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  • Myanmar targeted

    Honda to double Vietnam bike exports

    TOKYO -- Honda Motor will export 100,000 motorbikes produced in Vietnam in 2015, about double the number a year earlier. It is strengthening its presence in Myanmar, Laos and other developing Southeast Asian countries. The Japanese automaker aim

    February 27, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Showcase for equipment makers

    Japan, Vietnam broadening health care cooperation

    HANOI -- Vietnam is cooperating more with Japan in the field of medicine, as the Southeast Asian country seeks advanced technology and know-how to improve its health care. In mid-February, Vietnam's Ministry of Health signed an agreement on pers

    February 26, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Unified Southeast Asian market

    Majority of businesses optimistic about ASEAN economic integration: Survey

    TOKYO -- Nearly 80% of companies operating in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations see growth opportunities in the bloc's planned economic integration this year, shows a U.S. survey. However, almost half of the Indonesian businesses polled

    February 26, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Business aviation takes off in Asia

    TOKYO/YANGON/GUANGZHOU -- Cross-border business is becoming more commonplace in China and Southeast Asia, a trend which has executives turning to the convenience offered by private jets. To cater for the increased use of individualized business avia

    February 26, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Tejraj M. Aminabhavi: Eating our way to a healthier world

    A balanced diet is essential for not only providing energy and nutrients but also preventing disease. Changes in lifestyles and what we eat have greatly influenced human health, resulting in higher risks of noncommunicable diseases such as cancer, d

    February 26, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Pushing boundaries

    Central Group eyes Thai border stores to draw traffic from neighbors

    BANGKOK -- Thai conglomerate Central Group is starting to turn its attention to slower-developing ASEAN countries, building stores along Thailand's borders in anticipation of brisk international trade stemming from lowered barriers throughout the re

    February 24, 2015 06:02 am JST
  • Development plans in Vietnam

    Vingroup to open 25 malls in 2015

    Ho Chi Minh City -- Vietnam's largest real estate developer Vingroup (VIC) plans to open 25 new shopping malls, under its flagship brands Vincom and Vincom Mega Mall in the country in 2015. Vingroup's strategic partners and affiliates BHD, CGV,

    February 23, 2015 08:10 pm JST
  • Phuong Nguyen

    Vietnam eyes post-renovation era

    Next year marks 30 years since Vietnam adopted the "Doi Moi" or Renovation policies that led to the introduction of a market economy. The anniversary will coincide with a new top leadership team as the Communist Party chief, president, prime ministe

    February 23, 2015 07:30 pm JST
  • Bilahari Kausikan

    How history is helping to rebalance Asia

    The U.S., China and Japan are groping toward a new equilibrium in their relationship with each other and with other countries in East Asia. The adjustments underway are complex and psychologically wrenching. Profound interdependence among the U.S.,

    February 23, 2015 07:00 am JST
  • Digital eyes

    Hitachi to offer security services in Asia

    TOKYO -- Hitachi will provide building monitoring and other corporate security services in Asia starting in April. The Japanese conglomerate has established a dedicated office at a Singapore subsidiary that handles infrastructure initiatives. In

    February 23, 2015 02:12 am JST
  • International tourism

    Japanese travel agency H.I.S. raises Southeast Asia profile

    TOKYO -- Japanese travel agency H.I.S. is opening branches in Southeast Asia as Japan becomes a more popular tourist destination in the region. In the fiscal year ending October 2015, the company plans to increase the number of offices in Thailand b

    February 21, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Bon appetit

    Asian companies beefing up factory cafeterias

    TOKYO -- Asian factory operators are looking to improve their cafeterias in a bid to retain job-hopping workers, creating a wealth of opportunities for global food service players offering safer, higher-quality fare.Most important mealAt Canon Vietn

    February 21, 2015 05:00 am JST
  • Southeast Asian push

    Japan's PanaHome to set up ASEAN unit

    OSAKA -- Panasonic group member PanaHome will move into such Southeast Asian countries as Indonesia and Vietnam, continuing to chase growth abroad amid the prospect of a shrinking domestic housing market. The housing company will establish PanaH

    February 21, 2015 04:56 am JST
  • World Expo 2015

    Milan event ready to welcome Asian tourists

    MILAN -- Take a walk around some of the streets near the iconic Milan Cathedral and you will see the flags of all the nations participating in the Expo Milano 2015. This is just one of the ways you can feel the city gearing up for the event, which s

    February 20, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Drug-resistant malaria

    Experts warn of disease's deadly spread in Asia

    As virulent, drug-resistant strains of malaria spread in Asia, governments in the Asia-Pacific region must redouble their efforts to eradicate the disease, amid the growing risk that these new forms will spread to South Asia, China and Africa, accor

    February 20, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • FPT bullish on 2015

    Vietnam IT giant targets 13% revenue growth on large projects

    HO CHI MINH CITY -- FPT, Vietnam's leading information technology company, is targeting a revenue increase of 13% on the year in 2015 to 39,600 billion dong ($1.85 billion). The company expects large-scale IT projects and increased spending by l

    February 19, 2015 07:25 pm JST
  • Festive seasons

    Companies cash in on Asia's holiday shopping sprees

    TOKYO/MUMBAI/JAKARTA -- Due to its cultural and religious diversity, Asia has many major holiday and festival seasons. And as the region's incomes rise, so too does its holiday spending, creating a wealth of opportunities for businesses. The Lun

    February 19, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Slurping in Asia

    Nissin, Mitsubishi joining hands to sell more instant noodles

    TOKYO -- Nissin Foods Holdings is teaming up with Mitsubishi Corp. to boost sales of instant noodles in Singapore, India, Thailand and Vietnam. Mitsubishi will take a 34% stake in each of Nissin's local subsidiaries in the four countries under a

    February 19, 2015 06:57 am JST
  • Southeast Asia saw slow start, strong finish to 2014

    SINGAPORE -- Southeast Asia maintained solid growth overall in 2014. Low oil prices encouraged consumer spending later in the year, making up for an investment slump linked to a slowdown in trading partner China and political turmoil. This stand

    February 19, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • What economic slowdown? China's military still on a spending spree

    LONDON -- Although inflation-adjusted defense spending is falling in the U.S. and Europe, global defense outlays rose in 2014, driven by large increases in three countries: China, Russia and Saudi Arabia. China continues to far outspend its Asia

    February 19, 2015 12:00 am JST