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  • Business booms for electronics stores in Southeast Asia

    BANGKOK -- Consumer electronics chains are growing rapidly in Southeast Asia, riding a wave of demand for household appliances in the region. Stores like Electronic City Indonesia and Thailand's Central Group, the region's biggest retailer, are

    September 26, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Japan Post to offer new option for sending parcels to Asia

    TOKYO -- Japan Post will launch this fall an international parcel delivery service covering China, India and Southeast Asia, using the logistics network of French partner Geopost. Japan Post's international mail service already handles packages.

    September 26, 2014 05:05 am JST
  • As Asia gets its wheels on, better public transit would be a boon

    TOKYO -- Japanese and other companies stand to benefit from the new opportunities that could open up in Asia for improving public transportation, catalyzed by a recent study showing how much major cities would benefit economically from easing traffi

    September 26, 2014 03:52 am JST
  • Cool Japan Fund to pump 60 billion yen into four projects

    TOKYO -- Public-private Cool Japan Fund, aimed at promoting Japanese goods and culture overseas, has chosen four destinations for its first round of investment of roughly 60 billion yen ($547 million), jointly with private sectors. Plans are slated

    September 25, 2014 02:00 pm JST
  • With growth flagging, Vietnam kicks up privatization

    HANOI -- The Vietnamese government plans to sell off shares in more than 300 state-owned enterprises by the end of 2015 in a new round of partial privatizations meant to rouse a sluggish economy. But investors are skeptical about the prospect of

    September 23, 2014 02:35 am JST
  • Territorial rows gumming up China-Asean trade

    GUANGZHOU, China -- China's trade with Southeast Asia is losing steam, and territorial disputes with its southern neighbors are not helping matters. For more than a decade until 2013, the value of trade between China and members of the Associati

    September 22, 2014 03:36 am JST
  • Head of zipper maker YKK sees the end of production shift in Asia

    TOKYO -- Manufacturers are moving production bases from country to country in search of lower labor costs, and the garment industry, which faces some of the world's stiffest price competition, is no exception. But while a growing number of cloth

    September 20, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • IT giants sending disaster prediction systems to Southeast Asia

    TOKYO -- Fujitsu, IBM and other major information technology companies are deploying disaster mitigation systems to Southeast Asia, a region prone to flooding and earthquakes. Screens covering walls at a disaster prevention center in Jakarta sho

    September 20, 2014 05:28 am JST
  • Japan restaurant chains foster skills of foreign workers

    TOKYO -- Faced with growing shortages of labor, some Japanese restaurant operators are turning to foreign part-time workers, hoping some of them can one day help with the companies' overseas expansion. Eat & Co., which operates Chinese eatery ch

    September 20, 2014 05:13 am JST
  • Toyota official raises specter of ending Vietnamese output

    HANOI -- As the looming end of import tariffs stokes fears of cheap cars from abroad, Toyota Motor is urging the government to provide tax incentives for keeping production in Vietnam, with an executive warning that the automaker might otherwise lea

    September 20, 2014 03:42 am JST
  • India, Asean enhance free trade agreement

    NEW DELHI -- Four years after a free trade agreement relating to goods came into effect between India and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the trade partners have gone a step further with a supplementary trade in services and investment a

    September 19, 2014 12:34 pm JST
  • Malaysian media group to sell TV shows abroad: CEO

    TOKYO -- Astro Malaysia Holdings will sell television programs that it produces to such overseas markets as Singapore, Indonesia and Vietnam by tapping Malaysia's multilingual culture, the head of the country's largest satellite TV service provider

    September 19, 2014 04:34 am JST
  • World leaders must take climate action now

    East Asia is on the front lines of climate change. Hundreds of millions of people in the region live in and outside cities in low-lying areas, facing increasing risks from rising seas, heat waves, droughts, salinity intrusion and water scarcity. We

    September 17, 2014 03:00 pm JST
  • Vietnam's Vinaphone deepens partnership with Vodaphone

    HANOI -- Vinaphone, Vietnam's third-largest mobile network operator, has formed a strategic partnership with the U.K.'s Vodaphone Group. The two already cooperate within the context of the Conexus Mobile Alliance, but now they will strengthen th

    September 17, 2014 04:16 am JST
  • Understanding depression in Asia

    As humans, we tend to chase after the global notion of "success" while neglecting its true value, which isn't fame, fortune or power but "emotional well-being." According to the World Health Organization's first report on suicide prevention, rel

    September 16, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • VietJet Air gearing up for cheap direct flights to Japan

    HANOI -- VietJet Air will begin direct flights to Japan at the end of this year, offering the growing legions of Vietnamese tourists seats for 30% less than the direct flights now run by All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines and Vietnam Airlines. T

    September 13, 2014 02:41 am JST
  • CyberAgent opening Internet ad support outpost in Vietnam

    TOKYO -- CyberAgent will open an office in Vietnam later this month for its growing Internet advertising business. By March, the office will employ 100 people handling data entry and summarization tasks. Internet ads are bought and sold auto

    September 12, 2014 04:08 am JST
  • New businesses key to Shin-Etsu Chemical's upward revision

    TOKYO -- Investors are apparently more interested in Shin-Etsu Chemical's relatively new businesses than in the Japanese company's mainstay silicon wafer operations. On Tuesday the company's share price hit its year-to-date high. Shin-Etsu -- wh

    September 11, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Lazada seeks e-commerce dominance in Southeast Asia

    TOKYO/FRANKFURT -- Lazada is quickly becoming an e-commerce behemoth in Southeast Asia, branching out into six countries in a mere two years, as global giants and local players vie for a bigger slice of this burgeoning market. Lazada, founded in

    September 11, 2014 03:58 am JST
  • Changes afoot in Vietnam's mobile phone market

    HANOI -- The spinoff of a cellphone business from Vietnam's state-owned telecom giant promises to shake up the country's wireless market by stoking competition and opening the door for foreign companies. Ownership of MobiFone was transferred fro

    September 11, 2014 12:00 am JST