Search results

Results 41 - 60 of 2690
  • Japan, US seek partners at ASEAN forum to lean on North Korea

    MANILA -- With North Korea slated to take part in the ASEAN Regional Forum next week, Japan and the U.S. will look to coordinate with other participants to put pressure on the rogue state to halt its missile provocations.The Philippines, this year's

    August 3, 2017 07:12 am JST
  • Suu Kyi government brings back Myanmar's 'Mr. SEZ'

    YANGON -- Myanmar's government has brought a key architect of the previous administration's economic policy back into the fold, aiming to bolster confidence in the business community.President Htin Kyaw's office on Monday announced the appointment o

    August 2, 2017 07:26 pm JST
  • Richard Heydarian

    Duterte's moves could hasten regional 'Pax Sinica'

    In his second State of the Nation Address on July 24, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte zeroed in on domestic security challenges, although in his role as current chairman of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, regional issues loom large

    August 1, 2017 01:50 pm JST
  • Myanmar PMI drops to 49.1 in July

    TOKYO -- The Nikkei Myanmar Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, fell to 49.1 in July from 49.4 in June with further declines in output and new orders.A reading above 50 indicates economic expansion, while a reading below 50 points towa

    August 1, 2017 09:30 am JST
  • ASEAN PMI falls to contraction in July

    TOKYO -- The Nikkei ASEAN Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, fell to contraction for the first time this year with falls in both output and total new orders.The composite indicator of manufacturing performance fell to 49.3 in July fro

    August 1, 2017 09:30 am JST
  • China distilleries top Asia food-beverage market cap ranking

    TOKYO/GUANGZHOU -- China's liquor manufacturers lead Asia's food and beverage makers in market cap after retooling their lineups to target ordinary drinkers, spurred by broad investor interest in the fast-growing region's consumer stocks.Shanghai-li

    July 31, 2017 04:01 pm JST
  • Uber, Grab do things a little differently in Yangon

    YANGON -- Uber Technologies and Grab, two of the biggest names in the ride-hailing business, are rapidly expanding in Myanmar's largest city, where the spread of smartphones is unlocking big opportunities.Yangon's authorities appear to have rolled o

    July 31, 2017 11:16 am JST
  • ASEAN AT 50

    Southeast Asian companies find ideal partners -- each other

    JAKARTA -- With their bright red and yellow signage, the Alfamart convenience stores sprouting up in Manila and other Philippine cities are hard to miss. But what really sets them apart is their parentage: In a market dominated by Japanese brands li

    July 31, 2017 09:30 am JST
  • Multinationals in Asia

    Unilever sees growth in bottom and top of Asian economic pyramid

    TOKYO/YANGON/MUMBAI -- At a small shop tucked into a residential neighborhood of Yangon, one peculiar set of items has emerged as a hit seller among the snacks and household staples on offer: single-use pouches of Unilever shampoo, which dangle from

    July 29, 2017 02:30 pm JST
  • Traditional Myanmar face paste now cool in Thailand

    BANGKOK -- A traditional skincare ingredient has taken a seldom-traveled road -- from Myanmar to Thailand.It is rare for a Myanmar trend to cross the Thai border. But thanaka has found its way and taken hold of at least two cosmetics makers in the k

    July 29, 2017 10:58 am JST
  • ASEAN AT 50

    Toyota supply chain is Exhibit A of deepening ASEAN integration

    BANGKOK -- At Toyota Alabang, a Toyota Motor dealership in the suburbs of Manila, Neil Ramos sizes up the models on offer. Ramos, a local restaurant owner, is thinking about buying a new car to drive his 7-year-old daughter to and from school. His f

    July 29, 2017 10:37 am JST
  • ASEAN AT 50

    In search of ASEAN 'champions'

    TOKYO -- Despite proving to be a unique and successful development model, ASEAN is lacking in the innovation department. This is how Fukunari Kimura, a professor of trade and development economics at Japan's Keio University, sees the region. He rece

    July 28, 2017 10:55 am JST
  • At 50, ASEAN is reaping the rewards of economic integration

    BANGKOK The Association of Southeast Asian Nations marks its 50th anniversary on Aug. 8. Over the decades, its purpose has shifted from fighting communism to fostering economic cooperation. ASEAN's rules and infrastructure facilitate trade and help

    July 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • ASEAN needs more cohesion to stand on its own

    ASEAN leaderships need a moment of reflection. We are seeing strong anti-globalization sentiment and failures of multilateral arrangements in the West. This certainly dents ASEAN's drive for more openness and more integration. Even before such globa

    July 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Then and now: ASEAN by the numbers

    The 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have grown steadily richer in recent decades, with gross domestic product per capita rising eightfold between 1980 and 2016. Can the region continue its march toward prosperity?

    July 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • ASEAN is looking good, but now looking up to China and India

    TOKYO The first 50 years of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations should be regarded as an overall success, but its future is anything but certain. Sandwiched between China and India, ASEAN could find itself overwhelmed economically by these tw

    July 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Ever-adaptable ASEAN confronts new tests

    BANGKOK On Aug. 9, 1967, The New York Times reported the signing of the Bangkok Declaration to inaugurate the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. The brief, 80-word article on the declaration -- inked the previous day by five founding foreign mi

    July 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • ASEAN must stay out of great-power tussles in Asia

    The post-Cold War 1990s were a peaceful era in Asia. All the great powers were benign and the Sino-U.S. relationship was good. China still needed help from other countries, including ASEAN members.Today, we are back in the age of great-power rivalri

    July 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Southeast Asian companies find ideal partners -- each other

    JAKARTA With their bright red and yellow signage, the Alfamart convenience stores sprouting up in Manila and other Philippine cities are hard to miss. But what really sets them apart is their parentage: In a market dominated by Japanese brands like

    July 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Carmakers helped foster ASEAN's growth: Ex-Nissan COO

    TOKYO In the 1980s, fewer than 500,000 cars were sold in the ASEAN region annually. In 2016, the figure was more than six times higher, at 3.2 million. The initially modest size of the auto market in Southeast Asia led to a unique division of labor

    July 27, 2017 10:00 am JST