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  • Nikkei Asia300 Index falls amid U.S. political uncertainty

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan fell Friday amid more U.S. political uncertainty and one more report of President Donald Trump preparing to impose tariffs on China.The Nikkei Asia300 Index declined 0.5% to 1,473.18.Concerns over U

    March 16, 2018 08:43 pm JST
  • Australia courts Southeast Asia with unprecedented summit

    MELBOURNE -- This weekend will see an unprecedented summit between the Australian prime minister and Southeast Asian leaders when they meet in Sydney to work on enhancing security cooperation and business ties.Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, the le

    March 16, 2018 05:18 pm JST
  • Asia Inc. comes roaring back in 2017

    BANGKOK -- Asia's big corporations posted record profits in 2017 following several lackluster years, with the technology sector in particular taking advantage of solid demand for devices like smartphones and consumer appliances.Samsung Electronics w

    March 16, 2018 03:20 pm JST
  • Vietnamese man surprised to be driven to Fukushima to do cleanup work

    TOKYO -- A Vietnamese man says he was deceived into coming to Japan for a "construction" job only to end up in Fukushima Prefecture on radiation decontamination assignments.The Iwate Prefecture construction company that employed him denies duping th

    March 16, 2018 02:55 pm JST
  • Thailand aims to boost trade with neighbors by 15% in 2018

    BANGKOK -- Thailand aims to increase trade with countries on its borders by 15% this year, to a record high of 1.5 trillion baht ($50 billion). The government is backing the drive to offset an expected slowdown in overall export growth due to apprec

    March 16, 2018 02:00 pm JST
  • Samsonite US manufacturing plan faces labor shortage

    HONG KONG -- Samsonite's plan to relocate some of its manufacturing activities to the U.S. is facing a challenge due to a shortage of skilled workers."You can get everything but you can't get people. Without people, factories won't work," chief exec

    March 16, 2018 11:57 am JST
  • Australia and Vietnam sign strategic partnership pact

    SYDNEY/HO CHI MINH CITY -- Australia and Vietnam signed a new strategic partnership Thursday, in an apparent move to counter China's growing assertiveness in the Asia-Pacific region.The partnership agreement, signed by Australian Prime Minister Malc

    March 15, 2018 09:09 pm JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index little changed as concerns linger over US trade policies

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan ended little changed on Thursday as uncertainty surrounding U.S. trade polices weighed on the outlook for equities.The Nikkei Asia300 Index closed almost unchanged at 1,480.04.The losses came after

    March 15, 2018 08:49 pm JST
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    Pacific trade rules on digital data may already be outdated

    TOKYO -- When 11 countries from around the Pacific signed a sweeping free trade pact in Chile on March 8, it included rules touted as being geared for the 21st century, including those on digital trade, which will no doubt be key to economic growth

    March 15, 2018 01:00 pm JST
  • Australia's immigration debate flares up over property prices

    MELBOURNE An Australian think tank's report on housing affordability has heated up debate on population size and quality of life in a country whose large migrant intake has resulted in the fastest-growing population in the developed world.In its rep

    March 15, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • The 'TPP 11' is signed, and ready to welcome more members

    SANTIAGO, Chile The revised Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact was signed on March 8 in Chile's capital. The deal is positioned to serve as a critical bastion against the U.S. administration's protectionist policies as the pact is set to take effe

    March 15, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • Player swaps across Southeast Asia help soccer grow

    KUALA LUMPUR Southeast Asia's top soccer talent is on the move, with the biggest teams in Thailand and Malaysia signing 24 players from outside those countries as the 2018 season kicks off. Last year, this figure was just three.Some of the best play

    March 15, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • Vietnam is next target for Amazon, a newcomer in Southeast Asia

    HANOI -- With its move into Vietnam, seeks to cater to a fast-rising middle class, but faces logistical hurdles as well as no shortage of rivals."Amazon is after Vietnam's 100 million-strong market," says a local journalist covering the t

    March 15, 2018 05:54 am JST
  • Kim Jong Nam murder trial hears how Vietnamese accused was recruited

    SHAH ALAM, Malaysia (Kyodo) -- A Vietnamese woman who introduced her compatriot to the North Korean masterminds behind the assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader, believes she was duped, a Malaysian court he

    March 14, 2018 11:06 pm JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index falls amid reports US may impose tariffs on Chinese products

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan fell Wednesday amid media reports that the U.S. is looking to impose tariffs on Chinese imports.The Nikkei Asia300 Index slipped 0.4% to 1,480.14. Hong Kong-shares of China Life Insurance lost 1.1%

    March 14, 2018 08:20 pm JST
  • Vietnam pulls state-carrier's acquisition of Buddhist pay-TV

    HO CHI MINH CITY -- Vietnam's Ministry of Information and Communications said on Tuesday that MobiFone, a state-owned mobile carrier, and private local pay-TV operator Audio Visual Global have called off their acquisition deal.In January 2016, MobiF

    March 14, 2018 12:16 am JST
  • Singapore PM tells ASEAN to adjust to new power balance

    SINGAPORE -- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations should adjust to a new power balance in Asia so that individual members and the group can benefit from increasingly influential China and India, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in

    March 13, 2018 10:39 pm JST
  • Seoul to decide on new TPP membership by June

    SEJONG, South Korea -- South Korea's finance minister said Tuesday that the country will decide by June if it will join a Japan-led 11-member economic bloc, as the U.S. widens protectionist measures against the export-driven economy.Kim Dong-yeon sa

    March 13, 2018 09:48 pm JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index gains as Chinese banks, semiconductor makers advance

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan rose Tuesday, as Agricultural Bank of China led mainland lenders higher following plans of a private placement and upbeat earnings.The Nikkei Asia300 Index rose 0.6% to 1,485.36. Hong Kong-shares of

    March 13, 2018 08:34 pm JST
  • Kakao to roll out ride services in Japan and Southeast Asia

    SEOUL -- Kakao is expanding its transportation services to Japan and Southeast Asia, as the South Korean internet company runs into regulatory obstacles in its home market. John Chung, CEO of Kakao Mobility, said South Korean tourists will soon be a

    March 13, 2018 04:19 pm JST