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  • Southeast Asian art scene inspires Japan's creators

    TOKYO -- The kaleidoscope of cultures and traditions that comprise Southeast Asia appear to be inspiring a number of Japanese artists and curators, who are helping to exhibit the region's contemporary art in cross-border collaborations.The "Sindikat

    September 10, 2017 04:00 pm JST
  • ASEAN to cut non-tariff measures 10% by 2020

    MANILA -- Trade ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have agreed to reduce non-tariff measures by a tenth by 2020, aiming to bolster regional trade and address long-standing concerns from investors.The ministers, who kicked off

    September 8, 2017 06:51 pm JST
  • Richard Heydarian

    Seoul looks to ASEAN amid nuclear crisis

    The Association of Southeast Asian Nations could play an effective role in easing the tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile program because of its ties to both Koreas and Seoul's hope to engage Pyongyang.North Korea appears well on its way

    September 8, 2017 02:37 pm JST
  • Pharmaceuticals & biotechnology sector grows fastest in August's Asia PMI

    TOKYO -- The Nikkei Asia Sector Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, for August showed output growth in 14 of the 19 sectors monitored.Pharmaceuticals & biotechnology (55.7) marked the sharpest growth, followed by commercial & professional services (

    September 8, 2017 09:30 am JST
  • Japan to offer manufacturing, trade know-how to ASEAN

    TOKYO -- Japan plans to work with Southeast Asian countries to boost productivity and modernize trade systems, hoping to encourage them to pursue more ambitious goals for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, or RCEP.Three-pronged strateg

    September 8, 2017 05:09 am JST
  • Indonesia and Freeport end their squabble over Papua mine

    JAKARTA The chief executive of U.S. mining company Freeport-McMoRan and two Indonesian ministers publicly declared on Aug. 29 an end to an acrimonious dispute over a giant copper mine in Papua that has raged for months.The deal is seen as a testamen

    September 7, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Southeast Asia's power plants are getting an IoT upgrade

    BANGKOK Southeast Asian countries are adopting cutting-edge information technology to improve the efficiency and reduce the environmental impact of fossil fuel power plants that the region relies on to meet surging energy demand.Japanese trading hou

    September 7, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Southeast Asian ports thirst for more seaborne trade

    JAKARTA The world's seaborne trade exceeded 10 billion tons in a single year for the first time in 2015, according to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, with about 60% passing through Asia.Situated between the Indian and Pacific

    September 7, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Tim Johnston: East Asia growth fetish won't hold the region together

    Developing East Asia has enjoyed more than 40 years of growth, except for a brief crisis at the end of the last century. But the single-minded pursuit of economic growth at all costs has created a dangerously unstable monoculture.East Asians have se

    September 7, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Stalled Indonesia rail project overcomes major hurdle

    JAKARTA -- Indonesia has agreed that a Tokyo-backed overhaul of the railway connecting the country's two largest cities will refurbish already existing lines, a breakthrough that could accelerate the stymied project.The Indonesian government is nego

    September 7, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • Indonesia, Japan deepen talks on joint development in South China Sea

    JAKARTA -- Indonesia and Japan on Wednesday said talks are deepening to develop maritime cooperation in some of the outermost Indonesian regions, including the Natuna archipelago, which borders the South China Sea.Development of local fisheries-rela

    September 6, 2017 11:01 pm JST
  • Dentsu launches advertising arm run by mothers for mothers

    SINGAPORE -- Japanese advertising agency Dentsu has launched MamaLab, a regional arm focusing on providing marketing solutions targeted at mothers.MamaLab will be run by Dentsu's female employees who have children, driven initially by 12 team leader

    September 6, 2017 08:00 pm JST
  • In crisis, Rohingya refugees have Southeast Asia on guard

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Countries in Southeast Asia have stepped up efforts to prevent influxes of refugees fleeing violence in the western Myanmar state of Rakhine. Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand hope to pre-empt a repeat of the humanitarian crisis that

    September 6, 2017 07:32 pm JST
  • ASEAN economic ministers move to accelerate trade talks

    MANILA -- Southeast Asian economic ministers on Thursday will kick off a series of dialogues here in the Philippine capital. A big focus is expected to be the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership deal, now unlikely to be concluded this year a

    September 6, 2017 04:58 pm JST
  • Asia's foreign reserves reach record high

    TOKYO -- Governments and central banks in Asia held a record-high level of U.S. treasuries and other foreign assets at the end of July.Combined foreign reserves in Asian countries and regions excluding Japan and China reached $2.4 trillion at end-Ju

    September 6, 2017 08:26 am JST
  • RCEP hits snags on continued discord over tariffs

    KUALA LUMPUR -- The 16 countries negotiating the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership have given up on finalizing the trade deal in 2017 as planned amid persistent differences over tariffs and other conditions, dealing yet another setback to

    September 6, 2017 02:21 am JST
  • Asian neighbors add pressure on Suu Kyi to act on Rohingya crisis

    YANGON -- International pressure is mounting on Myanmar over the escalating persecution of Muslim Rohingya in the western state of Rakhine, as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is due to visit and hold talks with the country's de factor leader Aun

    September 5, 2017 08:50 pm JST
  • FT Confidential Research

    Informal jobs sector both a blessing and curse in Southeast Asia

    The informal jobs sector has cushioned the impact of an economic slowdown in Southeast Asia over the past five years.Malaysians are most concerned about their jobs and salary prospects as unemployment rises, particularly among the young.Positive exp

    September 5, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • Indonesian minister meets Suu Kyi as Rohingya crisis deepens

    JAKARTA -- Indonesia's Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi on Monday held a series of meetings with top Burmese officials, including de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, as pressure mounted on the government of the world's most populous Muslim na

    September 4, 2017 11:08 pm JST
  • Southeast Asia gets smart about power plants

    BANGKOK -- Southeast Asian countries are adopting cutting-edge information technology to improve the efficiency and environmental impact of fossil fuel power plants that the region relies on to meet surging energy demand.Japanese trader Marubeni and

    September 4, 2017 10:27 pm JST