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  • ASEAN AT 50

    In search of ASEAN 'champions'

    TOKYO -- Despite proving to be a unique and successful development model, ASEAN is lacking in the innovation department. This is how Fukunari Kimura, a professor of trade and development economics at Japan's Keio University, sees the region. He rece

    July 28, 2017 10:55 am JST
  • At 50, ASEAN is reaping the rewards of economic integration

    BANGKOK The Association of Southeast Asian Nations marks its 50th anniversary on Aug. 8. Over the decades, its purpose has shifted from fighting communism to fostering economic cooperation. ASEAN's rules and infrastructure facilitate trade and help

    July 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • ASEAN needs more cohesion to stand on its own

    ASEAN leaderships need a moment of reflection. We are seeing strong anti-globalization sentiment and failures of multilateral arrangements in the West. This certainly dents ASEAN's drive for more openness and more integration. Even before such globa

    July 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Then and now: ASEAN by the numbers

    The 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have grown steadily richer in recent decades, with gross domestic product per capita rising eightfold between 1980 and 2016. Can the region continue its march toward prosperity?

    July 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • ASEAN is looking good, but now looking up to China and India

    TOKYO The first 50 years of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations should be regarded as an overall success, but its future is anything but certain. Sandwiched between China and India, ASEAN could find itself overwhelmed economically by these tw

    July 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Ever-adaptable ASEAN confronts new tests

    BANGKOK On Aug. 9, 1967, The New York Times reported the signing of the Bangkok Declaration to inaugurate the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. The brief, 80-word article on the declaration -- inked the previous day by five founding foreign mi

    July 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • ASEAN must stay out of great-power tussles in Asia

    The post-Cold War 1990s were a peaceful era in Asia. All the great powers were benign and the Sino-U.S. relationship was good. China still needed help from other countries, including ASEAN members.Today, we are back in the age of great-power rivalri

    July 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Southeast Asian companies find ideal partners -- each other

    JAKARTA With their bright red and yellow signage, the Alfamart convenience stores sprouting up in Manila and other Philippine cities are hard to miss. But what really sets them apart is their parentage: In a market dominated by Japanese brands like

    July 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Carmakers helped foster ASEAN's growth: Ex-Nissan COO

    TOKYO In the 1980s, fewer than 500,000 cars were sold in the ASEAN region annually. In 2016, the figure was more than six times higher, at 3.2 million. The initially modest size of the auto market in Southeast Asia led to a unique division of labor

    July 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • NEC, Sumitomo to aid Vietnam satellite project

    TOKYO -- NEC and Sumitomo Corp. will soon sign a contract worth 19 billion yen ($170 million) for a satellite launch project in Vietnam.The Japanese team will handle one of the two Earth observation satellites Vietnam plans to launch, and intends to

    July 27, 2017 06:42 am JST
  • Lazada guiding parent Alibaba's Southeast Asian offensive

    HONG KONG -- Online retailer Lazada is working with parent Alibaba Group Holding to bring the Chinese heavyweight's popular online marketplace and suite of digital services to shoppers across Southeast Asia.The Singapore-based e-tailer added a new s

    July 27, 2017 12:35 am JST
  • ASEAN AT 50

    ASEAN integration evolved with auto industry's value chain: Nissan ex-COO

    TOKYO -- Automobiles have become a key industry among members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, with over 3 million new cars sold in 2016. Behind this expansion in the past decades has been the region's efficient division of labor. In a

    July 26, 2017 08:00 pm JST
  • Fodder producer Feed One fattens up Vietnam production

    TOKYO -- Major Japanese livestock feed producer Feed One will raise production capacity by 50% at its plant in Vietnam, with plans to offer chicken and swine feeds that are easier to eat than traditional products and can lead to shorter raising peri

    July 26, 2017 01:42 pm JST
  • Aging Asia's trillion-dollar business opportunity

    As Asia ages, businesses catering to the elderly are swelling along with the demographic. So alluring is the growth potential that even companies with no prior experience in this segment are rushing in, from property developers to newspaper operator

    July 26, 2017 11:59 am JST
  • Tokyo rebar prices rise on falling Chinese exports

    TOKYO -- Prices of steel reinforcement bars used in buildings have increased here as a decline in Chinese exports has lifted demand for steel products from Japan.Standard rebar prices in the greater Tokyo area have risen to 57,000 yen ($510) a ton,

    July 26, 2017 04:16 am JST
  • Vietjet partners with Japan Airlines to upgrade its offering

    HO CHI MINH CITY -- Vietjet Air, the Vietnamese low-cost carrier, and Japan Airlines on Tuesday signed a formal agreement to become strategic partners, aiming to improve the quality of service for customers as well as enhance the corporate value of

    July 25, 2017 11:39 pm JST
  • Chinese tech companies take the lead in battle for Southeast Asia

    SINGAPORE -- The $2 billion investment by China's Didi Chuxing and Japan's SoftBank Group into Southeast Asian riding-hailing company Grab marks a new record for venture fundraising in the region. But it may be surpassed sometime soon as Chinese tec

    July 25, 2017 11:06 am JST
  • Exclusive

    JAL teaming with local low-cost leader to take on Vietnam

    HANOI -- Japan Airlines will partner with Vietjet Aviation to rebuild its presence in Vietnam, joining a trend of Southeast Asian collaborations between conventional and low-cost carriers.The arrangement includes code-sharing and the ability to tran

    July 25, 2017 04:41 am JST
  • Hashtag Travelers

    Three Asian destinations where adventure is on the agenda

    Today's Asian traveler is increasingly venturing off the beaten path and seeking out more immersive and adventure-packed experiences. Here are three destinations that will take you out of the tour bus and into a world of exploration.Underground allu

    July 24, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • EU boost not enough to revive Sri Lanka garment industry

    COLOMBO -- Despite a recent move by the European Union to restore Sri Lanka to its highly favorable Generalized System of Preferences Plus program, the country will find it hard to catch up with Bangladesh, which has powered ahead in textile and app

    July 24, 2017 08:00 am JST