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  • Wendy Cutler

    Is the US heading back to the TPP? Not so fast

    A year after officially withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, U.S. President Donald Trump now says he would reconsider a "substantially better deal." At Davos, Trump told an audience of business leaders that he "would consider negotiating

    January 30, 2018 01:57 pm JST
  • Asia Insight

    Minimum wage politicking stings employers in Southeast Asia

    SINGAPORE -- After more than three decades as Cambodia's prime minister, Hun Sen added a new routine to his schedule last August: visits to the garment and footwear factories that employ some 700,000 citizens nationwide.Sometimes he has lunch with t

    January 30, 2018 01:30 pm JST
  • Southeast Asia airlines face yet thinner profits in 2018

    SINGAPORE -- Airlines in Southeast Asia will have to bear with "meager" profit in 2018 because of rising fuel prices and intense competition, the Sydney-based aviation think tank CAPA said.On the positive front, passenger yield, an indicator of tick

    January 30, 2018 11:20 am JST
  • Police confirm Kim Jong Nam met US man days before murder

    SHAH ALAM, Malaysia (Kyodo) -- A police investigator on Monday confirmed in court that Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korea's leader, met a suspected U.S. intelligence agent in the northern Malaysian island resort of Langkawi just

    January 29, 2018 11:33 pm JST
  • Malaysia stocks at three-year high as banks extend gains

    KUALA LUMPUR (Nikkei Markets) -- Malaysian shares rose to more-than-three-year highs on Monday, as banks extended their rally amid optimism higher interest rates will boost their earnings.Singapore equities advanced, tracking positive Wall Street cu

    January 29, 2018 07:30 pm JST
  • Air conditioning sends ASEAN electricity demand soaring

    SINGAPORE -- Rising use of air conditioning among increasingly affluent populations in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations is causing demand for electricity to soar, threatening the environment with increased carbon emissions, according to a

    January 29, 2018 06:54 pm JST
  • Interview

    Malaysia's Mahathir claims ousting Najib is on the cards

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Mahathir Mohamad insists there is a real possibility of a new government coming to power when Malaysia goes to the polls later this year.Speaking to The Nikkei at his office on the outskirts of the Malaysian capital on Monday, Mahath

    January 29, 2018 05:03 pm JST
  • Modi showcases links with ASEAN at New Delhi parade

    NEW DELHI -- India's grand Republic Day parade on Friday saw for the first time the presence of not one but 10 guests of honor -- leaders of the countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations -- reflecting the significance New Delhi attache

    January 26, 2018 11:34 pm JST
  • AirAsia's fourth quarter passenger traffic rose 17%

    KUALA LUMPUR (Nikkei Markets) -- Malaysia's AirAsia, the largest discount carrier in Southeast Asia, Friday reported a 17% annual growth in passenger traffic in the seasonally-strong fourth quarter.Traffic rose to 10.44 million passengers in October

    January 26, 2018 08:41 pm JST
  • Malaysia shares edge up to 32-month high, bank rally holds

    KUALA LUMPUR (Nikkei Markets) -- Malaysian shares hit a 32-month high Friday as investors bet that higher interest rates would boost margins and profits for banks. The ringgit's strength also helped, bolstering hopes of greater foreign investment in

    January 26, 2018 07:58 pm JST
  • Rejuvenated Toshiba Lifestyle looks to clean up in Southeast Asia

    TOKYO -- After a year and half of pushing through reforms since it was purchased by China's Midea Group, Toshiba Lifestyle Products & Services, the former home appliances wing of Toshiba, is looking to grow again.As a first step, Toshiba Lifestyle t

    January 26, 2018 03:30 pm JST
  • Vandana Hari

    Oil price surge brings little cheer to Asia

    Crude oil's spectacular climb to the $60-$70 a barrel should boost government revenues for Asia's major oil-producing countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia and Vietnam.But for the region as a whole, a growing net importer of oil that is p

    January 26, 2018 03:00 pm JST
  • India, ASEAN leaders agree to boost maritime cooperation

    NEW DELHI (Reuters) -- The leaders of India and southeast Asia agreed on Thursday to boost their maritime ties at a summit in New Delhi, as they seek to balance the increasing weight of China across the region.India is hosting the leaders of the Ass

    January 26, 2018 06:35 am JST
  • Sapura Energy mulling potential listing of E&P business

    KUALA LUMPUR (Nikkei Markets) -- Sapura Energy, a Malaysian oil-and-gas services provider, said Thursday it is in talks with advisors for the potential listing of its exploration and production business."The board of directors and management would l

    January 25, 2018 08:53 pm JST
  • Malaysia shares rise as central bank rate hike boosts lenders

    KUALA LUMPUR (Nikkei Markets) -- Malaysia shares advanced Thursday, led by lenders, after the nation's central bank raised interest rates by a quarter percentage points.Singapore equities suffered their worst drop since the New Year, led by heavywei

    January 25, 2018 07:59 pm JST
  • Six ASEAN members launch intelligence initiative to fight terrorism

    JAKARTA (Kyodo) -- Indonesia and five other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on Thursday launched an intelligence sharing initiative to fight terrorism and radicalism in the region.The initiative, known as "Our Eyes," is a concr

    January 25, 2018 06:14 pm JST
  • Malaysia raises rates for first time in 3.5 years

    SINGAPORE -- Bank Negara Malaysia on Thursday decided to increase its policy rate to 3.25% from the current 3% -- its first rate hike in three and a half years. The move comes as other Asian central banks are starting to raise interest rates in resp

    January 25, 2018 04:04 pm JST
  • Don't go it alone in the digital era

    The Nikkei Asian Review hosted its annual Nikkei Asia300 Summit in Singapore on Jan. 18. Exploring the topic of "Managing disruptive innovation," influential business leaders from across the region and experts from around the world discussed the nee

    January 25, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • Lauren Compere: Socially responsible companies are proving good investments in Asia

    As Asia's leading economies were in the grip of the worst financial crisis in decades 20 years ago, investors elsewhere were taking the first steps to integrate environmental, social and governance factors into investment decisions.Interest in the s

    January 25, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • Host problems cloud the outlook for this year's APEC

    AUCKLAND Corralling the 21 governments in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation bloc into acting on regional challenges is hard enough at the best of times. It may be something practically unachievable in 2018.Already strained by U.S. President Dona

    January 25, 2018 10:00 am JST