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  • Emerging market stocks break records as money gushes in

    BANGKOK -- Waning prospects for higher U.S. interest rates have freed investors to pour money into emerging equity markets, with leading benchmarks in the Philippines, Brazil and elsewhere posting all-time highs in recent weeks.The Philippine Stock

    September 18, 2017 03:14 am JST
  • Central Group, JD.com to pour $500m into JVs in Thailand

    BANGKOK -- Thailand's retail giant Central Group and China's second-largest online shopping site operator JD.com have signed a deal to set up e-commerce and fintech joint ventures in Thailand.With a combined investment of $500 million, Central hopes

    September 15, 2017 06:23 pm JST
  • US needs to shift North Korea policy to deterrence: expert

    SINGAPORE -- The latest sanctions on North Korea agreed at the United Nations Security Council are important, but not sufficient to stop Kim Jong Un's ambition to make his country a nuclear-armed state, a prominent political expert said in an interv

    September 15, 2017 04:46 pm JST
  • Ken Ward

    Widodo's battle with radical Islam hangs in balance

    Radical Muslim organizations alleging blasphemy against Jakarta's Christian governor Basuki Purnama caught Indonesian President Joko Widodo off guard last year, and seemed for a while to threaten his presidency. Mass rallies over several months help

    September 15, 2017 04:33 pm JST
  • Indonesia taps former Bank Mandiri chief as mining boss

    JAKARTA -- Indonesia's State-Owned Enterprises Ministry on Thursday tapped the former head of Indonesia's largest bank to take the helm at state-owned mining company Indonesia Asahan Aluminium (Inalum).Budi Gunadi Sadikin served as president of stat

    September 14, 2017 08:21 pm JST
  • Japan's smaller airports welcome Southeast Asia

    TOKYO/JAKARTA More airlines in Southeast Asia are flying to Japan's regional cities as a growing number of travelers visit the country. And seeing inbound tourism as the key to boosting regional economies, central and local governments in Japan are

    September 14, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Saving Sumatra's tigers while in Sydney

    Walking along what appears to be a typical Indonesian village street, I pass a little warung, a shop selling soap and light bulbs, and come to an arch marked "Taman Nasional Way Kambas" (Way Kambas National Park). Inside, well-muscled Sumatran tiger

    September 14, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Myanmar's Rohingya crisis is roiling Indonesian politics

    JAKARTA/YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia The brutal crackdown by the military on Myanmar's minority Rohingya Muslims in the country's western Rakhine State is stoking anger in nearby Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country. Radical Muslim groups in

    September 14, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • ASEAN manufacturing improves on rising global trade

    HONG KONG Buoyed by a continuing recovery in global trade, Asian manufacturing improved in August, with eight of the 12 economies surveyed by the Nikkei showing a pickup and just four in contractionary territory. Economists, however, generally belie

    September 14, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Tea Leaves

    Saving Sumatra's tigers while in Sydney

    Walking along what appears to be a typical Indonesian village street, I pass a little warung, a shop selling soap and light bulbs, and come to an arch marked "Taman Nasional Way Kambas" (Way Kambas National Park). Inside, well-muscled Sumatran tiger

    September 14, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Myanmar's Rohingya strife roils Indonesian politics

    JAKARTA/YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia -- The brutal crackdown by the military on Myanmar's minority Rohingya Muslims in the country's western Rakhine State is stoking anger in nearby Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country. Radical Muslim groups

    September 14, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Mitsubishi Motors plans 40% more Chinese dealerships

    TOKYO -- Mitsubishi Motors looks to expand its sales network in China by 40% to 300 locations during the fiscal year that ends in March under a strategy to boost investment in emerging economies as sales in more mature markets top out.The Japanese a

    September 14, 2017 06:51 am JST
  • Astra International takes an extra $137m stake in developer

    JAKARTA -- Indonesia's largest car distributor, Astra International, is raising its stake in the developer of a township on the outskirts of Jakarta for an additional 1.8 trillion rupiah ($137 million), marking its latest push into the real estate b

    September 13, 2017 09:45 pm JST
  • ASEAN manufacturing improves on rising global trade

    HONG KONG -- Buoyed by a continuing recovery in global trade, Asian manufacturing improved in August, with eight of the 12 economies surveyed by the Nikkei showing a pickup and just four in contractionary territory. Economists, however, generally be

    September 13, 2017 08:35 pm JST
  • Indonesia's Go-Jek gets a lift from Tencent, JD.com funding

    JAKARTA -- Go-Jek, an Indonesian motorcycle-hailing and delivery service on Tuesday confirmed media reports that it has received funding from Chinese internet companies Tencent Holdings and JD.com.The two financial backers appeared on a slide during

    September 12, 2017 07:09 pm JST
  • Southeast Asian airlines open new regional routes to Japan

    TOKYO/JAKARTA -- More airlines in Southeast Asia are flying to Japan's regional cities amid a growing number of travelers arriving in the country. Japanese central and local governments are seeking to help the trend by promoting the country's region

    September 12, 2017 01:20 pm JST
  • Countries grapple with perplexing RCEP puzzle

    SINGAPORE -- Although the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership has been hailed as the new flag-bearer for free trade in light of the U.S. withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, its 16 negotiating members are struggling to meet their o

    September 12, 2017 02:24 am JST
  • Garuda Indonesia maintenance unit seeks $300m in share sales

    JAKARTA -- The maintenance unit of flag carrier Garuda Indonesia aims to raise at least $300 million by selling shares via an initial public offering as well as to "strategic investors," a company executive said Monday.Garuda Maintenance Facility Ae

    September 12, 2017 01:12 am JST
  • With RCEP deal unlikely this year, ministers settle for 'realistic' goals

    MANILA -- Countries negotiating the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership trade agreement are poised to miss a 2017 deadline to reach a deal, forcing them to settle for "realistic ambitions." Ministers from the 16 RCEP countries ended an all-d

    September 11, 2017 07:36 pm JST
  • Will Indonesia's infrastructure be ready for Asian Games?

    JAKARTA -- Indonesian President Joko Widodo is pinning his 2019 re-election hopes on the success of the Asian Games preceding it here. But with less than a year until the opening ceremony, related infrastructure work risks embarrassing delays.The Ol

    September 11, 2017 12:15 pm JST