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  • Thai military maneuvers to stay on top

    BANGKOK -- Shortly after he was appointed Thailand's army chief last September, Gen. Chalermchai Sitthisart made a priority of visiting all the regiments in a force of 335,000 active-duty troops. It helped drum up the image of an approachable army c

    September 8, 2017 04:50 pm JST
  • Rising labor costs, manpower shortages drive Nidec to AI

    Turning to automation to offset manpower shortages and rising labor costs is nothing new. But precision electric motor maker Nidec is going at it full speed.The Japanese company is increasingly relying on smart manufacturing -- processes that utiliz

    September 8, 2017 03:00 pm JST
  • Richard Heydarian

    Seoul looks to ASEAN amid nuclear crisis

    The Association of Southeast Asian Nations could play an effective role in easing the tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile program because of its ties to both Koreas and Seoul's hope to engage Pyongyang.North Korea appears well on its way

    September 8, 2017 02:37 pm JST
  • Pharmaceuticals & biotechnology sector grows fastest in August's Asia PMI

    TOKYO -- The Nikkei Asia Sector Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, for August showed output growth in 14 of the 19 sectors monitored.Pharmaceuticals & biotechnology (55.7) marked the sharpest growth, followed by commercial & professional services (

    September 8, 2017 09:30 am JST
  • Japan to offer manufacturing, trade know-how to ASEAN

    TOKYO -- Japan plans to work with Southeast Asian countries to boost productivity and modernize trade systems, hoping to encourage them to pursue more ambitious goals for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, or RCEP.Three-pronged strateg

    September 8, 2017 05:09 am JST
  • Mekong region racing to bolster cross-border logistics

    BANGKOK -- Southeast Asian countries around the Mekong River are accelerating the improvement of transnational distribution networks, via such hard infrastructure as bridges and roads as well as "soft" measures that include abolishing intraregional

    September 7, 2017 01:30 pm JST
  • Southeast Asia's power plants are getting an IoT upgrade

    BANGKOK Southeast Asian countries are adopting cutting-edge information technology to improve the efficiency and reduce the environmental impact of fossil fuel power plants that the region relies on to meet surging energy demand.Japanese trading hou

    September 7, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Southeast Asian ports thirst for more seaborne trade

    JAKARTA The world's seaborne trade exceeded 10 billion tons in a single year for the first time in 2015, according to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, with about 60% passing through Asia.Situated between the Indian and Pacific

    September 7, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Tim Johnston: East Asia growth fetish won't hold the region together

    Developing East Asia has enjoyed more than 40 years of growth, except for a brief crisis at the end of the last century. But the single-minded pursuit of economic growth at all costs has created a dangerously unstable monoculture.East Asians have se

    September 7, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • In crisis, Rohingya refugees have Southeast Asia on guard

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Countries in Southeast Asia have stepped up efforts to prevent influxes of refugees fleeing violence in the western Myanmar state of Rakhine. Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand hope to pre-empt a repeat of the humanitarian crisis that

    September 6, 2017 07:32 pm JST
  • ASEAN economic ministers move to accelerate trade talks

    MANILA -- Southeast Asian economic ministers on Thursday will kick off a series of dialogues here in the Philippine capital. A big focus is expected to be the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership deal, now unlikely to be concluded this year a

    September 6, 2017 04:58 pm JST
  • RCEP hits snags on continued discord over tariffs

    KUALA LUMPUR -- The 16 countries negotiating the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership have given up on finalizing the trade deal in 2017 as planned amid persistent differences over tariffs and other conditions, dealing yet another setback to

    September 6, 2017 02:21 am JST
  • FT Confidential Research

    Informal jobs sector both a blessing and curse in Southeast Asia

    The informal jobs sector has cushioned the impact of an economic slowdown in Southeast Asia over the past five years.Malaysians are most concerned about their jobs and salary prospects as unemployment rises, particularly among the young.Positive exp

    September 5, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • Southeast Asia gets smart about power plants

    BANGKOK -- Southeast Asian countries are adopting cutting-edge information technology to improve the efficiency and environmental impact of fossil fuel power plants that the region relies on to meet surging energy demand.Japanese trader Marubeni and

    September 4, 2017 10:27 pm JST
  • ASEAN's manufacturing PMI bounces to growth in August

    TOKYO -- The Nikkei ASEAN Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, rebounded to growth in August, signalling an improvement in operating conditions across the region.The composite indicator of manufacturing performance stood at 50.4 in Augu

    September 4, 2017 09:30 am JST
  • Honestbee wants to help, not disrupt, Tokyo grocery stores

    TOKYO -- Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong used Singapore's recent National Day Rally to speak of "a smart nation." By that he meant a country that uses information technology to increase jobs, opportunities, productivity and convenience. During his sp

    September 4, 2017 07:45 am JST
  • Interview

    Yingluck's flight won't derail Thai fight for democracy, all sides agree

    BANGKOK -- Thai politicians are still digesting the significance of the apparent flight of former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra ahead of a supreme court verdict that could have sent her to jail for up to 10 years.Speaking to the Nikkei Asian Re

    September 3, 2017 11:22 pm JST
  • Everybody does the dog paddle at these Thai pools

    BANGKOK -- Dogs, like us humans, need their exercise. But what is an owner to do when temperatures are soaring and long walks are out of the question? The answer in the often-sweltering Thai capital: swimming lessons.Pet ownership in the Southeast A

    September 3, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • Thailand's pending power roadmap prompts guessing game

    BANGKOK -- Energy companies in Thailand are considering how to position themselves ahead of the government's update of the national power blueprint -- which could happen as soon as this year.Thailand formulates a Power Development Plan once every fe

    September 2, 2017 01:39 pm JST
  • Nichi-Iko to sell generics in Philippines, Singapore

    OSAKA -- Nichi-Iko Pharmaceutical is working to expand its presence in Southeast Asia's generic-drug markets, with plans to sell treatments in the Philippines and Singapore.The Japanese maker of generic drugs already sells its products in Thailand,

    September 2, 2017 03:07 am JST