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  • Editorial: Step up global cooperation in the face of 'America first'

    In diplomacy, as in life, getting along with others requires give and take. Countries focusing solely on their own interests is a recipe for perpetual conflict. This is why, as U.S. President Donald Trump sets about imposing his "America first" doct

    January 26, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Vietnam relaxes restrictions on nationals gambling domestically

    HO CHI MINH CITY -- A new decree that comes into effect in mid-March will allow Vietnamese to gamble legally inside their own country rather than traveling overseas, particularly to Cambodia, Hong Kong, Macau, and Singapore.The decree -- part of a t

    January 24, 2017 03:30 pm JST
  • Trump White House vows to stop China taking South China Sea islands

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The new U.S. administration of President Donald Trump vowed on Monday that the United States would prevent China from taking over territory in international waters in the South China Sea, something Chinese state media has war

    January 24, 2017 01:55 pm JST
  • Nippon Paper targets beverage cups in India, Vietnam

    TOKYO -- Nippon Paper Industries looks to quaff growing demand for paper beverage cups in India and Vietnam, establishing its first manufacturing bases in the countries via deals with local companies offering networks that serve the fast-food indust

    January 24, 2017 05:50 am JST
  • Kubota eyes production boost for rice combines in Thailand

    OSAKA -- Japanese machinery maker Kubota looks to expand production capacity by 50% for rice combine harvesters in Thailand to take advantage of growing sales in Southeast Asia.North America remains the company's top revenue source, accounting for 4

    January 21, 2017 05:30 am JST
  • Vietnam opens new doors with push for coal energy

    HANOI -- Having pulled away from atomic energy projects late last year, Vietnam is now sharpening its focus on coal to tap its abundant reserves.Many Japanese companies are drawn to this new business opportunity -- but so are Chinese rivals that thr

    January 20, 2017 03:30 pm JST
  • Muslim bloc urges Myanmar to end humanitarian crisis in Rakhine

    KUALA LUMPUR -- The multinational Organization of Islamic Cooperation said on Thursday that Myanmar must stop the oppression of its Rohingya population and prevent extremist groups from fanning religious hatred in Rakhine State, home to most of the

    January 19, 2017 11:47 pm JST
  • Asian CEOs jockey to win Trump's favor

    TOKYO Just days after Donald Trump was elected president, SoftBank Group CEO Masayoshi Son contacted an acquaintance with ties to the incoming U.S. leader. "I want to meet Donald Trump," Son said. "Would you be able to help?"That acquaintance is bel

    January 19, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Asian CEOs jockey to win Trump's favor

    TOKYO -- Just days after Donald Trump was elected president, SoftBank Group CEO Masayoshi Son contacted an acquaintance with ties to the incoming U.S. leader. "I want to meet Donald Trump," Son said. "Would you be able to help?"That acquaintance is

    January 19, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Sensible tops splashy for the Asian consumer hits of 2016

    Consumer spending patterns across Asia are shifting away from flashy luxuries and toward down-to-earth deals, as highlighted in Nikkei's rankings of hit products and services for 2016.The rankings, covering 11 Asian markets, show that value was a hi

    January 19, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • A look at the products and services set to boom in 2017

    TOKYO The products and services most likely to spread in Asia this year run the gamut from two-wheeled transport to rice balls and virtual reality, according to Nikkei's annual hit forecast.In New Delhi and other Indian cities, two-wheeled taxis are

    January 19, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Patrick Low: Don't write off the WTO

    International trading relationships are more uncertain today than they have been in a long time. The inability of the World Trade Organization to bring closure to the Doha round negotiations after more than a decade and a half has undermined already

    January 19, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Nipponham to bolster production in Vietnam, Malaysia

    OSAKA -- Nipponham Group will open new factories in Vietnam and Malaysia over the next two years in a shift to tap local demand in those countries, where the company originally set up operations to make food products for its home market of Japan.Nip

    January 18, 2017 01:30 pm JST
  • Vietcombank logs brisk growth after years of toil on bad loans

    HO CHI MINH CITY -- Vietcombank has logged an 8.2 trillion dong ($363 million) pretax profit for 2016, up 23.4% and surpassing its own target of 7.5 trillion dong. The growth follows a few years of effort to tackle nonperforming loans.The bank -- of

    January 17, 2017 10:16 pm JST
  • CapitaLand plans plush office tower for Ho Chi Minh City

    SINGAPORE -- CapitaLand, Southeast Asia's leading real estate developer, is entering Vietnam's office space market. The Singapore government-linked company announced on Tuesday that it has agreed to acquire a 0.6 hectare lot in Ho Chi Minh City's ce

    January 17, 2017 08:14 pm JST
  • Vietnam's declining birthrate spells end of two-child policy

    HANOI -- The Vietnamese government is reversing its decadeslong policy in a bid to counter the country's aging population.Earlier this month the country's health ministry began showing a negative view toward its de facto two-child policy when it sai

    January 17, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • Japan, Vietnam to cooperate on TPP

    HANOI -- The leaders of Japan and Vietnam shared a desire to see the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal put into force at an early date at their meeting here Monday.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, meeting with his Vietnamese counterpart N

    January 17, 2017 08:30 am JST
  • Viettel to make $2bn mobile investment in Myanmar

    HO CHI MINH CITY -- Viettel Group, a multinational telecommunications company run by Vietnam's defense ministry, is to invest $2 billion in a joint venture with local partners in Myanmar after securing a 15-year license -- the fourth and final mobil

    January 17, 2017 02:20 am JST
  • Universal Robina plans more factories in Southeast Asia

    MANILA -- Philippine snack and beverage producer Universal Robina said it planned to spend 7.2 billion pesos ($144 million) this year mainly to expand factories across Southeast Asia.The programmed capital expenditure is lower than the 7.8 billion p

    January 16, 2017 08:45 pm JST
  • Japan helps Vietnam tackle 'traffic war'

    HANOI -- Japanese companies are set to play a significant role in solving Vietnam's traffic war with cutting-edge technology and safety classes.In a country where three times as many people die in traffic accidents as in Japan, relative to populatio

    January 16, 2017 06:00 pm JST