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  • Vietnam property developer Vingroup sees revenues surge

    HO CHI MINH CITY -- Vietnamese property developer Vingroup logged a 72% increase in revenue to 58.5 trillion dong ($2.6 billion) last year, 30% higher than its full-year target. Key growth drivers were the real estate, retail and tourism segments.Ne

    February 7, 2017 12:30 am JST
  • Digital ad spending expected to surge in Southeast Asia

    SINGAPORE -- Southeast Asia's digital ad spending is expected to see double-digit gains in 2017, driven by increased demand for mobile, video and social media advertising, according to a report by eMarketer and IAB Singapore.The report provides fore

    February 6, 2017 08:35 pm JST
  • Soaring costs throw cold water on Asian factory pickup

    HONG KONG Factory activity gauges for January show most Asian economies in expansionary territory -- save for Malaysia, South Korea and Hong Kong. But manufacturers are not out of the woods: Fast-rising input costs are casting a shadow on their pr

    February 6, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • Japan's farm operators eyeing Asian production

    TOKYO -- Japanese agribusinesses involved in farming are foraying into growth markets of Asia, launching production in such countries as Vietnam, amid dim prospects at home.The nation's agricultural output dropped 16% in value terms from 1995 levels

    February 4, 2017 04:40 am JST
  • Protectionism could hurt Asia, warns IMF official

    TOKYO -- Rising protectionism among developed countries is a threat to prosperity in Asia, a deputy managing director of the International Monetary Fund warned Thursday.Mitsuhiro Furusawa spoke at an international conference hosted here by the IMF a

    February 3, 2017 07:05 am JST
  • A US-less TPP leaves China to set Asia's trade rules

    TOKYO The remaining members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership are preparing for life without the U.S. following the country's official withdrawal from the trade deal it once led. Though some members still hope the TPP can be salvaged, others recogniz

    February 2, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • As America retreats, Asia is the last hope for free trade

    TOKYO Fukunari Kimura, a professor at Keio University and an expert in Asian trade, indicated in a Nikkei interview that the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, a proposed free trade agreement, should be a stronghold of free trade, since th

    February 2, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Security services take aim at cybercrime hotbed Southeast Asia

    TOKYO -- Cybercrime is becoming rampant in Southeast Asia, causing severe losses and service disruptions at businesses and financial institutions, but Singapore is emerging as a fortress of defense.Vulnerable systemsStarHub, a telecom company in the

    February 2, 2017 11:40 am JST
  • Vietnam manufacturing PMI drops to 51.9 in January

    TOKYO -- The Nikkei Vietnam Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, fell to 51.9 in January from 52.4 in December.A reading above 50 indicates economic expansion, while a reading below 50 points toward contraction.Andrew Harker from IHS Ma

    February 2, 2017 09:30 am JST
  • ASEAN PMI rises to 50.0 in January

    TOKYO -- The Nikkei ASEAN Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, marked 50.0 in January, showing manufacturing operating conditions were unchanged from a month ago. December's PMI was 49.4.A reading above 50 indicates economic expansion,

    February 2, 2017 09:30 am JST
  • A US-less TPP leaves China to set Asia's trade rules

    TOKYO -- The remaining members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership are preparing for life without the U.S. following the country's official withdrawal from the trade deal it once led. Though some members still hope the TPP can be salvaged, others recog

    February 1, 2017 09:00 pm JST
  • Nobuko Kobayashi

    What happens when Asia's low labor cost model is disrupted?

    At the recent World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, there was an undeniable sense of unease despite the bright sunshine and ever-flowing champagne.The 3,000 or so business and political elites gathered in the Alpine splendor had to not only fa

    January 31, 2017 03:00 pm JST
  • Mike Thomas and Leo Lester

    Southeast Asia needs investment in energy innovation

    The last few years have been marked by spectacular advances for green energy generation. In 2015, $348 billion was invested in renewables, and total worldwide installed capacity overtook coal. In 2016, U.K. generation from wind was higher than coal

    January 30, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • Vietnam hopes third, fourth child will be the economic charm

    HANOI -- The Vietnamese government is expected to end its de facto two-child policy by the end of the year amid a population that is aging faster than expected. For the past 29 years, the government has encouraged families to have no more than two c

    January 28, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • Mireya Solis

    A new meaning for TPP -- Restrain Trump-era protectionism

    With words and deeds, U.S. President Donald Trump has shaken the liberal economic order. In his inaugural address, he stunned the world by attributing to foreign commerce the "carnage" visited upon American workers and by extolling the virtues of pr

    January 28, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Beverage groups look beyond beer in thirsty Southeast Asia

    Suntory Holdings is trying to position highballs as the next big alcoholic beverage in Southeast Asia after beer, but the Japanese drinks group faces local competition hoping to do the same with their products.Finding the right mixOn a recent night

    January 28, 2017 08:10 am JST
  • Tea Leaves

    Paradise lost: Is Asia destroying its cultural heritage?

    On a recent return to Phnom Penh after several years' absence, I lapsed into moments of extreme disorientation. Where was the city I had known and loved, even amid the tragedy of the Cambodian war that I covered as a journalist in the 1970s? Where w

    January 27, 2017 01:30 pm JST
  • The 'final frontier' is now the next place of business

    TOKYO -- It was a sunny January morning at the Uchinoura Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture, the perfect day for a launch."3... 2... 1... 0."The countdown ended, and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's SS-520 mini-rocket blasted off into the

    January 27, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • The 'final frontier' is now the next place of business

    TOKYO It was a sunny January morning at the Uchinoura Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture, the perfect day for a launch."3... 2... 1... 0."The countdown ended, and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's SS-520 mini-rocket blasted off into the blu

    January 26, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Paradise lost: Is Asia destroying its cultural heritage?

    On a recent return to Phnom Penh after several years' absence, I lapsed into moments of extreme disorientation. Where was the city I had known and loved, even amid the tragedy of the Cambodian war that I covered as a journalist in the 1970s? Where w

    January 26, 2017 12:00 pm JST