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  • Travel websites in Japan reaching out to more foreign visitors

    TOKYO -- Online restaurant and travel guides in Japan are targeting tourists from specific overseas regions as they step up efforts to appeal to them. On Wednesday, Gurunavi will expand the reach of its website on Japanese food culture and touri

    August 19, 2014 04:18 am JST
  • Philippines' infrastructure 'MVP' not resting on laurels

    MANILA -- Manuel V. Pangilinan, chairman of Philippine Long Distance Telephone and chief executive officer of Hong Kong investment company First Pacific, has been dubbed 'MVP' -- a nickname he has earned in the Philippines, where he plays a leading

    August 16, 2014 02:53 am JST
  • Chicken exports take wing for CP Foods

    BANGKOK -- Charoen Pokphand Foods, the listed food arm of Thai conglomerate Charoen Pokphand Group, said net profit more than doubled in the first half of 2014 to 5.59 billion baht ($177 million) year on year as its livestock business continued to r

    August 15, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Swiss bank sees record year as Hong Kong tycoons pass the baton

    HONG KONG -- For a Geneva-based private bank established well over 200 years ago, the timing seems just right to expand in Hong Kong. Vincent Duhamel, a capital partner and the head of Asia for Lombard Odier, revealed in an interview with the Nikkei

    August 14, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Hong Kong dollar, stocks dance on Europe's woes

    HONG KONG -- Stock and currency markets here have been booming since mid-July. Hope for an economic recovery in China is one driver, helped by capital flight from Europe, where nations are again feuding with one another. The benchmark Hang Seng

    August 14, 2014 12:00 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
  • Music streamer KKBox gains edge catering to region's diversity

    SINGAPORE -- Music fans are increasingly spoiled for choice as more Internet streaming services expand into Asia. The region is set to see a land grab between global players such as Spotify, Deezer, Amazon's new music service and, possibly, Apple's

    August 14, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Nature on the brink

    The Japanese eel, regularly eaten as a grilled delicacy in Japan, is now under threat of extinction in the wild. It joins the African elephant, giant panda and black rhinoceros as one of the more than 20,000 endangered species worldwide. In Asia

    August 14, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Ex-MediaTek engineers charged with leaking designs to HK competitor

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan's fabless chipmaker MediaTek said Wednesday that leaks of sensitive chip designs by former employees to a competitor for use in the Chinese market will have no significant impact on the company's operations. The Taiwanese compan

    August 13, 2014 05:50 pm JST
  • Expensive Japanese rice finding its way around the world

    TOKYO -- Japanese rice exports are growing at a record pace this year. Give credit to the rising popularity of Japanese cuisine around the world, the weakened yen and a narrowing gap between the price of Japanese rice and overseas strains. Japan

    August 11, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Hong Kong dollar, stocks dance on Europe's woes

    HONG KONG -- Stock and currency markets here have been booming since mid-July. Hope for an economic recovery in China is one driver. A bigger factor is capital flight from Europe, where nations are again feuding with one another. The benchmark H

    August 7, 2014 05:30 pm JST
  • China Mobile's Axiata buy unlikely to happen: Malaysia brokerages

    KUALA LUMPUR -- China Mobile's plan to take a 20% stake in Axiata Group is unlikely to happen, according to Malaysian brokerages. They see no incentive for the Khazanah Nasional, the largest shareholder of the Malaysian telecommunications group, to

    August 7, 2014 03:57 pm JST
  • Playing Jackie Chan in Japan

    TOKYO -- Jackie Chan turned 60 this year. It has been more than 30 years since I started playing him in movies dubbed into Japanese. It is amazing how he has remained a top international action star for all these years. I never imagined that I would

    August 7, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Playing Jackie Chan in Japan

    TOKYO -- Jackie Chan turned 60 this year. It has been more than 30 years since I started playing him in movies dubbed into Japanese. It is amazing how he has remained a top international action star for all these years. I never imagined that I would

    August 7, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Hong Kong business optimism, real estate on the up, survey shows

    HONG KONG -- A recent survey of small and midsize companies in Hong Kong points to improving business sentiment and a bottoming out of the local real estate market. The Standard Chartered Hong Kong SME Leading Business Index for the July-Se

    August 6, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Pork giant WH Group makes Hong Kong debut

    HONG KONG -- WH Group, the world's largest pork processor, got off to a somewhat rocky start here Tuesday as it finally went public after scrapping its original initial public offering three months earlier. The Henan Province company raised some

    August 6, 2014 03:25 am JST
  • Sheraton, Hyatt looking to lure business travelers to Macau

    NEW YORK -- Big U.S. hotel chains with Macau locations are strengthening services for business customers as regional competition for Western companies heats up. Sheraton Macao Hotel Cotai Central has introduced a new concierge service to help ev

    August 6, 2014 12:24 am JST
  • Orix, ADB to create $400M Asian green business fund

    TOKYO -- Orix and the Asian Development Bank will launch a private-equity fund as soon as this fall that will invest in environmentally sound Asian businesses. The venture, called Asia Climate Partners, will have an initial capitalization of $40

    August 5, 2014 12:01 am JST
  • China carriers push harder for shift to 4G

    HONG KONG -- China's mobile carriers are working to get more users to switch to 4G, the fourth-generation mobile communication system offering high-speed data transfers. These carriers are getting boosts in these efforts by the implementation of sta

    August 4, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Shine comes off European luxury brands in Asia

    PARIS -- Earnings growth for major European luxury brands is slowing, due to sluggish sales in Japan in the wake of an increase in the consumption tax and a decline in the value of the yen against the euro. Sales are expanding at a slower rate elsew

    August 2, 2014 10:00 pm JST