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  • East Asian companies taking to bond finance

    MANILA -- Corporate bond issuance is on the rise in East Asia, gaining prominence as a fundraising method in some of the region's fast-growing economies. Notably, many Asian companies turning to the bond market to finance growth are in domestic-

    January 1, 2014 03:03 am JST
  • Political crisis has Thais in a bind

    BANGKOK -- The political crisis in Thailand is weighing on the country's economic outlook. The politically divided Southeast Asian country has been rocked in recent weeks by demonstrations. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has dissolved t

    December 29, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • Japanese soccer team opens doors for sponsors in Southeast Asia

    TOKYO -- Southeast Asian soccer fans are not the only ones happy to see Japan's F-Marinos deepen local ties as the club taps its sponsorship network to help Japanese companies uncover business in the region. The J League Division 1 team signed p

    December 28, 2013 03:35 am JST
  • Thai government refuses to delay elections amid violence

    BANGKOK -- Thai government officials are holding firm on plans for a general election in February despite pleas from the Election Commission to delay it in the wake of a battle Thursday between anti-government protesters and security forces. Can

    December 27, 2013 05:24 am JST
  • Honda feeds need for (development) speed with localization in Asia

    TOKYO -- Honda Motor is in a hurry to seize bigger shares of promising markets, particularly in Asia. To do so, the Japanese automaker is localizing development and turning out new models as quickly as possible. "In this fiercely competitive Asi

    December 26, 2013 01:30 pm JST
  • Among Asian consumers, 2013 was the year of the smartphone

    TOKYO -- Inexpensive smartphones, the apps that make them fun and other accessories rank high on the 2013 list of hit products in 10 Asian economies, according to a Nikkei survey. With Asian economies rapidly developing, smartphones are hooking

    December 26, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Thai idea machine sweet on startups

    BANGKOK -- Germany's Rocket Internet, a company known for breaking into new markets by copying other businesses' proven concepts, has found success in Europe and emerging markets. But the company is getting a taste of its own medicine in Asia, where

    December 26, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Sony, drugs major pieces of 2014 M&A puzzle

    TOKYO -- Electrical machinery makers dominated merger and acquisition deals involving Japanese companies over the past year. For the coming year, many in the investment banking sector are anticipating developments with Sony's television business, as

    December 26, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Asean region becoming corporate Japan's preferred shopping ground

    TOKYO -- Japanese companies' acquisitions of Southeast Asian businesses reached all-time highs in 2013 in terms of both value and count. The trend is all the more notable when you consider that Japan Inc.'s purchases in other parts of the world decl

    December 26, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Chat attack

    JAKARTA/TOKYO -- There's growth, and then there's Line's kind of growth. Line Corp., which operates the free voice and text app, held a countdown event on Nov. 25 as the number of registered Line users approached the 300 million mark. Employees

    December 26, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Closer Asean-Japan ties will benefit both

    With less than two years until the deadline of December 2015 for the establishment of the Asean Economic Community, integration efforts have picked up speed, vigor and intensity. There has been substantial progress and achievement. The Associati

    December 26, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Thai premier proposes national reform council to end impasse

    BANGKOK (Kyodo) -- Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Wednesday proposed the establishment of a national reform council in a bid to ease the grinding political turmoil. In a televised speech, Yingluck said the council would consist

    December 25, 2013 05:21 pm JST
  • Thai protests weigh on currency, stock markets

    SINGAPORE -- The Thai baht has been losing ground against the greenback, briefly trading at around 32.8 against the U.S. currency on Tuesday. Stocks have also been falling, with the Stock Exchange of Thailand index hitting its lowest point since Sep

    December 25, 2013 02:20 pm JST
  • Mitsubishi Estate boosting investment in Southeast Asia

    TOKYO -- Mitsubishi Estate will develop condominiums in Thailand under a partnership with major local real estate company AP, part of broader efforts to step up investment in the Southeast Asian market. The two firms are moving to launch the pro

    December 25, 2013 02:00 am JST
  • Signs of a Japanese product renaissance emerge

    TOKYO -- It seems a long time ago that the must-have items for households worldwide were built in Japanese factories. But there are signs that the nation's companies are again making products that have the potential to become global hits. Sturdy

    December 24, 2013 07:00 pm JST
  • Japanese operator of indoor playgrounds targeting Asian malls

    TOKYO -- Aeon Fantasy, an operator of kids amusement facilities, will step up expansion in Southeast Asia to serve the region's growing population of young children, while broadening its business base beyond the Aeon group. The company has until

    December 23, 2013 02:06 am JST
  • Asian currencies weaken across the board on Fed tapering

    SINGAPORE -- Asian currencies softened against the U.S. dollar this week as investors stepped up buying of the greenback following the Federal Reserve's decision to scale back quantitative easing. Indonesia's rupiah briefly hit 12,250 to the dol

    December 21, 2013 05:15 am JST
  • Fed tapering could spell bad news for emerging markets

    TOKYO -- The scaling down of quantitative easing in the U.S. is expected to hurt emerging markets as investors pull money out of those markets, and a stronger dollar could exacerbate inflation in those countries. Stock prices took off in the U.S

    December 20, 2013 05:50 am JST
  • Asia looks steady, not spectacular in 2014

    It’s that time of the year: a good point for a little introspection. Overall, 2013 brought its share of surprises, both ups and downs. But markets are signing off in a relatively cheery mood and investors are expecting better news ahead. Plenty

    December 19, 2013 01:00 pm JST
  • MUFG buys Thai bank, gaining foothold in region

    TOKYO -- Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ has acquired Thailand's Bank of Ayudhya, poised to conduct hands-on management in a region where Japanese banks had previously taken just minority stakes in local banks. The Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group un

    December 19, 2013 07:00 am JST