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  • David Brown: Peace gets a chance in Vietnamese land conflicts

    Last month, a band of farmers forced their way into the administrative compound of Dong Tam, an ancient village on the fringes of Hanoi, to protest the expropriation of their land. To the astonishment of many observers, Vietnam's communist regime ca

    May 18, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Japan's space startups see promise in Southeast Asia

    TOKYO Japanese space startups are rapidly expanding in Southeast Asia, attracted by the wealth of opportunities in the region.The Southeast Asian market offers a wider range of opportunities than Japan's government-oriented space industry. It is als

    May 18, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Japanese papermaker Oji dives into water treatment

    TOKYO -- Papermaker Oji Holdings is aiming to make a splash in water treatment operations with technology that can slash filtration plants' setup costs and multiply their efficiency, targeting tens of millions of dollars in annual sales across 40 lo

    May 18, 2017 05:50 am JST
  • Southeast Asia building up maritime defenses

    MANILA -- From Singapore to the Philippines, Southeast Asian nations are spending big on submarines and other vessels to ramp up their naval capabilities amid rising tensions in the South China Sea.The five major Southeast Asian countries have all i

    May 17, 2017 02:30 am JST
  • PetroVietnam Gas embarks on $1.27bn pipeline

    HO CHI MINH CITY -- PetroVietnam Gas, or PV Gas, is preparing to build a $1.27 billion pipeline in the Mekong Delta this year after receiving a government investment certificate last month.The project is a joint venture among PV Gas, Japan's Mitsui

    May 17, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • Japan to support export of coal, gas power technologies

    TOKYO -- Japan's industry ministry is set to support domestic industry's efforts to export low-emission gas and coal thermal power generation systems to developing countries.The program includes support for Japanese power companies' feasibility stud

    May 16, 2017 02:30 pm JST
  • 'TPP 11' to Washington: We'll keep your seat warm

    TOKYO -- The 11 remaining signatories to the Trans-Pacific Partnership intend to proceed without the U.S. but lay an easy path for its return, hoping to tempt Washington back to the table.The U.S. withdrew from the trade agreement in January, leavin

    May 16, 2017 05:32 am JST
  • Panasonic turns up the juice for overseas consumer electronics

    OSAKA -- Panasonic looks to boost its already solid overseas consumer electronics business, in part by integrating production and sales activities in the West as well as by manufacturing air conditioners in Vietnam.These efforts illustrate the Japan

    May 16, 2017 04:30 am JST
  • Vietnam's low-cost automaker Thaco set for growth spurt

    HANOI -- Truong Hai Auto, known as Thaco, is poised to take off as the Vietnamese automobile market's growth accelerates.The largest local automaker in Vietnam manufactures vehicles for Mazda Motor, Kia Motors and Peugeot using imported parts, as we

    May 16, 2017 03:20 am JST
  • Vinamilk eyes vast China market

    HO CHI MINH CITY -- Vietnam Dairy Products, or Vinamilk, has signed a memorandum of cooperation with an undisclosed partner in China for exports there, paving the way for its entry into the world's largest dairy market.The signing took place in Beij

    May 16, 2017 12:30 am JST
  • Japan loses a friend in Ho Chi Minh City

    TOKYO -- The dismissal of Dinh La Thang as the head of Ho Chi Minh City may bring negative consequences to Japanese businesses.Thang, 56, has been a cooperative, Japan-friendly conduit in Vietnamese politics. Now that he is gone, Japanese companies

    May 14, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • Japan to push for 'TPP 11' by year-end

    TOKYO -- Japan on May 21 will call on the 10 other remaining members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership to come to a general agreement by the end of the year on implementing an accord without the U.S. It will make the push during a meeting in Vietnam.

    May 14, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • Global cyber attack slows but experts see risk of fresh strikes

    SINGAPORE/FRANKFURT (Reuters) -- A global cyber attack described as unprecedented in scale forced a major European automaker to halt some production lines while hitting schools in China and hospitals in Indonesia on Saturday, though it appeared to d

    May 13, 2017 11:30 pm JST
  • Lili Yan Ing and Jaysa Prana

    Should East Asia retaliate against US trade policy?

    President Donald Trump's trade agenda suggests a major shift toward a more aggressive stance aimed at fixing the imbalance between the U.S. and its trading partners worldwide.The "America-First" trade policy, expressed in the President's 2017 Trade

    May 12, 2017 03:00 pm JST
  • Vietnam puts pork on menus as farmers face glut, low prices

    VIETNAM (AP) -- Pork may be hogging menus in Vietnam's factories and army canteens for some time to come, as the country tries to keep pig farmers stricken by a glut in supply from going under.Millions of farmers are struggling after China began blo

    May 11, 2017 08:14 pm JST
  • ADB finds the 'Asian century' tantalizingly close

    YOKOHAMA, Japan In just five decades, Asia has changed beyond recognition, the Asian Development Bank was keen to inform participants at its 50th annual meeting, held in Yokohama from May 4.A promotional video played repeatedly during the four-day e

    May 11, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Trump has blown US credibility in Southeast Asia: Poll

    TOKYO -- U.S. President Donald Trump's policy, or lack thereof, on Southeast Asia has gutted American credibility, a survey by an influential think tank has found.More than half of respondents in Southeast Asia say the U.S. has become less dependabl

    May 9, 2017 04:00 pm JST
  • ADB facing pressure to change

    TOKYO -- As the Asian Development Bank finds its regional hegemony threatened by the China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, members of the ADB are pushing for internal reform.During the 50th annual meeting that ended Sunday in Yokohama,

    May 9, 2017 06:44 am JST
  • Ho Chi Minh City gives green light to advertising on buses

    HO CHI MINH CITY -- Ho Chi Minh City is to allow advertisements on its more than 2,300 buses, a plan that is expected to generate 170 billion dong ($7.48 million) a year to the city's budget, following an earlier ban on such ads.Last year, Koa Sha M

    May 8, 2017 09:42 pm JST
  • Southeast Asian economic growth regaining speed

    SINGAPORE -- Southeast Asian economies should collectively grow by around 5% this year and next, propelled by such fast-growing contributors as the Philippines and Vietnam, a regional observer group says in a report released Thursday.Real gross dome

    May 8, 2017 02:42 pm JST