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  • Recyclers eye Southeast Asia's rising piles of junked cars

    HANOI -- The motorization of Southeast Asia is clogging the streets with more cars and filling the air with more exhaust. But there is also another problem looming in the form of illegally junked cars and car parts. Roughly 1 million cars will b

    October 31, 2014 04:52 am JST
  • Ex-Asean head warns of 'slow' economic integration

    BANGKOK -- Progress toward economic integration of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will likely be slow due to a lack of strong leadership, according to Surin Pitsuwan, former secretary general of Asean and one of the architects of its pla

    October 30, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Australia wheat attracts Asian investment

    SYDNEY/JAKARTA -- Japanese trading houses are expanding exports of wheat from Australia to Southeast Asia, where demand for the grain is increasing. Mitsubishi Corp. in July acquired 80% of shares in Olam Grains Australia, which holds a 32.5% s

    October 30, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Aeon negotiating deal with two major Vietnam supermarkets

    TOKYO -- Aeon will partner with two major supermarket operators in Vietnam as part of a two-pronged strategy to cultivate the rapidly growing retail market there. The Japanese retailer is concluding partnership negotiations with Fivimart, which

    October 30, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Vietnam retail boom lures global players to tackle red tape

    HANOI -- Mother-of-two Nguyen Thi Trang is an avid shopper at her local Lotte Mart in Hanoi's Ba Dinh district. Not only is the recently opened South Korean supermarket more comfortable than the open-air market where she used to purchase groceries,

    October 30, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • I'll drink to that!

    HANOI -- "Beer clubs" are the new big thing in Vietnam, as the country's growing middle class seeks out cool new places to drink that won't break the bank. At the forefront of this trend is Vuvuzela-Beer Club. Nguyen Thai Lan has been a regular

    October 30, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Nurturing orchestral youth

    TOKYO -- Japanese conductors are investing time and energy in orchestras in Myanmar, Vietnam, Indonesia and across the region. The goal is to help make classical music more popular. Conductor Yunosuke Yamamoto gives lessons to Myanmar's Yangon-b

    October 30, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Cambodia, Laos bourses languish despite economic growth

    TOKYO -- Cambodia and Laos are both struggling to attract companies ready -- or willing -- to list on their stock exchanges, more than three years after they were established. With the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations slated

    October 30, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Vietnam aiming to catch the Japanese bus to ease traffic chaos

    HANOI -- A Vietnamese government desperate for solutions to its clogged roads has called on Japan for help. But with commuter train systems still years away, public buses now carry the authorities' hopes for easing traffic in large cities.Driven wil

    October 29, 2014 02:01 am JST
  • Big shopping malls taking root in Asia's suburbs

    TOKYO -- In a reflection of rising car ownership, large suburban-style shopping malls are popping up in China and Southeast Asia, with Japanese companies among the builders. Japanese real estate giant Mitsui Fudosan will invest roughly 1.8 billi

    October 28, 2014 06:45 am JST
  • Fujitsu to sell agricultural IT systems in Vietnam

    TOKYO -- Fujitsu, anticipating rising demand for high-quality food in Southeast Asia, will begin selling information technology systems for agricultural produce operations in Vietnam next year. The Japanese company will partner with FPT, a Vietn

    October 28, 2014 04:55 am JST
  • Japanese public-private team to help Vietnamese farmers

    TOKYO -- A government agency and a business consultancy will draw up measures to promote the export of vegetables grown in Vietnam. The Japan International Cooperation Agency and Dream Incubator plan to conduct a six-month study in the southwest

    October 28, 2014 01:24 am JST
  • Japan's toilet titans seek luxury niche in Southeast Asia

    TOKYO -- Japanese companies often have a difficult time matching the luxury appeal of their U.S. and European counterparts in jewelry, fashion, automobiles and other areas. But in Southeast Asia, there is one exception: toilets. Major Japanese s

    October 27, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Vietnam property manager to learn Japanese-style service

    HANOI -- Kondo Kensetsu Kogyo, a Japanese construction company, will soon start coaching employees of Property & Management Company (VNPT-PMC) on handing customer complaints and other aspects of customer service. The goal of the real estate mana

    October 27, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • TPP ministers left with hurdles before clinching a deal

    SYDNEY (Kyodo) -- Ministers from 12 countries engaged in a Pacific Rim free trade initiative said their talks advanced during a three-day meeting that wrapped up Monday in Sydney, but some contentious issues remain to be resolved before clinching a

    October 27, 2014 11:30 am JST
  • Facing lull at home, Tokyu sets about urbanizing SE Asia

    TOKYO -- The search for a new revenue source is taking railway operator Tokyu from its profitable but mature home market in Japan to fast-growing Southeast Asia, where lucrative redevelopment projects await. In Japan, Tokyu is the leader in rede

    October 26, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Middle class thirst fuels 'beer club' boom in Vietnam

    HANOI -- So-called "beer clubs" serve up an ambience somewhere between the conviviality of Vietnam's traditional sidewalk watering holes and the exclusivity of its upscale restaurants. And they are a big hit with the country's swelling middle class.

    October 25, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • 21 nations sign accord for China-led development bank

    BEIJING -- A total of 21 countries signed a memorandum of understanding in Beijing on Friday for the establishment of a China-led multinational bank. Representatives from Southeast Asia and the Middle East, as well as China, India and Mongolia,

    October 24, 2014 02:00 pm JST
  • Shibusawa Warehouse buying into Vietnamese logistics company

    TOKYO -- Shibusawa Warehouse plans to take a 35% stake in Hanoi-based logistics company Vinafco this month, aiming to strengthen operations in northern Vietnam. The Japanese company intends to purchase Vinafco shares from real estate firms and o

    October 24, 2014 02:00 am JST
  • Itochu to take stake in Vietnamese textile giant

    HO CHI MINH CITY -- Trading house Itochu will invest in Vinatex, Vietnam's largest state-owned textile company, acting ahead of a potential free trade agreement that could boost exports from the country. Itochu will soon acquire about 5% of the

    October 24, 2014 02:00 am JST