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  • Water shortages spread misery along the Mekong

    KHON KAEN, Thailand Trucks packed with sugar cane raise clouds of dust as they cross a flat, parched field in northeast Thailand. The stout brown stalks they carry are among the last to be harvested outside Khon Kaen, the region's largest city. Bu

    April 28, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Brahma Chellaney: Policymakers must come to grips with Asia's looming water crisis

    The record drought that is ravaging large parts of Asia will end when the annual monsoon rains come in June. This will bring much-needed relief to those suffering in parched lands -- from the millions who live in Vietnam's Mekong Delta to more than

    April 28, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • First death in suspected Formosa Plastics toxic leak

    HO CHI MINH CITY -- Authorities have finally begun to deliberate on the apparent mass poisoning of sea life in open waters and fish farms along Vietnam's coast -- as well as the possibility of the related death of a diver. Evidence of poisoning

    April 28, 2016 07:00 am JST
  • Siam Cement sets sights on Vietnamese plant

    BANGKOK -- Industrial conglomerate Siam Cement Group is looking at operating its first cement plant in Vietnam as the next step in the company's expansion abroad. Vietnam is the only Southeast Asian country in the Mekong region for which the Tha

    April 28, 2016 01:57 am JST
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    George Magnus: Managing Asia's debt problem

    The Bank of Japan's interest rate setting meeting on April 28 is the focus of attention this week for many central bank watchers. For the rest of us, it is of fleeting significance: There is as much likelihood of monetary policy sparking a revival o

    April 27, 2016 07:00 pm JST
  • Widodo in 'host mode' affirms Jakarta's ASEAN commitment

    JAKARTA -- Indonesian President Joko Widodo was in a jovial mood on April 26 as he greeted a group of senior editors from Association of Southeast Asian Nations countries at his presidential palace and ushered them in to lunch. The buffet "worki

    April 27, 2016 03:00 pm JST
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    Damjan DeNoble: Vietnam's vaccine scandal calls for action

    After a month of exhaustive coverage of the vaccine scandal in China, the facts of the story have crystallized as have theories about how nearly $90 million worth of expired or improperly stored doses could have reached consumers. But little attenti

    April 27, 2016 01:00 pm JST
  • Formosa Plastics suspected of toxic leak in Vietnam

    HO CHI MINH CITY/TAIPEI -- A steel unit of Taiwanese conglomerate Formosa Plastics Group has been accused of causing serious pollution that has blighted fisheries off north-central Vietnamese provinces by releasing untreated wastewater into a nearby

    April 27, 2016 01:07 am JST
  • Lotte targets 60 stores in Vietnam by 2020

    HO CHI MINH CITY -- South Korean conglomerate Lotte plans to expand its retail operations in Vietnam through mergers and acquisitions as it targets having 60 shopping malls in the country by 2020, a fivefold increase. The company will open its 1

    April 26, 2016 03:40 pm JST
  • Kokuyo to sell notebooks for Japanese study in Vietnam

    OSAKA -- Kokuyo will next month begin selling in Vietnam practice notebooks geared toward students studying Japanese, the company said Monday. Pages in the notebooks will include squares divided into four sections by dotted lines, with space for

    April 26, 2016 02:00 am JST
  • Diplomatic chess in Cam Ranh Bay highlights Vietnam's dilemma

    HANOI -- On April 12, two Japanese destroyers sailed into Cam Ranh Bay in southern Vietnam. It was the first time a Japanese Self-Defense Force vessel had ever appeared in the bay, a strategically important point only about 550km from the contested

    April 25, 2016 07:45 pm JST
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    Kavi Chongkittavorn: New Lao leader in ASEAN driving seat

    The emergence of Thongloun Sisoulith as the new leader of the People's Democratic Republic of Laos augurs well for the country's chairmanship of the 10-country Association of Southeast Asian Nations this year. Thongloun, who was elected prime mi

    April 25, 2016 07:00 pm JST
  • Vietnam e-commerce likely to gross $10b by 2020

    HO CHI MINH CITY -- Vietnam's e-commerce sales expanded 37% in 2015 to over $4 billion -- nearly 3% of total national retail -- and are expected to hit $10 billion in the next five years. According to a report in April by the Vietnam E-Commerce

    April 22, 2016 11:40 pm JST
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    The new 'explorers'

    In June 1866, six Frenchmen departed from Ho Chi Minh City on a dangerous mission up the mighty Mekong River. Travelling in two "minuscule steam-driven gunboats" along with an "inordinate quantity of liquor, flour, guns and trade goods," as historia

    April 21, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • China's island-building in the South China Sea is ruffling feathers worldwide

    TOKYO A maritime security net is closing in on China in the South China Sea, where Beijing is building artificial islands on reefs to erect military facilities in disputed waters. The U.S. plans to start joint patrols in the waters with Japan, Aus

    April 21, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • The new 'explorers'

    In June 1866, six Frenchmen departed from Ho Chi Minh City on a dangerous mission up the mighty Mekong River. Travelling in two "minuscule steam-driven gunboats" along with an "inordinate quantity of liquor, flour, guns and trade goods," as historia

    April 21, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Japan foreign minister looking to meet Suu Kyi in Myanmar

    TOKYO -- Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida plans to visit Myanmar within the next few weeks to meet with counterpart Aung San Suu Kyi, hoping to deepen ties with the rapidly growing Southeast Asian nation. At the meeting, Kishida plans to invite

    April 21, 2016 02:00 am JST
  • Japan oil wholesalers branching out while they still can

    TOKYO -- Japanese oil wholesalers are expanding their Asia-Pacific footprints. It is a matter of survival: While domestic demand for petroleum products is projected to drop nearly 50% from the current level by 2040, a 60% increase is expected elsewh

    April 20, 2016 01:00 pm JST
  • Viettel placing $1.5bn bet on Myanmar's mobile market

    HO CHI MINH CITY -- Vietnam's military-run telecom company, Viettel Group, intends to invest $1.5 billion in a joint venture in Myanmar's burgeoning wireless market. A Viettel representative said the company secured a license from Myanmar's gove

    April 19, 2016 08:00 pm JST
  • Vietnam emerges as contender for major textile exporter

    HO CHI MINH CITY -- Vietnam is emerging as a potential new world production center of textile products, as major global apparel makers are expanding their production in the Southeast Asian country. Avery Dennison RBIS, a U.S. manufacturer of app

    April 19, 2016 07:00 pm JST