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  • Vietnam to lift airport charges in October

    HO CHI MINH CITY -- Vietnam will raise airport charges across the board in October to cover maintenance expenses, improve service quality, and pay back some of the state investments in aviation infrastructure, the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam

    August 28, 2017 11:57 pm JST
  • Vietnamese President Quang reappears after 1-month absence

    HANOI -- Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang met Herminio Lopez Diaz, the departing Cuban ambassador, in Hanoi on Monday, making his first public appearance in about a month.Quang had not been seen in public since July 25, arousing speculation about

    August 28, 2017 09:44 pm JST
  • Labor-short Japanese pubs turn to Vietnamese for help

    OSAKA/TOKYO -- A growing number of Japan's izakaya pub chains, troubled by a shortage of workers, are increasingly hiring Vietnamese part-time workers to fill positions.Torikizoku, an Osaka-based purveyor of grilled chicken, or yakitori, is one such

    August 28, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • Vietnam president's mysterious absence raising eyebrows

    HANOI -- Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang has not been seen in public for nearly a month with no explanation from the government, fueling speculation about a power struggle and talk that the nation's top leader -- the head of the Communist Party

    August 25, 2017 11:31 am JST
  • Mastering Business in Asia

    Asia schools itself in the art of business

    SINGAPORE/HONG KONG -- There are plenty of metrics to chart Asia's economic rise over the last two decades, ranging from economic growth rates and industrial output to tourist numbers and car sales. Less noticed, but just as striking, is the emergen

    August 24, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Asia schools itself in the art of business

    SINGAPORE/HONG KONG There are plenty of metrics to chart Asia's economic rise over the last two decades, ranging from economic growth rates and industrial output to tourist numbers and car sales. Less noticed, but just as striking, is the emergence

    August 24, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Bandid Nijathaworn: Business education lays the foundation for Asia's future

    Asia has been the world's fastest-growing region for the past two decades, and this trend looks set to continue, albeit at a slower pace. As a result, Asian economies and companies have been transformed. In 2015-2016, four Asian economies ranked in

    August 24, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Editorial: ASEAN's biggest challenge is confronting China

    The Association of Southeast Asian Nations has made great strides in its 50-year history. From its start as a grouping of anti-Communist states formed against the backdrop of the Cold War, the bloc has evolved into a framework for regional cooperati

    August 24, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Yamato bringing chilled delivery to Vietnam's sizzling market

    HO CHI MINH CITY -- Delivery company Yamato Holdings will launch its flagship temperature-controlled service in Vietnam, where competition is heating up amid a new generation of players.Tokyo-based Yamato said Tuesday it will start offering its refr

    August 23, 2017 06:21 am JST
  • DHL plans Southeast Asian hiring blitz

    BANGKOK -- DHL will increase its staff in four countries in Southeast Asia's fast-growing Mekong region by about 40% to roughly 17,000 by 2020, part of an expansion that includes a full-fledged entry into Myanmar this year.A total of around 5,000 pe

    August 23, 2017 01:29 am JST
  • Household spending on children in Vietnam surges

    HANOI -- Rising incomes in Vietnam are encouraging parents and grandparents to spend more for their children, fueling the expansion of baby store chains as well as expensive educational services such as in-home tutoring programs and swimming lessons

    August 22, 2017 03:29 pm JST
  • Tim Johnston

    Institutional weaknesses risk instability in East Asia

    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

    August 22, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Exports power Southeast Asia's economic growth

    SINGAPORE -- Brisk exports continue underpinning Southeast Asia's economic growth.Thailand grew at the fastest clip in roughly four years, with gross domestic product in the April-June quarter rising 3.7% on the year. Exports of goods and services r

    August 22, 2017 06:00 am JST
  • SE Asian convenience stores see big prospects in tiny spaces

    HANOI/YANGON/JAKARTA -- Southeast Asian convenience-store chains are finding success with unorthodox strategies such as minimarts tailored for crowded cities or remote areas, giving them a flexibility that bigger foreign rivals have failed to match.

    August 20, 2017 01:30 pm JST
  • Kyoei Steel revives Vietnam investment plans

    OSAKA -- Japanese steelmaker Kyoei Steel announced Friday that it will build a plant for reinforcing bars in northern Vietnam for about 21.8 billion yen ($200 million), revisiting stalled plans in order to both boost output capacity and cut down on

    August 19, 2017 03:27 am JST
  • Southeast Asian workers press for big minimum wage hikes

    HANOI -- Calls for major increases in minimum pay are spreading through Southeast Asia as workers grow more conscious of their rights amid economic expansion and turn up the pressure on their governments.Malaysia and Myanmar are among the countries

    August 18, 2017 10:30 am JST
  • Vietnam's VPBank lists on Ho Chi Minh City stock exchange

    HO CHI MINH CITY -- The Vietnam Prosperity Joint Stock Commercial Bank, better known as VPBank, floated more than 1.3 billion shares on the Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange (HOSE) on Thursday, after three years without any banking stocks listed on th

    August 17, 2017 10:03 pm JST
  • Hanoi makes sharp U-turn on Japan-built bridge

    HANOI -- A dramatic about-face by the Vietnamese government on its assessment of a Japanese-built bridge in northern Vietnam, which went from "major" flaws to no issues at all in a couple of days -- suggests to some involved in the project that the

    August 17, 2017 11:31 am JST
  • Amid renewed N.Korea tensions, China appoints new special envoy

    BEIJING (Reuters) -- China has appointed a new special envoy for the North Korean standoff, the foreign ministry said on Monday, a relatively low-profile diplomat now in charge of Asian affairs, amid renewed international concern over China's nuclea

    August 14, 2017 09:44 pm JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index recovers from weekly loss as US inflation damps Fed rate hike bets

    HONG KONG (Nikkei Markets) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan rebounded from a weekly loss, tracking gains on Wall Street after slower-than-expected U.S. inflation data eased expectations of another rate increase this year.The Nikkei Asia300 Index add

    August 14, 2017 09:24 pm JST