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U.S. ban on Huawei largely ignored in Southeast Asia

Business | FOCUS Aug 19, 2019

U.S. ban on Huawei largely ignored in Southeast Asia

Trade tensions between the United States and China have sent a shiver across Southeast Asia, a region that depends heavily on both sides for its economic health, but when it comes to 5G, many countries have shrugged off a U.S. ban on Chinese telecommunications ...

Japanese firms hopping on ride-hailing bandwagon in Southeast Asia

Business Jan 24, 2019

Japanese firms hopping on ride-hailing bandwagon in Southeast Asia

Japanese firms are involved in a clash of titans that is expected to intensify this year between two successful ride-hailing startups in Southeast Asia. Fierce competition is looming between Indonesia's Gojek and Singapore-based Grab, which is backed by companies including SoftBank Group Corp., Toyota Motor ...

Japanese firms turn to Asia in the hunt for good graduates

National Jan 19, 2015

Japanese firms turn to Asia in the hunt for good graduates

As Japan's youngsters dwindle in number, major companies sent recruiters to Singapore recently to interview high-flying university graduates from elsewhere in Asia. Tokyo-based recruitment firm Recruit Career Co. arranged for seven companies to interview about 60 foreign students with a view to hiring the continent's ...

Singapore TPP talks fail to reach a deal

Business Feb 25, 2014

Singapore TPP talks fail to reach a deal

Ministers from 12 Pacific-Rim countries failed Tuesday to achieve the goal of reaching a broad agreement on an envisioned regional free trade deal due to remaining gulfs over such key outstanding issues as tariff elimination. After wrapping up their four-day meeting in Singapore, the members ...

Retailer gets 'cute' with Singapore

Business / Corporate Feb 18, 2014

Retailer gets 'cute' with Singapore

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 vending ...

National / Politics Jan 5, 2013

Abe seen pursuing strong yet pragmatic foreign policy

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to adopt a more assertive foreign policy than his predecessor, Yoshihiko Noda, but he is likely to remain pragmatic despite fears in Asia that his more bellicose views could escalate tensions with China and destabilize the region, a ...

Business Aug 14, 2012

More Japanese firms relocating to Singapore

A growing number of Japanese companies have moved some of their headquarters or key functions to Singapore, viewing the city-state as a strategic location where they can oversee a new wave of investment in Southeast Asia. Panasonic Corp. and Mitsui Chemicals Inc. recently moved some ...