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  • ASEAN summit opens with concerns over threats to peace, stability

    MANILA (Kyodo) -- Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations kicked off their summit Saturday with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte expressing concerns over threats to regional peace and stability, while also stressing the need to tac

    April 29, 2017 04:08 pm JST
  • Earnings preview

    Daikin seen cruising to fourth straight record annual profit

    OSAKA -- Japanese air conditioner maker Daikin Industries likely enjoyed a fourth consecutive year of record profit in the fiscal year ended March, thanks largely to robust sales in Asian emerging markets.The 230 billion yen ($2.06 billion) operatin

    April 29, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • Kavi Chongkittavorn

    ASEAN at 50: Carry on soul searching?

    The slogan of ASEAN 2017 under its Philippine chairmanship -- "Partnership for Changes, Engaging the World" -- is telling. After five decades of existence, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations continues to do what it has always done best -- so

    April 28, 2017 11:50 pm JST
  • ASEAN airs 'grave concern' over North Korea missile tests

    MANILA -- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations on Friday became the latest body to voice anxiety over rising tensions in the Korean Peninsula. In a statement, ASEAN foreign ministers expressed their "grave concern over the escalation of tensio

    April 28, 2017 05:30 pm JST
  • Indofood logs 11% profit rise in Q1

    JAKARTA -- Indofood Sukses Makmur, Indonesia's largest food company, said on Friday net profit for the January-March quarter rose 11% year-on-year to 1.2 trillion rupiah ($90 million) thanks to better palm oil sales.Revenue grew 8% to 17.83 trillion

    April 28, 2017 01:48 pm JST
  • Green cars make their way to Indonesian auto show

    JAKARTA -- Japanese and South Korean automakers are pushing eco-friendly models at an auto show that kicked off here Thursday amid Indonesia's growing interest in fuel-saving technologies.Toyota Motor is displaying hybrid versions of the Camry and t

    April 28, 2017 06:30 am JST
  • Japan pursues currency swaps with ASEAN members

    TOKYO -- Japan seeks to establish bilateral currency swap frameworks with members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations as a hedge against tight fund supplies in a financial crisis and also as a counter to the growing influence of the yuan.T

    April 28, 2017 04:50 am JST
  • Sony unit eyes 8 new music halls across Asia

    TOKYO -- Sony Music Entertainment plans to open performance halls in eight major Asian cities by 2023, with an eye on tapping demand from Japanese artists for high-quality venues to stage concerts for their growing legions of fans.Zepp Hall Network,

    April 28, 2017 03:30 am JST
  • Asia-Pacific leads global business travel

    BANGKOK -- Business travel within Asia is growing at twice the pace of the rest of the world and looks set to overtake the top-spending Americas within 10 years, according to research by the World Travel and Tourism Council, a leading industry body,

    April 27, 2017 11:20 pm JST
  • Stronger yen digs into Komatsu's earnings

    TOKYO -- Komatsu, the world's second-largest construction and mining machinery maker, saw its annual earnings slide as a stronger yen erased gains from increasing demand in China and Indonesia.The 95-year-old company saw its revenue for the year end

    April 27, 2017 06:00 pm JST
  • The long, frustrating quest for free trade in Asia

    SINGAPORE -- It was a punch in the gut for Jenesis (Shenzhen) when the U.S. called it quits on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Just like that, the contract electronics manufacturer's very raison d'etre was thrown into question.Jenesis, which supplies

    April 27, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Think the RCEP is about free trade? Think again

    SINGAPORE -- Delegates from Pakistan's remote Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province were all smiles as they signed an economic cooperation agreement with China on April 17."We have set the stage to begin [a] journey of industrialization," the province's chief

    April 27, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Building Asia's capital markets

    Challenges faced by Asian capital markets present huge potential

    The economies of South and Southeast Asia are all in their own unique stages of development, and each capital market faces a different set of challenges. A common theme, however, is that new business opportunities are cropping up across the region.

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Building Asia's capital markets

    New frontiers, new opportunities

    Introduction: Challenges faced by Asian capital markets present huge potentialFor the second year in a row, the Nikkei Asian Review and The Banker, a Financial Times Group publication, have teamed up to produce a special report looking at the state

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Building Asia's capital markets

    Indonesian watchdog looks to broaden the local bond market

    One of the key objectives for Indonesia's financial supervisory authority is to expand the local bond market. Dominated by government bond paper, the local currency bond sector has yet to become a platform for strong corporate issuance. As of Februa

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • If US won't lead on trade, China will: Ex-US trade rep

    TOKYO America's withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership leaves the door open for China to set the agenda in Asia-Pacific trade, warns former U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman.Now a distinguished fellow at the Council on Foreign Relation

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Think the RCEP is about free trade? Think again

    SINGAPORE Delegates from Pakistan's remote Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province were all smiles as they signed an economic cooperation agreement with China on April 17."We have set the stage to begin [a] journey of industrialization," the province's chief mi

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • The long and frustrating quest for free trade in Asia

    SINGAPORE It was a punch in the gut for Jenesis (Shenzhen) when the U.S. called it quits on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Just like that, the contract electronics manufacturer's very raison d'etre was thrown into question.Jenesis, which supplies el

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Challenges faced by Asian capital markets present unique opportunities

    The economies of South and Southeast Asia are all in their own unique stages of development, and each capital market faces a different set of challenges. A common theme, however, is that new business opportunities are cropping up across the region.

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Indonesian watchdog looks to broaden the local bond market

    One of the key objectives for Indonesia's financial supervisory authority is to expand the local bond market. Dominated by government bond paper, the local currency bond sector has yet to become a platform for strong corporate issuance. As of Februa

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST