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Shopping in Thailand

Luxury mall opens in Bangkok

BANGKOK -- The Mall Group, one of Thailand's leading retailers and mall operators, opened the doors to its new luxury shopping center here Friday. The EmQuartier is the first large commercial facility to open in the heart of the city since the co...

  • Japanese keyboard app

    Baidu releasing premium version of Simeji

    TOKYO -- Simeji, the popular free app for typing in Japanese on smartphones, is going upscale with a premium version that people can buy. Starting Thursday at noon Japan time, Chinese Internet services company Baidu, which owns Simeji, will offer...

  • Ready at last

    LG Electronics hopes OLED TVs brighten brand in Japan

    SEOUL -- LG Electronics is moving to roll out organic light-emitting diode TVs in Japan next month, aiming to strengthen its brand image there by marketing high-end sets with unique designs. Compared with the now common liquid crystal display, wh...

  • The wait is over

    After weeks of delay, Sony launches PlayStations in China

    SHANGHAI -- Sony Computer Entertainment released the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation Vita handheld in China on Friday, about two months later than initially planned. With this, the battle kicked off between the Sony group's newest game systems ...

  • Chinese consumer trend

    'Made in China' sells well in Japan

    SHANGHAI -- Chinese shoppers are becoming increasingly doubtful of the quality of products made in their own country. However, they seem to be willing to buy China-made goods in Japan, which they believe has stricter quality standards. During the...

  • Smartening up

    Watchmakers show off wearable tech at Swiss show

    BASEL, Switzerland -- Long-established manufacturers of timepieces are looking to release smartwatches, a shift likely to stimulate a relatively new market that has been drawing attention due to Apple's entry. Swiss watchmaker Tag Heuer said Thur...

  • Consumer lending

    Indonesia to get first credit reporting institution

    TOKYO -- An institution that handles personal and corporate credit information, including loan repayment status and installment purchase payments, is launching in Indonesia for the first time. Pefindo Credit Bureau will apply for a business licen...

  • Auto market trends

    Diesel-powered cars gain traction in South Korea

    SEOUL -- European diesel-powered cars have become increasingly popular in South Korea in recent years on the back of higher gasoline prices and a shift toward conspicuous consumption. In 2014, diesel models accounted for 39% of all newly register...

  • New alcohol laws

    Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia becoming less fun for drinkers

    SINGAPORE -- A few Southeast Asian countries are tightening laws on the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages. Singapore next month will prohibit the drinking of alcoholic beverages in public spaces from 10:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. Violators coul...

  • Telling you where to go

    Japanese startup building virtual tour guide for hotels

    TOKYO -- A Yokohama startup has developed a system for lodging facilities that will suggest spots for tourists to visit. Machizukuri-Platform, which built Japan Concierge with the University of Tokyo and Tokyo Metropolitan University, envisions t...

  • Shift to domestic veggies

    Japan's food makers leveraging safety awareness

    TOKYO -- Japanese food-processing companies and restaurant chains are turning to domestically produced vegetables in part to meet growing consumer demand for safer foods. Kagome has decided to boost procurement of domestic tomatoes used for juice...

  • Vietnam goes organic

    Natural food booming as safety awareness grows

    HANOI -- Awareness about food safety is on the rise in Vietnam. And as living standards there go up, more people are willing to pay a premium for goods they believe do not pose a health risk. A relative lack of supermarkets and convenience stores...

  • Helpful info

    Japanese drugmakers to provide instructions in Chinese

    TOKYO -- An industry group that represents Japanese drugmakers will offer instructions on taking over-the-counter drugs translated into Chinese via a website. Chinese and Taiwanese tourists often buy drugs while visiting Japan, including products...

  • Japanese food-processing technology

    Faux wagyu finds eager market in Vietnam

    HANOI -- By injecting a concoction of milk, beef fat and mushroom powder into inexpensive Australian beef, Vietnamese meat distributor Thit Bo Fuji simulates the tender texture of Japanese wagyu for a fraction of the price. "It's a cheaper replac...

  • Delayed start

    Sony to launch PlayStation 4 in China this month

    TOKYO -- Sony Computer Entertainment will release the PlayStation 4 in China on March 20, looking to bolster already brisk sales of the video game console by bringing it to a growing market. The launch, announced Tuesday, was originally planned f...

  • Selling online in China

    Sumitomo unit to set up shop in Alibaba virtual mall

    TOKYO -- A subsidiary of Japanese trading house Sumitomo Corp. that sells daily necessities over the Internet is launching a Chinese mail-order business. Soukai Drug will open a store in Tmall Global, a virtual mall run by Alibaba Group Holding f...

  • Robinson Department Store

    Thai retail chain targets neglected markets

    BANGKOK -- With shopping malls crowding Bangkok, Thailand's Robinson Department Store chain is looking for expansion opportunities in provincial areas and in Vietnam, where it opened two stores last year. The mid-tier department store and shoppin...

  • Video

    Taiwan's cosmetic clinics go for luxury

    Cosmetic surgery clinics in Taiwan are creating a niche in the global medical tourism industry by specializing in treatments that are minimally invasive and offering plans that treat patients with resort-hotel quality.See other videos here.

  • Some like it hot

    Japan's toilet seats a hit among Chinese

    TOKYO -- Toilet seats with warm water washing systems were popular among Chinese who visited Japan during China's weeklong Lunar New Year holidays last month. According to Chinese media, some 450,000 Chinese traveled to Japan during the period an...

  • A new drinking class

    India's latest big spenders are turning to wine

    NEW DELHI -- Alcohol consumption in India is breaking free from the constraints formerly placed on its social acceptability by religious conservatism. The new found freedom is leading members of the new middle class to a drink enjoyed by many wealthy...