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  • Brazilian meat scare sweeps across Asia

    HONG KONG/SEOUL -- The scandal over tainted meat from Brazil is shaking up Asian markets that have come to depend on the South American country's plentiful exports. Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China have each suspended imports, while South Korean

    March 23, 2017 11:59 pm JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index little changed as Trump caution weighs

    HONG KONG (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks were little changed Thursday despite a rebound on Wall Street as markets remained cautious about U.S. President Donald Trump's ability to pass major economic reforms.The Nikkei Asia300 Index was 0.01% higher at 1

    March 23, 2017 09:52 pm JST
  • Michael Vatikiotis

    ASEAN at 50: Uncertain times call for smart diplomacy

    As the Association of Southeast Asian Nations celebrates its 50th anniversary, the complexity of the internal and external environment is severely testing its approach to cooperative security that rests, above all, on preserving the sovereignty of e

    March 23, 2017 09:40 pm JST
  • Freetel operator leading Japan's smartphone makers into Asia

    TOKYO -- Japan's Plus One Marketing is plunging into the competitive Asian smartphone market with extremely inexpensive models, learning from compatriots' failed attempts to win over foreign customers through the quality of their products alone."I l

    March 23, 2017 07:00 pm JST
  • Cross-border Labor Race

    Foreign trainees face tough road in Japan

    HANOI -- At 6:30 a.m., trainees line up for calisthenics set to music at a boarding school in the capital that offers Japanese language courses.Some 600 people, mostly in their 20s and hailing from rural areas of Vietnam, are students at the school.

    March 23, 2017 06:00 pm JST
  • Insurance promises Asia much more than peace of mind

    TOKYO Trinh Pham, a 25-year-old office worker in Ho Chi Minh City, vividly remembers the day she decided to join an insurance program."My colleague suddenly passed away three months ago with colorectal cancer," she said. "I felt so sorry for him and

    March 23, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • ASEAN finds free trade a tougher sell in today's environment

    SINGAPORE -- People become aware of the divine power of a mantra only when they no longer hear it.People have been hearing world leaders inveigh against protectionism after official meetings for so long that they barely took notice. But the communiq

    March 23, 2017 11:30 am JST
  • Insurance promises Asia much more than peace of mind

    TOKYO Trinh Pham, a 25-year-old office worker in Ho Chi Minh City, vividly remembers the day she decided to join an insurance program."My colleague suddenly passed away three months ago with colorectal cancer," she said. "I felt so sorry for him and

    March 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Vietnam tries to cash in on King Kong

    HO CHI MINH CITY Vietnam has made Jordan Charles Vogt-Roberts, director of the Hollywood blockbuster "Kong: Skull Island," a tourism ambassador for the U.S. and the U.K. for the next four years.Vogt-Roberts is the first non-Vietnamese appointed to t

    March 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Insurers help to pay for Asia's infrastructure needs

    BANGKOK A recent $150 million refurbishment of two decades-old geothermal power plants on the Philippine island of Luzon may sound like just another project aimed at overcoming the country's severe electricity shortages. But, for Asia's insurance co

    March 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Microinsurance closes gaps in social safety nets

    TOKYO "I was very worried [about the hospital bill] because my father was in [intensive care] for a long time," said Sheryl Tan, recalling the two painful months leading up to her father's death last year. "So I was relieved when I heard that Medi

    March 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • ASEAN finds free trade a tougher sell in today's environment

    SINGAPORE People become aware of the divine power of a mantra only when they no longer hear it.People have been hearing world leaders inveigh against protectionism after official meetings for so long that they barely took notice. But the communique

    March 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Sreeram Chaulia

    How Asia can reckon with Trump's assault on trade

    In a rare moment since its anointment in 2008 as the steering body for global economic governance, the Group of 20 nations has lost clarity of vision. It is staring at a confused horizon, muddled by the disruptive economic nationalism of U.S. Presid

    March 22, 2017 02:05 pm JST
  • Southeast Asia's gaming startups win by branching out

    TOKYO -- Gaming startups that take their cues from Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings are on the rise in Southeast Asia, stoking investor interest in the potential for the same diversified approach to succeed in the region.The Garena exampleAt a ga

    March 22, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Australia's Bishop gives sermon to ASEAN on diplomacy

    MANILA -- Julie Bishop, the Australian foreign minister, called on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on Thursday to heed a landmark arbitration court decision last year when a fresh code of conduct to handle territorial disputes in the Sout

    March 16, 2017 11:22 pm JST
  • Multinationals in Asia: Heineken's future depends on Southeast Asia

    HANOI/GENEVA The world's second-largest brewer, Heineken, is on the offensive in Southeast Asia.The Dutch company plans to expand production capacity more than tenfold at its Vietnamese plant, and has begun operating new plants in other locations li

    March 16, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Asia braces for an energy M&A bonanza

    DENPASAR, Indonesia Merger and acquisition activity in Asia's energy sector will accelerate this year as crude oil prices stabilize and major Western oil producers seek to divest assets in the region, analysts say.Royal Dutch Shell announced plans i

    March 16, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • H&M, Zara operator fashion aggressive global expansion

    GENEVA -- Two European apparel titans are aggressively expanding their store networks and introducing various brands to new markets, wielding the resources to support a well-rounded growth that rivals appear unable to match.Inditex, which operates t

    March 16, 2017 06:45 am JST
  • Vietnam makes tourism ambassador of King Kong director

    HO CHI MINH CITY -- Vietnam has made Jordan Charles Vogt-Roberts, director of the Hollywood blockbuster Kong Skull Island, a tourism ambassador for the U.S. and the U.K. for the next three years.Vogt-Roberts is the first foreigner appointed to this

    March 16, 2017 12:15 am JST
  • ASEAN businesses want clarity from Trump on trade

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Business groups in Southeast Asia are advocating the continuation of open trade policies, just as U.S. President Donald Trump looks to advance his protectionist agenda. More than anything, perhaps, companies across the Association of

    March 14, 2017 09:40 pm JST