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  • The Future of Asia 2015

    China taking different path in supporting Asian growth, Thai minister says

    TOKYO -- Thailand sees China's emergence as an economic powerhouse helping propel growth in developing countries in Asia, rather than posing a threat, according to a senior government official. The role of driving regional development has been p

    May 22, 2015 10:50 am JST
  • The Future of Asia 2015

    AEC opens up vast business opportunities, though challenges remain

    TOKYO -- Global businesses see great opportunities in the ASEAN market with the launch of a regional economic community that will bring down trade tariffs and ease regulations on service industries. Panelists at Nikkei's Future of Asia conferenc

    May 21, 2015 09:50 pm JST
  • The Future of Asia 2015

    Sensitive sectors remain sticking point ahead of AEC integration deadline

    TOKYO -- Aviation is among the sectors thwarting efforts by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to integrate their economies by the end of 2015, a senior official from the bloc revealed. Under a policy roadmap, the ASEAN Economic Communit

    May 21, 2015 09:20 pm JST
  • The Future of Asia 2015

    Abe pledges $110 billion for Asian infrastructure

    TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said his government and the Asian Development Bank will jointly provide $110 billion to finance "innovative" infrastructure in Asia. Innovation, Abe said, is necessary if Asia is to counter the challenges

    May 21, 2015 08:30 pm JST
  • The Future of Asia 2015

    ASEAN as the nucleus of an emerging Asia

    TOKYO -- As one of the fastest growing regions with various economic partnerships, ASEAN is the nucleus of an emerging Asia, Le Luong Minh, the bloc's secretary-general, argued. Growth is robust in Asia amid uncertainties in developed economies,

    May 21, 2015 05:55 pm JST
  • The Future of Asia 2015

    Vietnam hastening economic reforms for regional integration

    TOKYO -- Vietnam is transforming domestic policies to achieve the goal of regional economic integration, which it sees providing opportunities for the international business community. Addressing Nikkei's Future of Asia international conference

    May 21, 2015 12:40 pm JST
  • Editorial: To drive trade, ASEAN must prove itself behind wheel

    The Association of Southeast Asian Nations is set to launch the ASEAN Economic Community, or AEC, by the end of this year -- a common economic area that will remove trade tariffs and ease regulations on service industries in the region, which is gre

    May 21, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Cam Ranh Bay: Vietnam's ace in the hole against China

    HANOI -- Vietnam is David to China's Goliath when it comes to strategic competition. China's economy is 54 times larger and its navy is 10 times bigger. But as far as territorial disputes in the South China Sea are concerned, Vietnam has an ace

    May 21, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Philippine regulators make room for ride-booking apps

    MANILA -- The Philippine government has decided to recognize and regulate ride-booking services, classifying the private cars used in the industry as a public utility. Uber, a popular service platform, said the move was "groundbreaking," and hailed

    May 21, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Nikkei Asia Prizes

    Dairy pioneer, scientist and musical troupe honored

    TOKYO -- A Vietnamese dairy queen, a Chinese scientist and a legendary Hong Kong orchestra have taken out this year's Nikkei Asia Prizes. The awards, now in their 20th year, are to honor those who are making a difference in the Asian region. Spe

    May 20, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Vietnam life insurance

    HDBank teams up with Dai-ichi to tap bancassurance

    HO CHI MINH CITY -- HDBank signed a 10-year bancassurance partnership agreement with Dai-ichi Life Vietnam this month in a bid to tap into the country's fast-growing life insurance market. HDBank, one of the biggest joint stock banks in Vietnam,

    May 19, 2015 11:55 pm JST
  • Japan's shutter king

    Sanwa aims to raise lagging Asian sales

    TOKYO -- Sanwa Holdings, Japan's largest shutter manufacturer, is stepping up efforts to boost sales in other Asian markets. In the fiscal year ended March 31, Sanwa Holdings saw its sales in the U.S., where it has expanded operations through ac

    May 19, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • OECD ranking

    Better education could boost Indonesian economy by $24 trillion

    TOKYO -- What are the economic returns of a good education? In the case of Indonesia, about $24 trillion. That is how much the country's economy would expand if there were full participation in secondary school and every student attained basic m

    May 19, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Weathering the slowdown

    Singapore banks shine amid uncertainty

    SINGAPORE -- Plunging prices for commodities and the ongoing slowdown of the Chinese economy were common headaches among financial institutions in Southeast Asia last year. Despite concerns about the rise of bad loans and slower loan growth, all but

    May 14, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • ASEAN losers

    A rough year for airlines, energy companies

    JAKARTA -- Some of Southeast Asia's biggest companies struggled to turn a profit last year -- some even lost money -- mainly due to heightened competition and weak oil prices. The Nikkei Asian Review's analysis of 89 ASEAN 100 companies reveale

    May 14, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Manufacturing in China

    Rising wages send companies in search of cheaper workers

    TOKYO -- With a tradition dating back to the Edo period (1603-1868) and a history of making shirts for the Japanese Imperial Navy during the war, apparel maker Flex Japan knows a thing or two about cotton dress shirts. First of all, shirt-making is

    May 14, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • A rough year for airlines, energy companies

    JAKARTA -- Some of Southeast Asia's biggest companies struggled to turn a profit last year -- some even lost money -- mainly due to heightened competition and weak oil prices. The Nikkei Asian Review's analysis of 89 ASEAN 100 companies reveale

    May 14, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Philippines seen leading 2015 earnings boost

    BANGKOK -- Analysts are foreseeing better earnings as an overall trend in 2015 among Southeast Asian companies, many of which saw their earnings slide the previous year in dollar terms. Forecasters are particularly bullish about the Philippines, cit

    May 14, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Vietnam's dairy queen: Mai Kieu Lien

    HANOI -- Mai Kieu Lien may well be the most prominent female entrepreneur in Vietnam. Her tireless efforts to promote milk and other dairy goods have transformed Vietnam Dairy Products -- widely known as Vinamilk -- into the country's largest food p

    May 14, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Rising wages send companies in search of cheaper workers

    TOKYO -- With a tradition dating back to the Edo period (1603-1868) and a history of making shirts for the Japanese Imperial Navy during the war, apparel maker Flex Japan knows a thing or two about cotton dress shirts. First of all, shirt-making is

    May 14, 2015 12:00 am JST