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  • Midtier Japanese contractors want in on Southeast Asian infrastructure action

    TOKYO -- Unable to count on future domestic demand, midtier Japanese general contractors are marching deeper into Southeast Asia. While the Japanese construction market looks destined to slow over the long term, the neighboring region holds the

    January 25, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Private sector to sow Asean economic ties: NAR Davos roundtable


    DAVOS, Switzerland -- As the importance of the private sector in improving the world emerges as a main theme of this year's World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, business leaders from Southeast Asia unanimously declared that co

    January 23, 2014 11:33 pm JST
  • The dream garden of Laos

    Nothing could be further from the fast-moving world of New York art openings and French photography festivals than this verdant patch of land on the Mekong River in sleepy northern Laos. But Rik Gadella, a Paris-based art and publishing executive, m

    January 23, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Setting tariff parameters by August next step for East Asian pact talks

    TOKYO -- Establishing targets for tariff elimination will be the focus of the third round of talks for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership free trade agreement, which opened in Malaysia Tuesday. The RCEP includes Japan, China, South

    January 22, 2014 04:44 am JST
  • Myanmar's ruling party offers way for Suu Kyi presidential bid

    YANGON, Myanmar -- As Myanmar wades into reforming the constitution, the post-junta ruling party has proposed a small change that could open a path to the presidency for opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. But President Thein Sein's Union Solida

    January 21, 2014 06:44 am JST
  • Power tool maker Makita opening offices in Cambodia, Myanmar

    NAGOYA -- Power tool manufacturer Makita is adding more Southeast Asian locations, looking to bolster service, information gathering and sales in a region where long-term demand growth is projected. Next month, the Japanese company will open a w

    January 21, 2014 02:17 am JST
  • Japan, India to map out plans for Asian transport network

    NEW DELHI -- The Japanese and Indian governments will flesh out the details for an Asian economic corridor, a network of roads and ports linking South Asia with Asean economies. With the Association of Southeast Asian Nations slated to integrate

    January 20, 2014 02:11 am JST
  • J. League helping Japanese business score in Asia

    TOKYO -- Soccer is big in Asia, as in much of the rest of the world, and Japan's professional J. League clubs are finding lucrative ways to help Japanese companies win big in Asia. In the autumn, Yokohama F- Marinos established a new "Asia

    January 19, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • The marketing magic of Myanmar's monks

    YANGON -- The scramble for Myanmar has corporations in a bind: How do you get locals to part with their cash? Religion offers a clue. Willingness to donate money among Myanmarese is high. Corporation can capitalize on this, according to an offic

    January 19, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • All eyes on Myanmar's Asean chairmanship

    BAGAN, Myanmar -- Myanmar is making a triumphant return to the global stage as chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, but hosting major events could prove a challenge for a nation that lacks sufficient infrastructure and trained person

    January 16, 2014 04:35 am JST
  • Myanmar's stock-market dream may have to wait

    YANGON -- The push to set up a stock market in Myanmar by 2015 is falling behind schedule, hit by a shortage of manpower and know-how. Fundraising demand among companies here is expanding along with the economy, and a stock market would greatly

    January 16, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Thailand's PTT to push resource development in Africa, Myanmar

    BANGKOK -- The PTT Public group of Thailand will invest $27.3 billion over the next five years to fortify gas field development abroad, aiming to secure fuel sources for the country's rising energy demand. The budget is spelled out under a plan

    January 16, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Cambodia's wage war puts clothing companies on the defensive

    PHNOM PENH -- An eerie silence descended over this ramshackle industrial park on the fringes of the Cambodian capital after police fired on striking garment workers on Jan. 3, killing at least four and injuring dozens more. The deadly assault brough

    January 16, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Japan farm equipment makers seize opportunity in region

    JAKARTA/BANGKOK -- Asia likes its rice, accounting for roughly 75% of the global production. As more people leave farms for the region's burgeoning cities, demand for agricultural machinery is growing. This presents a lucrative opportunity for Japan

    January 15, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Asian airlines flock to booming Myanmar

    YANGON -- As Myanmar's economy grows and business picks up, more of the region's low-cost carriers are starting to ply its airspace. Thai Airways subsidiary Nok Air began flights between Myanmar's largest city, Yangon, and Thailand's Mae Sot Air

    January 14, 2014 01:40 am JST
  • Japanese companies seeking a match made in Myanmar

    TOKYO -- Myanmar's appeal is growing stronger by the day for Japanese companies hungry for new markets with tantalizing growth potential. The country's rickety infrastructure is being overhauled, with a flurry of projects for power plants, port

    January 13, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Watami taking Japanese casual dining to Cambodia

    TOKYO -- Restaurant operator Watami plans to start serving up sushi, sashimi, tempura and other Japanese fare to customers in Cambodia this June. The Southeast Asian country's first Watami location will seat 142 in a 280-sq.-meter restaurant spa

    January 11, 2014 03:37 am JST
  • Thailand's PTT to push resource development in Africa, Myanmar

    BANGKOK -- The PTT Public group of Thailand will invest 27.3 billion dollars over the next five years to fortify gas field development abroad as it seeks to secure fuel sources for the country's rising energy demand. The budget is spelled out un

    January 10, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • Rising Southeast Asian wages pinching Japanese firms

    HANOI -- For Japanese manufacturers, part of the appeal of setting up shop in Southeast Asia has been to hedge against risks in China. But with wages rising dramatically across the region, some of the strategy's advantages are wearing thin. Jaka

    January 9, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • Time to worry about political risk?

    Plenty of challenges lie ahead for investors in Asia in the coming year. The U.S. Federal Reserve's scaling back of its bond-buying program is an obvious one. Another is the slowdown in China, long the region's growth engine. Fading competitiveness,

    January 9, 2014 12:00 am JST