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  • Richard Lumb

    Bank boards in urgent need of tech-savvy directors

    There is no business sector that spends more on information technology than banking. But with the digital era disrupting the landscape, technology is causing an industry-wide identity crisis that must be addressed at board level. Traditionally,

    November 26, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • ASEAN's economic integration still a work in progress

    KUALA LUMPUR Expectations are growing that the ASEAN Economic Community will provide renewed growth for members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. The AEC will create a massive single market, with goods, money and people moving freely ac

    November 26, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Sea spats splitting Asia into pro-US, pro-China camps

    TOKYO Even as East Asian economies become increasingly integrated, fault lines are spreading throughout the region over competing sovereignty claims in the South China Sea. The potential for lasting divisions is mounting as countries are forced to s

    November 26, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • The new Nikkei Asian Review and Asia300

    Dear reader,The center of gravity of the global economy is shifting eastward, and it is easy to see why so many scholars and analysts are saying this will be the "Asian century." We started the Nikkei Asian Review in late 2013 because we wanted to b

    November 26, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Localized strategies drive supercharged profit growth

    BANGKOK The companies on our Asia300 list are not limited to just large, well-established players like traditional commercial banks and conglomerates. They also include younger businesses striving to make the most of their unique advantages, such as

    November 26, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Bruce Stokes

    Asia's views hold key to (lack of) climate change accord

    Negotiators are gathering in Paris in the first two weeks of December to try to craft an international accord to deal with climate change. A similar meeting in Copenhagen six years ago ended in discord and no binding deal. This year, according to a

    November 25, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Maritime tentions

    Sea spats splitting Asia into pro-US, pro-China camps

    TOKYO -- Even as East Asian economies become increasingly integrated, fault lines are spreading throughout the region over competing sovereignty claims in the South China Sea. The potential for lasting divisions is mounting as countries are forced t

    November 25, 2015 12:00 pm JST
  • East Asia Summit

    Leaders voice 'serious concerns' over South China Sea situation

    SINGAPORE -- ASEAN and other leaders expressed "serious concerns" about China's island-building in the South China Sea, according to a statement released Tuesday after Sunday's East Asia Summit. Leaders from 18 countries, including members of th

    November 25, 2015 02:14 am JST
  • Financial infrastructure

    SMBC, Hitachi to export payment tech to Vietnam

    TOKYO -- Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. and Hitachi plan to offer prepaid-payment services in the Vietnamese market with the state-owned postal company there. Envisioned applications include online shopping, as well as cash transfers via mobile p

    November 24, 2015 02:00 am JST
  • East Asia Summit

    Loose alliance undermines ASEAN's regional clout

    KUALA LUMPUR -- The summit of East Asian countries that concluded here Sunday ended up highlighting the fragile unity among ASEAN members. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations declared the launch of an integrated economic community at the

    November 23, 2015 03:45 am JST
  • ASEAN Economic Community

    Giant market still takes baby steps on freer services, migration

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Southeast Asia, whose economic community becomes official later next month, already has achieved a high degree of free trade in goods, but liberalization in services and other areas continues to lag. The "most important moment" h

    November 23, 2015 02:22 am JST
  • East Asia Summit

    South China Sea issue trumps terrorism

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Pushing global terrorism into the background, the simmering South China Sea territorial dispute dominated discussions Sunday at the East Asia Summit that brought together world powers -- including China, Japan and the U.S. -- and the

    November 22, 2015 11:49 pm JST
  • Kavi Chongkittavorn

    ASEAN ponders China-Taiwan relations

    As regional leaders met with global counterparts in Kuala Lumpur ahead of the annual Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit Saturday, one issue loomed large over the gathering: regional relations with China. So far, while economic ties betwee

    November 22, 2015 09:50 pm JST
  • ASEAN Economic Community

    Southeast Asia enhances economic integration with challenges ahead

    KUALA LUMPUR -- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations declared Sunday the establishment of an ASEAN Community as it continues to grapple with different levels of economic development and protectionism as well as territorial disputes with China.

    November 22, 2015 08:10 pm JST
  • ASEAN+3

    Global economic watchdog in the works

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Leaders of Southeast Asia's regional bloc as well as their counterparts from Japan, China and South Korea on Saturday agreed to set up an international body to oversee their collective economy and prevent economic crises. The lea

    November 22, 2015 02:25 am JST
  • ASEAN summit

    Despite terror threat, South China Sea dispute dominates

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Ongoing tensions over the South China Sea heightened over the weekend, with China reacting angrily to the latest indications of growing U.S.- Japanese co-operation over the disputed sea. Neither the U.S. nor Japan has a claim ove

    November 22, 2015 01:50 am JST
  • China, ASEAN to boost economic ties despite territorial tensions

    KUALA LUMPUR (Kyodo) -- China and a grouping of Southeast Asian countries on Saturday agreed to strengthen economic integration despite tensions among some of them in regional waters. On the sidelines of a series of regional summits in Kuala Lum

    November 21, 2015 11:15 pm JST
  • ASEAN leaders seek closer integration amid S China Sea disputes

    KUALA LUMPUR (Kyodo) -- Leaders from 10 Southeast Asian countries began a meeting on Saturday to chart the next phase of their ambitious attempts to forge a single community while contending with the thorny issue of South China Sea territorial dispu

    November 21, 2015 03:00 pm JST
  • Regional trade

    2016 eyed for broad agreement on China-led trade pact

    BANGKOK -- Countries participating in talks for a 16-nation Asia-Pacific trade bloc seek to reach a broad agreement in 2016, according to a draft of the leaders' statement obtained by The Nikkei. Negotiators for the China-led Regional Comprehens

    November 21, 2015 04:47 am JST
  • Pou Chen

    Shoemaker shifts production to Vietnam following TPP deal

    TAIPEI -- Pou Chen, the world's largest contract shoemaker, which supplies Nike, Adidas and other major brands, is moving a large portion of its operations from China to Vietnam to take advantage of its lower labor costs and more favorable tariffs.

    November 20, 2015 11:55 pm JST