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  • Obama, Vietnam leader Trong share concern over South China Sea issues

    WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- U.S. President Barack Obama and Vietnamese top leader Nguyen Phu Trong shared concern Tuesday about Chinese activities to press sovereignty claims in the South China Sea, viewed by both countries as not in compliance with inter

    July 8, 2015 09:13 am JST
  • Petrochemicals

    Synthetic resin spot prices firm in Asia

    TOKYO -- Spot prices for vinyl chloride resin and other synthetic resins are rising in Asia. Despite cheaper crude oil, resin prices are 8-23% higher than their January lows, due to growing demand for infrastructure in India and other countries, as

    July 7, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Painful policy

    Vietnam seeks rapprochement with US

    HANOI -- Vietnamese leader Nguyen Phu Trong visited the U.S. on Monday. It was the first trip by a head of the Communist Party of Vietnam to the Southeast Asian nation's former enemy. Forty years have passed since the end of the Vietnam War. The

    July 7, 2015 05:00 pm JST
  • Southeast Asian markets

    Investors spread their wings

    BANGKOK/MANILA -- Southeast Asians are increasingly investing in companies from neighboring countries. Investors unimpressed by the performances and prospects of domestic businesses are looking at shares in Southeast Asian countries with greater

    July 7, 2015 02:00 pm JST
  • Nikkei PMI

    Software, banking sectors log biggest activity gains in June

    TOKYO -- The newly named Nikkei Asia Sector Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, for June showed increased business activity across 11 of 19 industries monitored. Software and services companies led the way with the steepest output growth in nine

    July 7, 2015 11:00 am JST
  • Bangkok Nikkei Forum

    Prayuth woos Japanese investors as ASEAN prepares to integrate

    BANGKOK -- Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha on Monday urged Japanese companies to invest in Southeast Asia now, ahead of the regional bloc's economic integration. The junta leader, speaking at a business forum hosted by Nikkei and Thailand

    July 6, 2015 09:20 pm JST
  • South China Sea

    Japan, Vietnam share concern over land reclamation

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Saturday he has shared deep concern with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung over land reclamation work in the South China Sea, taking aim at China's attempts to physically change the st

    July 4, 2015 10:56 pm JST
  • Boosting infrastructure development

    Japan pledges $6.1B to Mekong nations

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan pledged on Saturday to give fresh aid worth $6.1 billion (750 billion yen) in official development assistance to five Southeast Asian countries along the Mekong River over the next three years to boost the region's infrastruct

    July 4, 2015 04:40 pm JST
  • John Lee

    China's strategists are not supermen

    As a fresh set of pictures of Chinese artificial islands in disputed areas of the South China Sea hit the U.S. media in late June, a growing number of influential policy analysts in Washington were already lamenting the lack of an effective American

    July 4, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Reacting to trade deals

    Vietnam businesses charge abroad as home market opens up

    HANOI -- Vietnamese companies are intensifying efforts to expand overseas, expecting more foreign competition in their home market as new trade deals are signed. The Southeast Asian nation, which has grown into a manufacturing hub for electronic

    July 4, 2015 01:35 am JST
  • Targeting first-time users

    Vietnamese mobile carrier spreads into developing countries

    HANOI -- Vietnam's state-owned telecom giant Viettel Group is expanding overseas, focusing on people in developing countries who have never used mobile phones. The military-linked company offers mobile phone services in Southeast Asia, Africa an

    July 3, 2015 11:02 pm JST
  • Startups and the economy

    Southeast Asia catches eye of venture capitalists

    BANGKOK -- It was a long time coming, but Southeast Asia is finally attracting investments from top-tier global venture capital firms. Until the turn of the century, the conventional wisdom among Silicon Valley venture capitalists was to avoid i

    July 2, 2015 10:00 am JST
  • George Magnus: Greece will cast long political shadows

    If Greece were in Asia, it would be the seventh largest economy, of little geopolitical consequence and soon to be overtaken by Bangladesh and Vietnam. Greece's size, however, is not the right metric to use when gauging its significance in Europe's

    July 2, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Frederic Neumann: Greek turmoil is not without risks to Asia

    The coming weeks will prove critical for Greece's membership of the eurozone. For Asia, the immediate impact of a potential "Grexit" should be manageable. A powerful policy response by major central banks and comfortable reserve buffers in the regio

    July 2, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Southeast Asia catches eye of venture capitalists

    BANGKOK -- It was a long time coming, but Southeast Asia is finally attracting investments from top-tier global venture capital firms. Until the turn of the century, the conventional wisdom among Silicon Valley venture capitalists was to avoid i

    July 2, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Entrepreneurial engines

    Startups are finding fertile ground in Asia -- Southeast Asia in particular. Populations are getting wealthier, smartphones are ubiquitous and governments are holding out carrots for innovators. Homegrown ventures are sniffing out opportunities far

    July 2, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Editorial: Seize the chance to wrap up the TPP talks

    The time has come to finally conclude negotiations over the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. The U.S. Congress has at last passed a bill granting President Barack Obama trade promotion authority, also known as fast track, which is s

    July 2, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Vingroup

    Warburg Pincus ups investment in malls operator

    HO CHI MINH CITY -- New York private equity company Warburg Pincus on Monday announced it was pumping another $100 million into Vingroup's retail arm, Vincom Retail, bringing its total investment to $300 million. That makes Warburg Pincus o

    July 1, 2015 08:40 pm JST
  • $80 high-performance Japanese masks are all the rage amid MERS fear

    NAGOYA (Kyodo) -- A high-performance mask made in central Japan and sold for a whopping 9,980 yen (about $81) has been a big hit since the first MERS patient in South Korea was confirmed in May. The mesh products manufacturer Clever said daily p

    July 1, 2015 07:01 pm JST
  • Frederic Neumann

    Greek turmoil is not without risks to Asia

    The coming weeks will prove critical for Greece's membership of the eurozone. For Asia, the immediate impact of a potential "Grexit" should be manageable. A powerful policy response by major central banks and comfortable reserve buffers in the regio

    July 1, 2015 04:00 pm JST