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  • Japanese card issuers ready e-payment services for ASEAN

    TOKYO -- Japanese credit card companies are gearing up to cultivate demand for smartphone-based funds settlement services in Southeast Asia, where many people still lack such basic financial services as banking and credit cards.Aeon Financial Servic

    February 19, 2018 03:59 am JST
  • ASEAN labor flows hit a wall with growing migrant crackdown

    TOKYO/SINGAPORE/BANGKOK -- Tighter restrictions on foreign labor in Malaysia and Thailand have pushed out millions of Southeast Asian migrant workers, driving up wages and potentially threatening a growth model reliant on freedom of movement and che

    February 18, 2018 10:53 pm JST
  • Is Cambodia a 'Japanese beef-laundering' hub?

    PHNOM PENH -- Cambodia's imports of beef from Japan, widely known as "wagyu," have shot up, yet you will struggle to find it on a menu in even the most exclusive restaurants in Phnom Penh.Many now believe the country has become a staging post on a "

    February 18, 2018 04:30 pm JST
  • China's neighbors gear up for record Lunar New Year tourism

    BANGKOK/HANOI/SINGAPORE -- Countries throughout Southeast Asia and Japan are hoping for a banner Lunar New Year holiday in terms of tourism and sales, with Chinese expected to visit in record numbers on top of buzzing intraregional travel.Some 6.5 m

    February 17, 2018 12:00 pm JST
  • US Commerce Department proposes hefty import curbs on steel, aluminum

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The U.S. Commerce Department has recommended that President Donald Trump impose steep curbs on steel and aluminum imports from China and other countries ranging from global and country-specific tariffs to broad import quotas,

    February 17, 2018 09:04 am JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index little changed as Indian banks fall

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan ended little changed on Friday as losses in Indian lenders offset positive U.S. cues.The Nikkei Asia300 Index ended almost unchanged at 1,445.71. For the week, it added about 4%, rebounding from the

    February 16, 2018 08:36 pm JST
  • Thirsty Asia helps push Suntory Beverage's profit 9% higher

    TOKYO -- Suntory Beverage & Food, a core unit of Suntory Holdings, reported Thursday a 9% rise in group net profit to 78.1 billion yen ($734 million) for 2017, driven by brisk soft-drink demand in Asia and the popularity of new coffee products in Ja

    February 16, 2018 04:37 am JST
  • Thailand ponders law change on fresh claims of fishermen abuse

    BANGKOK -- Thailand is stepping up measures to eliminate human trafficking in its fisheries industry following claims of widespread abuse by a human rights group last month.Amendments to the law are being considered so that workers will not be force

    February 15, 2018 11:03 pm JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index rises as Wall Street recovery continues

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan rose Thursday, as a faster-than-expected U.S. inflation data did little to derail the recovery in global equity markets.The Nikkei Asia300 Index advanced 1.1% to 1,445.81. Trading was subdued with H

    February 15, 2018 08:34 pm JST
  • Author puts Lao coroner-detective on Asian literary map

    CHUMPORN, Thailand -- Dr. Siri Paiboun was already beyond retirement age when he was appointed state coroner to the morgue in the Lao capital, Vientiane, shortly after Dec. 2, 1975, the day when the land-locked Southeast Asian nation officially beca

    February 15, 2018 03:45 pm JST
  • Teijin to build new resin compound plant in Thailand

    TOKYO -- Japan's Teijin has announced plans to build a new plant in Thailand that will process engineering plastics -- high-performance resins mainly used in autoparts -- and provide technical support to customers.The move comes in response to growi

    February 15, 2018 03:35 pm JST
  • Rising baht and falling output to curb Thai rice exports

    BANGKOK -- A stronger baht and smaller harvest are expected to curb Thai rice exports this year, potentially causing the country to miss its 2018 target of 9.5 million metric tons, according to the Thai Rice Exporters Association.The 2018 rice expor

    February 15, 2018 12:30 pm JST
  • Thailand pays farmers to cull rubber trees

    BANGKOK Thailand is paying farmers to cull their rubber trees as the world's largest rubber producer and exporter attempts to shore up falling prices.The government aims to reduce total annual rubber output by 5% by the end of April, and has earmark

    February 15, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • Nikkei Editorial

    Japan must update its bilateral EPAs for 21st-century trade

    Japan can draw some satisfaction from its success in keeping alive the Trans-Pacific Partnership after U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out of the pact. The agreement of the 11 remaining countries is a strong symbol of the power of multilateral ec

    February 15, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • China-fueled property boom distorts markets in Asia-Oceania

    SINGAPORE -- As red-hot investment money from China continues to drive up real estate prices in Asia and Oceania, local authorities have started taking steps to curb the enthusiasm before things get out of control.In Hong Kong, a group of investors

    February 14, 2018 03:50 pm JST
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    Enemies of the state -- why the press in Southeast Asia is under attack

    BANGKOK/MANILA -- Myanmar has closed off an entire section of the country to reporters. Cambodia is shutting down news organizations. The Philippine president has casually discussed murdering journalists. And the Thai government has suggested the pr

    February 14, 2018 02:30 pm JST
  • Money troubles compound Southeast Asia's press woes

    BANGKOK -- "Melt down the presses and auction off the metal," said Todd Ruiz during a recent media panel in Bangkok. "Thailand's fourth estate crisis is a self-inflicted wound."The blunt-speaking Californian editor of Khaosod English, a small but gr

    February 14, 2018 02:30 pm JST
  • US doubles troops in Cobra Gold exercise to boost presence in SE Asia

    SATTAHIP, Thailand -- The U.S. has nearly doubled its presence in this year's Cobra Gold exercise, one of the largest multinational military drills in Southeast Asia that kicked off on Tuesday in Thailand, showing its "strong and enduring commitment

    February 13, 2018 08:33 pm JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index extends gains as Wall Street recovers

    NEW DELHI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan advanced for a second day as a global equity selloff sparked by a pullback in U.S. equities last week abated.The Nikkei Asia300 Index rose 1.1% to 1,414.30 on Tuesday, extending Monday's 0.6% adv

    February 13, 2018 08:23 pm JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index rebounds after U.S. equities gain

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan, tracking a recovery in U.S. equities, rebounded Monday, even as investors braced for more volatility this week.The Nikkei Asia300 Index advanced 0.6% to 1,398.82, after slumping 7.5% in the previou

    February 12, 2018 08:57 pm JST