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  • Trust, reputation key to business in Myanmar

    PENANG, Malaysia -- Soft-shell crab is famous as a delicacy all over the world. But few people know that Texchem, the Malaysia-based business group that I established in 1973, runs a large soft-shell crab processing factory in Myanmar and exports it

    February 13, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Stop, look, listen

    Southeast Asia isn't just a low-cost labor pool anymore. While it continues to climb the economic ladder, it is also joining the creative class. That means the world is about to get eyefuls and earfuls of Southeast Asian movies and music. Le

    February 13, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Japan's business hotels expanding into emerging markets

    TOKYO -- Japanese operators of budget business hotels are setting their sights abroad, eager to replicate their style of accommodations in emerging markets. Hotels in emerging countries typically fall under two categories: large foreign luxury h

    February 12, 2014 01:03 am JST
  • Robert A. Cook: Getting realistic about retirement

    We all like stories with happy endings. "Work hard and then retire easy" is one example. In Asia we certainly get the work part right. But securing the fairy tale ending -- of travel, hobbies and time with family and friends -- will require a bi

    February 11, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Myanmar to expand tax breaks for foreign businesses

    YANGON -- The Myanmar government is drafting an expanded package of incentives for foreign companies setting up shop in special economic zones there, hoping to draw more investments. It recently revised the law governing the zones and is now worki

    February 11, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • Abe's export push lifting Japan's smaller infrastructure firms

    TOKYO -- Japan's major heavy machinery and electric equipment makers are not the only ones reveling in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's policy push to expand infrastructure-related exports. Many of the nation's smaller, lesser known companies in related

    February 9, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Visionaries fighting old ills in Southeast Asia

    When this correspondent asked people in Yangon their vision of Myanmar in the year 2030, most hoped to escape the ranks of the world's poorest countries. But one man's ambition towered above the rest: to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with first-wor

    February 8, 2014 04:15 am JST
  • Japanese instant noodle maker to set up shop in Myanmar

    OSAKA -- Acecook plans to open an instant noodle factory in Myanmar as early as 2017, hoping to grab a 20% share of the local market within a decade and also produce the quick, easy meals for export. The Osaka Prefecture-based company will team

    February 7, 2014 07:22 am JST
  • Southeast Asians demand to be heard and seen

    TOKYO -- Southeast Asia isn't just a low-cost labor pool anymore. While it continues to climb the economic ladder, it is also joining the creative class. That means the world is about to get eyefuls and earfuls of Southeast Asian movies and

    February 6, 2014 04:39 pm JST
  • KDDI, Sumitomo in talks to offer Myanmar mobile phone services

    TOKYO -- Telecommunications firm KDDI and trading house Sumitomo are jointly in talks with the government of Myanmar about launching a mobile phone service in the country, a move set to pit the Japanese consortium against two foreign rivals that wer

    February 6, 2014 02:00 am JST
  • Getting realistic about retirement

    We all like stories with happy endings. "Work hard and then retire easy" is one example. In Asia we certainly get the work part right. But securing the fairy tale ending -- of travel, hobbies and time with family and friends -- will require a bi

    February 6, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • The silver lining to America's 'fizzling pivot'

    WASHINGTON -- On the face of it, Harry Reid, the U.S. Senate majority leader, was simply doing what any self-respecting protectionist might do in response to a government initiative seen as a potential threat to local jobs: A day after President Bar

    February 5, 2014 07:58 pm JST
  • 'Adventurous' investors seek out opportunities in Southeast Asia

    TOKYO -- Southeast Asia may have lost some of its economic vigor due to an exodus of capital and political unrest, but savvy investors who do not shy away from risk are finding no shortage of growth opportunities in the region. One such per

    February 4, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Aeon Fantasy to triple Asian amusement sites for kids

    TOKYO -- Aiming to tap into sizable latent demand, Aeon Fantasy plans to more than triple to 300 the amusement and entertainment facilities it operates in Asia outside Japan by the year ending February 2017. The firm will open locations in shoppin

    February 4, 2014 02:35 am JST
  • Andrew Sheng: Protecting trade finance from US tapering

    As we approach Chinese New Year, moves by the U.S. Federal Reserve to prepare to taper its bond purchases have put a damper on the festive mood. An official with China's commerce ministry recently remarked that the outlook for the country's foreign

    February 3, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • Top Glove's chairman has eyes on aging Japan

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia's Top Glove is the world's largest maker of surgical gloves. Currently it makes 15% of its revenue in Asia. In an interview with The Nikkei, Top Glove Chairman Lim Wee Chai said he wants his company to raise this to 25%. Exc

    February 3, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • JCB to issue credit cards in Laos, Cambodia

    TOKYO -- Japanese credit card issuer JCB will enter the Laotian market on Wednesday, with plans to debut in Cambodia next year. In Laos, the credit cards will be issued jointly with Phongsavanh Bank, a major local lender. The market is still sma

    February 3, 2014 01:10 am JST
  • Indonesia a juicy market for Japan's beef exporters

    TOKYO -- Japan is expected to begin exporting beef to Indonesia sometime this year, once the two governments work out procedures. The move comes as the Japanese government looks to double the country's agricultural and fisheries exports to 1 tri

    February 2, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • Yangon's sky-high rents lure developers

    YANGON -- New apartment and office buildings are springing up here in Myanmar's most populous city, where office rents have reached heights one would expect to see in Hong Kong. Foreign developers are behind much of this construction, drawn by s

    February 1, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • Learning on the job

    BANGKOK -- The recent surge of labor activism throughout Asia, intensified by harsh suppression in some countries, highlights the problems facing both investors and governments in a region seeing uneven income growth and rising worker expectations.

    January 30, 2014 12:00 am JST