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  • Japanese inn manageresses and their 'omotenashi' spirit

    The word omotenashi, or hospitality, was used to express one of the great characteristics of Japan and its people in the country's bid to host the 2020 Olympics. The best place to experience omotenashi is at a traditional inn. Born and raised in Sou

    December 5, 2013 07:00 pm JST
  • Japanese inn manageresses and their 'omotenashi' spirit

    The word omotenashi, or hospitality, was used to express one of the great characteristics of Japan and its people in the country's bid to host the 2020 Olympics. The best place to experience omotenashi is at a traditional inn. Born and raised in Sou

    December 5, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Differences between Asean states could help bring them together

    As Southeast Asia moves toward economic integration, the region's diversity is generally considered an obstacle. There is another way to look at it: The varying levels of affluence, economic maturity and manpower competitiveness within the Associati

    December 2, 2013 07:00 pm JST
  • Vietnam plans trade pact with Eurasia bloc

    MOSCOW -- Vietnam is likely to become the first Southeast Asian nation to form a trade pact with a customs union that includes Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, known as the Eurasia free trade bloc. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Nov. 12 held

    November 30, 2013 07:00 pm JST
  • Asia can withstand an early Fed taper

    The U.S. economy is holding up better than expected. Job growth has accelerated in recent months, and GDP expanded impressively in the third quarter. The Fed may thus decide to ease up on quantitative easing in the coming months. True, inflation is

    November 28, 2013 01:00 pm JST
  • Resource crisis threatens Asia's rise

    Asian economies facing a domestic resource crunch are being forced increasingly to rely on imported mineral ores, timber and fossil fuels, bringing international supplies under pressure and triggering price volatility. Yet Asia, paradoxically, is th

    November 28, 2013 01:00 pm JST
  • Korean cosmetics companies give Asia a makeover

    HANOI -- Cosmetics makers from South Korea are expanding their reach to the rest of Asia, heating up competition in a market projected to grow past 10 trillion yen ($98.7 billion) by 2017."Look at how your skin is dry," said a cosmetics clerk at a s

    November 28, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Southeast Asian state-run enterprises: pillars of growth or bridges to nowhere?

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (Nikkei) -- About 30km south of Kuala Lumpur lies a ghost town. Or at least that is how Malaysia's online community refers to the city of Putrajaya, which is Exhibit A for Southeast Asia's problems with state-run businesses.Wh

    November 28, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Asia can withstand an early Fed taper

    The U.S. economy is holding up better than expected. Job growth has accelerated in recent months, and GDP expanded impressively in the third quarter. The Fed may thus decide to ease up on quantitative easing in the coming months. True, inflation is

    November 28, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Resource crisis threatens Asia's rise

    Asian economies facing a domestic resource crunch are being forced increasingly to rely on imported mineral ores, timber and fossil fuels, bringing international supplies under pressure and triggering price volatility. Yet Asia, paradoxically, is th

    November 28, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Southeast Asian consumers prioritize quality over price

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- Consumers in emerging Southeast Asian economies look for quality over low prices when it comes to goods and services, a survey on consumer brand loyalty has found. In an extensive online survey, market research firm Nielsen que

    November 27, 2013 01:00 pm JST
  • Japanese firms see room for broader carbon credit sharing

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- Hitachi Zosen and other major Japanese companies plan to accelerate projects that tap a bilateral credit-sharing mechanism for greenhouse gas emissions. At the 19th United Nations Climate Change Conference, or COP19, that concl

    November 25, 2013 12:15 am JST
  • Asean investment a priority for Daiwa House

    OSAKA (Nikkei) -- Daiwa House Industry will invest heavily in emerging markets of Asia as part of a broader push to boost overseas sales 40% by fiscal 2015. In Japan, the housing market has benefited from a rush of purchases ahead of next April'

    November 21, 2013 10:23 pm JST
  • Japanese trading houses adding factory rentals in SE Asia

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- Japanese trading companies are expanding the amount of factory space available for rent in Southeast Asia, anticipating demand from small and midsize businesses eager to set up shop there. Major automakers such as Suzuki Motor

    November 21, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • Manufacturing takes root in Cambodia

    HANOI -- Long passed over as a backwater ill-suited for industry, Cambodia is seeing an influx of Japanese investment drawn by its low labor costs and proximity to better-developed Southeast Asian economies.Minebea can take some credit for leading t

    November 21, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Asean's profit-growth kings: Resource boom trickles down to retail

    TOKYO -- For companies operating in Southeast Asia, now is an excellent time to be involved in infrastructure and natural resources. Being a retailer does not hurt, either, thanks to surging domestic demand across the region.These sectors dominated

    November 21, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Ranking Asean's fastest growing companies: Resource boom trickles down to retail

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- For companies operating in Southeast Asia, now is an excellent time to be involved in infrastructure and natural resources. Being a retailer does not hurt, either, thanks to surging domestic demand across the region.These sectors

    November 21, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Canon Vietnam helps itself by keeping female workers healthy and happy

    HANOI -- Rising wages for factory workers in China have spurred global manufacturers to shift some production to Southeast Asia, where labor is cheaper. But companies can only stay ahead of wage trends for so long. Then it becomes a matter of giving

    November 19, 2013 07:00 pm JST
  • Top Japanese firms stepping up hiring of foreigners

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- Major companies are recruiting more college-educated foreigners as they strive to secure skilled engineers and look to expand market share in emerging economies. NEC will take on 43% more foreigners from this autumn through nex

    November 17, 2013 10:53 pm JST
  • Japan to share infectious-disease info with Asian labs

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- The government will work with overseas research institutes to set up databases on malaria and other infectious diseases as part of a broader collaboration in treating patients and preventing outbreaks. A research network center

    November 17, 2013 09:54 pm JST