Company in focus

Pepper, SoftBank's humanoid robot, is one small part of Masayoshi Son's vision of the future. © AP

Maybe Masayoshi Son's successor will be AI

With $93bn to invest, SoftBank founder's timing must be impeccable

  • Salim returns to banking to gain control of Indonesia's digital economy

    The country's largest group believes the future lies in e-commerce

  • South Korea's new energy plan puts pressure on Kepco

    Power utility giant must adjust to push for less nuclear power and coal usage

  • Hong Kong's MTR is praised abroad for efficiency, but criticized at home

    Local commuters say railway operator puts profits before affordable service

  • Asian streaming services stand strong against US rivals

    HOOQ, iflix, Hotstar have the content, capital to edge Netflix, Amazon

  • Entrepreneurs still figuring out the streaming industry

    The CEOs of Hotstar, iflix and HOOQ all have unique formulas

  • TSMC looks to feed AI boom

    Making Apple chips puts Taiwanese company on equal footing with Intel

  • Bangkok Airways explores next 'boutique routes'

    Thai carrier combines tailored services with airport ownership to be competitive

  • AIA's new chief has big challenges -- and big shoes to fill

    Insurer needs growth in China and a digital strategy to maintain its momentum

  • Maruti Suzuki wants the world, starting with rural India

    Suzuki Motor is trying to strengthen the unit, but it may encounter pushback

  • China's Lenovo losing bet on mobile phone diversification

    Company seeks return to PC roots after mishandling Motorola acquisition

  • Malaysia's Sime Darby splits up palm oil kingdom to raise equity value

    To free group from conglomerate discount, plantation and property divisions will be listed separately

  • Global Mediacom's TV arm faces Indonesian soap opera war

    Rival networks challenge cash cow of Trump's business partner

  • Ayala offers affordable healthcare for Filipinos to boost growth

    The group sees profitable opportunities among low-income patients

  • Questions mount over HNA's financial engineering

    Voracious cross-border dealmaker has increasingly complex debt profile

  • ST Engineering is expanding Singapore's 'total defense' beyond military

    As company marks 50th year, it is broadening focus to AI and smart tech

  • Antam faces test as Indonesia shifts mining policy

    Resumption of nickel exports may upend corporate plans

  • Cathay Pacific -- a fallen star of the air?

    Despite overhaul, Hong Kong's premium airline set for rare loss

  • Medco Energi returns home in $3bn Indonesian acquisition spree

    Energy and mining group takes advantage of disposal of foreign assets

  • Singapore Exchange courts IPOs with contentious weapon

    Bourse may be among first in Asia to allow dual-share structure