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  • Sumitomo Mitsui Construction to build Vietnam's longest bridge

    TOKYO -- Sumitomo Mitsui Construction has won an order to construct a bridge that will be the longest in Vietnam. The bridge will link Lach Huyen Port, an international port currently under construction in northern Vietnam, to a road leading to

    February 13, 2014 02:23 am JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014: Vietnam's Vuong aims to fight back

    HANOI -- Pham Nhat Vuong has found strength in adversity. Vingroup, a major Vietnamese property developer, on Christmas Eve opened a shopping and entertainment complex, named Vincom Mega Mall Times City, in Hanoi. The facilities were swamped wit

    February 13, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014: Tang adds zest to infrastructure market

    SINGAPORE -- Tang Kin Fei has a rare trait for a Singaporean businessman: loyalty. The president of Singapore's leading government-affiliated conglomerate, Sembcorp Industries, is one of the few executives in the city-state who has stuck with th

    February 13, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014: Sugiarto sees life beyond cars

    JAKARTA--Prijono Sugiarto must diversify income streams this year as president director of Astra International. One of Indonesia's largest conglomerates, Astra assembles and sells vehicles in collaboration with Japanese automakers Toyota Motor a

    February 13, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Bunka Shutter to double commercial door output in Vietnam

    TOKYO -- Seeking to cash in on the growing number of Japanese companies setting up shop in Vietnam, Bunka Shutter plans to double production of commercial doors there to 4,000 units a month this fall. The firm is also reducing the cost of its do

    February 12, 2014 03:33 am JST
  • Robert A. Cook: Getting realistic about retirement

    We all like stories with happy endings. "Work hard and then retire easy" is one example. In Asia we certainly get the work part right. But securing the fairy tale ending -- of travel, hobbies and time with family and friends -- will require a bi

    February 11, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Vietnam's FPT Software teaching workers Japanese to win contracts

    TOKYO -- FPT Software, Vietnam's largest software developer, is honing the Japanese language skills of its workforce in a bid to win more outsourcing business from Japanese companies. The firm operates a four-year school where software developer

    February 11, 2014 03:22 am JST
  • Abe's export push lifting Japan's smaller infrastructure firms

    TOKYO -- Japan's major heavy machinery and electric equipment makers are not the only ones reveling in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's policy push to expand infrastructure-related exports. Many of the nation's smaller, lesser known companies in related

    February 9, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Plant builder JGC weaves global infrastructure web

    TOKYO -- JGC is a prominent player in the global plant engineering business. Now the Japanese company is out to snag more social infrastructure contracts in emerging nations as well. JGC sees the two fields as a natural match. Both allow the com

    February 9, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Slow economy puts Vietnam's infrastructure projects on the shelf

    HO CHI MINH -- Faced with a slowing economy and deteriorating fiscal health, Vietnam is being forced to suspend more and more of its large infrastructure projects. Vietnam plans to build four nuclear reactors in the southern province of Ninh Thu

    February 9, 2014 01:30 am JST
  • Well-connected 'fixers' helping Southeast Asia to open up

    TOKYO -- Nguyen Bao Hoang, 40, is busy making financial preparations to open McDonald's first restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday. In April 1975, when Hoang was 2, he was able to get out of then Saigon aboard a U.S. military pla

    February 7, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Galloping ahead: 50 Asian executives to watch in 2014

    Asian corporate leaders are racing into the year of the horse. Executives are confident 2014 will be the year that the global economy recovers, and that demand stabilizes.Poised to capitalize on the post-crisis opportunities is a new generation of A

    February 7, 2014 05:00 pm JST
  • Kuwaiti oil company plots pivot to Asia

    HANOI -- While more established in Europe, Kuwait Petroleum International has set its strategic sights on Asia in pursuit of shifting global oil demand, Chief Executive Officer Bakhit Al-Rashidi tells The Nikkei. In Vietnam, KPI is involved in a

    February 7, 2014 08:09 am JST
  • Japanese instant noodle maker to set up shop in Myanmar

    OSAKA -- Acecook plans to open an instant noodle factory in Myanmar as early as 2017, hoping to grab a 20% share of the local market within a decade and also produce the quick, easy meals for export. The Osaka Prefecture-based company will team

    February 7, 2014 07:22 am JST
  • Wily Cyrus: Tata's enigmatic Mistry pushes for revival

    NEW DELHI -- Cyrus Mistry became chairman of Tata Sons at the wrong time. The secretive chairman took the helm of the holding company of the Tata group, India's largest industrial house, in December 2012. In an interview with The Nikkei, his pr

    February 6, 2014 05:00 pm JST
  • Mahindra's mantra begins to bear fruit

    MUMBAI -- Anand Mahindra's key to success is maintaining a solid corporate structure. Among Indian auto-related companies, special attention in 2014 is focused on the Mahindra & Mahindra group. It overtook Indian rival Tata Motors at home to bec

    February 6, 2014 05:00 pm JST
  • Kochhar duets with India's rock star central banker

    MUMBAI -- Chanda Kochhar's ICICI Bank is at the forefront of Indian financial reform. The 52-year-old CEO of ICICI, India's largest private bank, joined management in the early 2000s. Since becoming CEO in 2009, she has led the bank's expansion.

    February 6, 2014 05:00 pm JST
  • Ramkrishna: India's reforming stock market chief

    MUMBAI -- Chitra Ramkrishna is the first woman to head an Indian stock exchange. The CEO of the National Stock Exchange of India took office in April last year. She sees “renovating the country’s trading system while listening to the voice of t

    February 6, 2014 05:00 pm JST
  • Getting realistic about retirement

    We all like stories with happy endings. "Work hard and then retire easy" is one example. In Asia we certainly get the work part right. But securing the fairy tale ending -- of travel, hobbies and time with family and friends -- will require a bi

    February 6, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Smartphones set to reshape Asia's e-tailing markets

    NEW DELHI/BANGKOK -- Asia is on course to become a huge market for smartphones with more than 2 billion users in 2017, a development certain to transform its consumer markets and open up business opportunities for retailers. The total number of

    February 6, 2014 12:00 am JST