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  • 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
  • Uniqlo parent plans to accelerate Asian offensive

    HONG KONG -- Fast Retailing is looking to have more Uniqlo casual-wear stores in operation overseas than in Japan next fiscal year, with Asia, especially Greater China, serving as a growth engine. President and Chairman Tadashi Yanai outlined th

    March 6, 2014 12:00 pm JST
  • 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 6, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014: Park one part of a conducting duo

    SEOUL -- Park Hong-seok considers teamwork and innovation as the keys to success at his company, electronic appliance maker Moneual. The company produces electrical appliances that have unique functions and refined design. It offers, for example

    March 6, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014: Two at the top for TSMC

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan's TSMC remains the world's largest semiconductor foundry, or contract semiconductor producer. The company's two presidents -- Mark Liu, 59, and C. C. Wei, 60 -- last November jointly took over the CEO position from Chairman Morris C

    March 6, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • 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
  • Hong Kong steps onto slippery regulatory slope

    Fresh from celebrations ringing in the Year of the Horse, many of us in Hong Kong are eager to see our city regain strength and gallop ahead like qianlima, a mythical steed that covers a thousand miles a day. Hong Kong, long considered a shining

    March 6, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Hong Kong tycoon Li eyes entire world for investment

    HONG KONG -- Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing last Friday highlighted his intentions to invest more around the world. Li, the chairman of Hong Kong-based real estate giant Cheung Kong Holdings, appeared at a press conference at his Hong Kong headqua

    March 4, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Macau eyes boxing hub status

    MACAU -- Macau's ambitions to become an Asian entertainment hub do not stop with casinos. The gambling enclave is also looking to develop its boxing scene. The Special Administrative Region of China aims to create a highly diversified entertainm

    March 2, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Budget cuts, China slowdown weigh on Hong Kong property stocks

    HONG KONG -- Concerns are growing about the outlook for Hong Kong's real estate industry. Adding fuel to these worries was Wednesday's announcement by John Tsang Chun-wah, Hong Kong's financial secretary, of cuts in the budget for fiscal 2014 and 20

    February 28, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Yuan's direction still unclear after hitting 7-month-low

    HONG KONG -- The yuan's future direction is still unclear after the Chinese currency fell sharply on Wednesday to hit a near-seven-month low against the dollar on the mainland's foreign exchange market. On Tuesday, the yuan recorded its largest rate

    February 27, 2014 07:00 pm 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
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014: Suh naturally looks to China

    SEOUL -- Suh Kyung-bae has his eyes on China. The chairman of AmorePacific, South Korea's leading cosmetics maker, is looking to capitalize on the popularity of his country in the neighboring nation. AmorePacific has enjoyed steady growth in ove

    February 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • China casts shadow over Hong Kong stocks

    HONG KONG -- Hong Kong stock prices have moved unpredictably in February because of concerns about China's slowing economy. The Hang Seng Index has remained slightly sluggish since the beginning of this year, partly due to global economic uncer

    February 26, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Shakeout in the offing for China's dairy industry

    SHANGHAI -- China's dairy industry is facing increasingly heavy pressure to restructure amid stricter food safety regulations, resulting in a wave of tie-ups and acquisitions as companies, large and small, try to survive. Chinese investment fund

    February 25, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • 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 23, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Fading Japan

    TOKYO -- Time was when Japan was so much more economically powerful than any other Asian nation that many reports on the region's economy excluded the Land of the Rising Sun. This was the only way to ensure accurate analyses. But the term "Asia exce

    February 23, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance to issue yuan bonds

    TOKYO -- Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance plans to issue 500 million yuan ($82 million) in bonds in the Hong Kong market later this month to buy more equipment for its growing leasing business in China. The three-year bonds are expected to have a

    February 22, 2014 01:33 am JST
  • China crisis shock waves could hit Mongolia hardest: UBS

    HONG KONG -- China's local government debt, shadow banking and attempts at structural reform have left the country on a precipice. If it falls over the edge, which countries will be hit hardest, asks UBS. Emerging market turbulence has calmed fo

    February 20, 2014 07:00 pm JST