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  • Tokyo to host 2-day TPP talks from Monday: minister

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japanese economy minister Toshimitsu Motegi said Friday that Tokyo will host a two-day conference of top negotiators of the remaining 11 signatories to the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal from next Monday.With the aim of s

    January 19, 2018 12:19 pm JST
  • Coal backlash creates energy dilemma in Southeast Asia

    BANGKOK -- Southeast Asian governments are finding themselves caught between pressure to meet regional power demands and backlash from citizens fearing the environmental effects of coal-fired electrical plants.How these growing economies will resolv

    January 19, 2018 07:00 am JST
  • Thailand's PTT, Shell chase 49% of Vietnamese distributor PV Oil

    HO CHI MINH CITY -- PetroVietnam Oil, the distribution arm of Vietnam National Oil and Gas Group, is to debut 20% of its outstanding shares on the Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange on Jan. 25, with Anglo-Dutch concern Shell and Thailand's PTT among po

    January 19, 2018 01:06 am JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index advances, buoyed by Wall Street gains, China growth

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan rose Thursday, as U.S. indexes continued their record run and China's fourth-quarter economic growth exceeded expectations.The Nikkei Asia300 Index added 0.3% to close at 1,495.46.The S&P 500 Index

    January 18, 2018 09:00 pm JST
  • Russia courts Southeast Asian leaders with authoritarian streaks

    BANGKOK A quarter of a century after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia is back in Southeast Asia, where creeping authoritarianism is giving Moscow room to maneuver.A prime example is Cambodia, where the biggest opposition party has been force

    January 18, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • Better paydays are in store for Asia

    TOKYO Asian workers are expected to enjoy the highest real wage growth in the world in 2018 thanks to solid growth and changes in the region's economic structure, while their counterparts in Japan and the West will see wages stagnate amid budding in

    January 18, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • Canada is the great unknown as TPP 11 talks near goal

    TOKYO -- The remaining 11 countries of the Trans-Pacific Partnership will enter into final negotiations to salvage the trade pact as soon as next week in Tokyo, though Canadian demands to revisit cultural exceptions and automotive production rules a

    January 18, 2018 04:07 am JST
  • Vietnam raises $245m from refinery operator Binh Son's IPO

    HANOI (Reuters) -- The Vietnamese government has raised 5.57 trillion dong ($245 million) by selling a 7.79 percent stake in refinery operator Binh Son Refining and Petrochemical company in an initial public offering, the company said on Wednesday.T

    January 18, 2018 04:04 am JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index slips after U.S. equities drop from record highs

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan edged lower on Wednesday, after U.S. equities retreated from record highs overnight and as investors awaited China's fourth-quarter economic data.The Nikkei Asia300 Index fell less than 0.1% to 1,49

    January 17, 2018 08:43 pm JST
  • Moody's warns of ongoing risks on Korean Peninsula despite dialogue

    TOKYO -- Despite tentative signs of a thaw in inter-Korean relations recently, Moody's Investors Service reminded investors Wednesday that "nothing has changed" in terms of the fundamental tensions over Pyongyang's development of nuclear weapons.The

    January 17, 2018 07:05 pm JST
  • Where are all the tourists in Japan coming from?

    TOKYO -- Japan's tourism bonanza shows no signs of abating. The country welcomed a record 28.6 million visitors from abroad in 2017, an increase of 19.3% on the year. Travelers also spent significantly more: 4.4 trillion yen ($39.68 billion), up 17.

    January 17, 2018 05:43 pm JST
  • APEC summit outlook clouded by new host's problems

    AUCKLAND -- Corralling the 21 governments in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation bloc into acting on regional challenges is hard enough at the best of times. It may be something practically unachievable in 2018.Already strained by U.S. President D

    January 17, 2018 12:30 pm JST
  • Toyota and Honda suspend exports to Vietnam

    BANGKOK -- Toyota Motor and Honda Motor have suspended exports to Vietnam since the beginning of the year following the implementation of a rule that requires stringent checks on imported vehicles, a move viewed as protectionism by industry official

    January 17, 2018 12:42 am JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index advances as Chinese insurers rally

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan rose Tuesday, paced by mainland insurers and lenders.The Nikkei Asia300 Index rose 1.1% to 1,491.87. Ping An Insurance Group advanced 2.8% after the Chinese insurer said accumulated gross premium in

    January 16, 2018 08:17 pm JST
  • China's JD.com takes major stake in Vietnam's Tiki

    HONG KONG (Nikkei Markets) -- China's JD.com said it has co-led an investment in Vietnamese ecommerce company Tiki, as the Chinese online retailer seeks to boost its presence in Southeast Asian markets amid growing competition.The company didn't dis

    January 16, 2018 03:57 pm JST
  • Asia Insight

    Russia courts Southeast Asian partners with authoritarian streaks

    BANGKOK/TOKYO -- A quarter of a century after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia is back in Southeast Asia, where creeping authoritarianism is giving Moscow room to maneuver.A prime example is Cambodia, where the biggest opposition party has b

    January 16, 2018 01:15 pm JST
  • Made-in Japan cake exports satisfy Southeast Asia's sweet tooth

    A weekend afternoon at Chateraise, a pastry shop located in a Singapore shopping center, brings the usual stream of customers. "Which cake do you want? The new ones look delicious, too." People stare at the glass display case, trying to decide which

    January 16, 2018 12:10 pm JST
  • Simon Tay and Cheryl Tan

    Singapore goes for quiet ASEAN diplomacy

    Singapore is settling into its one-year rotating chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations at a time when the region's economic growth is outperforming the world. But the possibility of unpredictable political and economic changes b

    January 16, 2018 11:47 am JST
  • Asian philanthropists can potentially give twice as much as US

    TOKYO -- Thanks to rapid economic growth, personal wealth in Asia is at an all-time high, with more billionaires in the region now than anywhere else in the world. But have charitable donations grown proportionally to the region's wealth? The answer

    January 16, 2018 08:00 am JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index rises tracking U.S. equity rally

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan began the week on a positive note, boosted by a weaker dollar and another record high for U.S. indexes.The Nikkei Asia300 Index rose 0.4% to 1,475.43.The advance on the gauge came after U.S. stocks

    January 15, 2018 08:28 pm JST