector registered a second straight year of decline in its bottom line in 2016. Net profit for the sector came in at $173.1 billion, a decline of 8.8%

    March 9, 2017 05:10 pm JST
  • Duterte changes diplomatic guard amid ASEAN chairmanship

    MANILA -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday promoted Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Policy Enrique Manalo to the country's top diplomatic position, on an interim basis, after a congressional committee rejected Perfecto Yasay, the

    March 9, 2017 02:42 pm JST
  • Double Dip Asia300

    Asia Inc. stumbles through two years of profit shrinkage

    BANGKOK -- In the 20 years since the Asian currency crisis of 1997, the region's companies have generally done well. They recovered from that setback and shrugged off the global financial crisis triggered by the U.S. housing meltdown a decade later,

    March 9, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Earnings gloom aside, Asia Inc. is positioned for growth

    HONG KONG Don't start fretting just yet. Even though Asia's leading companies are set to log their first back-to-back drop in aggregate annual net profit since the Asian financial crisis, there are plenty of reasons to believe corporate Asia is stil

    March 9, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • China's chill hits banks' bottom lines

    TOKYO Unable to shrug off its disappointing performance of the preceding year, Asia's financial sector registered a second straight year of decline in its bottom line in 2016. Net profit for the sector came in at $173.1 billion, a decline of 8.8% co

    March 9, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Asian companies try to shake off two years of weaker profits

    BANGKOK In the 20 years since the Asian currency crisis of 1997, the region's companies have generally done well. They recovered from that setback and shrugged off the global financial crisis triggered by the U.S. housing meltdown a decade later, th

    March 9, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • CEO in the news: Salim Group's man in Manila takes a final shot at telecom glory

    MANILA Manuel V. Pangilinan, the chief executive of top Philippine telecommunications company PLDT, receives a briefing each week from what he calls the "kids" of Voyager Innovations, a unit that develops "disruptive" technologies.They update their

    March 9, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Asian PMI readings paint a mixed picture

    TOKYO Business activity in Southeast Asia picked up overall in February, but manufacturers' outlook for future output was less rosy, the latest Nikkei Purchasing Managers' Index shows.The headline Nikkei ASEAN Manufacturing PMI rose 0.3 point from J

    March 9, 2017 10:00 am JST