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  • Future of Asia

    ASEAN plans fresh wave of market liberalization

    TOKYO -- The 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are working on further steps to ensure the free flow of goods and services within the region and with the rest of the world, following the launch of the ASEAN Economic Community a

    May 30, 2016 03:33 pm JST
  • Future of Asia

    Regionwide free trade pact key for development -- Laos commerce minister

    TOKYO -- A regionwide free trade deal would benefit Asia by expanding market access, promoting specialization and expanding economies of scale, Laos' commerce minister told a conference here on Monday."China, Japan, and [South] Korea, as large econo

    May 30, 2016 03:30 pm JST
  • Future of Asia

    Region needs a new growth model -- Vietnam's deputy prime minister

    TOKYO -- Asian countries need to "transform their development model" to sustain economic growth and continue raising the region's global profile, Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dzung said on Monday in Tokyo.Dzung told the 22nd Internati

    May 30, 2016 12:30 pm JST
  • Vietnam caught between new, old friends

    HANOI -- Vietnam is juggling long-established partners and the U.S. now that President Barack Obama has acknowledged the tragedy of the Vietnam War and announced the lifting of an arms embargo on the Southeast Asian nation."Cold War rivalries and fe

    May 29, 2016 07:00 am JST
  • Vietnam's FPT forges tie-ups with Japanese printer, publisher

    HO CHI MINH CITY -- Vietnamese information technology company FPT on Thursday signed a pair of cooperation agreements with businesses in Japan, including Toppan Printing. FPT said the deal with Toppan will see it provide software outsourcing service

    May 27, 2016 08:44 pm JST
  • Commentary

    James Keith -- Obama trip shows value of US engagement in Asia

    U.S. President Barack Obama's trip to East Asia reflects the high priority accorded in his foreign policy to the region where U.S. influence is exercised through a strong security presence, economic leadership and people-to-people ties.Looking back

    May 26, 2016 10:32 pm JST
  • Vietnam's state-run companies seek foreign capital for edge

    HANOI -- State-owned enterprises in Vietnam are looking to improve competitiveness in collaboration with foreign companies, considering it imperative to carry out management reforms before the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade liberalization agreement

    May 26, 2016 07:20 pm JST
  • Guntur Sugiyarto: Professional mobility is the biggest challenge facing

    The launch of the ASEAN Economic Community at the end of 2015 marked a major milestone for the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. The AEC envisions the establishment of a single market and production base that should create be

    May 26, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • ASEAN defense talks on South China Sea subdued by terrorism concerns

    VIENTIANE -- Regional defense ministers on Wednesday spoke of the importance of freedom of marine and air traffic in the South China Sea, which is increasingly becoming a potential hotspot of conflict."[The ministers] reiterate the importance of mai

    May 26, 2016 02:55 am JST
  • Robot makers surf automation wave in Southeast Asia

    TOKYO/BANGKOK -- Surging wages in Southeast Asia have local manufacturers increasingly seeking relief in the form of factory automation. The trend has industrial robot makers rubbing their hands together in anticipation that the region will follow i

    May 25, 2016 06:30 pm JST
  • Online shopping soars among young Asians

    TOKYO -- Nearly half of young people in Asia shop online at least once a week, with their purchases ranging from water and toilet paper to cosmetics and home appliances, according to a recent Nikkei survey.An overall average of 49.2% of respondents

    May 25, 2016 01:00 pm JST
  • Obama faces up to war in call for new US-Vietnam relationship

    HANOI -- U.S. President Barack Obama wrapped up the main political portion of his Vietnam trip Tuesday, taking the opportunity to stress the new strategic relationship being built between two countries once locked in a brutal conflict.Speaking to ar

    May 25, 2016 03:00 am JST
  • Vinamilk to lift cap on foreign ownership

    HO CHI MINH CITY -- Vietnamese dairy giant Vietnam Dairy Products, better known as Vinamilk, has decided to lift its cap on foreign ownership, paving the way for a flood of eager overseas investors to claim a piece of the sought-after company.Vinami

    May 24, 2016 09:30 pm JST
  • Commentary

    Phuong Nguyen -- For Vietnam and the US, the best is yet to come

    U.S. presidential visits to Vietnam, where America was involved in a long, brutal war that scarred its national consciousness, are bound to be emotional events. But when President Barack Obama visited Vietnam May 23-25, the high emotions on both sid

    May 24, 2016 03:30 pm JST
  • Obama says several Vietnamese activists prevented from meeting him

    HANOI (Reuters) -- U.S. President Barack Obama said several Vietnamese civil society members were prevented from meeting him on Tuesday and that, despite great strides made by the country, Washington had concerns about the limits it puts on politica

    May 24, 2016 03:00 pm JST
  • US counters China in ending Vietnam arms embargo

    HANOI -- In lifting its ban on sales of lethal weaponry to Vietnam, the U.S. seeks to curb the growing Chinese presence in the South China Sea as Hanoi tries to strike a diplomatic balance between the Western superpower and a longtime Asian ally."Mo

    May 24, 2016 04:00 am JST
  • Marubeni, Italy's Enel team on Asian power plants

    TOKYO -- Japanese trading house Marubeni and Italian energy producer Enel Group have agreed to jointly develop power plants in Asia.The two companies inked a memorandum of understanding and aim to win two orders by 2018. They plan to construct and o

    May 24, 2016 02:30 am JST
  • US, Vietnam can trade arms after Obama visit

    HO CHI MINH CITY -- President Barack Obama kicked off his historic visit to Vietnam by announcing the lifting of a 41-year-old arms embargo dating from the end of the Vietnam War in 1975, and also visited the home of Ho Chi Minh, the communist leade

    May 23, 2016 11:12 pm JST
  • Drought squeezing farm output, economies in Asia, Oceania

    JAKARTA -- Bone-dry conditions are ravaging agricultural production in parts of Asia and Oceania, stunting growth in countries where farm goods are a major economic driver.In Vietnam, in the grip of its worst dry spell in a century, rice output has

    May 23, 2016 07:00 pm JST
  • US lifts arms embargo on Vietnam

    HANOI -- The U.S. has lifted its 41-year-old arms embargo on Vietnam, President Barack Obama announced Monday. The move marks a significant shift in his foreign policy amid China's growing military might.Obama announced the decision at a joint press

    May 23, 2016 03:18 pm JST