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  • Japan, China play for 'swing states' in regional trade game

    TOKYO -- Top negotiators from 16 Asia-Pacific countries representing roughly half the world's population and around a third of global trade will meet in Kobe next week to discuss a trade deal that some, like Japan, hope will bear fruit amid the grow

    February 25, 2017 04:00 am JST
  • Thai rice export prices drop 3.4%

    TOKYO -- Thai rice export prices have plummeted to $395 a ton, a 3.4% drop from a recent high in mid-January, according to the Thai Board of Trade.Rice production in Thailand, where two crops are harvested annually, is expected to increase 17.7% to

    February 25, 2017 03:30 am JST
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    Asean DataView -- Vietnamese feel better off

    Vietnam's promising economic prospects are reflected not only in the headline figures -- gross domestic product is expected to grow by 6.3 per cent per cent this year, according to the Asian Development Bank -- but also in how households assess thei

    February 23, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • China leads demand in a complex nuclear industry

    TOKYO One major driving force behind the expansion of Toshiba's nuclear power plant business is the growing demand for electricity in Asia.According to the World Nuclear Association, 99 of 447 nuclear power plants operating in the world are in the U

    February 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • ASEAN wants to seal a South China Sea deal with Beijing this year

    BORACAY, Philippines The Association of Southeast Asian Nations hopes to soon reach a deal with China on a "framework" for a code of conduct in the South China Sea, though some bloc members appear more enthusiastic about the idea than others."We are

    February 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • North Korea facing Southeast Asian rift after murder

    KUALA LUMPUR -- The killing of Kim Jong Nam, half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, is threatening Pyongyang's relationship with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations as well as its access to the greater international community.At a T

    February 23, 2017 07:00 am JST
  • JFE Steel forges venture with Vietnamese contractor

    TOKYO -- JFE Steel is moving to expand sales of construction materials in Vietnam, where urban development, new power plants and other projects contribute to fast-growing demand.The Japanese steelmaker established a 50-50 venture with Hanoi-based Ag

    February 23, 2017 04:45 am JST
  • Asia fuels highest international weapons trade since Cold War

    TOKYO -- Global arms trade reached its highest level since the end of the Cold War in the five years from 2012 to 2016, new data from Sweden's Stockholm International Peace Research Institute has found. The increase was fueled by Asia as nations in

    February 22, 2017 02:00 pm JST
  • ASEAN wants South China Sea deal with Beijing this year

    BORACAY ISLAND, Philippines -- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations hopes to strike a deal with China on a "framework" for a code of conduct in the South China Sea by the middle of this year, though some members of the regional grouping appear

    February 21, 2017 11:38 pm JST
  • Laos trips up on bid for soccer glory

    VIENTIANE -- There were reasons for Laos soccer fans to be cheerful at the start of 2017 and most of those were because of Lanexang United. The country's leading club reached the final of the inaugural Mekong Championship, beating teams from Vietnam

    February 21, 2017 07:00 pm JST
  • North Korean suspect in airport killing had fake job in Malaysia

    SINGAPORE -- The picture that has emerged of a North Korean national detained by Malaysian police over the assassination of Kim Jong Nam is of a man living in the Southeast Asian country on false pretenses, apparently using a fake employment contrac

    February 21, 2017 05:25 am JST
  • ASEAN prepares to gauge the Trump effect

    BORACAY ISLAND, Philippines -- The first major meeting of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) ministers this year will provide a window on the regional reaction to shifts expected in U.S. foreign policy following President Donald Trump's

    February 19, 2017 10:35 pm JST
  • Japan may offer military trucks to ASEAN

    TOKYO -- Japan, trying to enhance defense cooperation with Southeast Asia, wants to offer ASEAN nations second-hand transport vehicles from its Ground Self Defense Force.The government plans to pass a bill during the current Diet session that would

    February 19, 2017 01:30 am JST
  • South China Sea may strain ASEAN unity this year

    MANILA -- The ability of Southeast Asia's regional bloc to tackle territorial disputes in the South China Sea with a united front will be tested as a newly China-friendly Philippines leads the discussions in that effort.Elephant in the roomAs this y

    February 18, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • Vietnam to legalize gambling by locals next month

    HANOI -- Vietnam will lift its ban on gambling next month, allowing citizens to stake their fortunes at casinos and bet on soccer games, horse races, dog races and other sports.The move is aimed at stemming a massive outflow of money through oversea

    February 17, 2017 05:00 pm JST
  • City slickers lend hand on Vietnam's farms

    HANOI -- Vietnamese companies are speeding up their "agritech" investments in a push to modernize a promising farming sector.Truong Hai Auto Corp., Vietnam's largest carmaker, commonly known as Thaco, plans to start selling farm machinery in October

    February 16, 2017 07:00 pm JST
  • Thomas and Lester: How Southeast Asia can kick its coal habit

    The last few years have been marked by spectacular advances in green energy. In 2015, $348 billion was invested in renewables, and total worldwide installed capacity overtook coal. In 2016, U.K. generation from wind was higher than coal for the firs

    February 16, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • New Myanmar telecom plans 5,000 base stations by 2018 debut

    YANGON -- Myanmar's new cellphone carrier will install a network of 5,000 base stations before it commences service in early 2018, the company's chief external relations officer has told The Nikkei.Zaw Min Oo said Myanmar National Tele & Communicati

    February 16, 2017 03:19 am JST
  • Vietnam thirsts for Japanese tea

    TOKYO -- Suntory Beverage & Food has raced past local rivals to claim the top spot in Vietnam's tea beverage market via bottled oolong manufactured using the same quality standards and brewing methods as those in Japan.A mom and pop shop in Ho Chi M

    February 15, 2017 05:00 pm JST
  • Japan's Yamato to offer business shipping between China, Singapore

    TOKYO -- Yamato Holdings is launching an international shipping service for corporate customers that will link China and Singapore in as little as seven days.The Japanese company recently finished turning OTL, a Malaysian group engaged in internatio

    February 14, 2017 04:00 am JST