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  • South China Sea may strain ASEAN unity this year

    MANILA -- The ability of Southeast Asia's regional bloc to tackle territorial disputes in the South China Sea with a united front will be tested as a newly China-friendly Philippines leads the discussions in that effort.Elephant in the roomAs this y

    February 18, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • Palm oil prices around 5-year peak as production dips

    TOKYO -- International palm oil prices remain high as poor weather in the main production regions of Southeast Asia slashed output of the commodity used in foods such as margarine and cup noodles.Prices on the benchmark Malaysia futures market recen

    February 17, 2017 03:19 am JST
  • Bank Indonesia holds rates steady amid inflation concerns

    JAKARTA -- Indonesia's central bank has kept its policy interest rate at 4.75% for a fourth straight month, as expected, amid concerns over a rise in inflation on the back of recovering oil prices and a weaker currency.While the domestic economy lac

    February 17, 2017 02:12 am JST
  • Thomas and Lester: How Southeast Asia can kick its coal habit

    The last few years have been marked by spectacular advances in green energy. In 2015, $348 billion was invested in renewables, and total worldwide installed capacity overtook coal. In 2016, U.K. generation from wind was higher than coal for the firs

    February 16, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Uncertainty as heads roll at Indonesian oil giant Pertamina

    JAKARTA The unexpected dismissal of the top two executives at Indonesian state-owned oil and gas titan Pertamina has suddenly cast a shadow of uncertainty over the country's largest company. While the government attributes the shake-up to a "leaders

    February 16, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Stainless steel market stirs back to life

    TOKYO -- Prices of stainless steel are on an uptrend, with producers and distributors breathing a sigh of relief after a prolonged slump.Benchmark SUS 304 stainless steel currently trades at around 320,000 yen ($2,800) per ton wholesale in Tokyo, ro

    February 16, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • Jakarta gubernatorial vote set for April runoff

    JAKARTA -- Early projections for the first round of the Jakarta gubernatorial election on Wednesday show incumbent Basuki Tjahaja Purnama with a slight lead over former Education Minister Anies Baswedan. But with neither likely to win an outright ma

    February 15, 2017 10:44 pm JST
  • Andy Yee

    Asia needs a policy framework to govern AI technology

    In his novel "The Master of Go," Nobel Prize-winning author Yasunari Kawabata chronicled a real-life game of Go, the Japanese game of strategy, that took place in 1938 between Honinbo Shusai, a respected master, and Minoru Kitani, an up-and-coming p

    February 15, 2017 08:00 pm JST
  • Indonesian high-speed rail project stalls, waiting on land

    JAKARTA/BANGKOK -- A more than $5 billion high-speed rail project in Indonesia is stuck in the station amid difficulty obtaining land along the planned route from Jakarta to Bandung, potentially derailing Chinese financing for the endeavor.Several l

    February 15, 2017 01:30 pm JST
  • Voters go to polls in pivotal Jakarta election

    JAKARTA -- Voting is underway in Jakarta's gubernatorial election, capping a bitterly contested race between three candidates. The election is seen as a bellwether for the 2019 presidential campaign.In a neighborhood of North Jakarta on Wednesday mo

    February 15, 2017 12:13 pm JST
  • Jakarta race still neck and neck as voters head to polls

    JAKARTA -- Wednesday's gubernatorial election here in Indonesia's capital is drawing a lot of attention because it will not only determine the face of one of Southeast Asia's most influential cities but also offer a glimpse into the country's 2019 p

    February 15, 2017 05:45 am JST
  • Southeast Asian mobile ad market seen mushrooming

    SINGAPORE -- The market for mobile advertisements in key Southeast Asian economies is seen quadrupling by 2020, propelled by the rapid spread of smartphones and online shopping.Spending for ads shown on mobile devices in six countries -- Indonesia,

    February 15, 2017 12:32 am JST
  • Bob Herrera-Lim

    Southeast Asia's problem with fake news

    As in the West, fake news is becoming a problem in many parts of Southeast Asia, but it is unclear how governments can deal with the issue. The speed at which today's technology propagates fake reports, their visual similarity to "real" news, and th

    February 14, 2017 11:30 pm JST
  • Strike, export ban push copper prices to 20-month high

    TOKYO -- International copper prices are surging on widespread concerns over supply shortages as a strike and export ban affect the market.The London Metal Exchange's benchmark price for three-month copper futures briefly topped $6,200 per ton on Mo

    February 14, 2017 04:00 pm JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index extends gains after Trump-Abe meet

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks edged higher Monday, as a smooth meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe further improved investor sentiment after last week's hint at tax reforms in the world's largest ec

    February 13, 2017 08:52 pm JST
  • Asia's Standouts

    Indonesia's high-speed hero

    JAKARTA -- On a circuit in the suburbs of Jakarta, Rio Haryanto wrapped up a five-hour session in his racing kart. Finding time to do 70 laps wasn't easy with his tight year-end schedule, but Haryanto had a goal: "I want to keep my physical conditio

    February 13, 2017 08:00 pm JST
  • Fake news charges emotionally driven Jakarta election

    JAKARTA -- "Could these be Chinese troops brought to Jakarta to defend Ahok?" an Indonesian kindergarten teacher posted on her Facebook wall in October last year along with a photo of several Chinese-looking men clad in military uniform.Ahok is the

    February 13, 2017 01:40 pm JST
  • Philippines, Indonesia commit to digital TV broadcasting

    MANILA -- Indonesia and the Philippines are moving to adopt terrestrial digital broadcasting technology, and this move by Southeast Asia's two most populous countries could open business opportunities for Japanese companies with related hardware.The

    February 13, 2017 01:30 pm JST
  • Candidates mark peaceful end to Jakarta election campaign

    JAKARTA -- A tumultuous election campaign for the job of running one of the world's biggest, most traffic-clogged and flood-prone cities drew to a relatively placid close over the final weekend before the Feb. 15 vote.Candidates in the race for the

    February 13, 2017 09:15 am JST
  • Sreeram Chaulia

    Islamist challenge mounts in Indonesia and Bangladesh

    The ethnically Chinese and Christian governor of Indonesia's capital Jakarta, Basuki Purnama, is facing a tight election contest on Feb. 15 in which race and religious issues have been thrust forward by firebrand Islamists. Accused of committing bla

    February 13, 2017 08:00 am JST