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  • JGC: Japan's Gallant Corporation

    TOKYO -- Arctic terrain, desert landscapes and rugged coastlines: Wherever you are in the world, you will find JGC. The Japanese engineering giant, and one of the nation's leading global enterprises, is expanding operations in all corners of the

    February 8, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • As Japanese footballers head to Europe, SE Asian talent eyes Japan

    TOKYO -- In what could be the start of a growing trend, Japan's J. League will have its second Southeast Asian soccer player when its season starts on March 1. Irfan Bachdim, 25, who plays the forward position on Indonesia's national team, has s

    February 8, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Philippine peso reaches 3-week high as Asian currencies advance

    SINGAPORE -- Asian currencies have generally recovered against the dollar this week, with the Philippine peso strengthening to its highest point in roughly three weeks. A weakening of Latin American and Turkish currencies had earlier triggered a

    February 8, 2014 03:23 am JST
  • Indonesia looks to biofuel to tame trade deficit

    JAKARTA -- Indonesian state-run electric power and petroleum companies have separately tied up with large oil palm farms to procure biofuel. The country, one of the largest Asian oil producers, is a net oil importer. It aims to improve its trade bal

    February 7, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Well-connected 'fixers' helping Southeast Asia to open up

    TOKYO -- Nguyen Bao Hoang, 40, is busy making financial preparations to open McDonald's first restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday. In April 1975, when Hoang was 2, he was able to get out of then Saigon aboard a U.S. military pla

    February 7, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Galloping ahead: 50 Asian executives to watch in 2014

    Asian corporate leaders are racing into the year of the horse. Executives are confident 2014 will be the year that the global economy recovers, and that demand stabilizes.Poised to capitalize on the post-crisis opportunities is a new generation of A

    February 7, 2014 05:00 pm JST
  • Japan brokers take aim at individual investors in emerging Asia

    TOKYO -- Two Japanese securities firms will start offering new services targeting individual investors in emerging Asian economies as rising income levels are fueling the growth of individual investors in the region. SBI Securities will launch o

    February 7, 2014 12:24 pm JST
  • Kuwaiti oil company plots pivot to Asia

    HANOI -- While more established in Europe, Kuwait Petroleum International has set its strategic sights on Asia in pursuit of shifting global oil demand, Chief Executive Officer Bakhit Al-Rashidi tells The Nikkei. In Vietnam, KPI is involved in a

    February 7, 2014 08:09 am JST
  • Wily Cyrus: Tata's enigmatic Mistry pushes for revival

    NEW DELHI -- Cyrus Mistry became chairman of Tata Sons at the wrong time. The secretive chairman took the helm of the holding company of the Tata group, India's largest industrial house, in December 2012. In an interview with The Nikkei, his pr

    February 6, 2014 05:00 pm JST
  • Mahindra's mantra begins to bear fruit

    MUMBAI -- Anand Mahindra's key to success is maintaining a solid corporate structure. Among Indian auto-related companies, special attention in 2014 is focused on the Mahindra & Mahindra group. It overtook Indian rival Tata Motors at home to bec

    February 6, 2014 05:00 pm JST
  • Kochhar duets with India's rock star central banker

    MUMBAI -- Chanda Kochhar's ICICI Bank is at the forefront of Indian financial reform. The 52-year-old CEO of ICICI, India's largest private bank, joined management in the early 2000s. Since becoming CEO in 2009, she has led the bank's expansion.

    February 6, 2014 05:00 pm JST
  • Ramkrishna: India's reforming stock market chief

    MUMBAI -- Chitra Ramkrishna is the first woman to head an Indian stock exchange. The CEO of the National Stock Exchange of India took office in April last year. She sees “renovating the country’s trading system while listening to the voice of t

    February 6, 2014 05:00 pm JST
  • Developed nations bring back investors as emerging economies lose luster

    TOKYO -- Since the 1990s until recently, Japan's individual funds have had great success with emerging economies. This, however, appears to be changing as emerging economies lose their appeal for many investors. The focus is again on developed count

    February 6, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Bruce Stokes: Demographic clocks ticking all across Asia

    East Asia's demographic clock is ticking, and it's loudest in Japan. But by the middle of the century South Korea may face an equal aging challenge, with China not far behind. Meanwhile, few East Asians are confident of an adequate standard of livin

    February 6, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Janet Yellen, put your boxing gloves on

    TOKYO -- Janet Yellen, your job, now that you have chosen to accept it, is to continue winding down the U.S. Federal Reserve's massive free-dollars-for-the-taking program that has not only been rekindling economic growth in your own country but expa

    February 6, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Fed pullback to test emerging-market fortitude

    TOKYO -- From Argentina to Indonesia, emerging-market currencies are swooning. Turkey and South Africa failed to prop up theirs with interest rate hikes. Now the Turkish lira is trading near an all-time low against the dollar. Bill Gross, fo

    February 6, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Getting realistic about retirement

    We all like stories with happy endings. "Work hard and then retire easy" is one example. In Asia we certainly get the work part right. But securing the fairy tale ending -- of travel, hobbies and time with family and friends -- will require a bi

    February 6, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Demographic clocks ticking all across Asia

    East Asia's demographic clock is ticking, and it's loudest in Japan. But by the middle of the century South Korea may face an equal aging challenge, with China not far behind. Meanwhile, few East Asians are confident of an adequate standard of livin

    February 6, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Smooth ride for Blue Bird

    JAKARTA -- In a small two-story building south of Jakarta, trainers in a dozen classrooms with about 20 men each highlight the importance of safe driving, good manners, personal hygiene and using their meter. Noni Purnomo, president and director

    February 6, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Smartphones set to reshape Asia's e-tailing markets

    NEW DELHI/BANGKOK -- Asia is on course to become a huge market for smartphones with more than 2 billion users in 2017, a development certain to transform its consumer markets and open up business opportunities for retailers. The total number of

    February 6, 2014 12:00 am JST