Abe inspects two casino resorts in Singapore

May 30, 2014

Abe inspects two casino resorts in Singapore

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday took in two casino resort facilities in Singapore after arriving to attend a three-day security summit for the Asia-Pacific region. Abe intends to draw on Singapore’s experience in bolstering tourism with integrated resort facilities, Japanese government sources said. ...

Abe to visit Singapore casino to gauge economic benefits

May 24, 2014

Abe to visit Singapore casino to gauge economic benefits

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to visit a casino and resort complex in Singapore later this month to assess the facility’s economic benefits and effect on society, according to a government source. Abe’s trip will come at a time when domestic legislation to legalize ...

TPP ministers fail to set timeline for striking deal

May 20, 2014

TPP ministers fail to set timeline for striking deal

Ministers from the 12 countries trying to hammer out the Trans-Pacific Partnership fell short of setting a clear timeline for ending the negotiations as they wrapped up a two-day meeting Tuesday in Singapore, although they stressed that progress was made on tariff issues. “We ...

May 6, 2014

U.S., Singapore reach agreement on tax evasion

Singapore has reached an agreement with the United States on sharing tax information under a new law meant to combat offshore tax-dodging by Americans, a U.S. Treasury Department spokeswoman said on Monday. The deal, which was expected for more than a year, will make ...

Apr 26, 2014

U.S. expands probe into banks' hiring

U.S. government agencies that have been probing banks’ hiring of the children of powerful Chinese officials are expanding existing investigations in other industries across Asia to include hiring practices, four people familiar with the matter said. The Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange ...

Momentum to permit casinos rising

Apr 15, 2014

Momentum to permit casinos rising

Momentum is gathering pace for the lifting of a ban on casinos, prompting local governments and private businesses to step up preparations to host them. While Las Vegas, Macau and Singapore are widely known for huge casinos, or facilities that house and accommodate roulette ...

Retailer gets 'cute' with Singapore

Feb 18, 2014

Retailer gets 'cute' with Singapore

by Siti Rahil

Japanese fashion brand and retailer Satisfaction Guaranteed has launched the sale of “kawaii,” or cute, merchandise usually associated with Japan, through high-tech digital vending machines in Singapore. “Singapore will . . . be the first country outside of Japan to have this intelligent digital ...

Feb 6, 2014

Asia's dangerous nostalgia

by William Pesek

What gives with the nostaglia in some Asian countries for strongmen of the past? The yearning for yesteryear speaks to our disorienting times and a dearth of visionary leadership when it's most needed.

Jan 17, 2014

U.S. wants TPP ministerial talks in late February

The United States has proposed convening a four-day ministerial meeting for the 12 countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks starting Feb. 22 in Singapore, a Japanese official said Thursday. The high-level gathering may not be held until March or later, however, ...