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  • Licensing businesses battle in Asia

    The world was in attendance at the 12th Hong Kong International Licensing Show, which took place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre early last month. Asia's largest licensing exhibition, the event, organized by the Hong Kong Trade Dev

    February 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Can Asia be the world's brand factory?

    Numerous big brands manufacture their products in Asia. As the region builds technological and financial muscle, it also looks primed to produce more global brands of its own. The strongest Asian brand, according to U.S. consultancy Interbrand,

    February 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014:Philippines hopes Pangilinan can make a pipeline for peace

    MANILA -- Does Manuel Pangilinan hold the key to solving a territorial dispute between the Philippines and China? The government in Manila thinks so. Politicians in the Philippines are looking to Pangilinan, chairman of Philex Mining, for advice

    February 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014:Kochhar duets with India's rock star central banker

    MUMBAI -- Chanda Kochhar's ICICI Bank is at the forefront of Indian financial reform. The 52-year-old CEO of ICICI, India's largest private bank, joined management in the early 2000s. Since becoming CEO in 2009, she has led the bank's expansion.

    February 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Fears mount for Hong Kong real estate

    HONG KONG -- True to its reputation as the world's costliest city for renting office and residential properties, Hong Kong again beat out New York and London to claim the top spot in annual rents for 2013, a survey by British real estate developer S

    February 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • AIA returning to English Premier League as full sponsor

    HONG KONG -- Major Asian insurer AIA Group said Thursday that it has signed a long-term sponsorship deal with the Tottenham Hotspur professional soccer team, marking its full return to the English Premier League since the pullout of predecessor Amer

    February 15, 2014 01:28 am JST
  • China's cancer rates exploding

    DALIAN, China -- China could see 1 million new cases of lung cancer each year by 2025, according to a report from the World Health Organization citing the country's high smoking rate and poor air quality. According to the World Cancer Report rel

    February 13, 2014 02:00 pm JST
  • Asia-Pacific to be biggest aircraft market by 2032: Airbus

    PARIS -- The Asia-Pacific region will be the world's largest aircraft market by 2032, Airbus said in a report released Thursday. The European aircraft maker said airlines in the region will likely require a total of 10,940 new planes over the tw

    February 13, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014: Tang adds zest to infrastructure market

    SINGAPORE -- Tang Kin Fei has a rare trait for a Singaporean businessman: loyalty. The president of Singapore's leading government-affiliated conglomerate, Sembcorp Industries, is one of the few executives in the city-state who has stuck with th

    February 13, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014: Sugiarto sees life beyond cars

    JAKARTA--Prijono Sugiarto must diversify income streams this year as president director of Astra International. One of Indonesia's largest conglomerates, Astra assembles and sells vehicles in collaboration with Japanese automakers Toyota Motor a

    February 13, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Hong Kong, mainland China vie for shipping business

    HONG KONG -- Competition from mainland China is giving the local container-shipping business a run for its money, with Shenzhen knocking it from its long-standing seat in the top three. Shanghai has been the world's busiest container port for fo

    February 12, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Robert A. Cook: Getting realistic about retirement

    We all like stories with happy endings. "Work hard and then retire easy" is one example. In Asia we certainly get the work part right. But securing the fairy tale ending -- of travel, hobbies and time with family and friends -- will require a bi

    February 11, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Fears growing for Hong Kong real estate's downside risk

    HONG KONG -- True to its reputation as the world's costliest city for renting office and residential properties, Hong Kong again beat out New York and London to claim the top spot in annual rents for 2013, a survey by British real estate developer S

    February 8, 2014 01:57 am JST
  • Mending Sino-Japan ties, one slurp at a time

    HONG KONG -- Shares of Ajisen (China) Holdings, which operates a ramen noodle chain in China, are solid. The company's stock on Jan. 15 hit 9.60 Hong Kong dollars, its highest level since the beginning of 2013. It has been hovering at similar levels

    February 7, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Galloping ahead: 50 Asian executives to watch in 2014

    Asian corporate leaders are racing into the year of the horse. Executives are confident 2014 will be the year that the global economy recovers, and that demand stabilizes.Poised to capitalize on the post-crisis opportunities is a new generation of A

    February 7, 2014 05:00 pm JST
  • Wily Cyrus: Tata's enigmatic Mistry pushes for revival

    NEW DELHI -- Cyrus Mistry became chairman of Tata Sons at the wrong time. The secretive chairman took the helm of the holding company of the Tata group, India's largest industrial house, in December 2012. In an interview with The Nikkei, his pr

    February 6, 2014 05:00 pm JST
  • Mahindra's mantra begins to bear fruit

    MUMBAI -- Anand Mahindra's key to success is maintaining a solid corporate structure. Among Indian auto-related companies, special attention in 2014 is focused on the Mahindra & Mahindra group. It overtook Indian rival Tata Motors at home to bec

    February 6, 2014 05:00 pm JST
  • Kochhar duets with India's rock star central banker

    MUMBAI -- Chanda Kochhar's ICICI Bank is at the forefront of Indian financial reform. The 52-year-old CEO of ICICI, India's largest private bank, joined management in the early 2000s. Since becoming CEO in 2009, she has led the bank's expansion.

    February 6, 2014 05:00 pm JST
  • Ramkrishna: India's reforming stock market chief

    MUMBAI -- Chitra Ramkrishna is the first woman to head an Indian stock exchange. The CEO of the National Stock Exchange of India took office in April last year. She sees “renovating the country’s trading system while listening to the voice of t

    February 6, 2014 05:00 pm JST
  • Traditional brokers cool to TSE nighttime trading plan

    TOKYO -- Facing opposition from stock brokers over its plan to allow nighttime trading, the Tokyo Stock Exchange has formed a study group to discuss whether to proceed. The brokers argue the market will be too illiquid at night to ensure fair value

    February 6, 2014 01:00 pm JST