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  • Malaysia's Genting dreams of ski paradise in China

    KUALA LUMPUR Tropical Malaysia will never host the Winter Olympics, but for the family behind local conglomerate Genting, Beijing is looking to be the next-best choice.The International Olympic Committee awarded the 2022 Winter Games to the Chinese

    September 14, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • ASEAN manufacturing improves on rising global trade

    HONG KONG Buoyed by a continuing recovery in global trade, Asian manufacturing improved in August, with eight of the 12 economies surveyed by the Nikkei showing a pickup and just four in contractionary territory. Economists, however, generally belie

    September 14, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Japan pushes for expedited talks on 'TPP 11'

    TOKYO -- Japan will push to accelerate dialogue on a revived Trans-Pacific Partnership, the state minister for economic and fiscal policy confirmed during talks Wednesday with a Mexican official as well as other countries' envoys to Japan.Toshimitsu

    September 14, 2017 02:56 am JST
  • ASEAN manufacturing improves on rising global trade

    HONG KONG -- Buoyed by a continuing recovery in global trade, Asian manufacturing improved in August, with eight of the 12 economies surveyed by the Nikkei showing a pickup and just four in contractionary territory. Economists, however, generally be

    September 13, 2017 08:35 pm JST
  • On US visit, Najib dances to Trump's tune

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Prime Minister Najib Razak has made bold moves in the U.S., pledging billions of dollars in investments in an effort to thwart criticism of bowing too much to China as he set the stage for an impending election.In Washington on Tuesd

    September 13, 2017 06:08 pm JST
  • Najib meets Trump, promises to buy more Boeing planes, GE engines

    WASHINGTON -- Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Tuesday promised U.S. President Donald Trump that his country's airlines will buy more aircraft and engines from U.S. companies, in a meeting at the White House.Trump said he hopes that trade bet

    September 13, 2017 01:23 pm JST
  • Humphrey Hawksley

    Labor rights progress under threat across Asia

    It has been six years since the United Nations published its first set of corporate governance standards aimed at curbing human rights abuses in international supply chains. On Sept. 21, the U.N. Global Compact Leaders Summit in New York, bringing t

    September 13, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • Trump, Najib talk trade and security, not 1MDB scandal

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- President Donald Trump welcomed Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak to the White House on Tuesday, praising his country for investments in the United States while steering clear of an American investigation into a Malaysian c

    September 13, 2017 08:26 am JST
  • Panasonic to exit from production of solar panel material

    OSAKA -- Panasonic is considering ending production of silicon wafers used in solar panels as early as this fiscal year to focus its resources on solar power cells amid an increasingly tough business climate.The Osaka-based company until now handled

    September 13, 2017 05:26 am JST
  • Trump says UN North Korea sanctions only small step

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that the latest U.N. sanctions on North Korea were only a very small step and nothing compared what would have to happen to deal with the country's nuclear program.The U.N. Security

    September 13, 2017 03:08 am JST
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    Malaysia to set up professional certifications for Islamic finance

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia will introduce two programs to certify professional qualifications in Islamic finance, a central bank official said Tuesday.The programs, the first of their kind in the world, will be launched by the end of this year by the

    September 13, 2017 01:36 am JST
  • Malaysia's August palm oil stockpile rises again

    KUALA LUMPUR (Nikkei Markets) - Malaysia's palm oil stockpile rose further in August to its highest in more than a year and supply may continue to outpace demand, keeping a lid on prices in the months ahead.Inventory expanded 9% in August from a mon

    September 12, 2017 08:25 pm JST
  • Countries grapple with perplexing RCEP puzzle

    SINGAPORE -- Although the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership has been hailed as the new flag-bearer for free trade in light of the U.S. withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, its 16 negotiating members are struggling to meet their o

    September 12, 2017 02:24 am JST
  • Najib's visit to Washington breeds controversy

    KUALA LUMPUR -- As Prime Minister Najib Razak began his three-day visit to Washington on Monday to bolster bilateral ties, the Malaysian media hailed the invitation from President Donald Trump as recognition of Malaysia as a strategic partner.Najib,

    September 12, 2017 12:31 am JST
  • Malaysia July industrial output up 6.1% on year, beats view

    KUALA LUMPUR (Nikkei Markets) - Malaysia's industrial production in July rose at the fastest pace in eight months, driven by manufacturing and electricity sectors, government data released Monday show.The industrial production index -- a measure of

    September 11, 2017 07:56 pm JST
  • Malaysia's Selangor looks to court regional investment

    SHAH ALAM, Malaysia -- Selangor, the state surrounding Kuala Lumpur, is looking to capitalize on regional economic integration and entice companies to Southeast Asia by touting its manufacturing and logistics infrastructure. The industrialized state

    September 11, 2017 07:44 pm JST
  • With RCEP deal unlikely this year, ministers settle for 'realistic' goals

    MANILA -- Countries negotiating the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership trade agreement are poised to miss a 2017 deadline to reach a deal, forcing them to settle for "realistic ambitions." Ministers from the 16 RCEP countries ended an all-d

    September 11, 2017 07:36 pm JST
  • Japan's discount eyewear chains envision wider future in Asia

    TOKYO -- Japanese discount eyewear makers are expanding into the larger Asian market, as Owndays rolls out new stores in Thailand while Zoff looks to open its first location in Hong Kong with Convenience Retail Asia, an affiliate of Li & Fung.Eyegla

    September 10, 2017 04:30 pm JST
  • Southeast Asian art scene inspires Japan's creators

    TOKYO -- The kaleidoscope of cultures and traditions that comprise Southeast Asia appear to be inspiring a number of Japanese artists and curators, who are helping to exhibit the region's contemporary art in cross-border collaborations.The "Sindikat

    September 10, 2017 04:00 pm JST
  • North Korean workers abroad face growing crackdown

    SINGAPORE -- Countries such as Malaysia have strengthened crackdowns on North Korean workers and sent diplomats home in the wake of Pyongyang's latest nuclear test, further thinning the reclusive state's list of diplomatic and economic partners.On a

    September 9, 2017 05:16 am JST