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  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014: Saha head seeks Japan Inc. help

    BANGKOK -- Japanese convenience is key to growth for Saha Group Chairman Boonsithi Chokwatana. Saha Group, Thailand's largest consumer products conglomerate, runs about 80 joint ventures with Japanese companies. 2014 is likely to be the year the

    March 6, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Homeopathy -- India's traditional system of medicine

    India is a unique country of great cultural diversity and social plurality. People talk in different languages in different places, and practice different religions, traditions and customs. Such diversity is also visible in the practice of medicine

    March 6, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • India, Myanmar broaden cooperation in infrastructure, energy

    NAYPYIDAW -- India and Myanmar are deepening their economic ties as part of a regional initiative encompassing seven Southeast and South Asian countries, creating an alliance that could serve as a counterweight to China's influence in the country.

    March 5, 2014 05:33 am JST
  • YKK to build product development centers chiefly in Asia

    TOKYO -- YKK Group will set up five product development centers primarily in Asia in fiscal 2014, a move aimed at speeding up development of new products that cater to local consumers, the company announced Tuesday. The Tokyo-headquartered firm

    March 5, 2014 12:30 am JST
  • Nissan shifting Indian strategy to cars made locally

    TOKYO -- Nissan Motor has stopped importing the X-Trail crossover SUV and the 370Z sports car to India as part of a change in strategy to emphasize autos manufactured locally. Nissan sold 30,000 vehicles in India in 2013. Its share of the market

    March 4, 2014 05:17 am JST
  • New Datsun embodies high mileage, low price

    HYDERABAD, India -- Nissan Motor's forthcoming Datsun Go hatchback offers both fuel efficiency and affordability, targeting the burgeoning middle classes of India and other emerging countries. When it hits the Indian market later this month, the

    March 4, 2014 04:30 am JST
  • With new truck, Suzuki aims to plant seeds for Indian growth

    MUMBAI -- Suzuki Motor intends to manufacture and sell commercial trucks in India starting next year to tap the huge potential demand among the nation's farmers. The Japanese automaker intends to develop a vehicle based on its Carry minitruck. I

    March 1, 2014 05:58 am JST
  • Fuel coal prices down as India curbs imports

    TOKYO -- Prices of coal used for power generation are falling amid sluggish demand in China, India and Europe. The spot price of Australian thermal coal dipped at one point to about $75 per ton, the lowest level in about four years. It has dropp

    March 1, 2014 02:28 am JST
  • Japanese appliances go native in emerging Asia

    When the Panasonic employee looked into the refrigerator, all he saw was water and ice. Plastic bottles held water boiled for drinking. In the freezer box, some of this water was frozen in bowls. "I sell the ice in the neighborhood for 500 r

    February 28, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • Japan's Recruit Holdings to bring Asian talent to US, Europe

    TOKYO -- Japanese staffing agency Recruit Holdings will start referring Asian personnel to European and American companies next year. The Tokyo-based firm has focused on finding local personnel for Japanese businesses operating in other Asian co

    February 28, 2014 05:31 am JST
  • Turkish, Indian economies seen taking a hit after rate hikes

    ISTANBUL/NEW DELHI -- Similar to the situation in Brazil, downside risk to economic growth is growing in Turkey and India as a result of interest rate hikes aimed at curbing inflation and currency depreciation. Rate hikes by the central banks of

    February 28, 2014 03:26 am JST
  • G-20 growth target may burn out global economy

    TOKYO -- The Group of 20 nations has adopted an ambitious growth target aimed at propping up the global economy -- but it could just as easily set the stage for another worldwide financial disaster. At a recent summit in Sydney, G-20 finance min

    February 27, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Brahma Chellaney: Energy challenges test water-stressed Asia

    Asia is attracting more attention than ever before, in large part because of its re-emergence after a two-century decline. Amid the world's ever-growing energy focus, Asia's serious energy challenges have driven sharpening oil-and-gas competition th

    February 27, 2014 02:00 pm JST
  • Panasonic posts vice president in India

    OSAKA -- Panasonic said Wednesday that it will station its new executive vice president in India to seek opportunities for growth in developing Asia. From his new post in Delhi, Yoshihiko Yamada, now a senior managing director, will take charge

    February 27, 2014 12:38 am JST
  • Emerging-market investor exodus continues

    NEW YORK -- Money continues pouring out of emerging markets as investors fret about China's shadow banking problem, tensions in Ukraine and changes in currency values. According to research firm EPFR Global, mutual funds and hedge funds that inv

    February 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • G-20 targets 2% GDP growth, frets over sustainability

    SYDNEY -- Group of 20 finance ministers and central bank chiefs agreed on Feb. 23 to set a goal of boosting their collective gross domestic product by more than 2% over the next five years. The unusual agreement by the world's leading economies

    February 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Energy challenges test water-stressed Asia

    Asia is attracting more attention than ever before, in large part because of its re-emergence after a two-century decline. Amid the world's ever-growing energy focus, Asia's serious energy challenges have driven sharpening oil-and-gas competition th

    February 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Low-price superstars

    MUMBAI/BEIJING/GUANGZHOU -- Indian smartphone maker Micromax may not be well-known in the West, but make no mistake, it is a name to remember. The company already outsells Apple at home and is gaining fast on Samsung Electronics. Now it wants more.

    February 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014: Meet Hong Kong's Wong, the 'Magic Boy'

    HONG KONG -- Ricky Wong Wai-kay, chairman of Hong Kong Television Network, is nicknamed "Magic Boy." He has continued to challenge regulatory restraints in Hong Kong, a special administrative region of China known as one of the most business-friendl

    February 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014: Ang angles for San Miguel diversification

    MANILA -- Ramon Ang is considered an effective and powerful leader who can "execute the country's national strategy all alone" in the Philippines. The president of San Miguel oversees his company's domination of the domestic beer market. San Miguel

    February 27, 2014 12:00 am JST