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  • Malaysians have highest English proficiency in Asia: ranking

    TOKYO -- Malaysia took top marks in an English skills test given to Asian nations, narrowly edging out Singapore, where English is one of the official national languages. The Philippines, where English is also spoken as a national language, was

    December 10, 2013 02:01 am JST
  • One month after typhoon, Filipinos face uncertain future

    TACLOBAN, Philippines -- One month since a devastating typhoon struck the Philippines, people struggling to rebuild their shattered lives face a murky future. Typhoon Haiyan left over 7,500 people dead or missing, tearing a path of devastation a

    December 9, 2013 01:00 pm JST
  • Southeast Asian carriers reporting flight plans to China

    SINGAPORE -- More airlines based in Southeast Asia are complying with China's demand for notification of flights passing through a new air defense identification zone it recently established in the East China Sea. The airlines apparently do not

    December 7, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • Post-typhoon growth signals raise Philippine stocks' prospects

    SINGAPORE -- The outlook for the Philippine stock market is brightening, now that it appears last month's superstorm will have a fairly modest impact on economic growth. Investors are focusing on shares in utilities, communications companies and rea

    December 4, 2013 03:00 pm JST
  • Philippines no longer just the world's call center

    MANILA -- The Philippine market for outsourced jobs from abroad is expanding in both size and scope, taking on work with more added value. In a business district of the capital city, workers search for Japanese medical research papers on behalf

    December 2, 2013 10:24 pm JST
  • Japanese electric trike producer doubling down in Philippines

    NAGOYA -- With the Philippine government seeking to push gas-guzzling taxis off the road, a Japanese manufacturer of electric trikes will more than double local output as early as next year. Prozza produces about 50 of its Pecolo electric trikes

    December 2, 2013 01:30 am JST
  • Global growth engine running a little rougher

    MANILA, Philippines -- Southeast Asia is still one of the main engines driving the global economy, but it is kicking out less horsepower as declining domestic demand and sluggish exports increasingly weigh on economies throughout the region. The

    November 29, 2013 07:00 pm JST
  • Asean's Muslim, ethnic Chinese populations act as bridge to global markets

    SINGAPORE -- Kewpie, a Japanese food maker known for its mayonnaise, has removed angel's wings from its doll logo used in Malaysia and Indonesia. The reason: out of consideration for Muslims, who shun idol worship. Meanwhile, seasonings maker Aji

    November 29, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • Asia can withstand an early Fed taper

    The U.S. economy is holding up better than expected. Job growth has accelerated in recent months, and GDP expanded impressively in the third quarter. The Fed may thus decide to ease up on quantitative easing in the coming months. True, inflation is

    November 28, 2013 01:00 pm JST
  • Resource crisis threatens Asia's rise

    Asian economies facing a domestic resource crunch are being forced increasingly to rely on imported mineral ores, timber and fossil fuels, bringing international supplies under pressure and triggering price volatility. Yet Asia, paradoxically, is th

    November 28, 2013 01:00 pm JST
  • Asia can withstand an early Fed taper

    The U.S. economy is holding up better than expected. Job growth has accelerated in recent months, and GDP expanded impressively in the third quarter. The Fed may thus decide to ease up on quantitative easing in the coming months. True, inflation is

    November 28, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Resource crisis threatens Asia's rise

    Asian economies facing a domestic resource crunch are being forced increasingly to rely on imported mineral ores, timber and fossil fuels, bringing international supplies under pressure and triggering price volatility. Yet Asia, paradoxically, is th

    November 28, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • SoftBank bringing electric-car usage monitor to Southeast Asia

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- SoftBank is expanding sales of a usage-monitoring system for electric vehicles that enables flexible billing, working with businesses in such countries as Brunei and the Philippines, which are expected to widely adopt the cars.

    November 27, 2013 10:25 pm JST
  • Southeast Asian consumers prioritize quality over price

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- Consumers in emerging Southeast Asian economies look for quality over low prices when it comes to goods and services, a survey on consumer brand loyalty has found. In an extensive online survey, market research firm Nielsen que

    November 27, 2013 01:00 pm JST
  • Local currency bonds in East Asia up 12.5% from last year

    MANILA -- The Asian Development Bank announced Monday that local currency bonds issued in East Asia as of the end of September have reached a combined $7.13 trillion, up 12.5% from a year ago. The amount puts these bonds at a record collective h

    November 26, 2013 05:00 pm JST
  • Typhoon-hit Philippines helped by Filipinos living abroad

    MANILA -- The Philippines is working to recover from this month's massive typhoon. In addition to disaster aid from other countries, a major source of support is likely to come from Filipinos living abroad who send cash back home. The damage fro

    November 25, 2013 01:00 pm JST
  • FamilyMart redoubles push into China

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- Japanese convenience store operator FamilyMart plans to open 340 branches in China next year, up 140% from this year's plan, as it expects to turn a profit there for the first time ever in the July-December half. The company en

    November 23, 2013 12:59 am JST
  • Storm won't keep Philippines from 7% growth: economic zone director

    MANILA (Nikkei) -- The typhoon that battered the Philippines will not hold the country back economically, says Lilia de Lima, director general of the Philippine Economic Zone Authority, who predicts 7% growth for the year. De Lima, whose agency

    November 21, 2013 05:45 am JST
  • Emerging nations' forex forecast: chance of a storm

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- The possibility that the U.S. will dial down its quantitative easing continues to stir fears of currency turmoil in emerging economies. The prospect of Uncle Sam's taper is also underpinning expectations for further yen depreciatio

    November 21, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Asean's profit-growth kings: Resource boom trickles down to retail

    TOKYO -- For companies operating in Southeast Asia, now is an excellent time to be involved in infrastructure and natural resources. Being a retailer does not hurt, either, thanks to surging domestic demand across the region.These sectors dominated

    November 21, 2013 12:00 am JST