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  • Tea Leaves

    What the 'bicycle index' says about a country

    You are what you drive -- the car advertisement claims. That is not true in Thailand, where you are what you ride. Bicycles have become the nation's most unexpected status symbols.Thais have taken to recreational pedaling like nobody else. Each week

    October 12, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • A manufacturing uptick can't pierce South Korea's gloom

    HONG KONG Despite escalating threats from its northern neighbor, South Korea saw its manufacturing condition pick up on stronger domestic demand and output last month. But analysts remain cautious about the country's economic outlook as the ongoing

    October 12, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • What the 'bicycle index' says about a country

    You are what you drive -- the car advertisement claims. That is not true in Thailand, where you are what you ride. Bicycles have become the nation's most unexpected status symbols.Thais have taken to recreational pedaling like nobody else. Each week

    October 12, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index advances as Samsung extends gains

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan rose Wednesday, as heavyweight Samsung Electronics extended gains ahead of its preliminary third-quarter earnings.The Nikkei Asia300 Index rose 0.7% to 1,337.13.Asian equities also got a boost from

    October 11, 2017 08:28 pm JST
  • Bilahari Kausikan

    Growing complexities threaten ASEAN consensus politics

    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 m

    October 11, 2017 03:00 pm JST
  • Ride-hailing apps a boon for Asia's motorcycle taxis

    Mobile ride-hailing apps are fast finding a place in Asia's taxi industry via motorcycles and motorized tricycles, typically cheaper alternatives to autos.The trend is being helped along by the increasing ubiquity of smartphones and improved wireles

    October 11, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • South Korea's gloom prevails despite manufacturing upturn

    HONG KONG -- Despite escalating threats from its northern neighbor, South Korea saw its manufacturing condition pick up on stronger domestic demand and output last month. But analysts remain cautious about the country's economic outlook as the ongoi

    October 10, 2017 11:05 am JST
  • FT Confidential Research

    Electric vehicle race is on in Southeast Asia

    Thailand is leading other Southeast Asian countries in providing incentives for consumers and investors to boost its domestic electric vehicle industry.Malaysia is dealing with Chinese manufacturers to speed up the adoption of battery-only electric

    October 10, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • Japan's elder care schools struggle with new visa rules

    TOKYO -- The makeup of the classroom at Japan Welfare Education College in Tokyo has changed dramatically in just a couple of years.In over 30 years of operating, barely a single international student walked through the door. This year, nearly one i

    October 10, 2017 12:23 am JST
  • ASEAN migrant remittances equal to Myanmar GDP

    JAKARTA -- Vast differences in living standards and wages across Southeast Asia have driven a massive rise in migration in the region since the mid-1990s, resulting in an estimated 6.77 million migrant workers sending home substantial chunks of thei

    October 9, 2017 07:42 pm JST
  • Eswar Prasad and Karim Foda

    Economic breathing space is an opportunity to strengthen resilience

    The world economy has settled into a holding pattern, with a broad-based but plodding recovery underway characterized by weak productivity and investment growth. Both advanced and emerging market economies have maintained modest growth momentum, but

    October 8, 2017 07:00 pm JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index over 2% on week after US shares' record run

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan advanced on Friday to end the week higher after U.S. equity indexes rose to fresh record highs on optimism over tax reforms.The Nikkei Asia300 Index rose 0.4% to 1,320.81 points Friday. The index is

    October 6, 2017 08:44 pm JST
  • Vietnam's Pinaco and Japan's Furukawa Battery form partnership

    HO CHI MINH CITY -- Vietnam's Dry Cell & Storage Battery, better known as Pinaco, and Japan's Furukawa Battery plan to become strategic partners, and will sign an agreement by the end of the year, according to a letter sent to Pinaco shareholders th

    October 5, 2017 11:02 pm JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index edges higher as Singapore property developers advance

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan advanced Thursday, helped by Singapore property developers and positive U.S. cues.The Nikkei Asia300 Index rose 0.2% to 1,315.07. Trading was thin as markets in Hong Kong, China, and South Korea wer

    October 5, 2017 08:27 pm JST
  • Resona to offer M&A brokerage services in Southeast Asia

    SINGAPORE -- Resona Holdings will launch a mergers and acquisitions service in Southeast Asia for Japanese companies, with its Singaporean subsidiary at the core of the operation.Using Resona Merchant Bank Asia, formerly AFC Merchant Bank, acquired

    October 5, 2017 12:40 pm JST
  • CJ Group expands into Vietnamese logistics

    HO CHI MINH CITY -- South Korea's CJ Group has acquired over 50% of the shipping and logistics subsidiaries of Gemadept, Vietnam's biggest logistics company, according to filings Tuesday at the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange.Figures have not been disclo

    October 5, 2017 12:51 am JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index advances tracking record U.S. stocks

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan rose Wednesday, buoyed by record-high U.S. equities, even as Chinese developers extended their gains.The Nikkei Asia300 Index advanced 0.3% to 1,312.51. Taiwan's financial markets were closed on Wed

    October 4, 2017 08:58 pm JST
  • Vietnam and Japan would be among hardest hit by a Korean conflict

    TOKYO -- If recent escalations in tensions ultimately culminate in a military conflict on the Korean peninsula, the U.S. and North Korea would not be the only countries to suffer -- at least in terms of credit-worthiness, the ratings company Moody's

    October 4, 2017 04:15 pm JST
  • World Bank warns of 'serious economic consequences' if North Korea dispute escalates

    SINGAPORE/BANGKOK -- The World Bank has taken the unusual step of warning that geopolitical tensions could jeopardize what is otherwise a positive picture of regional growth prospects in its semiannual East Asia and Pacific Economic Update.The repor

    October 4, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • Vietnam revamps financial team to hasten state enterprise privatization

    HO CHI MINH CITY -- Vietnam's cash-strapped government has brought in a new team of advisers to assist with a state enterprise divestment envisioned as a model for far broader privatization.UBS AG Singapore and Saigon Securities have been selected t

    October 4, 2017 08:16 am JST