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  • K-pop purveyors build bands with multinational flair

    TOKYO If you turned on a TV in Japan seven years ago, there was a good chance you would see a South Korean pop act gyrating away. The odds of that are lower today.Chalk it up to changing tastes, new entertainment options or politics, but there is a

    August 10, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Asian music sensations break the sound barrier

    Move over, K-pop. South Korea has been a dominant force in Asian entertainment for about a decade, but a powerful combination of economic development and social media is changing the game. From Southeast Asia to China, other countries are producing

    August 10, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Ambitious Thai canal would link Pacific and Indian oceans

    SIKAO, Thailand Fisherman Sittichai Bohmung lounges on a remote pier beside a ramshackle waterfront village in this southern Thai district and recalls the time last year when a group of retired generals from Bangkok and businessmen from China came c

    August 10, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Angel Gurria: Making the digital age work for ASEAN

    Southeast Asia is one of the world's most dynamic regions, with vast endowments of natural resources, an increasingly diversified economy, an expanding middle class and growing global influence. With the launch of the ASEAN Economic Community in 201

    August 10, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • ASEAN AT 50: Nicholas Farrelly

    Time for idealism is over in ASEAN

    The Association of Southeast Asian Nations will celebrate its 50th birthday in August with much backslapping and bonhomie. In recent decades, its 10 members have prospered, leaving behind the dark shadow of the Cold War when battles raged on almost

    August 10, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Thai Beverage to acquire over a third of KFC outlets in Thailand

    BANGKOK -- Thai Beverage, the brewer of Chang beer, is continuing to expand its restaurant business and will soon acquire more than a third of KFC outlets in Thailand.TCC Group, a listed beverage and real estate conglomerate run by billionaire Charo

    August 9, 2017 08:23 pm JST
  • ASEAN AT 50: Frederic Neumann

    At 50, ASEAN is still punching below its weight

    It is easy to dismiss the Association of Southeast Asian Nations as another international talking shop. But that would be a mistake. Over the last five decades, the organization has brought stability to a region all too often riven by tension and st

    August 9, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Daikin's profit hits fresh high on overseas strength

    OSAKA -- Daikin Industries' net profit rose 4% on the year to 50.9 billion yen ($461 million) for the three months ended June 30, a fourth consecutive record high for the quarter, as aggressive expansion abroad continued to bear fruit.The Japanese a

    August 9, 2017 12:45 am JST
  • Thailand hosts Tillerson, shows unity on Pyongyang sanctions

    BANGKOK -- U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited Thailand on Tuesday and met with Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, becoming the highest-ranked American official to travel to the kingdom after the military regime took power in a 2014 coup.Th

    August 9, 2017 12:10 am JST
  • ASEAN AT 50

    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

    August 8, 2017 04:06 pm JST
  • ASEAN AT 50: Mahathir bin Mohamad

    ASEAN is more than it may seem

    The world widely assumed that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations was an economic community like the European Economic Community when it came into being. It may look as if it is a regional economic grouping. But that was not the purpose behin

    August 8, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Facebook, YouTube block access in Thailand to 1,800 pages

    BANGKOK -- Thailand's telecom regulator is satisfied with Facebook and YouTube after the social media companies blocked access from Thailand to over 1,800 pages over the past three months -- although this is only about half the number deemed illegal

    August 8, 2017 01:34 am JST
  • US, Japan, Australia urge ASEAN to 'maximize pressure' on North Korea

    MANILA -- U.S., Japan and Australia on Monday urged the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to exert more pressure on North Korea over its nuclear ambitions and to make sure a planned code of conduct for maritime disputes is legally binding.In a

    August 8, 2017 12:11 am JST
  • Online wholesaling lets SE Asian food shops cut out middlemen

    TOKYO -- Online platforms are revolutionizing how farmers supply produce to mom-and-pop businesses across Southeast Asia, letting both parties bypass shadowy intermediaries who often offer less than the best in prices and quality.Buying high, sellin

    August 7, 2017 04:21 pm JST
  • ASEAN, Japan, China, South Korea agree to bolster financial cooperation

    MANILA (Kyodo) -- Foreign ministers from the 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations members plus Japan, China and South Korea agreed Monday they will bolster financial cooperation to promote economic stability in the region.This year marks the 20

    August 7, 2017 03:23 pm JST
  • Influential Thais in push for Kra Canal project

    SIKAO, Thailand -- Fisherman Sittichai Bohmung lounges on a remote pier beside a ramshackle waterfront village in this southern Thai district and recalls the time last year when a bunch of retired generals from Bangkok and businessmen from China cam

    August 7, 2017 12:25 pm JST
  • ASEAN AT 50: William Pesek

    ASEAN's awkward midlife crisis

    Trouble is brewing in the ranks of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations as Asia's only real economic grouping turns 50. Its midlife crisis will be hidden from view come November, when leaders of the 10 nations gather in Manila. There, they wil

    August 7, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Chemicals sector grows fastest in July's Asia PMI

    TOKYO -- The Nikkei Asia Sector Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, for July showed output growth in 15 of the 19 sectors monitored.Chemicals (54.7) marked the sharpest growth, followed by healthcare services (54.0) and beverages and food (53.8).On

    August 7, 2017 09:30 am JST
  • China looms ever larger over ASEAN as US steps back

    The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, which turns 50 on Tuesday, has seen its fair share of geopolitical changes, but the uncertainties of U.S. foreign policy under President Donald Trump make Chinese influence over the region more pervasive.A

    August 7, 2017 04:26 am JST
  • ASEAN alarmed by China's militarized South China Sea islands

    MANILA -- Southeast Asian countries have expressed concern over China's militarized artificial islands in the South China Sea but have reserved their opinions on whether a code of conduct for the disputed waters should be legally binding.Foreign min

    August 7, 2017 01:42 am JST