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  • Kyle Knight

    Indonesia's anti-gay drive should concern all Asia

    Indonesia's growing moral and political panic about sexuality has now produced draft laws that could criminalize sex outside marriage, and same-sex conduct.Things may get even worse: One legislator has called for the death penalty for gays and lesbi

    February 19, 2018 02:39 pm JST
  • ASEAN labor flows hit a wall with growing migrant crackdown

    TOKYO/SINGAPORE/BANGKOK -- Tighter restrictions on foreign labor in Malaysia and Thailand have pushed out millions of Southeast Asian migrant workers, driving up wages and potentially threatening a growth model reliant on freedom of movement and che

    February 18, 2018 10:53 pm JST
  • Accidents mar Indonesia's fast-and-furious infrastructure program

    JAKARTA -- A string of accidents is threatening to undermine Indonesian President Joko Widodo's signature infrastructure development drive. Though the causes remain unclear, the president's political rivals have seized on the problems ahead of local

    February 18, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • Unicharm logs record profit by hitting reset button in Asia

    TOKYO -- Unicharm's group operating profit for 2017 jumped 10% to 86.8 billion yen ($817 million), the sanitary goods maker's first record profit in two years, as Asian operations recover after missing out on China's made-in-Japan boom."Earnings hav

    February 17, 2018 05:17 am JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index little changed as Indian banks fall

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan ended little changed on Friday as losses in Indian lenders offset positive U.S. cues.The Nikkei Asia300 Index ended almost unchanged at 1,445.71. For the week, it added about 4%, rebounding from the

    February 16, 2018 08:36 pm JST
  • Thirsty Asia helps push Suntory Beverage's profit 9% higher

    TOKYO -- Suntory Beverage & Food, a core unit of Suntory Holdings, reported Thursday a 9% rise in group net profit to 78.1 billion yen ($734 million) for 2017, driven by brisk soft-drink demand in Asia and the popularity of new coffee products in Ja

    February 16, 2018 04:37 am JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index rises as Wall Street recovery continues

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan rose Thursday, as a faster-than-expected U.S. inflation data did little to derail the recovery in global equity markets.The Nikkei Asia300 Index advanced 1.1% to 1,445.81. Trading was subdued with H

    February 15, 2018 08:34 pm JST
  • Campaigning kicks off in Indonesia's crucial local elections

    JAKARTA -- Campaigning kicked off in Indonesia on Thursday for local elections that will have a significant bearing on President Joko Widodo's bid to retain the presidency next year.Gubernatorial elections will be held in half of Indonesia's 34 prov

    February 15, 2018 07:11 pm JST
  • Interview

    Top Indonesian bank eyes $50bn assets stashed in Singapore

    JAKARTA -- A commodities rebound, record profits and cozy ties with the government is not stopping Kartika Wirjoatmodjo, the chief of Indonesia's largest bank by assets, from hunting for new customers.His latest target is: rich Indonesians who have

    February 15, 2018 01:10 pm JST
  • Nikkei Editorial

    Japan must update its bilateral EPAs for 21st-century trade

    Japan can draw some satisfaction from its success in keeping alive the Trans-Pacific Partnership after U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out of the pact. The agreement of the 11 remaining countries is a strong symbol of the power of multilateral ec

    February 15, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • China-fueled property boom distorts markets in Asia-Oceania

    SINGAPORE -- As red-hot investment money from China continues to drive up real estate prices in Asia and Oceania, local authorities have started taking steps to curb the enthusiasm before things get out of control.In Hong Kong, a group of investors

    February 14, 2018 03:50 pm JST
  • Cover story

    Enemies of the state -- why the press in Southeast Asia is under attack

    BANGKOK/MANILA -- Myanmar has closed off an entire section of the country to reporters. Cambodia is shutting down news organizations. The Philippine president has casually discussed murdering journalists. And the Thai government has suggested the pr

    February 14, 2018 02:30 pm JST
  • Widodo woos Japan as infrastructure ambitions stall

    JAKARTA -- Amid major delays in his trademark infrastructure program, Indonesian President Joko Widodo is working to strengthen ties with Japan in hopes of building a legacy ahead of the 2019 presidential election.Widodo called for the swift develop

    February 14, 2018 11:30 am JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index extends gains as Wall Street recovers

    NEW DELHI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan advanced for a second day as a global equity selloff sparked by a pullback in U.S. equities last week abated.The Nikkei Asia300 Index rose 1.1% to 1,414.30 on Tuesday, extending Monday's 0.6% adv

    February 13, 2018 08:23 pm JST
  • Indonesia church attacker may have been exposed to radicalism: police chief

    JAKARTA (Reuters) -- A sword-wielding attacker who injured at least three churchgoers and a police officer in Indonesia's Yogyakarta city at the weekend had attempted to travel to Syria and had showed signs of being radicalised, the national police

    February 13, 2018 03:16 am JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index rebounds after U.S. equities gain

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan, tracking a recovery in U.S. equities, rebounded Monday, even as investors braced for more volatility this week.The Nikkei Asia300 Index advanced 0.6% to 1,398.82, after slumping 7.5% in the previou

    February 12, 2018 08:57 pm JST
  • Indonesia's Astra buys $150m stake in Go-Jek

    JAKARTA -- Astra International, Indonesia's leading car-to-banking conglomerate, on Monday said it invested $150 million in ride-hailing app operator Go-Jek.The deal marks Astra's first major investment in a technology company and highlights the wid

    February 12, 2018 07:39 pm JST
  • Emerging markets see biggest portfolio outflow in 14 months

    TOKYO -- Emerging markets suffered last week their biggest net portfolio outflows since the 2016 U.S. presidential elections, with Asia taking the biggest hit, data from the International Institute of Finance shows.Investors pulled out $5.2 billion

    February 12, 2018 01:17 am JST
  • Police shoot man during sword attack on Indonesian church

    SLEMAN, Indonesia (AP) -- Police in Indonesia shot a sword-wielding man who attacked a church congregation during Sunday Mass, injuring four people, including a German priest.The reason for the attack Sunday morning in Sleman district in Yogyakarta

    February 11, 2018 02:56 pm JST
  • Indonesia's Q4 current account deficit at 2.2 % of GDP

    JAKARTA (Reuters) -- Indonesia's current account deficit in the final quarter of 2017 expanded because of higher imports of goods related to production activities in the period, the central bank said on Friday.The current account deficit in the Octo

    February 9, 2018 09:52 pm JST