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  • Chinese eye methane hydrate reserves in South China Sea

    BEIJING -- In a move that could further fuel tensions in the South China Sea, China will step up exploration for methane hydrate, which is drawing attention as a future source of energy. Research last summer led to the discovery of a high-purity

    April 24, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • E-commerce ready to take off in Vietnam

    HANOI -- Young entrepreneurs and seasoned executives alike are setting up e-commerce businesses in Vietnam. But before the anticipated explosion in the market can happen, these pioneers need to overcome several obstacles. When Thanh Tam's local

    April 22, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Frederic Neumann: Don't let TPP stumble over beef

    U.S. President Barack Obama heads for Tokyo this week. He will also travel to Malaysia, the Philippines and Korea. There are plenty of things to talk about in all these countries. But one item stands out, the centerpiece of America's supposed foreig

    April 21, 2014 04:00 pm JST
  • Japan's big worry over Crimea situation -- China's ambitions

    TOKYO -- Broadly speaking, there are two types of diplomatic talks involving government leaders -- well-prepared meetings with conclusions decided in advance, and earnest talks without any prepared endgame. Leaders from the Group of Seven major

    April 21, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Chinese eye methane hydrate reserves in South China Sea

    BEIJING -- In a move that could further fuel tensions in the South China Sea, China will step up exploration for methane hydrate, which is drawing attention as a future source of energy. Research last summer led to the discovery of a high-purity

    April 21, 2014 01:51 am JST
  • Japan to push green tech in Asia via fund

    TOKYO -- Japan is working with the Asian Development Bank to create a fund that will help get the nation's environmentally friendly technologies adopted in Asian infrastructure development. The Environment Ministry will contribute 1.8 billion ye

    April 21, 2014 01:33 am JST
  • Nippon Signal lands order for rail fare system in Vietnam

    TOKYO -- Railway signal manufacturer Nippon Signal has won a Vietnamese order for an automated fare collection system for a new urban rail line. The order is for noncontact smart cards, fare-collecting equipment and station computers for process

    April 21, 2014 01:31 am JST
  • Japan-US deadlock leaves TPP in quagmire

    TOKYO -- Japan and the U.S., two key players in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, have made little progress in talks on the agreement, leaving other participating countries waiting in vain. Chief negotiators from all 12 participating nat

    April 20, 2014 02:00 am JST
  • Japan to fund cancer-screening ventures in Asia, South America

    TOKYO -- The Japanese government will provide funding and other support for domestic companies looking to sell preventive health care equipment and services in emerging markets. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry will select seven proje

    April 19, 2014 05:44 am JST
  • Panasonic to give Southeast Asia more latitude in electronics

    OSAKA -- Panasonic has firmed up plans for assigning headquarters functions to Southeast Asia as early as this summer for consumer electronics operations there. Planning and development of products will be localized, shifting decision-making aut

    April 19, 2014 05:43 am JST
  • Investor hopes high for Vietnam's bank reshuffle

    SINGAPORE -- Vietnam's stock market has been a global standout this year, bolstered by the strong market performance of its restructuring financial sector. Many Asian stock markets were quiet Thursday ahead of the Good Friday holiday, but the VN

    April 18, 2014 01:36 am JST
  • Emerging markets grow their own corporate giants

    To find the business giants of the future, The Nikkei Veritas has created a list of companies with high return on equity in emerging countries, as well as some that satisfy certain requirements, including high return on sales. VGI Global Media is

    April 17, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Budget carrier's rise shakes up Vietnam's airline market

    HANOI -- Vietnam's rapidly growing air travel market has a young budget airline that is seriously giving the country's flag carrier, Vietnam Airlines, a run for its money. The low-cost carrier VietJet Air began flying in December 2011 and is agg

    April 17, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Newer Asean members' revenues pinched by free trade zone

    HANOI -- Less-developed members of Asean are struggling to replace tax revenues being lost as they move to reduce tariffs in line with the Southeast Asian bloc's plans for regional economic integration. To promote free trade across the region, m

    April 16, 2014 02:10 am JST
  • Vietnam IT giant steps up push for Japanese-speaking engineers

    TOKYO -- Vietnam's FPT Software plans to send 2,000 engineers to Japan over a period of three years to learn Japanese. Each engineer will stay in Japan for about nine months, long enough to become proficient in basic conversation. After returnin

    April 16, 2014 12:56 am JST
  • Stephen Grenville: IMF ignores its own data on emerging economies

    Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, told the Group of 20 summit in St. Petersburg last September: "Just as some advanced economies have begun to gather momentum, many emerging markets are slowing." With this warn

    April 15, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Japan's Kirin to tap Chinese thirst for milk

    TOKYO -- Kirin Holdings will start offering milk in China as early as June to capitalize on the country's growing demand for high-quality dairy beverages. The Japanese company will sell ultra-high-temperature processed milk, or long-life milk, w

    April 15, 2014 05:14 am JST
  • There's more to Japan than Tokyo, foreign dignitaries find

    TOKYO -- More and more foreign dignitaries are venturing out of Tokyo when they visit Japan. Popular destinations include Kinkakuji Temple in Kyoto and the ancient capital of Kamakura, which U.S. President Barack Obama visited when he was here. But

    April 14, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Takashimaya plans 2 more department stores for Southeast Asia

    TOKYO -- Takashimaya, which operates a chain of department stores, is considering opening two more in Southeast Asia as early as 2017, President Shigeru Kimoto said in an interview with The Nikkei on Friday. The Japanese company already runs a s

    April 12, 2014 02:46 am JST
  • Siam Cement forms ceramics venture with Italy's Florim

    BANGKOK -- Siam Cement Group will in early 2015 start producing high-end ceramics in Italy through a new joint venture with local ceramics company Florim Ceramiche. Siam Cement's ceramics subsidiary, SCG Cement-Building Materials, holds a 33% st

    April 11, 2014 07:30 pm JST