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  • Abuse of Filipino migrants in Kuwait unacceptable, Duterte says

    MANILA -- The Philippines may stop sending Filipino workers to Kuwait due to alleged abuses, President Rodrigo Duterte said on Thursday.The Philippine leader said acts of violence against overseas Filipino workers are unacceptable and the Philippine

    January 19, 2018 05:47 pm JST
  • Philippine investigators summon boss of news site derided by Duterte

    MANILA (Reuters) -- A Philippine law enforcement agency has summoned the head of Rappler, a news site known for challenging President Rodrigo Duterte, to answer a complaint related to cyber crime, adding to problems for an outlet central to a row ov

    January 19, 2018 04:13 am JST
  • San Miguel's food unit readies share sale to keep listing

    MANILA -- San Miguel's food and beverage unit will issue shares to remain listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange, officials said on Thursday, after a consolidation resulted in a breach of the minimum free-float rule.Shareholders of San Miguel Pure

    January 18, 2018 09:32 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
  • Russia courts Southeast Asian leaders with authoritarian streaks

    BANGKOK A quarter of a century after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia is back in Southeast Asia, where creeping authoritarianism is giving Moscow room to maneuver.A prime example is Cambodia, where the biggest opposition party has been force

    January 18, 2018 10:00 am 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
  • The Philippines' new antitrust watchdog flexes its muscles

    MANILA The retail arm of SM Investments, the Philippines' most valuable conglomerate, has finally won regulatory approval to acquire a leading local bakery chain, but only after a lengthy review -- a sign that the country's new antitrust watchdog is

    January 18, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • Philippines steps up attack on news website Rappler

    MANILA -- Philippine authorities widened their crackdown Wednesday against Rappler, a startup news website critical of President Rodrigo Duterte, and its chief executive said the embattled media organization is prepared to fight the government head-

    January 18, 2018 01:29 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
  • New opera looks at the plight of Philippine domestic helpers

    HONG KONG -- The often difficult and isolated lives of Philippine domestic helpers working overseas have served as the inspiration for movies, documentaries, television shows, plays and books for years. Now comes an opera."Mila," a tragedy about a F

    January 17, 2018 07:44 pm JST
  • Where are all the tourists in Japan coming from?

    TOKYO -- Japan's tourism bonanza shows no signs of abating. The country welcomed a record 28.6 million visitors from abroad in 2017, an increase of 19.3% on the year. Travelers also spent significantly more: 4.4 trillion yen ($39.68 billion), up 17.

    January 17, 2018 05:43 pm JST
  • Marites D. Vitug

    Attack on Rappler imperils media freedom

    I was with Rappler, the independent Philippine news site that is now threatened with closure, from the beginning, and consider it my home.From its launch in 2012, reporting for Rappler meant not looking over your shoulder to check if an investor or

    January 17, 2018 03:49 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
  • 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
  • Asia Insight

    Russia courts Southeast Asian partners with authoritarian streaks

    BANGKOK/TOKYO -- A quarter of a century after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia is back in Southeast Asia, where creeping authoritarianism is giving Moscow room to maneuver.A prime example is Cambodia, where the biggest opposition party has b

    January 16, 2018 01:15 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
  • Philippines shuts down news site critical of Duterte

    MANILA -- The Philippine securities regulator has shut down online news website Rappler for what it claimed to be a breach of foreign ownership laws, but the portal called the move "pure and simple harassment."The Securities and Exchange Commission,

    January 15, 2018 08:44 pm JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index rises tracking U.S. equity rally

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan began the week on a positive note, boosted by a weaker dollar and another record high for U.S. indexes.The Nikkei Asia300 Index rose 0.4% to 1,475.43.The advance on the gauge came after U.S. stocks

    January 15, 2018 08:28 pm JST