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  • Canon Vietnam helps itself by keeping female workers healthy and happy

    HANOI -- Rising wages for factory workers in China have spurred global manufacturers to shift some production to Southeast Asia, where labor is cheaper. But companies can only stay ahead of wage trends for so long. Then it becomes a matter of giving

    November 19, 2013 07:00 pm JST
  • Top Japanese firms stepping up hiring of foreigners

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- Major companies are recruiting more college-educated foreigners as they strive to secure skilled engineers and look to expand market share in emerging economies. NEC will take on 43% more foreigners from this autumn through nex

    November 17, 2013 10:53 pm JST
  • Japan to share infectious-disease info with Asian labs

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- The government will work with overseas research institutes to set up databases on malaria and other infectious diseases as part of a broader collaboration in treating patients and preventing outbreaks. A research network center

    November 17, 2013 09:54 pm JST
  • Thai food makers expanding abroad

    BANGKOK (Nikkei) -- Food manufacturers in Thailand, a hub of Southeast Asian food production, are bringing their know-how to other countries, building up capacity to capitalize on growing demand. Thai President Foods, whose Mama brand has captur

    November 16, 2013 02:51 am JST
  • Korean cosmetics firms giving Asia a makeover

    HANOI (Nikkei) -- Cosmetics companies from South Korea are expanding their reach to the rest of Asia, heating up competition in a market projected to grow past 10 trillion yen ($100 billion) by 2017. "Look at how your skin is dry," said a cosmet

    November 15, 2013 11:46 pm JST
  • Reliance on state-run enterprises has Southeast Asia facing bridge to nowhere

    KUALA LUMPUR (Nikkei) -- About 30km south of Kuala Lumpur lies a ghost town. Or at least that is how Malaysia's online community refers to the planned city of Putrajaya, which is Exhibit A for Southeast Asia's problems with state-run businesses.

    November 15, 2013 06:30 pm JST
  • Japan to fund industrial park projects in Southeast Asia

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- The Japanese government will help fund a private sector plan to build industrial parks for small and midsize companies looking to set up operations in Southeast Asia. Tokyo aims to help autoparts and electronics components make

    November 13, 2013 07:00 pm JST