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  • Richard Heydarian: ASEAN can act as a bridge for the two Koreas

    The Association of Southeast Asian Nations could play an effective role in easing tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile program because of its ties with both Koreas.North Korea appears well on its way to becoming a nuclear power. As the wo

    September 21, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Macromill to buy US peer Acturus, gain foothold in SE Asia

    TOKYO -- Macromill, Japan's biggest online market research company, will acquire U.S. peer Acturus for roughly 1.5 billion yen ($13.4 million) and invest in a Japanese firm operating in Southeast Asia, eyeing a a larger slice of a global survey mark

    September 21, 2017 12:37 am JST
  • China's projects in Vietnam earn reputation for poor quality, delays

    HO CHI MINH CITY -- Hanoi's first elevated railway line has had its trial run in September cancelled without an alternative being proposed by the builders from China.On Monday, Vietnamese authorities told reporters that further work on the project i

    September 20, 2017 02:55 pm JST
  • Biggest Asian workforces underprepared for digital future: survey

    HONG KONG -- The economies of China, India and Indonesia are digitizing fast, but their populations may not be well equipped to reap the benefits of a world experiencing rapid globalization, urbanization and technological innovation, according to a

    September 20, 2017 01:25 am JST
  • ASEAN seeks strong Japanese presence in Asia to counter China

    TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday met his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi -- his closest political friend in Asia -- for the tenth time. The two, both conservative politicians, became good friends about a decade ago, when Modi

    September 19, 2017 08:15 am JST
  • Vietnam resort developer FLC Group eyes aviation, casinos

    TOKYO -- Ho Chi Minh-listed real estate developer FLC Group has unveiled hugely ambitious plans for expansion and is on the hunt for investors. But while there is no doubt Vietnam's growing travel market offers huge potential, there are concerns ove

    September 18, 2017 02:01 pm JST
  • Tokai Tokyo Financial teams with Vietnamese brokerage

    TOKYO -- Japan's Tokai Tokyo Financial Holdings is forming an operational tie-up with Vietnam's Bao Viet Securities as part of its broader push to expand business in Asia.The partners look to cooperate in the investment banking sector as well as joi

    September 18, 2017 04:18 am JST
  • 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
  • Japan pushes for 'TPP 11' progress with Tokyo meeting

    TOKYO -- Chief negotiators from the Trans-Pacific Partnership's remaining participants will meet in Tokyo starting Thursday, looking to proceed on the trade deal despite the U.S. decision to abandon the accord.The 11 remaining nations have decided t

    September 16, 2017 03:52 am JST
  • Asian family conglomerates

    For Thailand's retail giant Central Group, it is no longer all in the family

    BANGKOK -- When Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc visited Thailand in August, a red carpet was rolled out for him at Central Group's Central Ladprao, a shopping complex in downtown Bangkok.The premier had been invited to attend the opening

    September 15, 2017 05:44 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
  • Trump says he will visit Japan, South Korea, China in November

    WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday he will visit Japan, China and South Korea in November in a tour that may also include Vietnam and the Philippines for regional summits.Speaking to journalists on his way back to Washin

    September 15, 2017 09:01 am JST
  • Steve Bannon on US-Asia trade: interview transcript

    HONG KONG -- Steve Bannon came to public prominence after Donald Trump named him to be the chief executive of his presidential campaign in August 2016. After Trump's surprise victory, he named Bannon, seen as among his closest advisers and an advoca

    September 14, 2017 01:04 pm JST
  • Interview

    Bannon: Trump right to pressure both Koreas

    HONG KONG -- The tense nuclear confrontation with North Korea is no reason for the U.S. to hold back from revising or canceling its free-trade agreement with ally South Korea in the view of Steve Bannon, former chief strategist for President Donald

    September 14, 2017 01:04 pm JST
  • Asian family conglomerates: Management at Central Group is no longer a family affair

    BANGKOK When Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc visited Thailand in August, a red carpet was rolled out for him at Central Group's Central Ladprao, a shopping complex in downtown Bangkok. The premier had been invited to attend the opening ce

    September 14, 2017 10:00 am 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
  • Vietnamese part-timers prove a boon for Japanese pubs

    OSAKA/TOKYO Plagued by labor shortages, many of Japan's izakaya pub chains are increasingly relying on Vietnamese part-time workers to fill positions.Torikizoku, an Osaka-based purveyor of grilled chicken, or yakitori, is one such chain. Known for i

    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
  • Trump dusts off 'pivot to Asia' with November tour

    WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump seems to be taking notes from predecessor Barack Obama's "pivot to Asia" as he prepares for his first trip there since assuming office, hoping for greater cooperation from key regional players on issues ranging f

    September 14, 2017 03:58 am JST
  • Japan pushes for expedited talks on 'TPP 11'

    TOKYO -- Japan will push to accelerate dialogue on a revived Trans-Pacific Partnership, the state minister for economic and fiscal policy confirmed during talks Wednesday with a Mexican official as well as other countries' envoys to Japan.Toshimitsu

    September 14, 2017 02:56 am JST