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  • Code-sharing between JAL, Vietjet could lift off this fiscal year

    TOKYO -- Japan Airlines will begin code-sharing with Vietnamese budget carrier Vietjet Air as early as the current fiscal year ending in March, the head of the Japanese carrier told The Nikkei on Wednesday.JAL operates three routes from Tokyo to Vie

    September 14, 2017 01:32 am JST
  • Capital shortage slows Vietnam infrastructure projects

    HO CHI MINH CITY -- Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City announced on Wednesday a further delay to the start of Metro Line 2 until 2020, taking it seven years behind schedule, because more time is needed to formulate and process the project.Ho Chi Minh c

    September 14, 2017 12:09 am JST
  • ASEAN manufacturing improves on rising global trade

    HONG KONG -- Buoyed by a continuing recovery in global trade, Asian manufacturing improved in August, with eight of the 12 economies surveyed by the Nikkei showing a pickup and just four in contractionary territory. Economists, however, generally be

    September 13, 2017 08:35 pm JST
  • Vietnam's FPT sells stake in trading arm, continues IT push

    HO CHI MINH CITY -- Information technology group FPT agreed Tuesday to sell a 47% stake in its trading arm to Synnex Technology International, the latest move by the Vietnamese conglomerate to scale back trading activities in order to focus on high-

    September 12, 2017 11:56 pm JST
  • Southeast Asian airlines open new regional routes to Japan

    TOKYO/JAKARTA -- More airlines in Southeast Asia are flying to Japan's regional cities amid a growing number of travelers arriving in the country. Japanese central and local governments are seeking to help the trend by promoting the country's region

    September 12, 2017 01:20 pm JST
  • Countries grapple with perplexing RCEP puzzle

    SINGAPORE -- Although the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership has been hailed as the new flag-bearer for free trade in light of the U.S. withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, its 16 negotiating members are struggling to meet their o

    September 12, 2017 02:24 am JST
  • With RCEP deal unlikely this year, ministers settle for 'realistic' goals

    MANILA -- Countries negotiating the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership trade agreement are poised to miss a 2017 deadline to reach a deal, forcing them to settle for "realistic ambitions." Ministers from the 16 RCEP countries ended an all-d

    September 11, 2017 07:36 pm JST
  • FPT global expansion plows on with fifth US office

    HO CHI MINH -- Vietnam's leading information technology group FPT opened its fifth representative office in the U.S. in Denver, Colorado this month as it presses ahead with overseas expansion plans.The new office aims to enhance cooperation and supp

    September 11, 2017 01:30 pm JST
  • Southeast Asian art scene inspires Japan's creators

    TOKYO -- The kaleidoscope of cultures and traditions that comprise Southeast Asia appear to be inspiring a number of Japanese artists and curators, who are helping to exhibit the region's contemporary art in cross-border collaborations.The "Sindikat

    September 10, 2017 04:00 pm JST
  • After years of sewing casual fashion, Vietnam tries it on

    HANOI -- International casualwear brands are rushing to set up shop in Vietnam, as the longtime production hub for the apparel industry blossoms into a big fashion market amid economic growth that lifts incomes.Fast fashion on the riseSweden's H&M H

    September 9, 2017 04:13 am JST
  • ASEAN to cut non-tariff measures 10% by 2020

    MANILA -- Trade ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have agreed to reduce non-tariff measures by a tenth by 2020, aiming to bolster regional trade and address long-standing concerns from investors.The ministers, who kicked off

    September 8, 2017 06:51 pm JST
  • PetroVietnam to cut its stake in PV Gas to 65% from 95%

    HO CHI MINH CITY -- The Vietnamese government expects to reduce its ownership in PetroVietnam Gas, or PV Gas, to 65% from more than 95% between 2018 and 2019, following the announcement of a massive restructuring at PetroVietnam, the parent company

    September 8, 2017 06:20 pm JST
  • Rising labor costs, manpower shortages drive Nidec to AI

    Turning to automation to offset manpower shortages and rising labor costs is nothing new. But precision electric motor maker Nidec is going at it full speed.The Japanese company is increasingly relying on smart manufacturing -- processes that utiliz

    September 8, 2017 03:00 pm JST
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    Seoul looks to ASEAN amid nuclear crisis

    The Association of Southeast Asian Nations could play an effective role in easing the tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile program because of its ties to both Koreas and Seoul's hope to engage Pyongyang.North Korea appears well on its way

    September 8, 2017 02:37 pm JST
  • Pharmaceuticals & biotechnology sector grows fastest in August's Asia PMI

    TOKYO -- The Nikkei Asia Sector Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, for August showed output growth in 14 of the 19 sectors monitored.Pharmaceuticals & biotechnology (55.7) marked the sharpest growth, followed by commercial & professional services (

    September 8, 2017 09:30 am JST
  • Seven-Eleven Japan to school Vietnamese interns in the way of the 'conbini'

    TOKYO -- Seven-Eleven Japan will employ Vietnamese university students as interns at convenience stores in Japan starting in mid-2018, the Seven & i Holdings unit announced Thursday.The convenience store operator has partnered with six universities

    September 8, 2017 07:15 am JST
  • Vietnam slow to sell off state-owned companies

    HANOI -- The Vietnamese government's plans to fully divest itself of 12 state-owned enterprises have progressed at a snail's pace since being announced last September, raising speculation that in reality Hanoi wants to keep its ownership level high

    September 8, 2017 06:22 am JST
  • Japan's Lion leaps into Vietnam's fast-growing eye drop market

    TOKYO -- Japanese consumer goods group Lion makes its first foray into Southeast Asia's eye care market this month in Vietnam and sees room for expansion into Cambodia and other countries as well.Its upcoming Vietnamese lineup includes the Eyemiru b

    September 8, 2017 03:43 am JST
  • Mekong region racing to bolster cross-border logistics

    BANGKOK -- Southeast Asian countries around the Mekong River are accelerating the improvement of transnational distribution networks, via such hard infrastructure as bridges and roads as well as "soft" measures that include abolishing intraregional

    September 7, 2017 01:30 pm JST
  • Southeast Asian ports thirst for more seaborne trade

    JAKARTA The world's seaborne trade exceeded 10 billion tons in a single year for the first time in 2015, according to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, with about 60% passing through Asia.Situated between the Indian and Pacific

    September 7, 2017 10:00 am JST