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South China Morning Post (September 13)

2021/ 09/ 14 by jd in Global News

“Even as they struggle with one of the world’s worst Covid-19 outbreaks, nations across Southeast Asia are slowly realising that they can no longer afford the economy-crippling restrictions needed to squash it…. Regulators are pushing forward with plans to reopen, seeking to balance containing the virus with keeping people and money moving.”


Bloomberg (October 25)

2019/ 10/ 27 by jd in Global News

“Thanks partly to the plunging costs of renewable energy… coal is in rapid retreat all over the world.” It is “dying faster than anybody expected” and not just in America’s heartland. “The profitability of coal-fired power is plunging” in Germany and “demand is dying even in Southeast Asia, long seen as a sort of industry firewall.”


New York Times (August 12)

2019/ 08/ 14 by jd in Global News

“In a purely rational world, Japan would lead a democratic alliance with South Korea, Taiwan and much of Southeast Asia to balance the might of China. In a world fueled by historical passions, America’s retreat will almost certainly drive South Korea even closer to China, while Japan… might pull back behind its sea walls, hoping to be left alone by untrustworthy alien powers.”


Reuters (August 18)

2016/ 08/ 21 by jd in Global News

“Short-sellers who made their names and fortunes wiping billions off Chinese and Southeast Asian companies are setting their sights on Japan after a series of accounting scandals amplified concerns about weak corporate governance there. Until recently, corporate managers in Japan have enjoyed relatively limited scrutiny of their governance standards and accounting rigor.”


Bloomberg (July 25)

2016/ 07/ 26 by jd in Global News

“With a young population, an expanding middle class and one of Southeast Asia’s fastest-growing economies, Vietnam is an alluring market for Aeon, Takashimaya Co. and Seven & i Holdings Co. The reason: China is slowing and growth is flat-lining at home.”


Financial Times (January 14, 2014)

2014/ 01/ 14 by jd in Global News

“One trend that is prompting parts of Japan Inc to shop abroad is the ageing population. Japanese banks and insurers, for example, are increasingly looking to the younger demographics of southeast Asia to build up their next generation of depositors and policy holders.” And while this was part of the rationale behind Suntory’s acquisition of Beam, a new overseas M&A boom is unlikely given the weak yen, especially as many “companies remain unwilling to borrow for expansion after years of cutting costs and hoarding cash.”


Euromoney (August Issue)

2013/ 08/ 13 by jd in Global News

“The value of mergers and acquisitions by Japanese companies of those in southeast Asia has reached $8.2 billion over this year to date, according to Dealogic, further demonstrating Japan’s relative strength on a regional and global basis. That makes Japan the highest single-country bidder for any southeast Asian companies.”