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  • Asian exports are healthy, but some see a downturn looming

    HONG KONG Exports have been growing at a healthy pace in Asia, and the region's manufacturing sector started the second quarter on a stronger footing, with all except two of the 12 economies surveyed by The Nikkei registering broad-based improveme

    May 10, 2017 06:30 pm JST
  • Paying a Thai tuk-tuk driver? Just scan the code

    BANGKOK -- Shoppers here soon will be able to make payments by simply scanning a QR code as Mastercard, Visa and an international unit of China UnionPay partner on a program designed to promote credit card use in emerging economies.Customers using a

    May 10, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • PTTEP freezes new investment in Indonesia

    BANGKOK -- PTT Exploration and Production, Thailand's state-owned oil and gas company, said on Tuesday that it will halt all new investments in Indonesia until a dispute with the government there over an oil spill in 2009 is settled."As of today, PT

    May 10, 2017 12:40 am JST
  • Netflix now speaks Thai

    BANGKOK -- Netflix is now dubbing and subtitling movies and TV shows in Thai.The video-streaming pioneer from the U.S., which had been providing English content to subscribers in Thailand, began the local language service on April 27.Netflix has abo

    May 9, 2017 07:35 pm JST
  • Asia remains 'core market' for Barclays -- Asia Pacific co-head

    YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Despite cutting a large number of jobs and shutting down several offices across the region, Asia remains a core market for Barclays, its Asia Pacific co-head Jaideep Khanna told the Nikkei Asian Review.2016 was a year of restructu

    May 9, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • Southeast Asian new-car sales jump 14% in March

    BANGKOK -- New-car sales in Southeast Asia's six major countries climbed by a combined 14% in March from a year earlier to 316,736 vehicles, the fifth straight monthly gain and returning sales for the month to a level not seen in four years.Sales ro

    May 9, 2017 05:00 am JST
  • Indonesia sues Thailand's PTT for $2bn

    BANGKOK/JAKARTA -- Contradictory claims sit at the heart of a bitter row that reignited between the Indonesian government and PTT, Thailand's state-owned oil company, last week over a 2009 oil spill in the Timor Sea between Australia and Indonesia.R

    May 9, 2017 12:27 am JST
  • Park Hyatt Bangkok unveiled after a wait of three years

    BANGKOK -- After years of delays, Thailand is finally getting its first Park Hyatt Hotel this week.The luxury hotel brand of the Hyatt Group will open its doors on May 12. The hotel occupies the top 20 or so floors of Central Embassy, a luxury shopp

    May 8, 2017 11:22 pm JST
  • Southeast Asian economic growth regaining speed

    SINGAPORE -- Southeast Asian economies should collectively grow by around 5% this year and next, propelled by such fast-growing contributors as the Philippines and Vietnam, a regional observer group says in a report released Thursday.Real gross dome

    May 8, 2017 02:42 pm JST
  • Village reflects Thailand's social changes in last 50 years

    NONG KHON, Thailand -- When William Klausner came to spend a year at Nong Khon village as an adventurous young anthropologist in 1955, the residents owned no watches, lamps or refrigerators and only one radio among them. Four years of education at m

    May 8, 2017 02:00 pm JST
  • FT Confidential Research

    Job insecurity rises in ASEAN despite economic recovery

    We found 22.8 per cent of Asean respondents feared losing their jobs in the next six months, a 2.3 point increase since our last survey of employment sentiment in 2015.Asean jobseekers also said it was harder to find a job this year than in 2015.Mal

    May 8, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • ADB meeting finds the 'Asian century' so close, yet so far

    YOKOHAMA -- Asia has changed beyond recognition. The Asian Development Bank proclaimed confidently in a promotion video that was played repeatedly at its 50th annual meeting held in Yokohama from Thursday to Sunday.The statistics bear out this claim

    May 8, 2017 08:00 am JST
  • Multinationals in Asia

    Carlos Ghosn chases the global auto crown in Southeast Asia

    BANGKOK -- Carlos Ghosn knows what his automobile empire is missing, and he is on a mission to get it.The elusive piece of the puzzle is a larger slice of the Southeast Asian market. In Ghosn's nearly 20 years at the helm, the Nissan-Renault Allianc

    May 8, 2017 12:00 am JST
  • Interview

    Thai central bank chief welcomes proposal to reduce US dollar transactions

    YOKOHAMA -- Thailand's central bank chief said Saturday he welcomed moves to wean Southeast Asia off its reliance on the U.S. dollar, as Japanese representatives put forward a bilateral currency swap proposal on the sidelines of the Asian Developmen

    May 7, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Paris Agreement presents business opportunities to combat climate change

    TOKYO -- Japanese businesses are eager to offer products and services that can help minimize the impact of calamities caused by climate change, particularly in developing economies.The Paris Agreement to mitigate climate change came into force in No

    May 6, 2017 10:00 pm JST
  • Japanese space startups look for growth in Southeast Asia

    TOKYO -- Japanese startups in the space business are rapidly expanding their operations into Southeast Asia, attracted by the wealth of opportunities in the region.The Southeast Asian market for space services offers more diverse business opportunit

    May 6, 2017 02:00 pm JST
  • ASEAN summit underscores dearth of leadership

    MANILA -- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations observed its 50th anniversary with a summit that failed to yield a united front against Beijing on the South China Sea territorial disputes, a comedown for an organization once steered by strong f

    May 6, 2017 04:10 am JST
  • The case for a truly international Asian infrastructure summit

    TOKYO -- The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the Asian Development Bank are widely seen as competitors in shaping a new world order. The former, sponsored by China, has already outstripped the membership of the latter, backed by Japan and t

    May 5, 2017 05:00 pm JST
  • Southeast Asia plays catch-up in dealing with graying populations

    KUALA LUMPUR Southeast Asia wants to defy Father Time. As its populations age and workforces start their inevitable decline, the region is counting on high-tech remedies to try and turn back the clock, or at least slow it down.According to a recent

    May 5, 2017 03:00 pm JST
  • Japan agrees to currency swap deals with Thailand, Malaysia

    YOKOHAMA -- Japan has signed a bilateral currency swap deal with Thailand, a move aimed at strengthening the Association of Southeast Asian Nation's resilience to future financial crises. Under the agreement, the two countries will be able to swap t

    May 5, 2017 01:30 pm JST