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  • Telekom Malaysia buys into wireless broadband

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Telekom Malaysia (TM) is acquiring local wireless broadband provider Packet One Networks (P1), giving it access to the 4G LTE technology that will set the stage for stiffer competition among the existing market players. The Malay

    April 2, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Cashless microtransactions for 'unbanked' Asean

    SINGAPORE -- Talk of a cashless society may seem premature for much of Asia, where millions have yet to open their first bank account. But one Singaporean startup sees digital payments as a viable alternative. Numoni, founded two years ago by fo

    April 1, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Flight MH370 shows Southeast Asia in unflattering light

    Over the last fortnight, the mystery and confusion surrounding Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 have been the subject of intense scrutiny by the global media. The resulting portrait, of Malaysia specifically and Southeast Asia more generally, has been l

    March 28, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Singaporean healthcare provider readies for Australian launch

    SINGAPORE -- Singapore's International Healthway Corp. (IHC) has acquired commercial properties in Australia worth roughly 110 million Australian dollars ($102 million). The company plans to launch the new Australian branch of its healthcare busines

    March 27, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Japan's JGC, South Korea's Samsung Heavy to build $2B offshore LNG rig

    TOKYO -- Japanese engineering giant JGC will construct an offshore liquefied natural gas plant together with South Korea's Samsung Heavy Industries. This marks a significant shift for JGC from its focus on onshore energy projects. JGC will be th

    March 27, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Woody Epstein: On the risk of becoming stupid

    In the 1980s, I used the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Network, or Darpanet, to collaborate with colleagues worldwide. Web browsers did not yet exist, but a text-based program called Lynx allowed us to use the Web programming language H

    March 27, 2014 10:00 am JST
  • On the risk of becoming stupid

    In the 1980s, I used the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Network, or Darpanet, to collaborate with colleagues worldwide. Web browsers did not yet exist, but a text-based program called Lynx allowed us to use the Web programming language H

    March 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014: Ramkrishna: India's reforming stock market chief

    MUMBAI -- Chitra Ramkrishna is the first woman to head an Indian stock exchange. The CEO of the National Stock Exchange of India took office in April last year. She sees renovating the country's trading system while listening to the voice of the

    March 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014: Huawei's Ren moves into diplomacy

    GUANGZHOU, China -- Ren Zhengfei has built Huawei Technologies into a global giant. The CEO is now focused on corporate diplomacy. He invited George Osborne, Britain's chancellor of the exchequer, to his corporate head offices in October. Ren pr

    March 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014: Acer's Shih returns amid PC problems

    TAIPEI -- Stan Shih is back. The 69-year-old co-founder of major Taiwanese PC maker Acer retired from the company's management about nine years ago. He returned last November when Chairman and CEO J.T. Wang stepped down because of the company's

    March 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014: Silent Cyrus: Tata's enigmatic Mistry pushes for revival

    NEW DELHI -- Cyrus Mistry became chairman of Tata Sons at the wrong time. The secretive chairman took the helm of the holding company of the Tata Group, India's largest industrial house, in December 2012. In an interview with The Nikkei, his pr

    March 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Yamato to offer next-day delivery between Singapore, Malaysia

    TOKYO -- Yamato Holdings plans to begin overnight delivery of small packages between Singapore and Malaysia starting next month, part of a broader push to expand coverage in Southeast Asia. Currently, the Japanese company provides domestic deliv

    March 26, 2014 05:18 am JST
  • Sporting goods retailer Xebio sets up overseas headquarters in Singapore

    TOKYO -- Japanese sporting goods store operator Xebio is looking to the growing markets of China, South Korea and Southeast Asia, and plans to do this through Singapore. The company, headquartered in Japan's Fukushima Prefecture, plans to nearly

    March 24, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Corporate Japan raring to spend in Southeast Asia: survey

    TOKYO -- Japanese companies are ready to ramp up capital investment overseas, especially in Southeast Asia, according to a survey of top executives compiled Saturday by The Nikkei. The quarterly poll aims to draw responses from at least 100 pres

    March 23, 2014 02:00 am JST
  • New investment fund to play Asia matchmaker for Japanese companies

    TOKYO -- Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank and the Japan Bank for International Cooperation are establishing a fund that will help Japanese companies find acquisition targets across Asia. To be formed with major British private equity firm CVC Capital

    March 23, 2014 01:30 am JST
  • Now on the menu: halal-certified Japanese cuisine

    TOKYO -- Japan is seeing a surge in visitors from predominately Muslim countries in Southeast Asia, for business as well as tourism. The trend is widening a niche in the Japanese culinary market: food prepared in accordance with Islamic law. Akm

    March 22, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Beijing must confront complex economic, environmental challenges

    "We need to find a reasonable balance point to implement multiple objectives," Chinese Premier Li Keqiang told a press conference after the annual National People's Congress, the country's parliamentary body, concluded in Beijing on March 13. Hi

    March 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014: Premchai's Myanmar job faces hurdles

    BANGKOK -- Premchai Karnasuta, president of Italian-Thai Development, has spearheaded to make his company a major general contractor in Southeast Asia. Generally viewed as a businessman who is outspoken and acts boldly, Premchai is resolved to this

    March 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014: Interflex's Bae embraces two giants

    SEOUL -- Bae Chul-han works with the world's No. 1 and No. 2 smartphone makers. His company, Interflex, sells field programmable circuit boards for use in smartphones, to Apple of the U.S., along with South Korea's Samsung Electronics. Interflex

    March 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014: Zhang: hot pot hot shot

    BEIJING -- Zhang Yong keeps it in the family. His company, Sichuan Haidilao Catering, only hires people that care for their parents. Sichuan Haidilao operates a chain of about 90 restaurants in 24 Chinese cities that sell hot pots -- spicy stews

    March 20, 2014 12:00 am JST