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  • Company in focus: Bangkok Airways explores next 'boutique routes'

    BANGKOK While cutting costs and frills has been the main strategy for small regional airlines in Asia's increasingly crowded skies, Thailand's Bangkok Airways has been playing a different game.Describing itself as a "boutique airline," the midsize c

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Astro boosting regional content through media partnerships

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Astro Malaysia Holdings, the country's largest pay-TV operator, is increasing partnerships with regional production houses to improve content standards and market presence.Astro, which reaches over 70% of Malaysian households with te

    April 27, 2017 12:40 am JST
  • Asian stocks rise on French election cheer, traders flag North Korea risks

    HONG KONG (Nikkei Markets) -- Asian shares were on course for a third day of gains Tuesday as investors continued to buy into risk assets after a market-friendly candidate won the first round of French elections.The Nikkei Asia300 Index rose 0.9%, e

    April 25, 2017 02:15 pm JST
  • Big Thai banks post profit rise for three straight quarters

    BANGKOK -- Thailand's four largest banks by assets saw their combined net profits rise for the third consecutive quarter in January to March, helped by lower provisioning for future defaults.Although this is a sign that lenders foresee an improvemen

    April 25, 2017 12:00 am JST
  • Asia's venture capital firms learn Silicon Valley tricks

    BANGKOK -- On March 10, at the SXSW event in Austin, Texas, in the U.S., self-driving electric car maker NIO revealed plans to make a near-fully autonomous electric car commercially available in the U.S. by 2020, aiming at becoming one of the first

    April 23, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Company in focus

    Bangkok Airways explores next 'boutique routes'

    BANGKOK -- While cutting costs and frills has been the main strategy for small regional airlines in Asia's increasingly crowded skies, Thailand's Bangkok Airways has been playing a different game.Describing itself as a "boutique airline," the mid-si

    April 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Asia's venture capital firms learn Silicon Valley tricks

    BANGKOK On March 10, at the SXSW event in Austin, Texas, in the U.S., self-driving electric car maker NIO revealed plans to make a near-fully autonomous electric car commercially available in the U.S. by 2020, aiming at becoming one of the first com

    April 20, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Southeast Asia shrugs off the 1997 financial crisis

    TOKYO The 1997 financial crisis that slammed Asia took its toll on Southeast Asian nations. Since weathering the storm, they now appear in good shape as regards development. But work remains to be done.That's the prognosis from a prominent group of

    April 20, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Why there are so many women at Thai banks

    BANGKOK -- For seven decades, Kasikornbank had never had a female president. That changed last year when Kattiya Indaravijaya was promoted, joining a team of presidents at Thailand's third-largest bank by assets. And if national demographics and the

    April 13, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Why there are so many women at Thai banks

    BANGKOK For seven decades, Kasikornbank had never had a female president. That changed last year when Kattiya Indaravijaya was promoted, joining a team of presidents at Thailand's third-largest bank by assets. And if national demographics and the co

    April 13, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • ASEAN and Japan aim to foster startups in Southeast Asia

    TOKYO Venture capital investment is booming in Southeast Asia, boding well for the region's startups. And there is greater scope for collaboration between businesses in the region and in Japan to make innovation happen.That was the message at the AS

    April 13, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Price spikes feared as Asia's aging oil fields dry up

    SINGAPORE A global focus on rising oil output in the U.S. has overshadowed an important trend elsewhere in the market. Falling oil production in Asia is forecast to accelerate as major fields dry up, which will stiffen demand for foreign barrels and

    April 13, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • South Korea's export recovery is on thin ice

    HONG KONG Despite a sustained rebound in exports since November, South Korea's manufacturing ended the first quarter with even more contraction, thanks to a souring relationship with its biggest trading partner China and political uncertainty at hom

    April 13, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • South Korea's export recovery is on thin ice

    HONG KONG -- Despite a sustained rebound in exports since November, South Korea's manufacturing ended the first quarter with even more contraction, thanks to a souring relationship with its biggest trading partner China and political uncertainty at

    April 12, 2017 06:30 pm JST
  • Thai Airways barely in the black; sees tough going ahead

    BANGKOK -- Things are looking up for Thai Airways International, which turned a profit in 2016 for the first time in four years. But the state-owned flag carrier may be in for some turbulence as competition heats up and costs rise.The airline eked o

    April 12, 2017 02:15 pm JST
  • Difference makers

    Thai mogul relishes his Japan-spent youth

    BANGKOK -- In 1955, an 18-year-old Thai found himself overwhelmed by the dazzle and bustle of a Japanese city. One minute, he was standing in a sea of neon lights in Shinsaibashi, a busy shopping district in Osaka. The next, he was looking at a subw

    April 12, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Airbus plans repair site in Thailand

    BANGKOK -- Airbus looks to open an aircraft maintenance yard in eastern Thailand, hoping to capture rising demand as low-cost carriers sharply increase the number of planes flying in Asia.The European aircraft builder is conducting a feasibility stu

    April 11, 2017 05:00 am JST
  • Thai Airways, Bangkok Airways enter codeshare alliance

    BANGKOK -- Thailand's leading full-service carriers -- state-owned Thai Airways International and privately-owned regional carrier Bangkok Airways -- have entered a codeshare alliance to improve connections and to brace themselves against further in

    April 11, 2017 12:20 am JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index loses as US rate caution, geopolitical risks weigh

    HONG KONG (Nikkei Markets) -- Asian stocks edged lower as the threat of rising U.S. interest rates and caution amid growing geopolitical tensions kept investors on the sidelines.The Nikkei Asia300 Index lost 0.1% or 1.5 points to 1,168.78. China Pet

    April 10, 2017 09:08 pm JST
  • Thai telecom giant to develop smartphone games

    BANGKOK -- Thai mobile carrier True Corp. established a smartphone game company with Canadian investment firm Axion Ventures, hoping to develop its own content as Thailand's game industry expands at a rapid clip.True Axion Games aims to become the "

    April 8, 2017 02:23 am JST