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  • Hashtag Travelers

    Asian millennials are booking their own adventures

    BANGKOK -- What brought Somsri Sukumpantanasan, a 54-year-old office worker from Bangkok, all the way to Kojima, a remote coastal town in southwestern Japan, was simple: It was where her 17-year-old son's favorite pair of jeans came from."He wanted

    July 20, 2017 10:01 am JST
  • The TPP 11 agree to move forward with minimal tweaks

    TOKYO The U.S. may be out of the picture, but the Trans-Pacific Partnership is far from dead, with the 11 remaining signatories agreeing to salvage the free trade deal without too many revisions. Forging a new pact, however, will still likely prove

    July 20, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Asian millennials are booking their own adventures

    BANGKOK What brought Somsri Sukumpantanasan, a 54-year-old office worker from Bangkok, all the way to Kojima, a remote coastal town in southwestern Japan, was simple: It was where her 17-year-old son's favorite pair of jeans came from."He wanted to

    July 20, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Fintech factor key to Southeast Asian banks' growth

    BANGKOK Southeast Asia's banking industry must embrace the digital revolution, including the rise of fintech, to seize opportunities to cater to the region's growing middle class, business leaders said at a panel session of the forum.One of the keys

    July 20, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Asia a bright spot in an uncertain world, say ASEAN business leaders

    BANGKOK Growing protectionist sentiment in the West and a volatile security situation in the Middle East have made Asia into a relative bright spot in an otherwise bleak global environment, according to participants at a business forum in the Thai c

    July 20, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Borneo villagers are weaving a brighter future -- out of plastic straps

    KUCHING, Malaysia Bags woven from plastic packing straps might not be the most obvious big-city fashion must-have.Yet thousands of such satchels have been snapped up in Kuala Lumpur and beyond, beguiling urban Malaysian women with their vibrant cont

    July 20, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Singapore, Malaysia stocks edge higher as regional markets advance

    SINGAPORE (Nikkei Markets) -- Singapore shares rose for a fifth straight day on Wednesday, aided by a rally in real estate stocks following a decline in U.S. bond yields. Malaysia stocks edged higher along with most regional markets.U.S. stocks ende

    July 19, 2017 08:15 pm JST
  • Malaysia's June inflation at 3.6% lags expectation

    KUALA LUMPUR (Nikkei Markets) - Malaysia's consumer prices rose at a slower-than-expected pace in June, driven mostly by costlier fuel and food, bolstering the central bank's view that inflation rate will moderate later this year.The consumer price

    July 19, 2017 07:24 pm JST
  • Race to the bottom for region's sand miners

    JAKARTA -- As Asia's economies grow and its cities modernize, the region's voracious appetite for construction materials has driven demand for sand -- alongside illegal trade of the commodity -- to unprecedented levels. With rapid urbanization and i

    July 19, 2017 07:04 pm JST
  • FT Confidential Research

    Challenges in Malaysia point to delayed election

    Discontent at Malaysia's state-linked plantation company Felda Global Ventures and legal snags about political boundaries increase the likelihood of a general election happening later rather the sooner.FTCR data show that Prime Minister Najib Razak

    July 19, 2017 12:41 pm JST
  • US, Malaysia agree to set up working groups on trade

    WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- The United States and Malaysia have agreed to set up working groups as part of efforts to reduce the U.S. trade deficit with the Southeast Asian nation, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said Monday.During a meeting t

    July 18, 2017 11:10 am JST
  • Malaysian PM Najib's clash with forerunner Mahathir heats up

    SINGAPORE -- An ugly feud is intensifying between Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak and predecessor Mahathir Mohamad, with Mahathir throwing his support behind an old nemesis in hopes of unseating the administration, and Najib sniping back.Mahat

    July 18, 2017 09:57 am JST
  • Malaysian glove makers likely to shrug off gas price hike

    KUALA LUMPUR (Nikkei Markets) - Malaysian glove makers are likely to shrug off a recent rise in natural gas price by partly on passing to customers the higher cost that sharply lagged their expectation, analysts said.The muted government-sanctioned

    July 17, 2017 07:05 pm JST
  • Video streaming key in fight for Myanmar mobile subscribers

    YANGON -- With faster mobile connections in place and smartphone use on the rise, discount data plans on video services have become a key strategy for Myanmar's mobile carriers in their fight to attract new subscribers.In June, Myanma Posts and Tele

    July 17, 2017 11:59 am JST
  • Mahathir, Anwar to jointly lead Malaysia's opposition

    KUALA LUMPUR (Kyodo) -- Malaysia's opposition coalition announced Friday the appointment of former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad to jointly lead the coalition with his one-time nemesis Anwar Ibrahim as they gear up for an imminent general election

    July 15, 2017 02:21 pm JST
  • Hong Kong shares flat ahead of US, China data

    HONG KONG (Nikkei Markets) -- Hong Kong shares were little changed Friday morning as investors awaited key data from the world's two largest economies.The Hang Seng Index added less than 0.1% to reach 26,364.21 after changing direction a few times.

    July 14, 2017 03:12 pm JST
  • IMF: ASEAN incentives risk 'race to the bottom' on tax revenue

    JAKARTA -- Competition among Southeast Asian countries to attract foreign investment through tax exemptions and incentives has proven "damaging" to their national revenues, the International Monetary Fund says.Sluggish global growth and this investm

    July 14, 2017 10:58 am JST
  • TPP to stay largely as is minus US, members agree

    TOKYO -- The Trans-Pacific Partnership will be salvaged without too many revisions despite the American withdrawal, the 11 remaining signatories agreed Thursday, but forging a new pact will still likely prove a contentious process.Negotiators met fo

    July 14, 2017 02:41 am JST
  • Malaysia's central banks keeps rate on hold, as expected

    KUALA LUMPUR (Nikkei Markets) - Malaysia's central bank Thursday kept the benchmark policy interest rate unchanged as expected, betting on inflation rate to moderate later this year, while economic growth picks up pace.Bank Negara Malaysia's monetar

    July 13, 2017 07:42 pm JST
  • Gianfranco Casati: Digital readiness can make all the difference for emerging Asia

    Forecasting the success or failure of emerging markets is a tricky game. Attempts have seen the creation of acronyms like BRICs and MINTs, and such markets have been the source of dreams dating back to Marco Polo. For every index that suggests renew

    July 13, 2017 10:00 am JST