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  • Japan seeks Vietnamese tech talent amid labor shortage

    TOKYO -- Japanese and Vietnamese technology outsourcing companies have joined hands to send engineers to Japan's workplaces in an effort to ease the country's serious manpower shortage.Japan's Toppan Forms is partnering with FPT Software, a leading

    March 14, 2017 05:00 pm JST
  • Motives unclear in Vietnamese companies' new gig as educators

    HANOI -- Rumors abound on the true objectives of leading Vietnamese companies getting into the education business of late. These corporations come from industries unrelated to learning or training, spurring speculation that their moves may be politi

    March 13, 2017 02:00 pm JST
  • Edtech taking off in Southeast Asia

    TOKYO -- Southeast Asia is proving to be fertile ground for internet-enabled education startups. Many countries in the region have creaking school systems that are now being asked to find room for swelling numbers of youths."Edtech" is stepping up.

    March 13, 2017 01:15 pm JST
  • Oji expands sales of baby diapers to Vietnam, Cambodia

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Oji Holdings will start selling disposable diapers for babies in Vietnam and Cambodia, the Japanese paper company's latest effort to expand its Southeast Asian footprint.An Oji diaper plant in Malaysia that opened in spring 2016 will

    March 13, 2017 04:00 am 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 Vietnam plant, and has begun operating new plants in other locations li

    March 12, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • For female migrant workers, problems can begin at home

    SINGAPORE -- From the very outset, Myint's search for work to support her family had to be conducted outside the law. Like thousands before her, the frightened young woman from Myanmar was recruited by a Yangon labor agency in defiance of a temporar

    March 10, 2017 05:30 pm JST
  • Vietnam prepares for influx of Chinese tourists

    HO CHI MINH CITY -- This week, some 20 Vietnamese travel agents met in Khanh Hoa Province to establish an association catering to tourists from China to share information, implement joint promotions and develop human resources.The need for one becam

    March 10, 2017 01:50 am JST
  • Double Dip Asia300

    Earnings gloom aside, Asia Inc. is positioned for growth

    HONG KONG -- Don't start fretting just yet. Even though Asia's leading companies are set to log their first back-to-back drop in aggregate annual net profit since the Asian financial crisis, there are plenty of reasons to believe corporate Asia is s

    March 9, 2017 05:10 pm JST
  • Double Dip Asia300

    China's chill hits banks' bottom lines

    TOKYO -- Unable to shrug off its disappointing performance of the preceding year, Asia's financial sector registered a second straight year of decline in its bottom line in 2016. Net profit for the sector came in at $173.1 billion, a decline of 8.8%

    March 9, 2017 05:10 pm JST
  • Over 1 in 4 people in Asia pay bribes for public services

    TOKYO -- More than one in four people in Asia paid a bribe to receive basic public services such education or health care, according to a a recent survey by the anti-graft group Transparency International.The survey -- which covered 21,861 people ac

    March 9, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • Double Dip Asia300

    Asia Inc. stumbles through two years of profit shrinkage

    BANGKOK -- In the 20 years since the Asian currency crisis of 1997, the region's companies have generally done well. They recovered from that setback and shrugged off the global financial crisis triggered by the U.S. housing meltdown a decade later,

    March 9, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Earnings gloom aside, Asia Inc. is positioned for growth

    HONG KONG Don't start fretting just yet. Even though Asia's leading companies are set to log their first back-to-back drop in aggregate annual net profit since the Asian financial crisis, there are plenty of reasons to believe corporate Asia is stil

    March 9, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • China's chill hits banks' bottom lines

    TOKYO Unable to shrug off its disappointing performance of the preceding year, Asia's financial sector registered a second straight year of decline in its bottom line in 2016. Net profit for the sector came in at $173.1 billion, a decline of 8.8% co

    March 9, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Asian companies try to shake off two years of weaker profits

    BANGKOK In the 20 years since the Asian currency crisis of 1997, the region's companies have generally done well. They recovered from that setback and shrugged off the global financial crisis triggered by the U.S. housing meltdown a decade later, th

    March 9, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • VietJet looks to soar above its domestic and foreign rivals

    HANOI VietJet Aviation, a privately run discount airline also known as VietJet Air, listed on the Ho Chi Minh City bourse on Feb. 28.The carrier eventually expects to eclipse state-run Vietnam Airlines in the domestic market, but it also has big goa

    March 9, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Asian PMI readings paint a mixed picture

    TOKYO Business activity in Southeast Asia picked up overall in February, but manufacturers' outlook for future output was less rosy, the latest Nikkei Purchasing Managers' Index shows.The headline Nikkei ASEAN Manufacturing PMI rose 0.3 point from J

    March 9, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • ADB report poses $26tn question for Asia

    MANILA Back in 2009, the Asian Development Bank estimated the region would need $8 trillion worth of infrastructure investment between 2010 and 2020. Now, for the 15 years from 2016 to 2030, the bank reckons $26 trillion is in order to sustain curre

    March 9, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Asian PMI readings paint a mixed picture

    TOKYO -- Business activity in Southeast Asia picked up overall in February, but manufacturers' outlook for future output was less rosy, the latest Nikkei Purchasing Managers' Index shows.The headline Nikkei ASEAN Manufacturing PMI rose 0.3 point fro

    March 8, 2017 05:00 pm JST
  • Southeast Asian auto sales off to smooth start in 2017

    JAKARTA -- New-automobile sales climbed 5% on the year to 249,729 vehicles in six key Southeast Asian markets this January, growing in all except Vietnam, industry figures show.Indonesia's tally rose 1% to 86,252, continuing an uptrend that began la

    March 8, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • Siam Cement acquires Vietnam plant in ASEAN push

    BANGKOK -- Siam Cement Group has acquired several cement plants in central Vietnam, Thailand's largest materials company said Tuesday, a move that boosts overseas production capacity by 40%.The company acquired the entire stake in Vietnam Constructi

    March 8, 2017 02:45 am JST