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  • ASEAN AT 50

    In search of ASEAN 'champions'

    TOKYO -- Despite proving to be a unique and successful development model, ASEAN is lacking in the innovation department. This is how Fukunari Kimura, a professor of trade and development economics at Japan's Keio University, sees the region. He rece

    July 28, 2017 10:55 am JST
  • SM open to investing in Philippine infrastructure: President DyBuncio

    BANGKOK -- SM Investments, the Philippines' most valuable conglomerate, expects its banking and property businesses to benefit from Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's massive infrastructure build-up. Company President Frederic DyBuncio, who is s

    July 27, 2017 10:25 am JST
  • At 50, ASEAN is reaping the rewards of economic integration

    BANGKOK The Association of Southeast Asian Nations marks its 50th anniversary on Aug. 8. Over the decades, its purpose has shifted from fighting communism to fostering economic cooperation. ASEAN's rules and infrastructure facilitate trade and help

    July 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • ASEAN needs more cohesion to stand on its own

    ASEAN leaderships need a moment of reflection. We are seeing strong anti-globalization sentiment and failures of multilateral arrangements in the West. This certainly dents ASEAN's drive for more openness and more integration. Even before such globa

    July 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Then and now: ASEAN by the numbers

    The 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have grown steadily richer in recent decades, with gross domestic product per capita rising eightfold between 1980 and 2016. Can the region continue its march toward prosperity?

    July 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • ASEAN is looking good, but now looking up to China and India

    TOKYO The first 50 years of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations should be regarded as an overall success, but its future is anything but certain. Sandwiched between China and India, ASEAN could find itself overwhelmed economically by these tw

    July 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Ever-adaptable ASEAN confronts new tests

    BANGKOK On Aug. 9, 1967, The New York Times reported the signing of the Bangkok Declaration to inaugurate the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. The brief, 80-word article on the declaration -- inked the previous day by five founding foreign mi

    July 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • ASEAN must stay out of great-power tussles in Asia

    The post-Cold War 1990s were a peaceful era in Asia. All the great powers were benign and the Sino-U.S. relationship was good. China still needed help from other countries, including ASEAN members.Today, we are back in the age of great-power rivalri

    July 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Southeast Asian companies find ideal partners -- each other

    JAKARTA With their bright red and yellow signage, the Alfamart convenience stores sprouting up in Manila and other Philippine cities are hard to miss. But what really sets them apart is their parentage: In a market dominated by Japanese brands like

    July 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Carmakers helped foster ASEAN's growth: Ex-Nissan COO

    TOKYO In the 1980s, fewer than 500,000 cars were sold in the ASEAN region annually. In 2016, the figure was more than six times higher, at 3.2 million. The initially modest size of the auto market in Southeast Asia led to a unique division of labor

    July 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Filipino foodies savor the farm-to-table trend

    MANILA Filipino chef and cookbook author Michael Giovan Sarthou III, better known in the Philippines as Chef Tatung, has always been ahead of his time. Instead of playing with his cousins, the young Sarthou chose to garden and cook with his grandmot

    July 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Editorial: Duterte faces another tough year as president

    One year has passed since Rodrigo Duterte took office as president of the Philippines. Having focused on improving public security, mainly through a violent crackdown on drugs, his administration's overall performance remains far from satisfactory.I

    July 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Lazada guiding parent Alibaba's Southeast Asian offensive

    HONG KONG -- Online retailer Lazada is working with parent Alibaba Group Holding to bring the Chinese heavyweight's popular online marketplace and suite of digital services to shoppers across Southeast Asia.The Singapore-based e-tailer added a new s

    July 27, 2017 12:35 am JST
  • ASEAN AT 50

    ASEAN integration evolved with auto industry's value chain: Nissan ex-COO

    TOKYO -- Automobiles have become a key industry among members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, with over 3 million new cars sold in 2016. Behind this expansion in the past decades has been the region's efficient division of labor. In a

    July 26, 2017 08:00 pm JST
  • Wang Yi tells ASEAN to reject 'non-regional forces' in South China Sea

    MANILA -- Foreign Minister Wang Yi of China on Tuesday called on Southeast Asian nations to reject unnamed "non-regional forces" that he said are out to create trouble over territorial disputes in the South China Sea.Speaking in the Philippine capit

    July 25, 2017 10:49 pm JST
  • Philippine mining stocks drop as Duterte signals mineral export ban

    MANILA -- Shares in Philippine mining companies fell on Tuesday after President Rodrigo Duterte said he was considering a ban on mineral exports to promote development of related downstream industries.The mining and oil sub-index on the Philippine S

    July 25, 2017 09:41 pm JST
  • Chinese tech companies take the lead in battle for Southeast Asia

    SINGAPORE -- The $2 billion investment by China's Didi Chuxing and Japan's SoftBank Group into Southeast Asian riding-hailing company Grab marks a new record for venture fundraising in the region. But it may be surpassed sometime soon as Chinese tec

    July 25, 2017 11:06 am JST
  • Duterte lauds China in congress, baits the US

    MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday played up the gains of his China-friendly foreign policy and renewed criticism of the U.S. during a joint session of parliament.At the opening of the 17th congress, Duterte said agreeing to China's deman

    July 25, 2017 12:32 am JST
  • Team Japan eyes all-in-one exports in natural gas power generation

    TOKYO -- Working with the government, Tokyo Gas, Osaka Gas and trading house Mitsui & Co. are trying to join a liquefied natural gas project planned near Manila, offering LNG procurement as part of the package.State-backed Philippine National Oil wi

    July 24, 2017 02:20 am JST
  • Duterte has martial law in southern Philippines extended

    MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte secured overwhelming parliamentary approval on Saturday to extend martial law in the southern island of Mindanao until year's end as his government continues to battle with militants linked to Islamic State.In a s

    July 22, 2017 09:24 pm JST