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  • Insurers help to pay for Asia's infrastructure needs

    BANGKOK A recent $150 million refurbishment of two decades-old geothermal power plants on the Philippine island of Luzon may sound like just another project aimed at overcoming the country's severe electricity shortages. But, for Asia's insurance co

    March 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Microinsurance closes gaps in social safety nets

    TOKYO "I was very worried [about the hospital bill] because my father was in [intensive care] for a long time," said Sheryl Tan, recalling the two painful months leading up to her father's death last year. "So I was relieved when I heard that Medi

    March 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • ASEAN finds free trade a tougher sell in today's environment

    SINGAPORE People become aware of the divine power of a mantra only when they no longer hear it.People have been hearing world leaders inveigh against protectionism after official meetings for so long that they barely took notice. But the communique

    March 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Southeast Asia's gaming startups win by branching out

    TOKYO -- Gaming startups that take their cues from Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings are on the rise in Southeast Asia, stoking investor interest in the potential for the same diversified approach to succeed in the region.The Garena exampleAt a ga

    March 22, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Japan's NEC to build new factory in Thailand

    BANGKOK -- NEC will build a new factory in central Thailand to consolidate operations from two nearby plants, aiming to double sales of telephone exchanges and automotive electronics made at the facilities to about 40 billion yen ($355 million) by 2

    March 18, 2017 04:15 am JST
  • Australia's Bishop gives sermon to ASEAN on diplomacy

    MANILA -- Julie Bishop, the Australian foreign minister, called on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on Thursday to heed a landmark arbitration court decision last year when a fresh code of conduct to handle territorial disputes in the Sout

    March 16, 2017 11:22 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 Vietnamese plant, and has begun operating new plants in other locations li

    March 16, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Asia braces for an energy M&A bonanza

    DENPASAR, Indonesia Merger and acquisition activity in Asia's energy sector will accelerate this year as crude oil prices stabilize and major Western oil producers seek to divest assets in the region, analysts say.Royal Dutch Shell announced plans i

    March 16, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Remote 'off' switch to help Southeast Asians get car loans

    TOKYO Getting a car means freedom to get around, and for many, freedom to earn a better living. Getting a loan to buy one, however, is not always that easy, particularly in emerging economies.Disabling a vehicle's engine might not seem like the most

    March 16, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • H&M, Zara operator fashion aggressive global expansion

    GENEVA -- Two European apparel titans are aggressively expanding their store networks and introducing various brands to new markets, wielding the resources to support a well-rounded growth that rivals appear unable to match.Inditex, which operates t

    March 16, 2017 06:45 am JST
  • Itochu, Citic make e-commerce exclusive for China's wealthy

    TOKYO -- Japanese trading house Itochu and China's Citic group will sell Japanese foods and other goods to wealthy Chinese customers through a members-only shopping site, connecting retailers in this country to a lucrative, fast-growing market.The w

    March 16, 2017 05:11 am JST
  • Southeast Asia shoppers willing to trade privacy for speedy service

    SINGAPORE -- Consumers in Thailand and Singapore tend to have few qualms about brands using their private data, as long as they know about it beforehand, a new SAP Hybris Consumer Insight survey shows.Ninety percent of Thai respondents said they are

    March 15, 2017 08:15 pm JST
  • 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