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  • Singapore's Wuthelam demands majority on Nippon Paint board

    TOKYO -- Wuthelam Group, the top shareholder of Nippon Paint Holdings, has demanded a majority on the board of the Japanese coatings maker, a move likely to spark a battle with management at the annual shareholders meeting in March.Singapore's paint

    January 19, 2018 03:16 pm JST
  • Tokyo to host 2-day TPP talks from Monday: minister

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japanese economy minister Toshimitsu Motegi said Friday that Tokyo will host a two-day conference of top negotiators of the remaining 11 signatories to the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal from next Monday.With the aim of s

    January 19, 2018 12:19 pm JST
  • A300 Summit 2018

    Banks, regulators lack skills to cope with pace of fintech innovation

    SINGAPORE -- Both regulators and industry officials lack the right analytical and data skills to cope with the wave of disruption washing over the financial industry, according to the technology officers at leading financial companies at Thursday's

    January 18, 2018 09:18 pm JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index advances, buoyed by Wall Street gains, China growth

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan rose Thursday, as U.S. indexes continued their record run and China's fourth-quarter economic growth exceeded expectations.The Nikkei Asia300 Index added 0.3% to close at 1,495.46.The S&P 500 Index

    January 18, 2018 09:00 pm JST
  • Singapore, Malaysia shares fall despite Wall Street gains, upbeat China data

    KUALA LUMPUR (Nikkei Markets) -- Singapore shares fell Thursday, dragged down by banks. Malaysian equities also declined, weighed by losses in heavyweight Tenaga Nasional.The city-state's Straits Times Index dropped 0.6% to 3,521.31 while the FTSE B

    January 18, 2018 08:36 pm JST
  • Asia300 Summit 2018

    You can't walk alone to survive the digital era

    SINGAPORE -- Companies, whether they are manufacturers or software providers, must speed up the process of transformation to survive the changes of the fourth industrial revolution. And to do that, they cannot walk alone.That was the message from le

    January 18, 2018 04:13 pm JST
  • Better paydays are in store for Asia

    TOKYO Asian workers are expected to enjoy the highest real wage growth in the world in 2018 thanks to solid growth and changes in the region's economic structure, while their counterparts in Japan and the West will see wages stagnate amid budding in

    January 18, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index slips after U.S. equities drop from record highs

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan edged lower on Wednesday, after U.S. equities retreated from record highs overnight and as investors awaited China's fourth-quarter economic data.The Nikkei Asia300 Index fell less than 0.1% to 1,49

    January 17, 2018 08:43 pm JST
  • Singapore stocks fall amid weaker-than-expected exports, Malaysian equities advance

    KUALA LUMPUR (Nikkei Markets) -- Singapore shares fell Wednesday, following a pullback on U.S. indexes, and after the city-state's non-oil exports rose slower than expected. Malaysian equities edged higher.Singapore's Straits Times Index retreated f

    January 17, 2018 08:20 pm JST
  • Electronics, Singapore's growth engine, loses steam at year end

    SINGAPORE (Nikkei Markets) -- Singapore's electronics exports weakened considerably in December, raising concerns about the city-state's trade performance alongside views that the decline may be an anomaly.Although many expected the electronics sect

    January 17, 2018 04:04 pm JST
  • Cover story

    Funerals for the 21st century: Asia's new ways to say goodbye

    TOKYO/HONG KONG -- On a recent Saturday afternoon on the roof deck of a small ship in Tokyo Bay, 13 passengers sat in somber silence as the vessel chugged its way to the middle of the inlet. The tortured lyrics of John Lennon's 1970 song "Mother" wa

    January 17, 2018 03:00 pm JST
  • APEC summit outlook clouded by new host's problems

    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 D

    January 17, 2018 12:30 pm JST
  • Malaysia, Singapore sign bilateral transport pact

    KUALA LUMPUR (Nikkei Markets) -- Malaysia and Singapore Tuesday signed a bilateral agreement to build and run a Rapid Transit System Link, advancing an initiative to boost connectivity between the two Southeast Asian nations."This is the second cros

    January 16, 2018 08:35 pm JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index advances as Chinese insurers rally

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan rose Tuesday, paced by mainland insurers and lenders.The Nikkei Asia300 Index rose 1.1% to 1,491.87. Ping An Insurance Group advanced 2.8% after the Chinese insurer said accumulated gross premium in

    January 16, 2018 08:17 pm JST
  • Malaysian stocks little changed, Singapore equities hit record high

    KUALA LUMPUR (Nikkei Markets) -- Malaysian stocks ended little changed on Tuesday, as losses in Petronas Gas were offset by Nestle (Malaysia)'s ascent to a record. Singapore equities climbed to all-time highs, boosted by property developers and ener

    January 16, 2018 07:59 pm JST
  • Tencent, Alibaba take e-wallet wars to Southeast Asia

    BANGKOK -- With a population of 600 million, and good mobile saturation, Southeast Asia is becoming a battleground for e-wallet companies from China.Leading the charge is Shenzhen-based Tencent Holdings, which is about to roll out its first WeChat P

    January 16, 2018 07:04 pm JST
  • Deepening Singapore-Malaysia ties spawn transit link

    SINGAPORE -- Malaysia and Singapore are set to add a new cross-border commuter connection, as the countries' leaders further deepen a relationship that has not always been cozy.Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his Malaysian counterpart

    January 16, 2018 05:03 pm JST
  • Made-in Japan cake exports satisfy Southeast Asia's sweet tooth

    A weekend afternoon at Chateraise, a pastry shop located in a Singapore shopping center, brings the usual stream of customers. "Which cake do you want? The new ones look delicious, too." People stare at the glass display case, trying to decide which

    January 16, 2018 12:10 pm JST
  • Simon Tay and Cheryl Tan

    Singapore goes for quiet ASEAN diplomacy

    Singapore is settling into its one-year rotating chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations at a time when the region's economic growth is outperforming the world. But the possibility of unpredictable political and economic changes b

    January 16, 2018 11:47 am JST
  • Asian philanthropists can potentially give twice as much as US

    TOKYO -- Thanks to rapid economic growth, personal wealth in Asia is at an all-time high, with more billionaires in the region now than anywhere else in the world. But have charitable donations grown proportionally to the region's wealth? The answer

    January 16, 2018 08:00 am JST