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  • Dual approach planned to monitor Asia's greenhouse gases

    TOKYO -- Japan's environment ministry plans to better monitor greenhouse gas emissions in Asia through a combination of space-based and ground-based observation. The ministry will set up observation posts in Indonesia and Mongolia in fiscal

    February 13, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Investors flee the Fragile Five for the PIIGS

    NEW YORK -- Funds specializing in emerging country stocks are losing their investors. Fast. Blame the sharp declines in the value of certain currencies -- a trend that took hold at the beginning of this year. The outflow of money from funds inve

    February 12, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Robert A. Cook: Getting realistic about retirement

    We all like stories with happy endings. "Work hard and then retire easy" is one example. In Asia we certainly get the work part right. But securing the fairy tale ending -- of travel, hobbies and time with family and friends -- will require a bi

    February 11, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Honda hiring local talent to design cars for Asian markets

    TOKYO -- Honda Motor will expand its share in Southeast Asia and India by enlisting local design engineers to develop models tailored specifically to these key markets. It will double the number of design engineers in Thailand, Indonesia and Ind

    February 11, 2014 12:51 am JST
  • Big rolls of the dice ahead for emerging nations and currency market players

    JAKARTA/SEOUL -- Emerging countries may soon reach a turning point in their currency battles. Selling pressure on currencies of relatively unstable emerging nations may start easing. But it is also possible that the market turmoil may continue and e

    February 10, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Abe's export push lifting Japan's smaller infrastructure firms

    TOKYO -- Japan's major heavy machinery and electric equipment makers are not the only ones reveling in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's policy push to expand infrastructure-related exports. Many of the nation's smaller, lesser known companies in related

    February 9, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Japan may sue Indonesia for tariff overcharge

    TOKYO -- Japan is looking into the possibility of suing Indonesia in the International Chamber of Commerce's International Court of Arbitration for charging higher-than-agreed import tariffs on Japanese cars. Tokyo and Jakarta forged a bilateral

    February 9, 2014 02:00 am JST
  • JGC: Japan's Gallant Corporation

    TOKYO -- Arctic terrain, desert landscapes and rugged coastlines: Wherever you are in the world, you will find JGC. The Japanese engineering giant, and one of the nation's leading global enterprises, is expanding operations in all corners of the

    February 8, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • As Japanese footballers head to Europe, SE Asian talent eyes Japan

    TOKYO -- In what could be the start of a growing trend, Japan's J. League will have its second Southeast Asian soccer player when its season starts on March 1. Irfan Bachdim, 25, who plays the forward position on Indonesia's national team, has s

    February 8, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Philippine peso reaches 3-week high as Asian currencies advance

    SINGAPORE -- Asian currencies have generally recovered against the dollar this week, with the Philippine peso strengthening to its highest point in roughly three weeks. A weakening of Latin American and Turkish currencies had earlier triggered a

    February 8, 2014 03:23 am JST
  • Indonesia looks to biofuel to tame trade deficit

    JAKARTA -- Indonesian state-run electric power and petroleum companies have separately tied up with large oil palm farms to procure biofuel. The country, one of the largest Asian oil producers, is a net oil importer. It aims to improve its trade bal

    February 7, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Well-connected 'fixers' helping Southeast Asia to open up

    TOKYO -- Nguyen Bao Hoang, 40, is busy making financial preparations to open McDonald's first restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday. In April 1975, when Hoang was 2, he was able to get out of then Saigon aboard a U.S. military pla

    February 7, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Galloping ahead: 50 Asian executives to watch in 2014

    Asian corporate leaders are racing into the year of the horse. Executives are confident 2014 will be the year that the global economy recovers, and that demand stabilizes.Poised to capitalize on the post-crisis opportunities is a new generation of A

    February 7, 2014 05:00 pm JST
  • Japan brokers take aim at individual investors in emerging Asia

    TOKYO -- Two Japanese securities firms will start offering new services targeting individual investors in emerging Asian economies as rising income levels are fueling the growth of individual investors in the region. SBI Securities will launch o

    February 7, 2014 12:24 pm JST
  • Kuwaiti oil company plots pivot to Asia

    HANOI -- While more established in Europe, Kuwait Petroleum International has set its strategic sights on Asia in pursuit of shifting global oil demand, Chief Executive Officer Bakhit Al-Rashidi tells The Nikkei. In Vietnam, KPI is involved in a

    February 7, 2014 08:09 am JST
  • Wily Cyrus: Tata's enigmatic Mistry pushes for revival

    NEW DELHI -- Cyrus Mistry became chairman of Tata Sons at the wrong time. The secretive chairman took the helm of the holding company of the Tata group, India's largest industrial house, in December 2012. In an interview with The Nikkei, his pr

    February 6, 2014 05:00 pm JST
  • Mahindra's mantra begins to bear fruit

    MUMBAI -- Anand Mahindra's key to success is maintaining a solid corporate structure. Among Indian auto-related companies, special attention in 2014 is focused on the Mahindra & Mahindra group. It overtook Indian rival Tata Motors at home to bec

    February 6, 2014 05:00 pm JST
  • Kochhar duets with India's rock star central banker

    MUMBAI -- Chanda Kochhar's ICICI Bank is at the forefront of Indian financial reform. The 52-year-old CEO of ICICI, India's largest private bank, joined management in the early 2000s. Since becoming CEO in 2009, she has led the bank's expansion.

    February 6, 2014 05:00 pm JST
  • Ramkrishna: India's reforming stock market chief

    MUMBAI -- Chitra Ramkrishna is the first woman to head an Indian stock exchange. The CEO of the National Stock Exchange of India took office in April last year. She sees “renovating the country’s trading system while listening to the voice of t

    February 6, 2014 05:00 pm JST
  • Developed nations bring back investors as emerging economies lose luster

    TOKYO -- Since the 1990s until recently, Japan's individual funds have had great success with emerging economies. This, however, appears to be changing as emerging economies lose their appeal for many investors. The focus is again on developed count

    February 6, 2014 01:00 pm JST