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  • Malaysian media group to sell TV shows abroad: CEO

    TOKYO -- Astro Malaysia Holdings will sell television programs that it produces to such overseas markets as Singapore, Indonesia and Vietnam by tapping Malaysia's multilingual culture, the head of the country's largest satellite TV service provider

    September 19, 2014 04:34 am JST
  • World leaders must take climate action now

    East Asia is on the front lines of climate change. Hundreds of millions of people in the region live in and outside cities in low-lying areas, facing increasing risks from rising seas, heat waves, droughts, salinity intrusion and water scarcity. We

    September 17, 2014 03:00 pm JST
  • Vietnam's Vinaphone deepens partnership with Vodaphone

    HANOI -- Vinaphone, Vietnam's third-largest mobile network operator, has formed a strategic partnership with the U.K.'s Vodaphone Group. The two already cooperate within the context of the Conexus Mobile Alliance, but now they will strengthen th

    September 17, 2014 04:16 am JST
  • Understanding depression in Asia

    As humans, we tend to chase after the global notion of "success" while neglecting its true value, which isn't fame, fortune or power but "emotional well-being." According to the World Health Organization's first report on suicide prevention, rel

    September 16, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • VietJet Air gearing up for cheap direct flights to Japan

    HANOI -- VietJet Air will begin direct flights to Japan at the end of this year, offering the growing legions of Vietnamese tourists seats for 30% less than the direct flights now run by All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines and Vietnam Airlines. T

    September 13, 2014 02:41 am JST
  • CyberAgent opening Internet ad support outpost in Vietnam

    TOKYO -- CyberAgent will open an office in Vietnam later this month for its growing Internet advertising business. By March, the office will employ 100 people handling data entry and summarization tasks. Internet ads are bought and sold auto

    September 12, 2014 04:08 am JST
  • New businesses key to Shin-Etsu Chemical's upward revision

    TOKYO -- Investors are apparently more interested in Shin-Etsu Chemical's relatively new businesses than in the Japanese company's mainstay silicon wafer operations. On Tuesday the company's share price hit its year-to-date high. Shin-Etsu -- wh

    September 11, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Lazada seeks e-commerce dominance in Southeast Asia

    TOKYO/FRANKFURT -- Lazada is quickly becoming an e-commerce behemoth in Southeast Asia, branching out into six countries in a mere two years, as global giants and local players vie for a bigger slice of this burgeoning market. Lazada, founded in

    September 11, 2014 03:58 am JST
  • Changes afoot in Vietnam's mobile phone market

    HANOI -- The spinoff of a cellphone business from Vietnam's state-owned telecom giant promises to shake up the country's wireless market by stoking competition and opening the door for foreign companies. Ownership of MobiFone was transferred fro

    September 11, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Japanese TV programs to debut in Vietnam next month

    TOKYO -- Japanese television programs will begin airing in Vietnam next month, marking the first step in broader efforts to export cultural content to Southeast Asia. Drama series and other programs will be broadcast on local TV channels for a f

    September 10, 2014 11:41 pm JST
  • American businesses bullish on closer-knit Southeast Asia

    KUALA LUMPUR -- American companies in Southeast Asia remain upbeat as the region closes in on economic integration. In a survey of 588 senior executives representing U.S. companies in the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations,

    September 8, 2014 06:50 pm JST
  • New ADB chief economist says middle-income trap a myth

    MANILA -- The so-called middle-income trap, in which certain countries appear stuck at a middle level of development, is a sham, the new chief economist of the Asian Development Bank says. Although it has no formal definition, the "trap" is

    September 8, 2014 02:51 pm JST
  • Ajinomoto decentralizing overseas ops

    TOKYO -- Japanese cuisine's growing popularity overseas is creating favorable business conditions for food makers. Companies such as Ajinomoto often face big hurdles to overseas expansion because culinary cultures vary from nation to nation. In

    September 8, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • US steelmakers wary of Asian rivals

    DETROIT -- U.S. steelmakers are increasingly alarmed by the amount of cheap steel flowing into the country from Asia. As part of the effort to protect their turf, U.S. Steel and other makers recently filed a complaint against some foreign compet

    September 8, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • Hitachi Zosen sees revenue growth opportunity in Vietnam recycling

    TOKYO -- Hitachi Zosen, a major Japanese waste treatment and industrial plant maker, is set to launch a waste recycling business in Vietnam. The move is aimed at securing a foothold in the emerging Asian sector. As its annual earnings fluctuate

    September 7, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Smaller Japan firms go local on procuring funds in Southeast Asia

    Small and midsize Japanese businesses are increasingly having their Southeast Asia units secure cash locally instead of sending funds from Japan, aiming to reduce foreign exchange risks and forge ties with local banks. The Thai production subsid

    September 6, 2014 06:33 am JST
  • Foreign companies push up Vietnam's exports

    HANOI -- Foreign companies accounted for 67.3% of Vietnam's export revenue in the first eight months of this year, according to figures from the General Statistics Office of Vietnam. The data, released at the end of last month, shows that Vietna

    September 5, 2014 08:00 pm JST
  • Asia grapples with dengue, malaria threats

    The current outbreak of dengue fever in central Tokyo underscores recent World Health Organization warnings that climate change is extending the range of potentially fatal tropical diseases such as malaria and dengue. Dr. Rabindra Abeysinghe, a

    September 5, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Japan's education ministry to make big push in overseas infectious disease research

    TOKYO -- Japan's Ministry of Education hopes to coordinate Japanese scientists already in Asia, Africa and other parts of the world conducting full-scale research into infectious diseases. It will request money for the project in the next fiscal yea

    September 5, 2014 01:40 pm JST
  • Japanese wig maker expands production to Southeast Asia

    TOKYO -- Japan's Artnature has begun making wigs in Vietnam and will build a factory in Cambodia as the rising cost of Chinese labor pushes it to broaden its production base. With older Japanese women increasingly wearing wigs as fashion accesso

    September 4, 2014 01:08 am JST