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  • CT's Tanjung maintains focus on consumers

    JAKARTA -- CT Corp. is a rising star in Indonesia, where conglomerates are mostly owned by ethnic Chinese. These ethnic-Chinese-run groups are asserting themselves in real estate and resources, but CT Chairman Chairul Tanjung keeps his company's foc

    January 9, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Time to worry about political risk?

    Plenty of challenges lie ahead for investors in Asia in the coming year. The U.S. Federal Reserve's scaling back of its bond-buying program is an obvious one. Another is the slowdown in China, long the region's growth engine. Fading competitiveness,

    January 9, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Asian IPOs: Mixed view

    BANGKOK -- Southeast Asia has been very much in favor with international equity investors since the global financial crisis, experiencing a boom up to recently in the number and volume of initial public offerings. Countries such as Malaysia in 2012

    January 9, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • East Asian companies taking more to bonds for funding

    MANILA -- Corporate bond issuance is on the rise in East Asia, as companies in some of the fastest growing economies in the region look for ways to raise funds quickly. Notably, many Asian companies turning to the bond market to finance growth a

    January 9, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Looming Indonesian mineral export ban puts companies in limbo

    JAKARTA -- Asia Minerals hurried last month to prepare its first overseas shipment of manganese ore from its mine in a remote corner of West Timor in Indonesia. The goal was to send it to South Korea by year-end, but Australian shareholder Gulf

    January 9, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Reporter's View: Widodo looks to Japan to help prime capital's economy

    JAKARTA -- Jakarta Gov. Joko Widodo's recent granting of an exclusive interview to The Nikkei is very likely part of his strategy to prime the economy of the capital through Japanese investment. In the interview, Widodo said that Indonesia expec

    January 9, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Among Asian consumers, 2013 was the year of the smartphone

    TOKYO -- Inexpensive smartphones, the apps that make them fun and other accessories rank high on the 2013 list of hit products in 10 Asian economies, according to a Nikkei survey. With Asian economies rapidly developing, smartphones are hooking

    January 7, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • US, China battle for influence in Asia in 2014

    TOKYO -- It may be impossible to predict what's in store for Asia in 2014. But at least one thing is for sure: The balance of power between the U.S. and China will have a decisive impact on the region's political landscape. China is seeking to c

    January 7, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Can Toyo Engineering bounce back from Indonesia fiasco?

    TOKYO -- Even as the shale gas boom helps buoy shares of Japanese plant-engineering leaders JGC and Chiyoda Corp., third-ranked Toyo Engineering's stock price has wilted under the weight of troubles in Indonesia. Whether it can overcome this will hi

    January 7, 2014 07:02 am JST
  • Steel plate makers follow automakers overseas

    TOKYO -- Three major Japanese steelmakers will accelerate the development of overseas production bases for automotive steel plate in response to leading Japanese automakers, their biggest customers, expanding overseas production and promoting local

    January 6, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Political horse races to keep market players on their toes this year

    TOKYO -- Call it a global election year. National votes will be held this year in countries accounting for nearly half of the planet's population, including a number of key emerging nations. The results could have big implications for the financial

    January 6, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Southeast Asia builds to bulk up burgeoning cities

    SINGAPORE -- Southeast Asian countries are ramping up investment in subways, hospitals and other facilities to improve lives in their largest cities, a trend promising new business opportunities for Japanese corporations. Human inflows into urba

    January 6, 2014 02:52 am JST
  • Global new car sales hit estimated record 83 million units in 2013

    BEIJING -- Global new car sales topped 83 million units in 2013, up 3% on the year, hitting a record high for four consecutive years, according to estimates by a research firm. The Nagoya-based firm Fourin estimates that global new car sales cam

    January 5, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • Canon to double exclusive dealers to 300 in India, Southeast Asia

    TOKYO -- Major Japanese camera and printer maker Canon is planning to increase the number of its exclusive camera dealers from about 130 at present to 300 in India and Southeast Asian countries by 2015, a move aimed at cultivating demand among wealt

    January 5, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • Casio's Singapore unit to lead Southeast Asian advance

    TOKYO -- Casio Computer is shifting control of Southeast Asian sales operations from its Japanese head office to a Singaporean subsidiary, with an eye toward responding more flexibly to local demand. It will also establish a sales company in Mal

    January 4, 2014 02:20 am JST
  • Sporting goods firms getting more apparel from Southeast Asia

    TOKYO -- Japanese sporting goods manufacturers are stocking more apparel from Southeast Asia to reduce purchases from China, where production costs are climbing. Mizuno plans to raise Southeast Asian apparel procurement to 60% by fiscal 2016, up

    January 3, 2014 04:23 am JST
  • Credit guarantees helping Asian bond markets take flight

    MANILA -- Since the late 1990s Asian financial crisis, Japan and other big East Asian economies, along with multilateral institutions, have supported the region's fledging corporate bond markets. While companies in the region are gravitating to

    January 1, 2014 03:48 am JST
  • East Asian companies taking to bond finance

    MANILA -- Corporate bond issuance is on the rise in East Asia, gaining prominence as a fundraising method in some of the region's fast-growing economies. Notably, many Asian companies turning to the bond market to finance growth are in domestic-

    January 1, 2014 03:03 am JST
  • Indonesia moving toward universal health care

    JAKARTA -- Indonesia will begin working toward offering universal health insurance to its population of 240 million, potentially creating one of the world's largest medical markets. On Wednesday, the government will establish the BPJS, which wil

    December 31, 2013 03:40 am JST
  • Jakarta governor eager to improve investment climate

    JAKARTA -- Joko Widodo, governor of the Jakarta Special Capital Region, is considered a front-runner in the presidential election slated for July. In an exclusive interview with The Nikkei in December, he showed a willingness to improve the investme

    December 30, 2013 07:00 am JST