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  • Tough road ahead for 'TPP 11' even with New Zealand on board

    TOKYO -- Though a Trans-Pacific Partnership without the U.S. appears more likely now that New Zealand's new leader has softened her stance, the chances of reaching a broad agreement in November rest on negotiators resolving which of dozens of parts

    October 31, 2017 04:34 am JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index edges higher after Wall Street rally

    NEW DELHI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan edged higher after a technology-stock-led rally on Wall Street Friday, and as energy producers climbed amid advances in crude oil prices.The Nikkei Asia300 Index rose 0.1% to 1,361.27 Monday. Tec

    October 30, 2017 08:54 pm JST
  • Nikkei will launch new index to aid Asian-focused investors

    TOKYO -- Nikkei Inc. said Monday it will launch in December a new stock index for financial instruments covering the "Asia300" group of must-watch companies.The new Nikkei Asia300 Investable Index is designed to enable market players worldwide to in

    October 30, 2017 04:00 pm JST
  • How the Super Cub shaped Honda's identity

    TOKYO -- Honda Motor recently churned out the 100 millionth Super Cub, a versatile motorbike whose underlying qualities over its six decades have put a stamp on the company.Fit for a noodle shop's delivery boy"The Cub embodies the feelings of the or

    October 29, 2017 07:22 pm JST
  • 'TPP 11' faces new challenges as clock ticks down

    TOKYO -- Recent political developments have clouded negotiations on reconstituting the Trans-Pacific Partnership without the U.S. just two weeks before Japan and 10 other nations hope to reach a broad agreement on the trade pact, threatening to scut

    October 29, 2017 08:00 am JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index rises as Chinese financial firms, airlines gain

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan rose Friday, led by a rally in Chinese financial companies and airlines after upbeat earnings.The Nikkei Asia300 Index advanced 0.7% to 1,359.98. H-shares of China Construction Bank advanced 3.2% af

    October 27, 2017 08:54 pm JST
  • RCEP deal unlikely this year: South Korean official

    INCHEON, South Korea -- An agreement to create a free trade zone among 16 countries in the Asia-Pacific region, including China, Japan, India and South Korea, is not expected before the end of the year, said a South Korean representative in charge o

    October 27, 2017 08:48 pm JST
  • Travel spending by Muslim millennials to top $100bn by 2025

    SINGAPORE - Young Muslims are traveling more than ever and their spending is set to reach $100 billion by 2025, according to a report by Mastercard and HalalTrip, a travel website and app, in a report released Thursday. The report, that included Mur

    October 26, 2017 07:36 pm JST
  • Bilahari Kausikan: ASEAN must work harder to stay 'central'

    Within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, "centrality" is a defining concept, an implied vision of regional order in which the collective interest of member states comes first -- or at least is not disregarded."ASEAN centrality" is not a ma

    October 26, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Scandals at Petrovietnam highlight Vietnam's reform headaches

    HANOI Vietnam currently has the highest level of economic growth in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, but efforts to reform state-owned enterprises -- a key to further expansion -- seem to be going nowhere.Moreover, scandals that have bese

    October 26, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • ANA, Vietnam Airlines to expand code-share program

    TOKYO -- All Nippon Airways and Vietnam Airlines will offer code-share flights between the Southeast Asian country and neighboring Cambodia in an effort to capture more tourism demand.The new cooperation, which begins Sunday, will cover flights from

    October 26, 2017 02:00 am JST
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    Experts call for ASEAN unity on South China Sea

    SINGAPORE -- Experts who gathered at a forum to discuss issues surrounding the South China Sea on Oct. 25 expressed concerns about increasing pressure from China. While they agreed on the importance of U.S. influence in the region, some called for u

    October 25, 2017 11:30 pm JST
  • Cover story

    Can Asia fall in love with tea again?

    JAKARTA Businessmen clad in batik shirts tap on laptops and smartphones, while women in designer Muslim garb chat over pots of hot chai and browse menus listing hundreds of teas, from the exotic (Yellow Gold Tea Buds from China) to the commonplace (

    October 25, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • 30 billion bottles and counting: Japan's green tea titan

    Founded in 1966, Japanese tea company Ito En developed the world's first ready-to-drink bottled green tea in 1984. This was followed by the introduction of the Oi Ocha tea line in 1989, which is now the company's flagship brand. Ito En commands near

    October 25, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • Healthy versus hip: A Sri Lankan tea boss takes on coffee

    JAKARTA The tea industry has watched in envy as coffee's cachet has skyrocketed across Asia, and now it wants a piece of the action. But it faces a difficult challenge: How to convince people that something they've been quaffing like water all their

    October 25, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • Southeast Asian convenience chains leading a retail revolution

    HANOI/YANGON -- A kind of retail revolution is taking place in Southeast Asia's convenience-store sector, as stores find a competitive edge by adjusting product offerings based on time of day, and offer a level of service on par with stores in Japan

    October 25, 2017 11:30 am JST
  • Inaugural ASEAN-China naval drill underway

    CLARK FREEPORT, Philippines -- China has won the endorsement of Singapore, the chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in 2018, for a joint maritime exercise with the regional bloc next year. Chinese Minister of Defense Chang Wanquan pro

    October 24, 2017 10:22 pm JST
  • Trump, Abe to focus on alliance, North Korea, Indo-Pacific: US

    WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- U.S. President Donald Trump will affirm a robust alliance with Japan, vow to apply "maximum pressure" on North Korea and underscore the importance of promoting "a free and open Indo-Pacific region," when he meets with Prime Min

    October 24, 2017 06:29 am JST
  • Samsung looks to boost local parts suppliers in Vietnam

    HANOI -- Samsung Electronics intends to roughly double its local suppliers of smartphone parts in Vietnam to around 50 companies by 2020, an executive revealed at an event in Ho Chi Minh City last week.About 30% of the Samsung mobile phones made wor

    October 24, 2017 05:50 am JST
  • Trump to press China on North Korea, trade on Beijing visit

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. President Donald Trump will urge Chinese President Xi Jinping to fully implement U.N. Security Council resolutions against North Korea and take other steps to pressure Pyongyang when he travels to China next month, a sen

    October 24, 2017 02:28 am JST