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  • 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
  • Tim Johnston: East Asia growth fetish won't hold the region together

    Developing East Asia has enjoyed more than 40 years of growth, except for a brief crisis at the end of the last century. But the single-minded pursuit of economic growth at all costs has created a dangerously unstable monoculture.East Asians have se

    September 7, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Rise in diabetes in Asia fuels demand for tests

    TOKYO -- Japanese manufacturers of diagnostic tests for diabetes and other illnesses are ramping up operations in the rest of Asia, as they hope to catch up with global players by tapping into emerging markets.In Southeast Asia, CMIC Holdings is lau

    September 7, 2017 08:00 am JST
  • Japan looks to spread its customs system in Southeast Asia

    TOKYO -- Japan aims to broaden exports of its customs management system to Cambodia, Laos and the Philippines, helping Southeast Asia build a regional customs network while easing Japanese businesses' expansion into the region. The Nippon Automated

    September 7, 2017 01:16 am JST
  • ASEAN economic ministers move to accelerate trade talks

    MANILA -- Southeast Asian economic ministers on Thursday will kick off a series of dialogues here in the Philippine capital. A big focus is expected to be the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership deal, now unlikely to be concluded this year a

    September 6, 2017 04:58 pm JST
  • North Korea sanctions let $270m slip through cracks

    NEW YORK -- North Korea took in at least $270 million from resource exports between February and August despite stiff international sanctions, suggesting lax enforcement is undermining efforts to block funding for Pyongyang's nuclear and missile dev

    September 6, 2017 03:17 am JST
  • RCEP hits snags on continued discord over tariffs

    KUALA LUMPUR -- The 16 countries negotiating the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership have given up on finalizing the trade deal in 2017 as planned amid persistent differences over tariffs and other conditions, dealing yet another setback to

    September 6, 2017 02:21 am JST
  • FT Confidential Research

    Informal jobs sector both a blessing and curse in Southeast Asia

    The informal jobs sector has cushioned the impact of an economic slowdown in Southeast Asia over the past five years.Malaysians are most concerned about their jobs and salary prospects as unemployment rises, particularly among the young.Positive exp

    September 5, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • ASEAN's manufacturing PMI bounces to growth in August

    TOKYO -- The Nikkei ASEAN Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, rebounded to growth in August, signalling an improvement in operating conditions across the region.The composite indicator of manufacturing performance stood at 50.4 in Augu

    September 4, 2017 09:30 am JST
  • South Korea cinema operator to invest $200m in Vietnam by 2020

    HO CHI MINH CITY -- CJ CGV Vietnam, a subsidiary of South Korea's CJ Group, opened its 50th cinema in Vietnam on Thursday in Ho Chi Minh City, expanding its screening facilities in the country to 313 studios and 42,800 seats.The South Korean investo

    September 1, 2017 11:28 pm JST
  • Asia's main archipelagos eye bigger share of maritime 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.Sitting between the Indian and Pacif

    September 1, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • Vietnam's manufacturing PMI ticks up to 51.8 in August

    TOKYO -- The Nikkei Vietnam Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, ticked up in August, with slightly faster increases in output and new orders, though employment growth eased.The composite indicator of manufacturing performance rose marg

    September 1, 2017 09:30 am JST
  • Southeast Asian new-car sales jumped 15% in July

    BANGKOK -- New-car sales in Southeast Asia's six major markets climbed 15% on the year to 268,428 in July, rebounding from a slump in June caused by the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.The region's sales grew by double digits for the first time in fou

    September 1, 2017 05:57 am JST
  • 'TPP 11' to freeze drug data protection demanded by US

    SYDNEY -- With the U.S. now out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the remaining 11 members have effectively agreed to suspend rules involving pharmaceutical date protection sought by Washington as they try to revive the regional trade pact.During a

    August 31, 2017 03:58 am JST
  • Sompo readies Thailand cross-border accident insurance

    BANGKOK -- Sompo Holdings debuts insurance products in September targeting Japanese logistics companies in Thailand, covering accidents in four neighboring countries as more goods flow across the region.Thailand, a manufacturing hub, anchors Southea

    August 30, 2017 06:08 am JST
  • FT Confidential Research

    Banking in Cambodia: the money keeps flowing

    Banking remains one of Cambodia's most dynamic sectors. There is robust growth in deposits and loans, and financial institutions are making healthy profits.Non-performing loans are rising but do not pose a significant risk - the global commodities g

    August 29, 2017 11:00 am JST