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  • Asia's commercial real estate torn between bullish investors, cautious occupiers

    The world of commercial property should be straightforward. Developers take a risk and build a building. If they are good or lucky, a business will like it and rent the space. An investor may like the look of the rental income stream and buy the bui

    December 5, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Grassroots focus lifts Ajinomoto's Southeast Asia sales

    TOKYO -- Japanese seasoning maker Ajinomoto is making deep inroads in Southeast Asia, thanks to a sales force of some 5,000 people, who sell products in small batches for as little as less than a dollar each at markets and small shops. Ajinomoto

    December 3, 2013 07:00 pm JST
  • Wanted: Japanese speakers in Indonesia

    BANDUNG, Indonesia -- English tends to be the lingua franca at large Japanese companies operating in Indonesia, while smaller Japanese firms there often prefer to use Japanese with local employees. Finding enough Japanese speakers, however, is provi

    November 29, 2013 07:00 pm 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
  • Prospects dimming for key Japanese power plant in Indonesia

    TOKYO -- Japan's efforts to export its highly efficient coal-fired power generation technology has hit a snag as delays and rising costs threaten to derail a critical public-private project on Indonesia's Java island. The $4 billion project cove

    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
  • Governor of Jakarta today, president of Indonesia tomorrow?

    JAKARTA, Indonesia -- It has been a dizzying ascent for Joko Widodo, and the furniture maker-turned-governor of Jakarta appears headed for even greater political heights: the presidency. "Jokowi," as the populist leader is known, is seen as the

    November 28, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Indonesia flexes its metals

    TOKYO -- Indonesia is becoming protective of its metal resources. In August it outlawed exports of tin ingots not traded on the country's commodity exchange. It also plans to ban exports of copper, bauxite and nickel ores. As the world's No. 2 produ

    November 28, 2013 12:00 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 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
  • Indonesia: a cigarette maker's paradise

    JAKARTA -- Philip Morris International, the U.S.-based cigarette giant, and other big tobacco companies have found a home in Indonesia. Southeast Asia's most populous nation is not only filled with smokers but is swimming against the global anti-smo

    November 26, 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
  • Nippon Express sees big business potential in halal logistics

    TOKYO -- Nippon Express wants to enter the business of delivering halal products for Muslim customers. It starts in Malaysia, but the Japanese delivery company hopes to turn this project into a global enterprise. Halal rules do not cover just fo

    November 22, 2013 01:00 pm JST
  • Southeast Asian currencies fall on fresh tapering concern

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- Indonesian and Thai currencies took a beating Thursday on signs that the U.S. may scale back its quantitative easing program "in coming months." On Thursday, Indonesia's rupiah dropped to the lowest level since March 2009 again

    November 21, 2013 11:19 pm JST
  • Asean investment a priority for Daiwa House

    OSAKA (Nikkei) -- Daiwa House Industry will invest heavily in emerging markets of Asia as part of a broader push to boost overseas sales 40% by fiscal 2015. In Japan, the housing market has benefited from a rush of purchases ahead of next April'

    November 21, 2013 10:23 pm JST
  • LNG demand turning Southeast Asian producers into importers

    As economic growth continues to stimulate demand, some natural gas producing countries in Southeast Asia have started importing liquefied natural gas.The Nikkei Business Daily recently caught up with gas market expert Ichiro Kutani at the Institute

    November 21, 2013 01:00 pm JST
  • Japanese trading houses adding factory rentals in SE Asia

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- Japanese trading companies are expanding the amount of factory space available for rent in Southeast Asia, anticipating demand from small and midsize businesses eager to set up shop there. Major automakers such as Suzuki Motor

    November 21, 2013 07:00 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