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  • Look around, there's a lot of fashion in Asia

    Walk the boulevards of any big Asian city on a weekend and you're bound to notice something: There is some pretty awesome fashion sharing your sidewalk. Tokyo might still be Asia's style capital, but these days the whole region has caught the cool b

    May 1, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • The original Uniqlo DNA has gone a long way

    TOKYO -- Uniqlo opened its first overseas store in Britain in 2001. More shops followed. Now it appears that the nature of the overseas openings that lie ahead will be vastly different from those that have already come. The chain is at a point w

    May 1, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • East Asia plans huge currency pact

    TOKYO -- Japan, China, South Korea and the 10 Asean countries will create a system that makes it easier for businesses and banks to procure funds in all 13 national currencies. Finance ministers and central bank governors of the 13 countries wil

    May 1, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Hutchison Port Trust revives China expansion plan

    SINGAPORE -- After four years on the back burner, Hutchison Port Holding Trust is going ahead with a once-shelved expansion plan for its port in Shenzhen, China. Gerry Yim, CEO of Hutchison Port Holding Management, manager of the trust, announced th

    April 30, 2014 06:25 pm JST
  • Australian foodmaker Goodman Fielder rebuffs Wilmar consortium's takeover bid

    SINGAPORE -- Major Australian food and beverage producer Goodman Fielder on Monday rejected a takeover offer from a consortium involving Wilmar International, the Singaporean agribusiness group, and First Pacific, a Hong Kong-listed investment manag

    April 28, 2014 04:40 pm JST
  • TPP talks make farm reform doubly urgent for Japan

    TOKYO -- After decades of declining production and unheeded calls for change, Japan's cosseted agriculture sector is facing renewed pressure to reform itself. If an agreement is reached on the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement, Japan

    April 28, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Singapore's Sheng Siong records 19.3% profit growth

    SINGAPORE -- Sheng Siong Group, one of Singapore's major supermarket chains, recorded a net profit of 12.5 million Singapore dollars ($9.9 million) in the first quarter of 2014, a year-on-year growth of 19.3%. Sales increases at eight stores opened

    April 28, 2014 10:35 am JST
  • Drink giant Asahi stepping up Southeast Asian push

    TOKYO -- Asahi Group Holdings will open factories in Thailand and Indonesia while also securing a foothold in Vietnam as it moves to fortify its Southeast Asian operations, a market where Japanese beverage producers have lagged behind locals and Wes

    April 28, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • Asean, Japan, China, South Korea to ease access to local currencies

    TOKYO -- Japan, China, South Korea and 10 Southeast Asian countries will join together to create a system to make it easier for private enterprises and banks to procure funds in local currencies when doing business in these countries. Finance mi

    April 27, 2014 02:00 am JST
  • Singapore airport's crowds thin in March

    SINGAPORE -- Changi Airport saw a 2.5% decline in passenger traffic in March, a worrying development for Singapore's tourism industry. Changi Airport Group, the facility's state-owned operator, said Thursday that the passenger tally for March wa

    April 25, 2014 06:30 pm JST
  • Fund gears up to take Japanese culture on the road

    TOKYO -- The public-private Cool Japan Fund has reached basic agreements with partners on three Asian projects, the first investments under its mandate of promoting Japanese culture and lifestyles abroad. The first is a business to broadcast Jap

    April 25, 2014 05:45 am JST
  • SGX third quarter net profit falls 22%

    SINGAPORE -- Singapore Exchange announced that its net profit fell 22% to 75.8 million Singapore dollars ($60 million) in the third quarter ended March 31, compared to the same quarter last year. It was the second consecutive decline of quarterly pr

    April 24, 2014 08:00 pm JST
  • Without action today, Asia's future will be a dry one

    Asia is the world's largest and most economically dynamic continent. But it is also the driest, and its future may depend on how well it deals with what a U.N. panel on climate change is calling a growing risk of drought-related water and food short

    April 24, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Harsh trust climate hits Singapore market

    SINGAPORE -- Share issues in Singapore, traditionally the busiest stock market in Southeast Asia, fell to a nine-year low in the first quarter on worries over higher interest rates and weak local share prices. Globally, equity capital market vol

    April 24, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Japanese logistics give Southeast Asia the chills

    TOKYO -- Japan's logistics companies are rolling out cold-chain services in Southeast Asia, winning over local retailers, restaurants and the growing number of people in the region with higher disposable incomes. Southeast Asian consumers have t

    April 24, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Water, water, anywhere?

    Serious water shortages are affecting many parts of Asia. While the major factor behind the situation is climate change, which has exacerbated existing conditions such as drought, there are other factors at play. Much of Asia's population has tr

    April 24, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Dry spell highlights Malaysia's water-policy weaknesses

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Rainfall is abundant throughout the year in tropical Malaysia and Singapore, with both countries receiving an average of more than 2,000mm of precipitation annually. But an unusual dry spell has kept policymakers on their toes and ra

    April 24, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Singtel offers video analytics service for retailers

    SINGAPORE -- Singapore Telecom has launched a cloud-based video analytics service for retailers. Singtel has tied up with KAI Square, a solution provider, to provide a system that enables shop managers to understand customer information through

    April 23, 2014 07:20 pm JST
  • Singapore's Sembcorp boosts properties business, revives dormant subsidiary

    SINGAPORE -- Sembcorp Industries, a major government-affiliated conglomerate, is reviving Sembcorp Properties to act as a residential and commercial property development arm. Sembcorp Properties will focus mainly on residential and commercial develo

    April 22, 2014 07:21 pm JST
  • Singapore's Temasek invests in chocolate distributor FNA

    SINGAPORE -- Temasek Holdings has invested in FNA Group International, the largest chocolate distributor and retailer in Singapore. FNA is expanding across Asia with its network of multi-brand chocolate stores under The Cocoa Trees brand. It is

    April 22, 2014 07:00 pm JST