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  • Nikkei Asia300 Index extends gains after Trump-Abe meet

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks edged higher Monday, as a smooth meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe further improved investor sentiment after last week's hint at tax reforms in the world's largest ec

    February 13, 2017 08:52 pm JST
  • Sharp shifts focus from solar power plants to in-house systems

    OSAKA -- Sharp is shifting the strategy for its solar power business in Southeast Asia from big solar power plants to in-house generation systems for individual companies. Instead of focusing on solar power stations to sell electricity, the Japanese

    February 12, 2017 04:00 pm JST
  • Japan Cash Machine looks beyond casinos in emerging markets

    OSAKA -- Japan Cash Machine will sell more currency-checking devices in emerging markets for non-gaming uses such as foreign exchange, aiming to diversify a business base now tilted heavily toward casino equipment.The Osaka-based company's validator

    February 12, 2017 03:00 pm JST
  • Don't fear Bangkok's large reptiles

    BANGKOK -- Lumpini Park is an oasis here in Thailand's noisy capital -- despite the carnivores slithering around like small alligators.George Balans, who was in the park with his girlfriend during a vacation in last September, was visibly aghast aft

    February 12, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • Interview

    Prepare for volatility, says Bank of Thailand governor

    BANGKOK -- Businesses and emerging countries in Asia must brace for a time of volatility by stepping up foreign exchange hedging and lowering their dependence on foreign currencies and financing, Bank of Thailand Governor Veerathai Santiprabhob said

    February 11, 2017 02:45 am JST
  • Michael Vatikiotis: Asia can fill the power vacuum left by the West

    The Western world is consumed by a pivotal transition that could have far-reaching consequences for the prevailing social and political order. In the same week that U.S. President Donald Trump eviscerated the Washington elite with his "American carn

    February 9, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Asian companies go on an M&A binge

    TOKYO Asian companies conducted a record 12,001 mergers and acquisitions in 2016, reflecting consolidation in India and a turn abroad in China.The number of M&A deals announced last year involving companies in Asia excluding Japan climbed 7% from 20

    February 9, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • U-turn ahead for Thailand's slumping auto market

    BANGKOK The Thai auto market is expected to regain steam this year, as beneficiaries of a 2012 tax break who were stuck with the same car for five years can finally sell their vehicles and purchase new ones.Major Japanese automakers announced new of

    February 9, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Rising costs throw cold water on Asian factory pickup

    HONG KONG Factory activity gauges for January show most Asian economies in expansionary territory -- save for Malaysia, South Korea and Hong Kong. But manufacturers are not out of the woods: Fast-rising input costs are casting a shadow on their prof

    February 9, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Thailand's PTT aims to quadruple LNG imports

    BANGKOK -- PTT plans to massively expand its LNG import capacity and ramp up overseas development again, CEO Tevin Vongvanich told The Nikkei on Tuesday, as the state-run Thai oil company seeks alternatives to dwindling domestic resources.PTT plans

    February 8, 2017 05:37 am JST
  • 14 sectors record growth in January Asia PMI

    TOKYO -- The Nikkei Asia Sector Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, for January showed increased business activity in 14 of the 19 industries monitored, down from 17 in December. Beverages & food sector registered the strongest output growth at 57.4

    February 7, 2017 09:30 am JST
  • Digital ad spending expected to surge in Southeast Asia

    SINGAPORE -- Southeast Asia's digital ad spending is expected to see double-digit gains in 2017, driven by increased demand for mobile, video and social media advertising, according to a report by eMarketer and IAB Singapore.The report provides fore

    February 6, 2017 08:35 pm JST
  • Soaring costs throw cold water on Asian factory pickup

    HONG KONG Factory activity gauges for January show most Asian economies in expansionary territory -- save for Malaysia, South Korea and Hong Kong. But manufacturers are not out of the woods: Fast-rising input costs are casting a shadow on their pr

    February 6, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • Exclusive

    China and Japan set for another high-speed railway fight

    BANGKOK -- Thailand and Malaysia are set to start talks on the construction of a 1,500km high-speed railway that would connect the two countries' capitals and enhance regional connectivity.Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, Thailand's transport minister, to

    February 6, 2017 01:00 am JST
  • Earnings preview

    Isuzu profit seen skidding 10% in April-December

    TOKYO -- Isuzu Motors' operating profit for the nine months through December likely dropped more than 10% on the year to around 110 billion yen ($975 million) on sales slowdowns overseas.The Tokyo-based automaker's sales apparently fell 5% to about

    February 4, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • Protectionism could hurt Asia, warns IMF official

    TOKYO -- Rising protectionism among developed countries is a threat to prosperity in Asia, a deputy managing director of the International Monetary Fund warned Thursday.Mitsuhiro Furusawa spoke at an international conference hosted here by the IMF a

    February 3, 2017 07:05 am JST
  • Thailand and China: Brothers in arms

    BANGKOK Thailand will buy submarines "not for battle, but so that others will be in awe of us," Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, the nation's former military chief and current head of its ruling junta, said at a 2016 press conference. Prayuth's reg

    February 2, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • As America retreats, Asia is the last hope for free trade

    TOKYO Fukunari Kimura, a professor at Keio University and an expert in Asian trade, indicated in a Nikkei interview that the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, a proposed free trade agreement, should be a stronghold of free trade, since th

    February 2, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Carnage and karma on Thai roads

    In September 2011, I sat in the witness box of a Bangkok court to be cross-examined about the habits of my late friend Torgeir Norling. Tor, a Norwegian journalist, had been killed by a Bangkok bus -- part of a green fleet that raced through the str

    February 2, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Tea Leaves

    Carnage and karma on Thai roads

    In September 2011, I sat in the witness box of a Bangkok court to be cross-examined about the habits of my late friend Torgeir Norling. Tor, a Norwegian journalist, had been killed by a Bangkok bus -- part of a green fleet that raced through the str

    February 2, 2017 12:00 pm JST