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  • AIIB launch

    ASEAN members expect funding from new bank

    TOKYO -- In November 2014 in Beijing, Indonesian President Joko Widodo proposed to Chinese President Xi Jinping that the headquarters of the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank be located in Indonesia. It was not just an off-the-cuff

    April 18, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Vietnam environment

    Finding civil society in the world's largest cave

    HO CHI MINH CITY -- Son Doong, the world's largest cave, is so vast that it has a self-contained climate and ecosystem. Located in Quang Binh, a province about 500km south of Hanoi, it has a massive roof formed millennia ago. The cave shelters a fas

    April 18, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Asia must work together to fight epidemics

    One year has passed since the outbreak of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. The official death toll, which includes figures for such countries as Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, has surpassed 10,000. Though some experts say the worst of the Ebola

    April 16, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Vietnam industrialization

    Parts suppliers in short supply

    HANOI -- Vietnam has raised its profile as a manufacturing base in recent years. A number of foreign businesses have set up shop in the Southeast Asian nation. It now faces a challenge in reaching the next phase of industrialization. Slow growth

    April 15, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • World Bank outlook

    Developing East Asia and Pacific slowing

    SINGAPORE -- Despite low oil prices, the World Bank predicts that growth in the developing economies of East Asia and the Pacific will slow to 6.7% because of China's weaker economy and uneven recovery in more developed economies. The Washington

    April 14, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • ASEAN under prying eyes

    Report details decade of cyberspying likely backed by China

    TOKYO -- FireEye, a U.S.-based network security company, says it has blown the cover off a cyberspying group believed to be sponsored by the Chinese government. In a new report, FireEye alleges the group has been targeting Southeast Asia and India f

    April 13, 2015 07:30 pm JST
  • Health foods in Vietnam

    TH Group to launch functional drinks

    HANOI -- TH Group, Vietnam's third-largest dairy company, will enter the functional drink market in July. The company believes the market is promising because more Vietnamese consumers are becoming health conscious as their incomes rise. The Vie

    April 13, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Southeast Asian expansion

    Provincial Vietnam, meet 'little Japan Inc.'

    HANOI -- Vietnam's provincial governments are rolling out a welcome mat for Japan Inc. They are aiming to bring the benefits of the Southeast Asian nation's vibrant economy to areas outside the big cities. The northern province of Quang Ninh and

    April 11, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Small-biz boost

    13 Asian nations to make local financing easier

    TOKYO -- Japan, China, South Korea, and 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will create a financing mechanism allowing their banks to procure local currency by putting up sovereign bonds as collateral. Finance ministers and

    April 11, 2015 03:37 am JST
  • FPT

    Vietnam tech group reshuffles for global expansion

    HO CHI MINH CITY -- Vietnam's leading information technology company FPT Group has reshuffled its board of directors in a push for further global expansion. According to the document filed with the Vietnam State Securities Commission and the Ho

    April 9, 2015 07:30 pm JST
  • Transport regulation

    Vietnam lays down law on Uber

    HO CHI MINH CITY -- The Vietnamese government has approved guidelines for Uber's ride-sharing service, based on a proposal submitted by the country's Ministry of Transport. The San Francisco-based company will be required to sign contracts exclu

    April 9, 2015 06:00 pm JST
  • Asian tourism

    Vietnam banks on domestic travelers

    HO CHI MINH CITY -- Vietnam is banking on domestic tourists to make up for the decline in international visitors. The country expects to receive 8.5 million foreign tourists this year. Government officials last Saturday launched a program to

    April 9, 2015 03:25 pm JST
  • One-child policy

    Dearth of wives for Chinese men prompts bride trafficking

    PHNOM PENH -- China's one-child policy is skewing the nation's sex ratio, making it almost impossible for many men to find wives and causing some of them to marry women trafficked from Southeast Asian countries. In 1979, Beijing introduced a po

    April 9, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Vietnam expansion

    Aeon to nearly triple its facility management workforce

    TOKYO -- Aeon will expand a business in Vietnam that supplies customer service staff and handles facility management work such as factory cleaning for companies outside its corporate group. Operated by subsidiary Aeon Delight, the business provi

    April 9, 2015 03:38 am JST
  • Maritime Silk Road

    China, Vietnam to cooperate on new trade corridor

    BEIJING/HANOI -- Chinese President Xi Jinping and Vietnamese Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong have agreed to work together on the Maritime Silk Road trade initiative as China attempts to woo Vietnam and strengthen its own economic influence in

    April 8, 2015 03:39 am JST
  • Looming labor shortage

    Aging Asia scrambling for nursing workforce

    TOKYO/MANILA -- As Japan's population rapidly ages, the country will probably face greater difficulties securing enough manpower for their care. Despite measures such as expanded technical internship programs that train workers from overseas, Ja

    April 7, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Resisting Starbucks' incursion

    Hanoi's 'Communist Cafes' serve nostalgia with coffee

    HANOI -- Forty years after the Viet Cong declared victory in the Vietnam War, Hanoi's most popular cafe uses communism as a nostalgic theme to draw affluent young consumers. Built to resemble a cement bunker and decorated with 1970s propaganda p

    April 7, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Bear hug

    Vietnam to forge trade pact with Russia

    HANOI -- Vietnam and Russia have agreed to sign a free trade accord by June, a move that would nearly triple bilateral trade to $10 billion by 2020. Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung reached an agreement with visiting Russian counterpart

    April 7, 2015 04:09 am JST
  • Market glut

    Rice prices at 10-month low on Thai stockpile

    TOKYO -- International rice prices are tumbling amid high Thai government inventories and a smooth harvest in Vietnam. The export price of Thai long-grain rice comes to around $420 a ton, down 5% from the recent February high and the lowest sinc

    April 7, 2015 03:31 am JST
  • Barrier to development

    'New normal' casts shadow over Southeast Asian economies

    BANGKOK -- Now that China has shifted its focus to a "new normal," a slower but more sustainable rate of economic growth, Southeast Asian countries are expected to be the next driving force for high-paced growth. However, some countries in the r

    April 6, 2015 07:00 pm JST