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  • Leicester City's European odyssey a lesson for soccer's Asian investors

    A dramatic recent return to form for the Thai-owned Leicester City will see the English soccer champions join some of Europe's most illustrious teams in the closing stages of the Champions League, the continent's most prestigious tournament. Last ni

    March 15, 2017 03:50 pm JST
  • ASEAN businesses want clarity from Trump on trade

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Business groups in Southeast Asia are advocating the continuation of open trade policies, just as U.S. President Donald Trump looks to advance his protectionist agenda. More than anything, perhaps, companies across the Association of

    March 14, 2017 09:40 pm JST
  • Thai central bank chief says not worried if Fed raises US rates

    BANGKOK (Reuters) -- Thailand's central bank is not worried if the Federal Reserve raises U.S. interest rates this week and it expects no impact on Thai financial markets, the governor said on Monday.The central bank has not found any unusual capita

    March 13, 2017 01:48 pm JST
  • Edtech taking off in Southeast Asia

    TOKYO -- Southeast Asia is proving to be fertile ground for internet-enabled education startups. Many countries in the region have creaking school systems that are now being asked to find room for swelling numbers of youths."Edtech" is stepping up.

    March 13, 2017 01:15 pm JST
  • Multinationals in Asia

    Heineken's 'future depends' on Southeast Asia

    HANOI/GENEVA -- The world's second-largest brewer, Heineken, is on the offensive in Southeast Asia.The Dutch company plans to expand production capacity more than tenfold at its Vietnam plant, and has begun operating new plants in other locations li

    March 12, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Leicester's lessons for European soccer's Asian investors

    JAKARTA -- If Claudio Ranieri was in front of a television when English Premier League soccer champions Leicester City hosted five-times European club champions Liverpool on Feb. 27, the mild-mannered Italian might have been tempted into an uncharac

    March 12, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • For female migrant workers, problems can begin at home

    SINGAPORE -- From the very outset, Myint's search for work to support her family had to be conducted outside the law. Like thousands before her, the frightened young woman from Myanmar was recruited by a Yangon labor agency in defiance of a temporar

    March 10, 2017 05:30 pm JST
  • Double Dip Asia300

    Earnings gloom aside, Asia Inc. is positioned for growth

    HONG KONG -- Don't start fretting just yet. Even though Asia's leading companies are set to log their first back-to-back drop in aggregate annual net profit since the Asian financial crisis, there are plenty of reasons to believe corporate Asia is s

    March 9, 2017 05:10 pm JST
  • Double Dip Asia300

    China's chill hits banks' bottom lines

    TOKYO -- Unable to shrug off its disappointing performance of the preceding year, Asia's financial sector registered a second straight year of decline in its bottom line in 2016. Net profit for the sector came in at $173.1 billion, a decline of 8.8%

    March 9, 2017 05:10 pm JST
  • Alex Trott and Piercarlo Gera

    Asia can lead the way in bringing robotics to banking

    Financial services companies in Asia looking to streamline costs to maintain profitability and boost dividends to shareholders have a new tool at their disposal that also appeals to customers: robots.Perhaps the most high-profile robot in Asian bank

    March 9, 2017 05:00 pm JST
  • Over 1 in 4 people in Asia pay bribes for public services

    TOKYO -- More than one in four people in Asia paid a bribe to receive basic public services such education or health care, according to a a recent survey by the anti-graft group Transparency International.The survey -- which covered 21,861 people ac

    March 9, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • Double Dip Asia300

    Asia Inc. stumbles through two years of profit shrinkage

    BANGKOK -- In the 20 years since the Asian currency crisis of 1997, the region's companies have generally done well. They recovered from that setback and shrugged off the global financial crisis triggered by the U.S. housing meltdown a decade later,

    March 9, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Earnings gloom aside, Asia Inc. is positioned for growth

    HONG KONG Don't start fretting just yet. Even though Asia's leading companies are set to log their first back-to-back drop in aggregate annual net profit since the Asian financial crisis, there are plenty of reasons to believe corporate Asia is stil

    March 9, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • China's chill hits banks' bottom lines

    TOKYO Unable to shrug off its disappointing performance of the preceding year, Asia's financial sector registered a second straight year of decline in its bottom line in 2016. Net profit for the sector came in at $173.1 billion, a decline of 8.8% co

    March 9, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Asian companies try to shake off two years of weaker profits

    BANGKOK In the 20 years since the Asian currency crisis of 1997, the region's companies have generally done well. They recovered from that setback and shrugged off the global financial crisis triggered by the U.S. housing meltdown a decade later, th

    March 9, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Protests upend a coal-fired power plant in southern Thailand

    BANGKOK Plans to build a coal-fired power plant in Thailand's southern Krabi Province have hit a snag, due to opposition from local fishermen and residents worried about pollution.Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha told reporters at his office, Govern

    March 9, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Asian PMI readings paint a mixed picture

    TOKYO Business activity in Southeast Asia picked up overall in February, but manufacturers' outlook for future output was less rosy, the latest Nikkei Purchasing Managers' Index shows.The headline Nikkei ASEAN Manufacturing PMI rose 0.3 point from J

    March 9, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • ADB report poses $26tn question for Asia

    MANILA Back in 2009, the Asian Development Bank estimated the region would need $8 trillion worth of infrastructure investment between 2010 and 2020. Now, for the 15 years from 2016 to 2030, the bank reckons $26 trillion is in order to sustain curre

    March 9, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Asian PMI readings paint a mixed picture

    TOKYO -- Business activity in Southeast Asia picked up overall in February, but manufacturers' outlook for future output was less rosy, the latest Nikkei Purchasing Managers' Index shows.The headline Nikkei ASEAN Manufacturing PMI rose 0.3 point fro

    March 8, 2017 05:00 pm JST
  • Southeast Asian auto sales off to smooth start in 2017

    JAKARTA -- New-automobile sales climbed 5% on the year to 249,729 vehicles in six key Southeast Asian markets this January, growing in all except Vietnam, industry figures show.Indonesia's tally rose 1% to 86,252, continuing an uptrend that began la

    March 8, 2017 11:00 am JST