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  • Theme parks popping up across a more affluent Southeast Asia

    TOKYO/SINGAPORE -- Southeast Asia's theme park industry is experiencing a rush of new entrants, as players from Twentieth Century Fox to Sanrio of Japan to America's Cartoon Network put their franchises on the map in Malaysia and neighboring countri

    May 31, 2014 05:51 am JST
  • Hong Kong stocks rebound on hopes for monetary easing

    HONG KONG -- The Hang Seng Index bounced back Friday as investors snapped up financial and real estate shares on hopes that China will conduct monetary easing to stimulate its economy. The speculation was sparked in part by the remark by People'

    May 31, 2014 12:32 am JST
  • Exiled former Thai premier visits Japan

    BANGKOK -- Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra arrived in Japan Tuesday from Hong Kong, it was learned Thursday, but the reason for his visit remains unknown. After his ouster in a 2006 coup, Thaksin fled the country to escape imprison

    May 30, 2014 04:51 am JST
  • Japanese companies flocking to Myanmar industrial park

    YANGON -- Dozens of Japanese and other foreign companies have expressed interest in what is to be Myanmar's first modern industrial park, scheduled to go onstream in the summer of 2015. With the sale of lots having begun this spring, 45 companie

    May 29, 2014 12:24 am JST
  • Not quite Silicon Valley

    SINGAPORE -- This city needs more than sound infrastructure and intellectual property protections to create a flourishing, homegrown tech sector. Clement Teo at Forrester Research said a fundamental problem is that the city lacks entrepreneurial

    May 29, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Top-down planning attracts IT stars

    SINGAPORE -- Singapore and Hong Kong both want to be the first port of call for the growing number of technology-related companies setting up shop in the region. Both governments hope to capitalize on technology's ability to reduce a city's reli

    May 29, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • A world class sports venue for Asean

    SINGAPORE -- Attention Manchester United: You are now wanted down here in Southeast Asia. A 55,000-seat National Stadium, a large aquatics center as well as other sports, leisure and retail facilities will be opening here over the coming months.

    May 29, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Taiwan struggles for investment

    TAIPEI -- When Liu Fang-jung applied last year to set up a company in Taiwan to provide legal and accounting services to listed companies, regulators asked why, having spent the previous 18 years serving Taiwanese investors in China, he now wanted d

    May 29, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Turning a corner on transport

    SINGAPORE/HONG KONG -- These two self-governed cities used to only have to one-up each other when it came to boasting about their air and seaports. But today, their once-world-class facilities are looking over their shoulders at some pretty impressi

    May 29, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Markets moving in different directions

    HONG KONG/SINGAPORE -- These financial centers share the same aspiration: to lure investors from Southeast Asia and China. Yet they have diverged and now have their own distinct characteristics. The Hong Kong stock exchange is gaining presence.

    May 29, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Hong Kong and Singapore plan makeovers

    Singapore is situated at the center of Southeast Asia. Hong Kong has long been a gateway to China. In defiance of their small land masses and modest populations, both cities have outsize presences in Asia. They connect the region to the rest of the

    May 29, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Western universities, Eastern promise

    SINGAPORE -- One of the world's top business schools will close its campus here once its 80 or so students graduate next year. The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, which opened the campus in 2000, is unable to renew the school buildin

    May 29, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Banking on biomed to boost growth

    SINGAPORE -- At first glance, Biopolis looks like one of this city-state's financial centers or shopping malls -- rows of shiny towers connected by glass-walled corridors. True to the peculiar building names, such as Genome and Synapse, the area is,

    May 29, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • An island city picture-perfect for art

    SINGAPORE -- Seventy-eight years ago, Gillman Barracks was built to house British troops garrisoning a colonial port. Today the site houses 16 contemporary art galleries and is a centerpiece of this country's push to become an international art hub.

    May 29, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Sydney residential developer Crown lands in Singapore

    SINGAPORE -- Crown International Holdings Group, a Sydney-based private property developer that specializes in high-end apartments, has opened a sales and marketing office in Singapore. This is the company's third such foothold in Asia, showing its

    May 28, 2014 10:50 am JST
  • China's anti-corruption campaign reaches Hong Kong

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    HONG KONG -- Chinese President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption campaign has reached Hong Kong. The head of China Resources (Holdings) has been sacked on suspicion of corruption, and other state-owned companies based there are also facing stricter disci

    May 26, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Taiheiyo Club partners with Hong Kong golf course operator

    TOKYO -- Taiheiyo Club and Hong Kong's Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club will let members play golf at each other's facilities under a reciprocal agreement signed Tuesday. In Japan, the race to cut fees has intensified among golf course operato

    May 21, 2014 02:22 am JST
  • Sega Sammy placing its bets on casino machines

    TOKYO -- Sega Sammy Holdings is getting into the casino equipment business, with plans to begin sales as early as 2015. A subsidiary, Sega Sammy Creation, has developed equipment that lets patrons enjoy sic bo, a dice-rolling game very popular i

    May 20, 2014 03:41 am JST
  • BTMU to offer dim sum bond in Hong Kong

    HONG KONG -- Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ will issue a yuan-denominated bond here, marking the first time Beijing has given a non-Chinese or non-Hong Kong bank approval to float such debt and bring the proceeds back into the country. Through a l

    May 20, 2014 02:00 am JST
  • Australia's Goodman Fielder OKs Wilmar-First Pacific buyout

    SINGAPORE -- Singapore-listed Wilmar International, the world's largest palm oil producer, and Hong Kong-listed investment management and holding company First Pacific Company announced Friday that Australian food and beverage maker Goodman Fielder

    May 19, 2014 07:30 pm JST