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  • Nikkei Asia300 Index falls tracking Wall Street losses

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan fell Friday as uncertainty over U.S. tax reforms damped investors' risk appetite.Indian shares rallied, bucking the trend, after exit polls predicted a victory for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bha

    December 15, 2017 08:24 pm JST
  • Datawatch

    Asian democracies on upward trend in corruption fight

    LONDON -- With many Asian countries making the transition to democracy since the 1970s, representative government and media integrity have been pivotal in the region's fight against political corruption.Research published last month by the Internati

    December 15, 2017 01:10 pm JST
  • Japan's digital money exchanges heading abroad for growth

    TOKYO -- Seeking fresh channels for growth, cryptocurrency trading platforms in Japan -- the world's biggest market -- are branching out to other parts of Asia and beyond.Quoine is launching in the Philippines next year. Bitpoint Japan, a subsidiary

    December 15, 2017 06:49 am JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index gains as Fed sticks to rate hike forecasts

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan rose Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve retained its forecast of three rate increases for next year.The Nikkei Asia300 Index advanced 0.3% to 1,383.61, paced by a rally in Chinese and Hong Kong

    December 14, 2017 08:53 pm JST
  • China Telecom's proposed entry into Philippines draws concern

    MANILA -- China Telecom's possible bid to break the Philippines' telecommunications duopoly has excited potential local partners, but it has also stirred security concerns.China Telecom has been endorsed by the Chinese government to invest in the $5

    December 14, 2017 05:59 pm JST
  • US rate hike triggers Asian increases

    TOKYO -- China's central bank raised interest rates Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve raised rates for the third time this year overnight in a sign that the U.S. monetary policy still generally drives monetary policy in Asia.Just hours after t

    December 14, 2017 02:40 pm JST
  • Nikkei Editorial

    Japan must support language education for foreign residents

    Japanese language skills are vital for ensuring that foreign residents are able to integrate into and thrive in Japanese society. Indeed, many people from overseas have difficulty living in Japan precisely because they lack such skills. With Japan's

    December 14, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Global trade uptick boosts Asian manufacturing

    HONG KONG Strengthening economies on both sides of the Pacific are lifting global trade, as well as Asia's manufacturing sector. Seven of the 12 economies surveyed by The Nikkei -- Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, India, Malaysia, Singapore and the Phili

    December 14, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Malaysian festival puts Asian literature in the spotlight

    PENANG, Malaysia In a beautifully refurbished colonial building next to George Town's coastal thoroughfare, a tight-knit yet diverse crowd is hungry for answers. A microphone is passed around, and people rock nervously in their chairs as they wait t

    December 14, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Richard Heydarian: How Duterte is crafting an imperial presidency

    Three decades after the downfall of the Ferdinand Marcos dictatorship, the specter of authoritarianism is once again haunting the Philippines, one of Asia's oldest democracies.On Nov. 30, marking the birthday of Filipino revolutionary leader Andres

    December 14, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • ADB keeps 5.8% Asia growth outlook for 2018, hikes 2017 view

    MANILA -- The Asian Development Bank still expects economic growth in the region to slow in 2018, it said in a new report on Wednesday, but the Manila-based lender raised its forecast for the current year by one-tenth of a percentage point.In its As

    December 14, 2017 01:07 am JST
  • Philippine tax reform fills Duterte's infrastructure war chest

    MANILA -- The Philippines has paved the way for a massive infrastructure program, as parliament on late Wednesday formally approved the first phase of President Rodrigo Duterte's tax reforms.The country's Senate and House of Representatives ratified

    December 14, 2017 12:29 am JST
  • Philippine troops honing urban warfare skills in Singapore

    SINGAPORE (Kyodo) -- Singapore is helping the Philippines train its troops in urban warfare as part of its offer of counterterrorism assistance earlier this year to help Manila tackle an Islamic insurgency on the southern island of Mindanao.Two mont

    December 13, 2017 09:16 pm JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index gains as Chinese banks rally

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan rose Wednesday, led by mainland lenders ahead of China's inflation data and U.S. Federal Reserve's policy decision.The Nikkei Asia300 Index advanced 0.4% to 1,379.83. China Construction Bank (CCB) r

    December 13, 2017 08:33 pm JST
  • Duterte's martial law again extended in the southern Philippines

    MANILA -- The Philippine Congress voted on Wednesday to further extend President Rodrigo Duterte's declaration of martial law in the country's southern islands.In a joint session, Congress voted 240-27 to continue military rule in Mindanao until the

    December 13, 2017 03:52 pm JST
  • Cover story

    Religious extremism poses threat to ASEAN's growth

    YANGON/JAKARTA -- With Mt. Agung billowing volcanic ash into the sky above his home in Bali, Khairy Susanto was unsure if he could fly back after joining tens of thousands of fellow Indonesian Islamists at a rally near the presidential palace in Jak

    December 13, 2017 03:14 pm JST
  • Ugly social media wars fueling intolerance in Asia

    JAKARTA/YANGON -- An ugly new campaign against Muslims in Myanmar began around 2012 via social media, led by Buddhist supremacists and other anti-Muslim groups employing highly targeted attacks. One tactic involved posting photographs and addresses

    December 13, 2017 03:14 pm JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index falls as investors await Fed policy

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan fell Tuesday, halting a three-session winning streak, as investors awaited cues on outlook for U.S. interest rates.The Nikkei Asia300 Index declined 0.5% to 1,373.84 after climbing over 2% over the

    December 12, 2017 08:52 pm JST
  • Philippine lender hurls allegations at Bangladeshi central bank

    MANILA -- Rizal Commercial Banking has turned the tables on Bangladesh Bank, which is planning to sue the Philippine lender for enabling cyberthieves to get away with $81 million from it early last year.In a defiant statement on Tueday, RCBC said th

    December 12, 2017 03:05 pm JST
  • Southeast Asia ready to embrace blockchain

    Southeast Asian central banks have a cautious stance on the rise of cryptocurrencies but adoption of the underlying technology, blockchain, appears inevitable.Speculative investment in cryptocurrencies doesn't pose systemic risks but greater regulat

    December 12, 2017 11:00 am JST