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  • Diabetes triggers alarm and action in Southeast Asia

    SINGAPORE As Southeast Asia struggles with the rise of modern illnesses that have blighted Western societies, a combination of government appeals and changing lifestyle choices suggests that awareness of the causes of conditions like diabetes and he

    September 28, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Daiwa Securities homes in on rich Japanese in Southeast Asia

    SINGAPORE -- Daiwa Securities will strengthen its wealth management business in Southeast Asia by focusing on affluent Japanese.The Tokyo-based brokerage froze the wealth management business in Singapore during the 2000s, fully resuming operations i

    September 28, 2017 04:22 am JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index little changed as Fed, North Korea fears weigh on sentiment

    HONG KONG (Nikkei Markets) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan ended little changed on Wednesday, as lingering geopolitical tensions and concern the U.S. Federal Reserve may raise interest rates damped investor sentiment.The Nikkei Asia300 Index of som

    September 27, 2017 08:47 pm JST
  • Singapore shares post first gain in three days as banks advance; Malaysia stocks fall

    KUALA LUMPUR (Nikkei Markets) -- Singapore stocks recorded their first gain in three days on Wednesday, led by banks and developers amid growing confidence in the city-state's property market. Malaysian shares fell to their lowest level in September

    September 27, 2017 08:04 pm JST
  • With Digibank app, Singapore's DBS takes on Alipay

    SINGAPORE -- DBS Group Holdings is expanding its reach in emerging Asian economies with its banking app, Digibank, taking on the likes of internet giants such as Alibaba Group Holding hoping to capture a fast-growing universe of mobile users.Victor

    September 27, 2017 07:53 pm JST
  • Singapore-Listed Mandarin Oriental says Excelsior offers fail to meet expectations

    SINGAPORE (Nikkei Markets) -- Singapore-listed Mandarin Oriental International said Wednesday none of the offers received for The Excelsior, Hong Kong "met fully its expectations or transaction requirements" according to an exchange filing.Mandarin

    September 27, 2017 10:08 am JST
  • Indonesia, Vietnam leap up global competitiveness list

    GENEVA -- The World Economic Forum's latest global competitiveness list presents a mixed picture for Asia, with big gains by Indonesia and Vietnam and demotions for the likes of Japan and India.The Global Competitiveness Report 2017-2018, released o

    September 27, 2017 07:05 am JST
  • Asian jet fuel prices soar 10% in just a month

    TOKYO -- Spot prices of kerosene-type jet fuel are on the rise in the Asian market, owing to such factors as growing Chinese demand and higher crude oil prices.The benchmark spot price on the Singaporean market has jumped about 10% in a month to aro

    September 27, 2017 06:24 am JST
  • Malaysia, Singapore forming subway shuttle company

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia and Singapore are forming a company to build a subway that will ease border traffic and foster growth.The proposed 4km Rapid Transit System Link will run from Bukit Chagar, home at present to Johor Bahru's immigration facili

    September 26, 2017 09:30 pm JST
  • Singapore factory output tops forecasts, more sectors rally

    SINGAPORE (Nikkei Markets) -- Singapore's manufacturing output rose for the 13th straight month in August, beating expectations as the laggard pharmaceutical industry rallied while demand for medical devices increased.The Singapore Economic Developm

    September 26, 2017 08:49 pm JST
  • Technology stocks drag Nikkei Asia300 Index down

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan declined Tuesday, weighed by a slump in technology stocks and North Korea's latest round of threats.The Nikkei Asia300 Index shed 0.5% to close at 1,297.50. Tencent Holdings dropped 1.2% in Hong Kon

    September 26, 2017 08:43 pm JST
  • Singapore office rents rise for second straight quarter

    SINGAPORE (Nikkei Markets) -- Rents for prime office space in Singapore rose for a second straight quarter in the three months to September, a further sign that demand in one of Asia's main business cities is recovering after a two- year dry spell.A

    September 26, 2017 08:18 pm JST
  • Singapore, Malaysia stocks fall as North Korea tensions flare up

    KUALA LUMPUR (Nikkei Markets) -- Equities in Singapore and Malaysia fell Tuesday, as an intensifying war of words between North Korean and U.S. leaders worsened investor concerns.North Korea's Foreign Minister on Monday accused U.S. President Donald

    September 26, 2017 08:03 pm JST
  • Southeast Asian cities among top favorites for leisure travel

    SINGAPORE -- Southeast Asian cities are proving to be popular destination choices for many tourists, with Bangkok, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur among the top 10 global destinations since 2009, according to Mastercard.The annual Mastercard Index of Glo

    September 26, 2017 08:00 pm JST
  • Global trade, China will buoy Asia's growth to 5.8% in 2018

    MANILA -- China's better-than-expected economic expansion and a rebound in global trade will buoy growth in Asia, the Asian Development Bank said in a report on Tuesday.In its Asian Development Outlook Update, the regional lender forecast 5.9% growt

    September 26, 2017 10:30 am JST
  • Singapore works with Alipay to lift Chinese tourism experience

    SINGAPORE -- Ant Financial Services Group, the online payment arm of China's e-commerce leader Alibaba Group Holding, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Singapore Tourism Board to improve the overall Singapore experience for tourists

    September 25, 2017 09:18 pm JST
  • Singapore, Malaysia stocks fall on North Korea tensions, German elections

    KUALA LUMPUR (Nikkei Markets) -- Singapore and Malaysia shares edged lower on Monday, amid persisting geopolitical tensions over North Korea and concerns that German election results may fuel political uncertainty in the euro zone.Investors are also

    September 25, 2017 09:07 pm JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index declines as Chinese real-estate stocks slump

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan fell Monday, weighed by a slump in Chinese real-estate developers and suppliers to Apple.The Nikkei Asia300 Index declined 0.8% to 1,303.90. China Vanke and China Overseas Land & Investment plunged

    September 25, 2017 08:32 pm JST
  • Singapore inflation muted ahead of monetary policy statement

    SINGAPORE (Nikkei Markets) -- Singapore's inflation slowed in August as the cost of private road transport and food prices grew at a slower pace, lending weight to the view that the central bank will stand pat on monetary policy in October.Data rele

    September 25, 2017 07:29 pm JST
  • 'TPP 11' talks set parameters for moving forward

    TOKYO -- Negotiators from the Trans-Pacific Partnership's 11 remaining parties have drawn up a nearly complete list of rules requested to be shelved now that the U.S. has withdrawn, but challenges in culling the exemptions loom over the push to reac

    September 23, 2017 03:06 am JST