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  • Investors hot for Indian e-commerce stocks

    SINGAPORE -- Resource, finance and infrastructure-related shares have been the main beneficiaries of the hopes for reform riding on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's new government. But online retailers, poised to reap the growth in urban consumer

    August 21, 2014 11:35 pm JST
  • India's IPO market is about to go big

    MUMBAI -- Pratul Dalal is spending a lot of time shuttling between New Delhi and his company's headquarters here to get ready for an expected boom in initial public offerings. "We have seen enough booms and busts in IPO markets over the past doz

    August 21, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Modi first has to fix India's bad-loan problem

    MUMBAI -- High on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's reform agenda is modernizing India's creaking infrastructure and making chronic power shortages a thing of the past. But financing those ambitions first requires digging the country's lenders out from

    August 21, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Tata Motors reverses cheap-car strategy

    MUMBAI -- Tata Motors has launched its first new model in four years, the Zest compact sedan. The Indian automaker is aiming to gain lost ground in the domestic market with the new car. The Zest hit the market Aug. 12. The car, aimed at upper-mi

    August 21, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Yamaha Motor seeks to double vendor count in India

    TOKYO -- Yamaha Motor aims to double the number of shops in India that exclusively sell its motorcycles as it tries to make up for lost time in the world's biggest market for two-wheelers. The Japanese company wants to have around 2,500 Yamaha-o

    August 20, 2014 11:56 pm JST
  • Chinese, Taiwanese smartphone makers call on India

    MUMBAI -- Chinese smartphone manufacturers are shaking up the Indian market as they rapidly gain popularity and shift the balance of power in the country's mobile sector. Since entering the Indian market in July, Beijing Xiaomi Technology has qu

    August 20, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Reforms to bring in foreign capital: Indian investment banker

    TOKYO -- Conditions are ripe for foreign companies to acquire Indian businesses amid higher stock prices and an easing of regulations, according to the chief of leading financial services provider Ambit Holdings. With Indian stocks at record-hig

    August 19, 2014 02:24 am JST
  • India's Modi, Japan's Abe to meet in Tokyo on Sept. 1

    TOKYO -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Japan from Aug. 31 to Sept. 3, the Japanese government said Friday. Modi's visit will mark his first overseas trip to a major industrial country since taking office. He attended the BRICs s

    August 16, 2014 02:26 am JST
  • Relieving debt-ridden banks key for India's infrastructure

    MUMBAI -- High on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's reform agenda is remedying India's creaking infrastructure and chronic power shortages. But financing those ambitions will first require digging the country's lenders out from under a mountain of bad

    August 15, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • India's first Japanese-stock mutual fund to debut this month

    TOKYO -- A major asset management company in India will launch the country's first mutual fund dedicated to Japanese shares by the end of the month, a move that could help funnel the money held by investors in that emerging market to Japanese corpor

    August 15, 2014 12:39 am JST
  • Scott Hetherington: Asia's hotel industry changing, for the better

    Over the course of my 15 years in Asia, I've seen a huge shift in the hospitality industry. When I arrived here in January 2000, the hotel market was similar to Europe's in its early days, more than a decade before. The markets in Europe had bee

    August 14, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Tracking India's 'black money'

    NEW DELHI -- Within 24 hours of assuming office on May 26, India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi set up a special investigative team to go after the huge amount of "black money" squirreled away by rich Indians in overseas tax havens. In 2012,

    August 14, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Tata Motors reverses cheap car strategy

    MUMBAI -- Tata Motors has launched its first new offering in four years, the Zest compact sedan. The Indian automaker is aiming to gain lost ground in the domestic market with the new car. The Zest hit the market Tuesday. The car, aimed at middl

    August 13, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Singapore Airlines' new India venture with Tata gets a name

    SINGAPORE -- Watch out, budget airlines, the big boys have some plans of their own. And at least one of those plans includes a new full-service airline crisscrossing the sky above India. The airline will be named Vistara, a play on the Sanskrit

    August 12, 2014 02:50 pm JST
  • Japanese automakers thriving in India

    MUMBAI -- Japanese automakers are enjoying brisk sales in India amid broader market improvements in the country. The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers said Friday that sales of passenger and commercial vehicles last month rose 2% on the

    August 8, 2014 11:48 pm JST
  • China, India vie for Sri Lanka influence

    COLOMBO -- China is aggressively trying to play a leading role in massive infrastructure projects in Sri Lanka. The move is part of Beijing's efforts to secure a sea lane in the Indian Ocean and ensure a dependable energy flow. China's growing i

    August 8, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • India not an 'Asian market': Jetro expert

    TOKYO -- Japanese consumer goods makers are eager to take advantage of the increasing number of middle-income earners in India. But they face a variety of difficulties, such as inadequate logistics infrastructure and a lack of large retailers to sel

    August 8, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Sri Lanka rides high on region's growth potential

    COLOMBO -- Sri Lanka is becoming a hot commodity among businesses looking to position themselves in the Pan-Indian Ocean economic zone. The region consists of a number of emerging countries expected to become ever more populated. Some estimates

    August 7, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • High oil prices squeezing Asian businesses

    SINGAPORE/HONG KONG/MUMBAI -- Conflicts in the Middle East and Ukraine have driven up crude oil prices, putting pressure on such companies as airlines and automakers in import-dependent Asia. The spot price for Dubai crude, a benchmark in Asia,

    August 7, 2014 03:32 am JST
  • Ai Ohara: More companies doing the right thing

    Companies are achieving both profit and environmental sustainability as well as tying up to improve the lives of the working poor. In Cambodia, this is being accomplished in the garment industry, where at least one factory is taking part in the sche

    August 7, 2014 12:00 am JST