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  • ASEAN PMI rises to 51.1 in April

    TOKYO -- The Nikkei ASEAN Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, rose to 51.1 in April from 50.9 in March. The rate of improvement was the quickest recorded in 33 months.A reading above 50 indicates economic expansion, while a reading bel

    May 5, 2017 09:30 am JST
  • Thailand asks Facebook to block posts it deems illegal

    BANGKOK -- Facebook has failed to block "inappropriate posts" according to Thailand's telecoms regulator, which on Thursday called on the U.S. social media giant to respect the kingdom's "sacred" laws.On the instructions of the National Broadcasting

    May 5, 2017 01:20 am JST
  • William Klausner

    Thailand needs urgent debate on female equality

    Thailand has undergone a dramatic social, cultural, economic and political transformation during the past half century. In particular, educated Thai women have reconfigured traditional conceptions of their private and public roles -- to the point wh

    May 4, 2017 08:00 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 4, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • The case for a truly international Asian infrastructure summit

    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 the U.S. B

    May 4, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • ADB chief sees 'even bigger role' for multilateral lenders

    MANILA Asian Development Bank President Takehiko Nakao sees three key ways in which the institution has paved the way for the region's economic emergence. He sat down with The Nikkei to talk about the lender's five-decade track record and what the f

    May 4, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • The ADB faces up to new challenges

    Asia has seen remarkable growth in recent decades, but it still needs to improve power grids, roads, waterworks and other infrastructure, both to sustain that growth and as a result of it. Asian economies also need to attract private-sector capital

    May 4, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Kavi Chongkittavorn: Global disruptions test a soul-searching ASEAN

    The slogan of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations for 2017 -- "Partnering for Change, Engaging the World" -- is telling. It suggests that after 50 years of existence, the group will continue to do what it has always done best: soul-searching.

    May 4, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Southeast Asian summit statement packs less of a punch on China

    MANILA The Association of Southeast Asian Nations is celebrating 50 years of togetherness this year, but the focus at its latest summit was how the bloc would handle an issue that divides its members: territorial friction with Beijing in the South C

    May 4, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Anthony Davis

    Glimmers of hope amid southern Thailand violence

    Fresh waves of insurgent mayhem have been roiling the border provinces of southern Thailand in recent weeks, refocusing national attention on the chronically troubled region and embarrassing the country's military-led government. But amid the explos

    May 3, 2017 08:00 pm JST
  • ADB to launch infrastructure project referee program

    MANILA -- The Asian Development Bank plans to start a program to mediate conflicts between public and private sector entities in Asia's infrastructure developments. The bank will announce the program at its annual meeting, which starts Thursday in Y

    May 3, 2017 04:00 pm JST
  • The ADB faces up to new challenges

    TOKYO -- Asia has seen remarkable growth in recent decades, but it still needs to improve power grids, roads, waterworks and other infrastructure, both to sustain that growth and as a result of it. Asian economies also need to attract private-sector

    May 3, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • Interview

    ADB chief sees 'even bigger role' for multilateral lenders

    MANILA -- Asian Development Bank President Takehiko Nakao sees three key ways in which the institution has paved the way for the region's economic emergence. He sat down with The Nikkei to talk about the lender's five-decade track record and what th

    May 3, 2017 12:20 pm JST
  • US lining up Asian partners to contain North Korea

    TOKYO/WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump is stepping up efforts to build an international coalition against North Korea, with phone calls to Asian leaders, conferences at the White House, and a show of military might off the Korean Peninsula.

    May 2, 2017 02:57 pm JST
  • Thailand's PMI falls to 49.8 in April

    TOKYO -- The Nikkei Thailand Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, dropped to 49.8 in April from 50.2 in March.A reading above 50 indicates economic expansion, while one below 50 points toward contraction."There was a dip in manufacturin

    May 2, 2017 09:30 am JST
  • Gordon French

    Japan's search for yield is an opportunity for Asia

    Japan is steering a course for new galaxies. If finance was science fiction, Japanese pension funds and insurance companies would be the inhabitants of a planet where the most precious commodity -- return on investment -- has all but disappeared. No

    May 2, 2017 09:00 am JST
  • PTT makes progress on gas station, consumer ops spinoff

    BANGKOK -- State-run Thai oil and gas giant PTT has gained shareholder approval to spin off and denationalize its retail operations such as gasoline stations and cafes.PTT aims to carry out the spinoff as early as this year and list the newly establ

    May 2, 2017 07:00 am JST
  • Tight labor, pollution in ASEAN spook Japan makers: Survey

    TOKYO -- Japanese manufacturers regard Southeast Asia as the most important region for their business, but they are leery about labor shortages and pollution there, a recent survey by Japan's Mizuho Research Institute revealed.The think tank conduct

    May 1, 2017 07:30 pm JST
  • South Korea says U.S. reaffirmed it will pay THAAD costs

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- South Korea said the United States had reaffirmed it would shoulder the cost of deploying the THAAD anti-missile system, days after President Donald Trump said Seoul should pay for the $1 billion battery designed to defend against

    May 1, 2017 12:20 pm JST
  • ASEAN makes concession to China

    MANILA -- In a nod to Beijing's lobbying, Southeast Asian leaders concluded a summit here on Saturday by avoiding references to China's island-building in the South China Sea and to a landmark arbitration ruling that rendered such projects illegal.T

    April 30, 2017 12:15 pm JST