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  • Islamist militants storm school in southern Philippines, take students hostages

    MANILA (Reuters) -- Pro-Islamic State militants stormed a school in the southern Philippines early on Wednesday and are holding several students hostage, police said, on the same island where fighting between government troops and Islamists has ente

    June 21, 2017 11:45 am JST
  • Philippines' LT Group to wade into regional beverage production

    MANILA -- Philippine conglomerate LT Group plans to expand its beverage business in Southeast Asia, marking its first move to establish a regional manufacturing footprint, company President Michael Tan said on Tuesday. Financial subsidiary Philippin

    June 20, 2017 11:04 pm JST
  • Michael Vatikiotis

    Southeast Asia's democracy deficit erodes bottom line

    Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen is Southeast Asia's longest-serving elected leader. He recently warned there could be civil war if his ruling Cambodian People's Party lost national elections scheduled for mid-next year. "If war happens, let it be,"

    June 20, 2017 09:00 am JST
  • IMF's new program to preapprove emergency access to dollars

    TOKYO -- The International Monetary Fund will introduce a framework to mitigate currency crises by ensuring easy access to dollars without requiring the onerous structural reforms that have marked past rescue programs.This arrangement is intended ma

    June 20, 2017 04:05 am JST
  • Trilateral sea patrols take aim at Southeast Asian terror

    TARAKAN, Indonesia -- Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines are launching joint patrols to counter the rising threat of terrorism in regional waters as a growing number of fishermen and seamen fall victims to kidnappings by groups inspired by the

    June 20, 2017 02:21 am JST
  • Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines launch joint sea patrols

    JAKARTA/TARAKAN, Indonesia -- Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines on Monday began joint sea patrols meant to deter piracy and counter the growing threat of terrorism.Defense ministers from the three countries kicked off the "Indomalphi" triparti

    June 19, 2017 05:16 pm JST
  • Singapore's farmers raise rare voices

    SINGAPORE -- Heading north from Singapore's high-rise center, the tower blocks give way first to sprawling warehouses, and then to dense tropical greenery, specked with red warning signs that mark the boundaries of the army's live fire ranges. Even

    June 18, 2017 03:40 pm JST
  • Navy stops search for 7 missing sailors after bodies found

    YOKOSUKA, Japan (AP) -- The U.S. Navy ended search and rescue efforts for the seven sailors missing after their destroyer collided with a merchant ship in waters off Japan and a number of bodies were found Sunday in flooded compartments, including s

    June 18, 2017 03:32 pm JST
  • Farm-to-table dining wins Filipino fans

    MANILA -- Filipino chef and cookbook author Michael Giovan Sarthou III, better known in the Philippines as Chef Tatung, has always been ahead of his time. Instead of playing with his cousins, the young Sarthou chose to garden and cook with his grand

    June 18, 2017 01:25 pm JST
  • IT, foreign workers buttressing Japan's nursing home services

    TOKYO -- Due to a rapidly aging population and diminishing number of children, Japan is experiencing a chronic labor shortage in the nursing care industry and is looking to information technology and foreign workers to fill the gap.The problem is so

    June 17, 2017 03:30 pm JST
  • At least 3 injured, 7 missing after U.S. Navy destroyer collides with merchant vessel off Japan

    TOKYO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Seven crew members are missing and at least three injured after a U.S. Navy destroyer collided early on Saturday morning with a Philippine-flagged merchant vessel south of Tokyo Bay in Japan, the U.S. Navy said.The Japa

    June 17, 2017 01:55 pm JST
  • Duterte's tax bill faces uphill battle in Philippine Senate

    MANILA -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's tax reform bill is running into resistance in the Senate, threatening to eat away at the extra revenue that he had hoped would bankroll his ambitious infrastructure buildup.The first of five pieces of

    June 16, 2017 08:43 pm JST
  • Indonesia ramps up security over concerns about spread of extremists

    JAKARTA/MANILA -- The Indonesian military is beefing up security on Indonesian islands close to the southern Philippines to prevent the spread of influence of Islamic State-aligned militants, who are trying to take over Marawi city on the southern P

    June 16, 2017 08:08 pm JST
  • UN launches second round of nuclear ban talks

    UNITED NATIONS -- Delegates from more than 80 countries kicked off a second and possibly final round of negotiations Thursday on an international treaty to ban nuclear weapons, seeking to adopt a final text by the July 7 end of the conference."As we

    June 16, 2017 05:30 am JST
  • AIIB future rests on shedding Beijing influence

    TOKYO -- The China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank will hold its second annual general meeting between June 16-18 on South Korea's Jeju Island. The bank, which has stuck to careful driving in its first year, looks ready to gain speed in yea

    June 15, 2017 02:19 pm JST
  • Ryuichi Kaga

    Asia faces challenges attracting infrastructure investment

    Asia just doesn't seem to have enough money to pay its infrastructure bills. And as demand for infrastructure development soars, governments are looking to the private sector for funding, but are having a tough time finding takers.Infrastructure inv

    June 15, 2017 01:55 pm JST
  • Top 100 companies in Asia300 ranking of power performers

    RankCompany nameCountry/regionSectorIndexed based on top company as 1001Largan PrecisionTaiwanElectronic parts100.02HCL TechnologiesIndiaInformation technology95.43Zee Entertainment EnterprisesIndiaEntertainment95.34Tata Consultancy ServicesIndiaInf

    June 15, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Regional luminaries push back against protectionism

    Protectionist and anti-globalist attitudes are taking root in the U.S. and Europe. So how should Asian countries -- which have built their economies through trade -- respond? This was the pressing question at Nikkei's 23rd International Conference o

    June 15, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Philippines' Cayetano: 'Willpower,' world's support will carry us through terror fight

    Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Cayetano called for international support in fighting Islamic State-aligned militants in Mindanao, noting that members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have begun coordinating."Just in the last

    June 15, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Singapore's Goh: Japan should usher China into Pacific trade pact

    It is up to Japan and China to drive free trade and economic integration in Asia, and they have to do it "in tandem, not as rivals," said Goh Chok Tong, Singapore's former prime minister. On the Trans-Pacific Partnership, specifically, Goh called on

    June 15, 2017 10:00 am JST