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  • Regional differences

    With booming personal incomes and a young population, Southeast Asia's already-flourishing consumer market is ripe with further potential. A turning point for the region came in the first decade of the 2000s, when countries such as Indonesia and

    April 10, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Thailand's Betagro hatches Japanese egg-and-rice plan

    BANGKOK -- Thai agriculture business conglomerate Betagro is bringing Japanese omu-raisu -- eggs stuffed with fried rice -- to the Southeast Asian nation. It will work with the Japanese restaurant chain operator Pomme Food on the launch of a new omu

    April 9, 2014 04:31 pm JST
  • Tayca to build shampoo ingredient plant in Vietnam

    OSAKA -- Japanese chemical maker Tayca will produce surfactants in Vietnam for use in shampoos and liquid detergents. The Osaka-based company will construct a plant in the southern province of Dong Nai in April 2015. The facility will be able to

    April 8, 2014 02:32 am JST
  • Japanese travel agency H.I.S. plans major expansion in Indonesia

    TOKYO -- H.I.S. plans to boost its presence in Indonesia to 200 locations, up from just six at present, as the leading Japanese travel company aims to garner 20-30% of the local market for overseas travel. The travel agency will team with Telkom

    April 8, 2014 01:10 am JST
  • Apparel maker Teijin Frontier to lift Southeast Asian output

    TOKYO -- Clothing and textile company Teijin Frontier will step up apparel production in Southeast Asia, with plans to open a new facility in Myanmar by March 2015. Amid rising production costs in China, the company is shifting focus to Southeas

    April 8, 2014 12:17 am JST
  • Nippon Sheet Glass to produce smartphone screens in Vietnam

    TOKYO -- Nippon Sheet Glass will build a Vietnamese plant to turn out thin glass used for smartphone panels. The Japanese manufacturer is pouring 13 billion yen ($123 million) into the facility, aiming to begin output in June and achieve mass pr

    April 7, 2014 02:00 am JST
  • Emerging Asia's money: a treasure trove untouched

    SINGAPORE -- After buying the Cardiff City Football Club in 2010, Malaysian tycoon Vincent Tan decided to rebrand the U.K. soccer team with a bit of inspiration drawn from his Chinese roots. Jerseys were changed from the time-honored blue to red and

    April 5, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • Japanese processor sees gold in Asian garbage

    TOKYO -- Japanese waste processing company Tsuneishi Kamtecs is expanding its presence in Asia outside Japan, homing in on such markets as Bangladesh, Vietnam and Thailand. By gaining a head start on waste processing demand, which has burgeoned

    April 4, 2014 04:55 am JST
  • Japan, US to help Southeast Asia with maritime security

    TOKYO -- Japan and the U.S. will likely agree to enhance cooperation in supporting Southeast Asian nations in sea surveillance and other areas when their leaders meet later this month. U.S. President Barack Obama is slated to visit Japan from Ap

    April 3, 2014 05:23 am JST
  • FamilyMart to recruit Southeast Asians in push abroad

    TOKYO -- FamilyMart will begin actively offering jobs to students in Southeast Asia to secure personnel that could help the Japanese company flesh out its convenience store presence overseas. Plans call for foreigners, including those from South

    April 3, 2014 12:06 am JST
  • Asian countries hoist the 'Students Wanted' sign

    TOKYO -- Enthusiasm for higher education in Asian countries is growing as more citizens find themselves being able to afford quality schooling for their children. Governments and institutions have noticed, and are competing to attract talented youth

    April 3, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Asia's growth model needs a makeover

    The year is still young but the downside risks to economic growth in Asia are building, as evident in slowing growth in China, continued political unrest in Thailand and concerns about upcoming national elections in India. These phenomena, however,

    April 3, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Japanese insurers finding their way in the rest of Asia

    HANOI/JAKARTA -- Japan's big insurers expect demand to increase in India, Indonesia and other emerging Asian economies as populations grow more wealthy. They also hope to capture bigger slices of these markets, either by relying on their Japan-t

    April 3, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Would you like 'pho' with that? Vietnamese fast food tackles foreign chains

    HANOI -- Vietnam's local fast-food chains are increasingly taking the fight to foreign rivals such as McDonald's and KFC of the U.S. They are trying to capitalize on their momentum by making their own leaps overseas. The Vietnamese capital has t

    April 3, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014: Tencent's Ma looks for online domination

    GUANGZHOU, China -- Ma Huateng has the fear for all the right reasons. The CEO of Tencent Holdings said last November, "Our stock price is so high that it frightens me." Tencent's stock price in October temporarily reached a level 80% higher th

    April 3, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014: Gou goes away from China to spur growth

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan's Terry Gou, chairman of Hon Hai Precision Industry, the world's largest electronic manufacturing service provider, has expressed his support for U.S. President Barack Obama's advanced-manufacturing initiative. He announced plans la

    April 3, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • With China looming, Japan lifts weapons exports ban

    TOKYO -- The Japanese government relaxed rules on weapons exports Tuesday, ending a decades-old blanket ban at a time when it seeks to deepen security partnerships with the U.S. as well as Asian nations contending with China's maritime advances.

    April 2, 2014 05:06 am JST
  • Mitsubishi Motors' Philippine plant buy highlights Asia push

    TOKYO -- Mitsubishi Motors is working to strengthen its market position in Southeast Asia by increasing production in Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines. The Japanese automaker is getting back on its feet after a difficult few years. Having

    April 1, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Southeast Asia's 2-speed auto industry leaves some behind

    In central Vietnam, the steel skeleton of what was supposed to have been the country's first engine factory stands forlorn on an empty lot in the Chu Lai economic zone. Hyundai Motor of South Korea told local partner Truong Hai Auto in January t

    April 1, 2014 04:20 am JST
  • Japanese insurers advance into Asia

    HANOI/JAKARTA -- Major Japanese insurance companies are heading into other Asian countries. They are marketing their life insurance products to try to exploit potential demand. The life and nonlife insurance companies expect demand to grow in In

    March 30, 2014 01:00 pm JST