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  • Energy companies power up across region

    HONG KONG -- Energy businesses were a noticeable presence on the list of fastest-growing Southeast Asian companies. They had the highest rate of combined market value growth in 2013. Malaysia's SapuraKencana Petroleum Bhd, whose operations inclu

    January 30, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Food for thought among Southeast Asia's fastest-growing companies

    HONG KONG -- Massive flows of funds into promising Southeast Asian companies have boosted the market values of food and energy businesses. SapuraKencana Petroleum Bhd, a Malaysian oil equipment business, was 2013's fastest-growing company in ter

    January 30, 2014 12:00 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
  • Finding their voice

    Recent events in Southeast Asia highlight the growing demands of workers across the region for higher wages, better conditions and a stronger social safety net. They also show how governments are struggling to cope. In nearly every country in th

    January 30, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Sticking around

    Wages are rising rapidly in China, and it is resulting in changes for the "factory to the world." According to the World Economic Trends spring 2012 report published by Japan's Cabinet Office, China's nominal wage growth rate between 2007 and 20

    January 30, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • The wages of growth

    As wages climb in China and Southeast Asia, so too do costs for the many global companies operating there. Businesses are responding by seeking out cheaper production sites. But their relocation options are dwindling as more countries boost pay leve

    January 30, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Global businesses financing in local currencies

    TOKYO -- Japanese businesses with operations outside of Japan are increasingly localizing their financing arrangements, mainly to reduce exchange rate risks. These companies are mostly automobile and machinery manufacturers. The money they raise

    January 30, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Investors drop Thai stocks, bonds

    BANGKOK -- An accelerating sell-off in the Thai markets and widening credit spreads on the country's debt are sending clear signals of intensifying investor anxiety about the turmoil engulfing Bangkok. International money managers have withdrawn

    January 30, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Business worries rise in Thailand

    BANGKOK -- Thailand's economy and foreign investment flows are under growing threat as anti-government protests appear set to continue for a fourth month. Companies are putting investment decisions on hold and exploring alternative locations in

    January 30, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • 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

    January 30, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Thailand's general election to proceed as planned

    BANGKOK -- Thailand will hold a lower-house election on Sunday as planned, despite massive anti-government protests and boycotts by opposition parties. The decision was made after the government and the Election Commission met Tuesday. The commi

    January 29, 2014 07:35 am JST
  • Smartphones set to reshape Asia's consumer markets

    NEW DELHI/BANGKOK -- Asia is on course to become a huge market for smartphones with more than 2 billion users in 2017, a development certain to transform its consumer markets and open up business opportunities for retailers. The total number of

    January 29, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • Rustproofing agent maker to open R&D sites in China, Thailand

    TOKYO -- Nihon Parkerizing, a Japanese manufacturer of rustproofing agents, will set up research and development centers in China and Thailand by 2017 in hopes of better meeting the needs of overseas customers. In China, the company has operated

    January 29, 2014 04:16 am JST
  • Online misinformation over Thai protests spreads, on both sides

    BANGKOK -- With increased political unrest in Thailand has come increased disinformation online. This is particularly prevalent on social networking services. Friday will mark three months since protests erupted in Bangkok between government sup

    January 28, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Hong Kong listing to spur Uniqlo's Asia expansion

    TOKYO -- Fast Retailing, operator of the Uniqlo casual clothing chain, will seek to list on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in March to enhance its name recognition in China and Southeast Asia. The Japanese retailer best known for its Heattech

    January 28, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Japanese firms taking steps to shield themselves from Thai chaos

    TOKYO -- As anti-government demonstrators continue to wreak havoc on Bangkok's tourism industry, Japanese corporations there are basically going on with business as usual while putting contingency plans in place. Protesters have occupied seven m

    January 28, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • Noodle shop Ringer Hut's Thai ambitions haven't cooled

    TOKYO -- Ringer Hut, which runs an eponymous chain of noodle shops, is looking to buy a majority stake in Hachi-ban, a smaller Japanese rival with a relatively strong presence in Thailand, by year's end. After failing to win over customers in th

    January 27, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Tanjung gets back to his roots for success

    JAKARTA -- One thing sets apart Chairul Tanjung as a tycoon in Indonesia: He's an ethnic Indonesian. Chinese-owned conglomerates have long dominated the Indonesian economy. CT, founded by Tanjung, is an exception to the rule. While conglomerates

    January 27, 2014 05:00 pm JST
  • Salim spreads his wings overseas

    JAKARTA -- Foreign expansion will test Anthony Salim this year. The head of Indonesia's major conglomerate Salim Group also serves as the president and CEO of Indofood Sukses Makmur, the country's biggest food maker. Attention is being paid to w

    January 27, 2014 05:00 pm JST
  • Sugiarto sees life beyond cars

    JAKARTA--Prijono Sugiarto must diversify income streams this year as president of Astra International. One of Indonesia's largest conglomerates, Astra assembles and sells vehicles in collaboration with Japanese automakers Toyota Motor and Daihat

    January 27, 2014 05:00 pm JST