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  • Secom to launch corporate security service in Myanmar

    TOKYO -- Secom will offer security services for corporations in Myanmar starting next fall, touting its cutting-edge information technology devices that help curb labor costs. In Southeast Asia, commercial buildings and factories are often staff

    December 11, 2013 02:29 am JST
  • Japanese parts, rural Asean elbow grease

    TOKYO -- Factories and workshops that support rural Southeast Asian communities are being exported by a Japanese auto component maker. Yazaki, which manufactures components such as wire harnesses, is stepping up overseas operations, especially i

    December 10, 2013 07:00 pm JST
  • Oil tycoon sees SE Asian Games as chance to build brand

    YANGON -- Next to colorful advertisements for instant-coffee mix and precious gems, a towering billboard off Yangon's main Pyay Road portrays Myanmar's national sailing team. Myanmar might not seem a hot spot for the affluent marine sport. But a

    December 10, 2013 03:34 pm JST
  • Expanded Haneda service gives Asia pride of place

    TOKYO -- All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines will make it easier for travelers to jet off to Southeast Asia and China from Tokyo's Haneda Airport by adding flights early next year. ANA on Monday announced a new schedule, to take effect March 3

    December 10, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • TPP countries to miss year-end deadline, continue talks

    Singapore (Kyodo)--Countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks will miss the pledged deadline of reaching a full agreement by year-end, failing to find political solutions on contentious issues, a source familiar with the ne

    December 10, 2013 05:24 am JST
  • SE Asia a tough yet tempting market for Japan's drink makers

    TOKYO -- Cracking Southeast Asia's beverage market is a challenge worth attempting for Japan's beverage makers. Asahi Group Holdings, for one, is relying on its brand recognition and product development know-how to take on global rivals for a share

    December 8, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • TPP agreement likely, but deep divisions remain

    SINGAPORE -- Twelve countries will likely clinch a deal covering more than two-thirds of the 21 fields under discussion at the latest round of talks for the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, which kicked off in Singapore on Saturday. A

    December 8, 2013 02:00 am JST
  • Southeast Asian carriers reporting flight plans to China

    SINGAPORE -- More airlines based in Southeast Asia are complying with China's demand for notification of flights passing through a new air defense identification zone it recently established in the East China Sea. The airlines apparently do not

    December 7, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • Japanese inn manageresses and their 'omotenashi' spirit

    The word omotenashi, or hospitality, was used to express one of the great characteristics of Japan and its people in the country's bid to host the 2020 Olympics. The best place to experience omotenashi is at a traditional inn. Born and raised in Sou

    December 5, 2013 07:00 pm JST
  • Japanese inn manageresses and their 'omotenashi' spirit

    The word omotenashi, or hospitality, was used to express one of the great characteristics of Japan and its people in the country's bid to host the 2020 Olympics. The best place to experience omotenashi is at a traditional inn. Born and raised in Sou

    December 5, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Differences between Asean states could help bring them together

    As Southeast Asia moves toward economic integration, the region's diversity is generally considered an obstacle. There is another way to look at it: The varying levels of affluence, economic maturity and manpower competitiveness within the Associati

    December 2, 2013 07:00 pm JST
  • Vietnam plans trade pact with Eurasia bloc

    MOSCOW -- Vietnam is likely to become the first Southeast Asian nation to form a trade pact with a customs union that includes Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, known as the Eurasia free trade bloc. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Nov. 12 held

    November 30, 2013 07:00 pm JST
  • Asia can withstand an early Fed taper

    The U.S. economy is holding up better than expected. Job growth has accelerated in recent months, and GDP expanded impressively in the third quarter. The Fed may thus decide to ease up on quantitative easing in the coming months. True, inflation is

    November 28, 2013 01:00 pm JST
  • Resource crisis threatens Asia's rise

    Asian economies facing a domestic resource crunch are being forced increasingly to rely on imported mineral ores, timber and fossil fuels, bringing international supplies under pressure and triggering price volatility. Yet Asia, paradoxically, is th

    November 28, 2013 01:00 pm JST
  • Korean cosmetics companies give Asia a makeover

    HANOI -- Cosmetics makers 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 ($98.7 billion) by 2017."Look at how your skin is dry," said a cosmetics clerk at a s

    November 28, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Southeast Asian state-run enterprises: pillars of growth or bridges to nowhere?

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

    November 28, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Asia can withstand an early Fed taper

    The U.S. economy is holding up better than expected. Job growth has accelerated in recent months, and GDP expanded impressively in the third quarter. The Fed may thus decide to ease up on quantitative easing in the coming months. True, inflation is

    November 28, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Resource crisis threatens Asia's rise

    Asian economies facing a domestic resource crunch are being forced increasingly to rely on imported mineral ores, timber and fossil fuels, bringing international supplies under pressure and triggering price volatility. Yet Asia, paradoxically, is th

    November 28, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Southeast Asian consumers prioritize quality over price

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- Consumers in emerging Southeast Asian economies look for quality over low prices when it comes to goods and services, a survey on consumer brand loyalty has found. In an extensive online survey, market research firm Nielsen que

    November 27, 2013 01:00 pm JST
  • Japanese firms see room for broader carbon credit sharing

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- Hitachi Zosen and other major Japanese companies plan to accelerate projects that tap a bilateral credit-sharing mechanism for greenhouse gas emissions. At the 19th United Nations Climate Change Conference, or COP19, that concl

    November 25, 2013 12:15 am JST