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Asia will continue to grow, and so will we

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     It has been one year since our launch, and we have decided to mark the occasion by upgrading the NAR. That means increasing and enhancing the content focusing on business and the economy in Asia, the engine of the global economy. You could say we have ignited our "second-stage rocket" to take on greater challenges and achieve higher goals.

     Three new features that will serve as the foundation of the content upgrade are:

     ASEAN 100: The ASEAN 100 project will initially focus on providing coverage of major listed companies in member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. News articles and financial data on these businesses will be available on a dedicated page on our website. Value-added content, such as the results of ranking surveys, will also be published. We plan to expand the coverage to all of Asia, including India, China, Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan.

     VIDEOS: Videos of vibrant economic and cultural scenes across Asia, cutting-edge technologies and executive interviews will be posted on our website to provide information that cannot be communicated through words alone.

     Japan Update: The quality and quantity of our Japan coverage, a Nikkei strength, will be increased and posted in the new Japan Update section on our website.

     When we launched the magazine last year, our publisher, Ken Koyanagi, said: "Nikkei Asian Review aims to become the first and only global publication about Asia, by Asia. ... NAR tells Asia's untold stories." We have put a lot of thought into finding out what these "untold stories" are. One result of these efforts is the ASEAN 100, in which we will provide our readers with business news on Asia in greater detail based on our news-gathering network across the region.

     We are strengthening our presence on the front lines of the news in Asia, bucking the trend among media outlets to scale down their networks in the region. In Bangkok, we have set up an Editorial Headquarters for Asia; in Singapore, we have founded a new company to support our services; and across Asia, we have increased our number of writers.

     Our writers have been digging deep to bring you extensive, insightful reporting not found anywhere else. We have carried exclusive interviews with such high-profile individuals as Lee Hsien Loong, Najib Razak, Shinzo Abe, Hillary Clinton, Joko Widodo, Raghuram Rajan, Haruhiko Kuroda and Dhanin Chearavanont, among others.

     Asia will continue to grow, and so will we. These are exciting times filled with promise and potential, and we hope all of you have a chance to see the revamped Nikkei Asian Review.

Susumu Takiyama

Editor-in-chief, Nikkei Asian Review

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