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  • Vietnam's economic growth slips to 3-year low in Q1

    HANOI (Reuters) -- Vietnam's economy grew at its slowest pace in three years in the first quarter, government data showed on Wednesday, as production was weak in agriculture, mining and manufacturing.The General Statistics Office (GSO) said annual g

    March 29, 2017 09:15 pm JST
  • Price spikes feared as Asian oil production drops

    SINGAPORE -- A global focus on rising oil output in the U.S. has overshadowed an important trend elsewhere in the market. Falling oil production in Asia is forecast to accelerate as major fields dry up, which will stiffen demand for foreign barrels

    March 29, 2017 07:40 pm JST
  • Japan's Hitachi, SMBC launching e-money system in Vietnam

    TOKYO -- Hitachi and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. of Japan as well as Vietnam Post in mid-April will begin offering an e-money pension payment system in the Southeast Asian nation.Special smart cards will be issued to pension recipients, who can th

    March 29, 2017 03:30 pm JST
  • Bill Hayton

    What does China really want in the South China Sea?

    The question of what China actually wants in the South China Sea is surprisingly little studied in the West. Too many international analysts seem happy to make assumptions about China's strategic and tactical motivations without reference to Chinese

    March 29, 2017 02:00 pm JST
  • Pankaj Ghemawat and Phillip Bastian

    Southeast Asia's globalization outperformers

    While few observers would be surprised that Singapore is one of the world's most globalized countries, it may raise some eyebrows that the city-state's Southeast Asian neighbors Cambodia, Vietnam and Malaysia also stand out relative to what might be

    March 29, 2017 01:30 pm JST
  • Vietnam's economic growth slips to 3-year low in Q1

    HANOI (Reuters) -- Vietnam's economy grew at its slowest pace in three years in the first quarter, government data showed on Wednesday, as production was weak in agriculture, mining and manufacturing.The General Statistics Office (GSO) said annual g

    March 29, 2017 11:39 am JST
  • Brazil meat scandal opens way for Aussie beef in China

    SYDNEY -- Brazil's tainted beef scandal looks to be almost over with China lifting its import ban, but a new meat agreement between China and Australia offers Australian beef exporters a chance to reclaim market share lost to the South American coun

    March 28, 2017 04:20 pm JST
  • Chinese men turn to human traffickers for foreign brides

    TOKYO -- China has a problem with men, as in too many compared to the number of women. And according to an in-depth study authored by the China Population Association and others, this problem is likely to get far worse over the next 30 years as the

    March 28, 2017 03:00 pm JST
  • Vinamilk acquires all of Angkor Dairy Products

    HO CHI MINH CITY -- Vietnam Dairy Products, or Vinamilk, announced late last week that it has acquired the other 49% of its Cambodian joint venture, Angkor Dairy Products, for $10 million from BPC Trading, its local partner.The move is part of an am

    March 28, 2017 04:00 am JST
  • Daiwa House building large hotel in Vietnam

    TOKYO -- Daiwa House Industry announced Monday it will spend about 8 billion yen ($72.4 million) to build a large hotel in the Vietnamese city of Hai Phong with the aim of attracting Japanese business travelers.Slated to open in 2020, the 21-story h

    March 28, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • Microinsurance closes gaps in social safety nets

    TOKYO "I was very worried [about the hospital bill] because my father was in [intensive care] for a long time," said Sheryl Tan, recalling the two painful months leading up to her father's death last year. "So I was relieved when I heard that Medi

    March 26, 2017 04:30 pm JST
  • Insurers help to pay for Asia's infrastructure needs

    BANGKOK -- A recent $150 million refurbishment of two decades-old geothermal power plants on the Philippine island of Luzon may sound like just another project aimed at overcoming the country's severe electricity shortages. But, for Asia's insurance

    March 26, 2017 01:40 am JST
  • Brazilian meat scare sweeps across Asia

    HONG KONG/SEOUL -- The scandal over tainted meat from Brazil is shaking up Asian markets that have come to depend on the South American country's plentiful exports. Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China have each suspended imports, while South Korean

    March 23, 2017 11:59 pm JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index little changed as Trump caution weighs

    HONG KONG (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks were little changed Thursday despite a rebound on Wall Street as markets remained cautious about U.S. President Donald Trump's ability to pass major economic reforms.The Nikkei Asia300 Index was 0.01% higher at 1

    March 23, 2017 09:52 pm JST
  • Michael Vatikiotis

    ASEAN at 50: Uncertain times call for smart diplomacy

    As the Association of Southeast Asian Nations celebrates its 50th anniversary, the complexity of the internal and external environment is severely testing its approach to cooperative security that rests, above all, on preserving the sovereignty of e

    March 23, 2017 09:40 pm JST
  • Freetel operator leading Japan's smartphone makers into Asia

    TOKYO -- Japan's Plus One Marketing is plunging into the competitive Asian smartphone market with extremely inexpensive models, learning from compatriots' failed attempts to win over foreign customers through the quality of their products alone."I l

    March 23, 2017 07:00 pm JST
  • Cross-border Labor Race

    Foreign trainees face tough road in Japan

    HANOI -- At 6:30 a.m., trainees line up for calisthenics set to music at a boarding school in the capital that offers Japanese language courses.Some 600 people, mostly in their 20s and hailing from rural areas of Vietnam, are students at the school.

    March 23, 2017 06:00 pm JST
  • Insurance promises Asia much more than peace of mind

    TOKYO Trinh Pham, a 25-year-old office worker in Ho Chi Minh City, vividly remembers the day she decided to join an insurance program."My colleague suddenly passed away three months ago with colorectal cancer," she said. "I felt so sorry for him and

    March 23, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • ASEAN finds free trade a tougher sell in today's environment

    SINGAPORE -- People become aware of the divine power of a mantra only when they no longer hear it.People have been hearing world leaders inveigh against protectionism after official meetings for so long that they barely took notice. But the communiq

    March 23, 2017 11:30 am JST
  • Insurance promises Asia much more than peace of mind

    TOKYO Trinh Pham, a 25-year-old office worker in Ho Chi Minh City, vividly remembers the day she decided to join an insurance program."My colleague suddenly passed away three months ago with colorectal cancer," she said. "I felt so sorry for him and

    March 23, 2017 10:00 am JST