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  • Opportunities emerge as Japan, India upgrade defense ties

    Defense cooperation is a relatively new area of Japan-India ties, but it has the potential to become one of the most important drivers of the relationship. That is especially the case now that Japan is courting the Indian defense sector. Accordi

    March 13, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • After Bangladesh tragedies, can the garment industry change its stripes?

    DHAKA -- Deaths and discord have brought international condemnation upon Bangladesh's $20 billion-a-year apparel industry -- the world's second largest. Now efforts are underway to solve some of the industry's problems, though there are lingering do

    March 13, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014: Samsung: The son also rises

    SEOUL -- Lee Jae-yong is all but guaranteed to lead Samsung Electronics into the future. His father, Lee Kun-hee, heads the Samsung group of South Korea and is the owner-chairman of Samsung Electronics. He has run the company with an iron fist b

    March 13, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014: Ho bets on 'eternal' Chinese consumption

    SINGAPORE -- Ho Kwon Ping, executive chairman of Banyan Tree Holdings, an operator of upscale hotels and resorts based out of Singapore, is banking on China. He expects the Chinese government will move to bolster personal spending. Banyan Tree i

    March 13, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014: Thailand's 'Whiskey King' gives regional expansion a shot

    BANGKOK -- Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi, chairman of Thai Charoen Corp. Group, a major conglomerate with Thai Beverage at its core, is widely known at home as the "Whiskey King." He has his eyes on a wider share of the Association of Southeast Asia

    March 13, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014: Sun Pharma's Shanghvi aims straight for the heart

    MUMBAI -- India's Sun Pharmaceutical Industries has seen exceptional growth in the nation's massive generic-drug industry. The company has the highest total market value in an industry heavy with competition. To achieve this, co-founder and Managing

    March 13, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • India's main opposition party looking confident ahead of election

    NEW DELHI -- India's ruling Indian National Congress and the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (Indian People's Party) have less than a month to go until voting begins in the lower house general election, and things are heating up. Getting the e

    March 13, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • India, Myanmar broaden cooperation in infrastructure, energy

    NAYPYITAW -- 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 region.

    March 13, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Carlyle Group racking up deals in Asia

    HONG KONG -- The Carlyle Group has been busy in Asia in recent weeks. On March 3, it agreed to pay $1.93 billion for ADT Korea, a security system company, in a deal that Dealogic says would be Carlyle's biggest solo buyout outside the U.S. and the b

    March 12, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Nissan gives India a Go

    MUMBAI -- Nissan's first Datsun since resurrecting the brand, called the Go, hits the Indian market in late March. The compact hatchback will be sold for around $5,000, placing it at the low-end of the market. The fortunes of the Go in India wil

    March 11, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Toray weaves emerging Asian markets into its future

    TOKYO -- Toray Industries is bolstering production of high-performance fibers in emerging countries in Asia to reap the benefits of anticipated demand growth. "Textiles is a growth industry if you look at it on the global scale," said Eizo Tanak

    March 11, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • India's used-car sales seen zooming past new cars

    MUMBAI -- The Indian market for used cars is on track to top 3 million units in fiscal 2013, outracing new-car sales. Sales of new passenger cars declined 6% on the year to around 2.04 million units for the latest April-January period, reflectin

    March 10, 2014 01:31 am JST
  • Homeopathy -- India's traditional 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 8, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Toray to build air bag textile plants in India, North America

    TOKYO -- Toray Industries plans to build air bag textile factories in India and North America by fiscal 2016, with an eye toward becoming the industry leader. The plant in India will help the company meet the anticipated rise in local demand for

    March 8, 2014 02:00 am JST
  • India's main opposition party looking confident ahead of election

    NEW DELHI -- India's ruling Indian National Congress and the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (Indian People's Party) have just a month to go until a lower house general election, and things are heating up. Getting the economy back on track is

    March 7, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • New TV channels in Southeast Asia raise Japan's profile

    TOKYO -- Amid Southeast Asia's exponential economic growth, people in the region are embracing foreign TV shows as part of their regular media consumption. A number of Japanese companies are trying to ride this trend, launching new TV channels t

    March 7, 2014 04:24 pm JST
  • Woody Epstein: Probabilities and possibilities

    We have more than our share of extreme natural disasters in Asia. Earthquakes and tsunamis, volcanic eruptions and typhoons. The severity and costs are impossible to predict. Drawing up effective emergency plans is a Sisyphean task. How should w

    March 7, 2014 03:30 pm JST
  • After Bangladesh tragedies, can the garment industry change its stripes?

    Deaths and discord have brought international condemnation upon Bangladesh's $20 billion a year apparel industry -- the world's second largest. Now efforts are underway to solve some of the industry's problems, though there are lingering doubts abou

    March 7, 2014 01:30 pm JST
  • European retailers step up presense in emerging markets

    GENEVA -- Major European retailers are stepping up their presences in emerging markets, such as India, Brazil and Russia, in a bid to capture a share of these rapidly growing economies. Major French retailer Carrefour said Wednesday that it was

    March 6, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Suntory looking to take stake in Indian peer

    TOKYO -- Suntory Holdings is in talks to invest in major Indian liquor producer Radico Khaitan group, the latest in a series of moves by the Japanese firm to expand overseas. Suntory is expected to spend around 10 billion yen ($97 million) to bu

    March 6, 2014 02:00 am JST