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  • Coal backlash creates energy dilemma in Southeast Asia

    BANGKOK -- Southeast Asian governments are finding themselves caught between pressure to meet regional power demands and backlash from citizens fearing the environmental effects of coal-fired electrical plants.How these growing economies will resolv

    January 19, 2018 07:00 am JST
  • CP Group tycoon says Trump's US ripe for investment

    BANGKOK -- Thailand's Charoen Pokphand Group, the agribusiness conglomerate led by billionaire Dhanin Chearavanont, is eyeing more trade and investment with the U.S. as it sees there is "good sentiment" for doing business in the country under the ad

    January 19, 2018 12:05 am JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index advances, buoyed by Wall Street gains, China growth

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan rose Thursday, as U.S. indexes continued their record run and China's fourth-quarter economic growth exceeded expectations.The Nikkei Asia300 Index added 0.3% to close at 1,495.46.The S&P 500 Index

    January 18, 2018 09:00 pm JST
  • Thailand looks at slower bullet train to cut costs

    BANGKOK -- A project to build a high-speed railway in Thailand based on Japan's shinkansen technology has taken an unexpected turn, with the Southeast Asian country considering a significant downgrade to cut costs.Not so fast"The 670km Thai-Japanese

    January 18, 2018 02:00 pm JST
  • Russia courts Southeast Asian leaders with authoritarian streaks

    BANGKOK A quarter of a century after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia is back in Southeast Asia, where creeping authoritarianism is giving Moscow room to maneuver.A prime example is Cambodia, where the biggest opposition party has been force

    January 18, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • Better paydays are in store for Asia

    TOKYO Asian workers are expected to enjoy the highest real wage growth in the world in 2018 thanks to solid growth and changes in the region's economic structure, while their counterparts in Japan and the West will see wages stagnate amid budding in

    January 18, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • SAIC aims to take a bite out of Japan's car dominance in ASEAN

    BANGKOK SAIC Motor has opened a major vehicle factory in Thailand, a first for a big Chinese automaker, seeking to stake a claim in a Japanese-dominated market as well as export to other Southeast Asian countries.SAIC Motor-CP, a joint venture with

    January 18, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index slips after U.S. equities drop from record highs

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan edged lower on Wednesday, after U.S. equities retreated from record highs overnight and as investors awaited China's fourth-quarter economic data.The Nikkei Asia300 Index fell less than 0.1% to 1,49

    January 17, 2018 08:43 pm JST
  • Where are all the tourists in Japan coming from?

    TOKYO -- Japan's tourism bonanza shows no signs of abating. The country welcomed a record 28.6 million visitors from abroad in 2017, an increase of 19.3% on the year. Travelers also spent significantly more: 4.4 trillion yen ($39.68 billion), up 17.

    January 17, 2018 05:43 pm JST
  • Cover story

    Funerals for the 21st century: Asia's new ways to say goodbye

    TOKYO/HONG KONG -- On a recent Saturday afternoon on the roof deck of a small ship in Tokyo Bay, 13 passengers sat in somber silence as the vessel chugged its way to the middle of the inlet. The tortured lyrics of John Lennon's 1970 song "Mother" wa

    January 17, 2018 03:00 pm JST
  • APEC summit outlook clouded by new host's problems

    AUCKLAND -- Corralling the 21 governments in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation bloc into acting on regional challenges is hard enough at the best of times. It may be something practically unachievable in 2018.Already strained by U.S. President D

    January 17, 2018 12:30 pm JST
  • Toyota and Honda suspend exports to Vietnam

    BANGKOK -- Toyota Motor and Honda Motor have suspended exports to Vietnam since the beginning of the year following the implementation of a rule that requires stringent checks on imported vehicles, a move viewed as protectionism by industry official

    January 17, 2018 12:42 am JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index advances as Chinese insurers rally

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan rose Tuesday, paced by mainland insurers and lenders.The Nikkei Asia300 Index rose 1.1% to 1,491.87. Ping An Insurance Group advanced 2.8% after the Chinese insurer said accumulated gross premium in

    January 16, 2018 08:17 pm JST
  • Tencent, Alibaba take e-wallet wars to Southeast Asia

    BANGKOK -- With a population of 600 million, and good mobile saturation, Southeast Asia is becoming a battleground for e-wallet companies from China.Leading the charge is Shenzhen-based Tencent Holdings, which is about to roll out its first WeChat P

    January 16, 2018 07:04 pm JST
  • Asia Insight

    Russia courts Southeast Asian partners with authoritarian streaks

    BANGKOK/TOKYO -- A quarter of a century after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia is back in Southeast Asia, where creeping authoritarianism is giving Moscow room to maneuver.A prime example is Cambodia, where the biggest opposition party has b

    January 16, 2018 01:15 pm JST
  • Made-in Japan cake exports satisfy Southeast Asia's sweet tooth

    A weekend afternoon at Chateraise, a pastry shop located in a Singapore shopping center, brings the usual stream of customers. "Which cake do you want? The new ones look delicious, too." People stare at the glass display case, trying to decide which

    January 16, 2018 12:10 pm JST
  • Simon Tay and Cheryl Tan

    Singapore goes for quiet ASEAN diplomacy

    Singapore is settling into its one-year rotating chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations at a time when the region's economic growth is outperforming the world. But the possibility of unpredictable political and economic changes b

    January 16, 2018 11:47 am JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index rises tracking U.S. equity rally

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan began the week on a positive note, boosted by a weaker dollar and another record high for U.S. indexes.The Nikkei Asia300 Index rose 0.4% to 1,475.43.The advance on the gauge came after U.S. stocks

    January 15, 2018 08:28 pm JST
  • Lauren Compere

    Socially responsible Asian companies are a better bet

    Asia's leading economies were in the grip of the worst financial crisis in decades 20 years ago, with stock markets in the four so-called Tiger economies in freefall. At around the same time, investors elsewhere were taking the first steps to integr

    January 15, 2018 11:30 am JST
  • Starred Bangkok eateries struggle with too many customers

    BANGKOK -- The first Michelin guide for Bangkok, the vibrant Thai capital known as a gastronomical paradise in Southeast Asia, has produced some surprising effects on the city's gourmet scene.Most of the restaurants recommended by the century-old ar

    January 14, 2018 12:00 pm JST