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  • FT Confidential Research

    Job insecurity rises in ASEAN despite economic recovery

    We found 22.8 per cent of Asean respondents feared losing their jobs in the next six months, a 2.3 point increase since our last survey of employment sentiment in 2015.Asean jobseekers also said it was harder to find a job this year than in 2015.Mal

    May 8, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • ADB meeting finds the 'Asian century' so close, yet so far

    YOKOHAMA -- Asia has changed beyond recognition. The Asian Development Bank proclaimed confidently in a promotion video that was played repeatedly at its 50th annual meeting held in Yokohama from Thursday to Sunday.The statistics bear out this claim

    May 8, 2017 08:00 am JST
  • Multinationals in Asia

    Carlos Ghosn chases the global auto crown in Southeast Asia

    BANGKOK -- Carlos Ghosn knows what his automobile empire is missing, and he is on a mission to get it.The elusive piece of the puzzle is a larger slice of the Southeast Asian market. In Ghosn's nearly 20 years at the helm, the Nissan-Renault Allianc

    May 8, 2017 12:00 am JST
  • Protectionism will not be able to stop global trade

    YOKOHAMA -- Despite fears of rising protectionism in the global economy, trade expansion will continue and remain an unstoppable force. This was the key message delivered by the finance ministers of India, Pakistan and Indonesia at a panel discussio

    May 7, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • ASEAN summit underscores dearth of leadership

    MANILA -- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations observed its 50th anniversary with a summit that failed to yield a united front against Beijing on the South China Sea territorial disputes, a comedown for an organization once steered by strong f

    May 6, 2017 04:10 am JST
  • The case for a truly international Asian infrastructure summit

    TOKYO -- The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the Asian Development Bank are widely seen as competitors in shaping a new world order. The former, sponsored by China, has already outstripped the membership of the latter, backed by Japan and t

    May 5, 2017 05:00 pm JST
  • Indonesia's Q1 GDP growth up slightly, supported by higher commodity prices

    JAKARTA (Reuters) -- Indonesia's annual economic growth picked up slightly in the first quarter, supported by higher prices for some of the nation's export commodities, statistics bureau data showed on Friday.Southeast Asia's largest economy grew 5.

    May 5, 2017 11:32 am JST
  • ASEAN PMI rises to 51.1 in April

    TOKYO -- The Nikkei ASEAN Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, rose to 51.1 in April from 50.9 in March. The rate of improvement was the quickest recorded in 33 months.A reading above 50 indicates economic expansion, while a reading bel

    May 5, 2017 09:30 am JST
  • Interview

    Indonesia minister: Japan, China rivalry good for Asian infrastructure

    YOKOHAMA -- Competition between Japan and China to build infrastructure in the region is healthy and will help the development of Asian countries, Indonesia's Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati told Nikkei Asian Review on Thursday.Japan is advoc

    May 5, 2017 09:00 am JST
  • Lippo plans $20bn township outside Jakarta

    JAKARTA -- Indonesia's Lippo Group is launching a $278 trillion rupiah ($20.85 billion) township project in the east of Jakarta, which it claims will cover at least 2,200 hectares and host 100 skyscrapers and others."This is the biggest, most import

    May 4, 2017 06:50 pm JST
  • The case for a truly international Asian infrastructure summit

    The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the Asian Development Bank are widely seen as competitors in shaping a new world order. The former, sponsored by China, has already outstripped the membership of the latter, backed by Japan and the U.S. B

    May 4, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • ADB chief sees 'even bigger role' for multilateral lenders

    MANILA Asian Development Bank President Takehiko Nakao sees three key ways in which the institution has paved the way for the region's economic emergence. He sat down with The Nikkei to talk about the lender's five-decade track record and what the f

    May 4, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • The ADB faces up to new challenges

    Asia has seen remarkable growth in recent decades, but it still needs to improve power grids, roads, waterworks and other infrastructure, both to sustain that growth and as a result of it. Asian economies also need to attract private-sector capital

    May 4, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Kavi Chongkittavorn: Global disruptions test a soul-searching ASEAN

    The slogan of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations for 2017 -- "Partnering for Change, Engaging the World" -- is telling. It suggests that after 50 years of existence, the group will continue to do what it has always done best: soul-searching.

    May 4, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Southeast Asian summit statement packs less of a punch on China

    MANILA The Association of Southeast Asian Nations is celebrating 50 years of togetherness this year, but the focus at its latest summit was how the bloc would handle an issue that divides its members: territorial friction with Beijing in the South C

    May 4, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • ADB to launch infrastructure project referee program

    MANILA -- The Asian Development Bank plans to start a program to mediate conflicts between public and private sector entities in Asia's infrastructure developments. The bank will announce the program at its annual meeting, which starts Thursday in Y

    May 3, 2017 04:00 pm JST
  • The ADB faces up to new challenges

    TOKYO -- Asia has seen remarkable growth in recent decades, but it still needs to improve power grids, roads, waterworks and other infrastructure, both to sustain that growth and as a result of it. Asian economies also need to attract private-sector

    May 3, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • Interview

    ADB chief sees 'even bigger role' for multilateral lenders

    MANILA -- Asian Development Bank President Takehiko Nakao sees three key ways in which the institution has paved the way for the region's economic emergence. He sat down with The Nikkei to talk about the lender's five-decade track record and what th

    May 3, 2017 12:20 pm JST
  • Job offers up in Indonesia, China: Tokyo staffing agency

    TOKYO -- Job offers jumped in Indonesia and China but dropped in Vietnam and South Korea during the January-March quarter, according to JAC Recruitment, a Tokyo-based employment agency that places highly specialized workers at the overseas sites of

    May 3, 2017 03:20 am JST
  • Indonesia's Antam investors upbeat as nickel ore exports resume

    JAKARTA -- State-owned Indonesian mining company Aneka Tambang is looking to improve sales with the resumption of nickel ore exports this month after a three-year ban.The company said expanded domestic smelting capacity will allow it to ramp up prod

    May 3, 2017 03:00 am JST