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  • Nippon Express seizes chance in halal food transport

    TOKYO -- Nippon Express is expanding transportation services that meet Islamic dietary rules, anticipating steady growth in demand in Japan and elsewhere in Asia.The logistics company has acquired halal certification for distribution centers in Toky

    April 24, 2017 06:00 pm JST
  • Asian stocks rise as French election relief boosts risk appetite

    HONG KONG (Nikkei Markets) -- Asian shares edged higher on Monday as risk appetite improved after pro-European Union candidate Emmanuel Macron won the first round of French elections.The Nikkei Asia300 index was up 0.1% at 1,164.65 after rising as m

    April 24, 2017 01:40 pm JST
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    Pence puts Trump administration on right foot with ASEAN

    During his week-long trip to four major Asia-Pacific countries, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence delivered a strong message of a continued U.S. security commitment to the region and a firm stance on trade issues in line with U.S. President Donald Trum

    April 23, 2017 06:10 pm JST
  • AI now and tomorrow

    Is your job robot-ready?

    TOKYO -- Robots are making people redundant, and you may be next.Once a flight of fancy, we are now in an age where workers of all stripes, including professionals and white-collar workers, could be on the receiving end of pink slips thanks to robot

    April 22, 2017 10:00 pm JST
  • Pence softens Trump's trade talk during Indonesia visit

    JAKARTA -- During a visit to Jakarta on April 21, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence diluted some of the anti-trade rhetoric espoused by his recently-elected boss, President Donald Trump, saying that his country and Indonesia "can and will do more to ex

    April 22, 2017 12:00 am JST
  • CP Indonesia lands local 7-Eleven operator for $75m

    JAKARTA -- Charoen Pokphand Indonesia, an affiliate of Thai conglomerate Charoen Pokphand Group, has struck a 1 trillion rupiah ($75 million) deal to acquire the operator of 7-Eleven convenience stores in Indonesia, aiming to shore up the struggling

    April 21, 2017 10:38 pm JST
  • Malaysian palm oil price sinks to 8-month low

    TOKYO/HONG KONG -- An expectation of rising palm oil production has pushed down the price of the commodity to an eight-month low. As favorable weather conditions in major export countries are anticipated to continue, analysts foresee that the downwa

    April 21, 2017 07:40 pm JST
  • G-20 reaffirms commitment on orderly currency movements

    WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- Finance chiefs from the Group of 20 major economies on Thursday reaffirmed a G-20 commitment to orderly currency movements as a way to promote world economic growth and ensure stability in financial markets, according to Japane

    April 21, 2017 03:02 pm JST
  • New Asian companies find success with a regional focus

    TOKYO/MANILA -- In Asia, entrepreneurs can "think about creating startups that are global from day one," said Ernestine Fu, venture partner at the Alsop Louie Partners. "[That] is not possible in Silicon Valley."One reason for this is that some prob

    April 21, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Foreign ministers of US, ASEAN to meet in May

    WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of State on Thursday said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will chair a meeting with his counterparts from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, to be held on May 4 in the U.S. capital.The foreign ministers wi

    April 21, 2017 10:30 am JST
  • Earnings preview

    Truck maker Hino seen with smaller dent in profit

    TOKYO -- Japanese truck maker Hino Motors likely beat its operating profit forecast in the year ended March 31, thanks to a recovery in key foreign market Indonesia and strong sales back home.Group operating profit is seen topping 70 billion yen ($6

    April 21, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • Prosecutors seek probation for Jakarta's fallen governor

    JAKARTA -- Indonesian prosecutors on Thursday recommended two years of probation for Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, the outgoing Jakarta governor accused of blasphemy against Islam. Purnama, an ethnic-Chinese Christian known by the nickname Ahok, should fa

    April 20, 2017 08:37 pm JST
  • Pence, Widodo vow to step up security cooperation

    JAKARTA -- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence met with Indonesian President Joko Widodo in Jakarta on Thursday, reaffirming Washington's commitment to work with Indonesia to combat terrorism and other threats. At a news conference following the meeting

    April 20, 2017 04:56 pm JST
  • Indonesia's Astra International Q1 net profit up 63% on year

    JAKARTA -- Astra International, Indonesia's largest publicly listed conglomerate, on Thursday said its net profit jumped 63% on the year to 5.08 trillion rupiah ($381 million) in the first three months of 2017, thanks to strong car sales and a recov

    April 20, 2017 03:37 pm JST
  • Asian startups step out of Silicon Valley's shadow

    TOKYO/JAKARTA -- Nur Dwi Sasi's daily commute to her workplace in South Jakarta used to be a daunting task. The 47-year-old office worker had to walk in the scorching heat to catch a jam-packed minibus before changing to another, equally crowded bus

    April 20, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • New Asian companies find success with a regional focus

    TOKYO/MANILA In Asia, entrepreneurs can "think about creating startups that are global from day one," said Ernestine Fu, venture partner at the Alsop Louie Partners. "[That] is not possible in Silicon Valley."One reason for this is that some problem

    April 20, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Asian startups step out of Silicon Valley's shadow

    TOKYO/JAKARTA Nur Dwi Sasi's daily commute to her workplace in South Jakarta used to be a daunting task. The 47-year-old office worker had to walk in the scorching heat to catch a jam-packed minibus before changing to another, equally crowded bus. T

    April 20, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Southeast Asia shrugs off the 1997 financial crisis

    TOKYO The 1997 financial crisis that slammed Asia took its toll on Southeast Asian nations. Since weathering the storm, they now appear in good shape as regards development. But work remains to be done.That's the prognosis from a prominent group of

    April 20, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Tokyo tech startup raises $6m for rickshaw loan service in SE Asia

    TOKYO -- Eight Japanese companies including autoparts maker Denso and trading house Sumitomo Corp. will invest a total of 700 million yen ($6.43 million) in a tech startup with a unique model for leasing auto rickshaw taxis and other equipment in So

    April 20, 2017 05:20 am JST
  • Ex-education chief Baswedan wins Jakarta gubernatorial election

    JAKARTA -- Former Education Minister Anies Baswedan won the runoff election for Jakarta's governor on Wednesday, according to independent pollsters showing a comfortable lead over incumbent Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama.Purnama, popularly known as

    April 19, 2017 09:40 pm JST