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  • Daniel Wu

    TPP progress could reinvigorate Asian togetherness

    Signs that the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks could advance to an agreement in principle by the end of the year might give new life to negotiations for an alternative regional free-trade pact. In particular, Indonesia has shown new keenness to

    July 28, 2015 05:45 pm JST
  • Adieu, America

    Mitsubishi looks for allies as it shifts focus to SE Asia

    TOKYO -- Mitsubishi Motors will shutter its plant in the U.S. state of Illinois, making it the first major Japanese automaker to end production in both the U.S. and Europe. The automaker withdrew from production in Australia in 2008 and in Europ

    July 28, 2015 02:00 pm JST
  • Nicholas Spiro

    Southeast Asia slowdown tests investors' will

    Singapore's economy has practically ground to a halt. As recently as the second half of 2014, it grew 3.75%. But a flash estimate for second-quarter gross domestic product showed the economy contracted 4.6% from the previous quarter, much worse than

    July 28, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Nouriel Roubini

    Alpha, beta, and beyond

    NEW YORK -- Even in normal times, individual and institutional investors alike have a hard time figuring out where to invest and in what. Should one invest more in advanced or emerging economies? And which ones? How does one decide when, and in what

    July 28, 2015 10:30 am JST
  • Toward regional enforcement

    Thailand, Malaysia step up efforts to tackle Rohingya trafficking

    BANGKOK -- Human-trafficking crises in Malaysia and Thailand have come under increasing international scrutiny since the persecution of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim minority came into the public eye beginning in April, putting intense pressure on the c

    July 28, 2015 03:18 am JST
  • Wigmaking in Laos

    Japan's Aderans opens new plant

    BANGKOK -- Aderans said Monday that it has placed a start-to-finish wig production plant into service in Laos. Located in the southern province of Savannakhet, the plant cost $5 million to build. It will handle all aspects of wig production, fro

    July 28, 2015 01:12 am JST
  • PTT innovation

    Silicon Valley in Rayong

    RAYONG, Thailand -- Graduates of Stanford University set up companies like Apple Inc., Facebook, Google, Hewlett Packard and Yahoo, helping transform Californian orchards into Silicon Valley, the incubating environment for so many household names in

    July 27, 2015 11:31 pm JST
  • U.S. upgrades Malaysia, Cuba in trafficking report

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The United States upgraded Malaysia in an annual report on human trafficking on Monday despite calls by human rights groups and nearly 180 U.S. lawmakers to keep the Southeast Asian country on a list of worst offenders in fai

    July 27, 2015 10:20 pm JST
  • ASEAN friction

    Neighbors may not welcome Thailand's SEZs

    BANGKOK -- The Thai government is eager to promote special economic zones planned for the country's border provinces, but the move could compromise broader efforts at regional integration. The SEZs, which will offer corporate tax exemption and ot

    July 27, 2015 07:00 am JST
  • Nikkei PMI

    'Problems ahead' for South Korea, Taiwan: Markit economist

    LONDON -- The numbers coming out of a manufacturing-specific purchasing managers' index published by Nikkei paint a troubling picture for South Korea and Taiwan, while they show Vietnam to be a country on the rise. The manufacturing PMI can serv

    July 27, 2015 01:30 am JST
  • Global crop trade

    Drought, poor policy could cost Thailand top rice exporter title

    BANGKOK -- Thailand is on the verge of losing its crown as the world's largest rice exporter amid a severe drought and in the wake of failed policies, with farmers facing mounting debt. Thailand's rice exports for 2015 are estimated to fall 13%

    July 25, 2015 04:03 am JST
  • Thai Union Frozen Products

    Bumble Bee deal stung by US inquiry

    BANGKOK -- Shares of Thai Union Frozen Products (TUF), the world's largest producer of canned tuna, dropped 10% in two days after U.S. antitrust concerns led to the suspension of a preferential public share offering for up to $400 million to fund a

    July 25, 2015 02:25 am JST
  • Duty free in Bangkok

    Lotte erasing border between its Japanese, South Korean units

    SEOUL/TOKYO -- The Japanese and South Korean arms of the sprawling Lotte conglomerate are poised to start collaborating. The hope is that by working as one whole group can more successfully expand overseas. One project is a duty-free shop in cen

    July 24, 2015 02:30 pm JST
  • WTO members seal trillion-dollar IT trade deal

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- World Trade Organization (WTO) members finalized a deal on Friday to cut tariffs on $1 trillion worth of information technology products in a boost for producers of goods ranging from video games to medical equipment. The

    July 24, 2015 01:12 pm JST
  • Global market listings

    Crash tests greater China's status as IPO king

    HONG KONG -- The center of gravity in the global market for initial public offerings shifted to greater China in the first half of 2015. Including new listings on its second market, Hong Kong attracted more IPOs than any other exchange in the world,

    July 23, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Praying for rain

    Grappling with a bigger, badder El Nino

    SIEM REAP, Cambodia -- Villagers who live near the central Cambodian town of Siem Reap have been praying for rain since sowing their rice paddies in mid-June for the year's main crop. Rainfall is usually plentiful and regular in Cambodia by mid-

    July 23, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Hot, dry and desperate

    El Nino should have faded out in spring, but it now looks like the world's most formidable "little boy" will hang around his Pacific playground through autumn. The weather phenomenon is causing deadly heat waves in South Asia, while Southeast As

    July 23, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • At the mercy of the clouds

    SUPHAN BURI, Thailand -- Thailand, the world's sixth-largest rice producer, is suffering the worst drought in years. The Chao Phraya River, a lifeline for farmers, is so low that the government in mid-July called for a halt to pumping for irrigation

    July 23, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Grappling with a bigger, badder El Nino

    SIEM REAP, Cambodia -- Villagers who live near the central Cambodian town of Siem Reap have been praying for rain since sowing their rice paddies in mid-June for the year's main crop. Rainfall is usually plentiful and regular in Cambodia by mid-

    July 23, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Brahma Chellaney: Water (problems), water (problems) everywhere

    The centrality of water is a recurring theme in various religions. The Bible -- largely written amid water scarcity -- associates drought with the wrath of God. "By means of water," says the Quran, "we give life to everything." Hindu gods and goddes

    July 23, 2015 12:00 am JST