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  • Japan to help Indonesia with $1.3 billion more in loans for urban development

    TOKYO -- Japan will extend fresh loans worth 140 billion yen ($1.3 billion) to Indonesia to help accelerate the country's urban development projects that involve Japanese companies. The new lending is aimed at pushing forward the two countries

    December 11, 2013 01:00 pm JST
  • Emerging countries to multinationals: pay your taxes

    TOKYO -- As global conglomerates minimize their tax burdens with complex global transfers and accounting practices, more emerging countries are slapping higher taxes on them. Samsung Electronics, the South Korean electronics behemoth, paid taxes

    December 11, 2013 01:00 pm JST
  • Secom to launch corporate security service in Myanmar

    TOKYO -- Secom will offer security services for corporations in Myanmar starting next fall, touting its cutting-edge information technology devices that help curb labor costs. In Southeast Asia, commercial buildings and factories are often staff

    December 11, 2013 02:29 am JST
  • Japanese parts, rural Asean elbow grease

    TOKYO -- Factories and workshops that support rural Southeast Asian communities are being exported by a Japanese auto component maker. Yazaki, which manufactures components such as wire harnesses, is stepping up overseas operations, especially i

    December 10, 2013 07:00 pm JST
  • Retail investors driving Japan startup markets

    TOKYO -- Stocks listed on Japan's start-up markets are gaining momentum. On Tuesday, the Nikkei Jasdaq Stock Average closed above 2,000 for the first time since May 22. The rise is driven by expectations for a global economic recovery and a grea

    December 10, 2013 07:00 pm JST
  • Oil tycoon sees SE Asian Games as chance to build brand

    YANGON -- Next to colorful advertisements for instant-coffee mix and precious gems, a towering billboard off Yangon's main Pyay Road portrays Myanmar's national sailing team. Myanmar might not seem a hot spot for the affluent marine sport. But a

    December 10, 2013 03:34 pm JST
  • Australia's Indonesian phone tapping sparks beef brawl

    JAKARTA -- Details of phone hacking of top political leaders released by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden are playing havoc with politics in Asia. In one of the stranger bits of fallout, news that Australian intelli

    December 10, 2013 01:00 pm JST
  • TPP ministerial session to end without final agreement

    SINGAPORE -- Ministers from the 12 countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks are expected to wrap up their four-day meeting Tuesday without a full agreement, making it certain they will miss their end-of-year target for a

    December 10, 2013 12:01 pm JST
  • Expanded Haneda service gives Asia pride of place

    TOKYO -- All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines will make it easier for travelers to jet off to Southeast Asia and China from Tokyo's Haneda Airport by adding flights early next year. ANA on Monday announced a new schedule, to take effect March 3

    December 10, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • SE Asia a tough yet tempting market for Japan's drink makers

    TOKYO -- Cracking Southeast Asia's beverage market is a challenge worth attempting for Japan's beverage makers. Asahi Group Holdings, for one, is relying on its brand recognition and product development know-how to take on global rivals for a share

    December 8, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • WTO reaches agreement on some of issues under Doha Round trade talks

    NUSA DUA, Indonesia -- The World Trade Organization on Saturday reached agreement on some of the issues being negotiated under the long-stalled Doha Round trade liberalization talks at a ministerial meeting in the Indonesian resort of Bali. The

    December 7, 2013 09:00 pm JST
  • Jawboning no help for sagging rupiah

    SINGAPORE -- The Indonesian rupiah extended its losses against the dollar Thursday, briefly falling to 12,035 versus the greenback, its lowest level since March 6, 2009. The currency is down around 20% since the end of 2012. Renewed speculation

    December 6, 2013 07:00 pm JST
  • Indonesia ringing up rapid smartphone production growth

    JAKARTA -- Production of smartphones in Indonesia is spreading as the commoditization of handsets gives rise to numerous manufacturers and the country's government offers incentives encouraging domestic production. Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Ind

    December 6, 2013 04:08 am JST
  • Japanese carmakers to boost eco-car offerings in Southeast Asia

    TOKYO -- Japanese automakers are moving to increase sales and production of fuel-efficient, low-emission vehicles in Southeast Asia, where a sharp increase in vehicle ownership is raising air pollution concerns, prompting local authorities to promot

    December 6, 2013 02:00 am JST
  • Building up free trade, one agreement at a time

    We have advanced as people from living in caves to the sophistication of Tokyo by specialization. Trade is essentially about specialization. If you think about what our ancient ancestors did, some of them would have been better at making weapons for

    December 5, 2013 01:00 pm JST
  • Indonesia overtaking China as hot spot for Japanese apparel firms

    TOKYO -- Japanese companies are ramping up textile and apparel production in Indonesia, a trend that is making the country a principal alternative to China as a location for conducting such operations.Lower labor costs -- a quarter of those in China

    December 5, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • Building up free trade, one agreement at a time

    We have advanced as people from living in caves to the sophistication of Tokyo by specialization. Trade is essentially about specialization. If you think about what our ancient ancestors did, some of them would have been better at making weapons for

    December 5, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • 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