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  • Vietnam manufacturing PMI up to 54.2 in February

    TOKYO -- The Nikkei Vietnam Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, rose to a 21-month high of 54.2 in February from 51.9 in January.A reading above 50 indicates economic expansion, while a reading below 50 points toward contraction."The r

    March 1, 2017 09:30 am JST
  • Yamato eyeing refrigerated transport in Vietnamese market

    TOKYO -- Yamato Holdings plans to launch a refrigerated transport service in Vietnam this September for delivering perishable foods from Japan to such retailers as Japanese restaurants and specialty supermarkets.A joint venture will be set up with l

    March 1, 2017 04:20 am JST
  • Japan's emperor, empress arrive in Vietnam to warm welcome

    HANOI -- Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan arrived in Vietnam on Tuesday for their first visit to the Southeast Asian country, where they received a warm welcome from key officials as well as the honor guard.The imperial couple flew out o

    March 1, 2017 03:05 am JST
  • VietJet off to fast start on stock market

    HO CHI MINH CITY -- Budget carrier VietJet Air debuted on the Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange on Tuesday and quickly rose by the maximum of 20%. The listing of 300 million shares at 90,000 dong apiece came five years after the company's maiden comm

    March 1, 2017 01:15 am JST
  • Japanese emperor departs for visit to Vietnam and Thailand

    TOKYO (AP) -- The emperor and empress of Japan departed Tuesday for a one-week trip to Vietnam and Thailand.Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will spend most of the week in Vietnam, with an overnight stop in Bangkok on Sunday before returning home

    February 28, 2017 04:51 pm JST
  • Smart karaoke mic gets Vietnamese singing

    HANOI -- With a special microphone connected to a smartphone -- and by making use of all the subtitled music videos that can be found online, legally or otherwise -- Vietnamese are creating impromptu karaoke parlors at home, in parks, even at restau

    February 28, 2017 04:00 pm JST
  • Vietnam's work-life balance lessons for Japan

    HANOI -- The country may have built a reputation as a nation of hard workers, but the Japanese habit of putting in endless hours at the office has serious consequences.The tragic 2015 suicide of young woman due to the pressure she felt from her comp

    February 28, 2017 02:00 pm JST
  • Asia needs $26tn for infrastructure through 2030: ADB report

    MANILA -- Asia will need $26 trillion of infrastructure investment in the 15 years from 2016 to 2030, said a report published on Tuesday by the Asian Development Bank.According to the report, titled Meeting Asia's Infrastructure Needs, the region ne

    February 28, 2017 01:23 pm JST
  • ADB says Asia needs to double infrastructure spending

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) - Developing countries in Asia and the Pacific will need to spend up to $1.7 trillion a year, or $26 trillion through 2030, to meet their infrastructure needs and to maintain the region's growth momentum, the Asian Developme

    February 28, 2017 12:35 pm JST
  • Vietnamese poachers plunder South Pacific sea cucumbers

    AUCKLAND -- Fleets of small and cheap wooden boats from Vietnam are being accused of plundering marine reef resources in Australia and the South Pacific, prompting countries in the region to discuss anti-poaching measures."Blue boats," named for the

    February 27, 2017 07:15 pm JST
  • Thai craft brewers take on Singha, Chang -- and the law

    BANGKOK -- The global craft beer wave is lapping at Thailand's shores, igniting a debate over strict rules that limit market access and brand independent brewers as outlaws.The Thai beer market is dominated by Boon Rawd Brewery and Thai Beverage, th

    February 27, 2017 07:00 pm JST
  • China leads demand in a complex nuclear industry

    TOKYO One major driving force behind the expansion of Toshiba's nuclear power plant business is the growing demand for electricity in Asia.According to the World Nuclear Association, 99 of 447 nuclear power plants operating in the world are in the U

    February 26, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • Kim Jong Nam attacker was paid $90

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Siti Aisyah, one of the three detained suspects in the assassination of Kim Jong Nam, was paid 400 ringgit ($90) and told she would appear on a reality show applying "baby oil" on Kim, an Indonesian diplomat said on Saturday.Before t

    February 25, 2017 10:20 pm JST
  • Japan, China play for 'swing states' in regional trade game

    TOKYO -- Top negotiators from 16 Asia-Pacific countries representing roughly half the world's population and around a third of global trade will meet in Kobe next week to discuss a trade deal that some, like Japan, hope will bear fruit amid the grow

    February 25, 2017 04:00 am JST
  • Thai rice export prices drop 3.4%

    TOKYO -- Thai rice export prices have plummeted to $395 a ton, a 3.4% drop from a recent high in mid-January, according to the Thai Board of Trade.Rice production in Thailand, where two crops are harvested annually, is expected to increase 17.7% to

    February 25, 2017 03:30 am JST
  • FT Confidential Research

    Asean DataView -- Vietnamese feel better off

    Vietnam's promising economic prospects are reflected not only in the headline figures -- gross domestic product is expected to grow by 6.3 per cent per cent this year, according to the Asian Development Bank -- but also in how households assess thei

    February 23, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • China leads demand in a complex nuclear industry

    TOKYO One major driving force behind the expansion of Toshiba's nuclear power plant business is the growing demand for electricity in Asia.According to the World Nuclear Association, 99 of 447 nuclear power plants operating in the world are in the U

    February 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • ASEAN wants to seal a South China Sea deal with Beijing this year

    BORACAY, Philippines The Association of Southeast Asian Nations hopes to soon reach a deal with China on a "framework" for a code of conduct in the South China Sea, though some bloc members appear more enthusiastic about the idea than others."We are

    February 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • North Korea facing Southeast Asian rift after murder

    KUALA LUMPUR -- The killing of Kim Jong Nam, half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, is threatening Pyongyang's relationship with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations as well as its access to the greater international community.At a T

    February 23, 2017 07:00 am JST
  • JFE Steel forges venture with Vietnamese contractor

    TOKYO -- JFE Steel is moving to expand sales of construction materials in Vietnam, where urban development, new power plants and other projects contribute to fast-growing demand.The Japanese steelmaker established a 50-50 venture with Hanoi-based Ag

    February 23, 2017 04:45 am JST