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  • Australia brings snake bite expertise to Myanmar

    BANGKOK -- Snake bites kill hundreds of people every year in Myanmar and leave thousands more with lifelong disabilities. Many could be saved if anti-venom treatments could be delivered faster, especially in rural areas, say experts. But decades of

    February 25, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • Bangkok Airways plans 2 airports at home, abroad

    BANGKOK -- Thailand's regional airline Bangkok Airways is planning to develop two new airports -- one in Thailand and another elsewhere in Indochina -- to reach out to underserved or congested destinations in the region, President Puttipong Prasartt

    February 25, 2017 06:00 am JST
  • Japan, China play for 'swing states' in regional trade game

    TOKYO -- Top negotiators from 16 Asia-Pacific countries representing roughly half the world's population and around a third of global trade will meet in Kobe next week to discuss a trade deal that some, like Japan, hope will bear fruit amid the grow

    February 25, 2017 04:00 am JST
  • Thai rice export prices drop 3.4%

    TOKYO -- Thai rice export prices have plummeted to $395 a ton, a 3.4% drop from a recent high in mid-January, according to the Thai Board of Trade.Rice production in Thailand, where two crops are harvested annually, is expected to increase 17.7% to

    February 25, 2017 03:30 am JST
  • India's Bharti Airtel to buy Telenor's local business

    NEW DELHI/BANGKOK -- Bharti Airtel, India's largest telecom operator, on Thursday announced it has reached an agreement to buy the Indian operations of Norway's Telenor, a move that will bolster Airtel's position in the face of stiff competition fro

    February 23, 2017 11:15 pm JST
  • E-learning combats Southeast Asia's teacher shortages

    TOKYO -- Southeast Asia is benefiting from increased adoption of e-learning, as information technology helps compensate for shortages of teachers and study materials.Filling the gapsIn a wooden school building in San Pablo, on the Philippine island

    February 23, 2017 05:00 pm JST
  • Company in focus: Philippines' Ayala comes full circle with its push into health care

    MANILA Before Ayala Corp. became an investment powerhouse, the 183-year-old group ran a drugstore as one of its first businesses. Now, as it accelerates its diversification efforts, the oldest Philippine conglomerate is going back to those origins b

    February 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • ASEAN wants to seal a South China Sea deal with Beijing this year

    BORACAY, Philippines The Association of Southeast Asian Nations hopes to soon reach a deal with China on a "framework" for a code of conduct in the South China Sea, though some bloc members appear more enthusiastic about the idea than others."We are

    February 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Thailand scrambles for tech investment

    BANGKOK Aiming to become a developed economy by 2036, Thailand is scrambling to lure more tech-related investment into the country.One of the most ambitious projects is a large-scale special economic zone set to be developed on the eastern seaboard.

    February 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • North Korea facing Southeast Asian rift after murder

    KUALA LUMPUR -- The killing of Kim Jong Nam, half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, is threatening Pyongyang's relationship with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations as well as its access to the greater international community.At a T

    February 23, 2017 07:00 am JST
  • Energy giant PTT upbeat on Trump's oil pipeline plan revival

    BANGKOK -- U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to revive plans for the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline could spur Thai energy giant PTT to resume development of an oil sands project in the Canadian province of Alberta, the state-owned comp

    February 23, 2017 06:00 am JST
  • Southeast Asia warms to Japan Inc.'s refrigerated warehouses

    OSAKA -- Japanese logistics companies are tapping their abundant know-how to build advanced warehouses in Southeast Asia offering features such as temperature controls to meet the maturing needs of local consumers.Rising incomes in Asia spur more pe

    February 22, 2017 08:05 am JST
  • ASEAN wants South China Sea deal with Beijing this year

    BORACAY ISLAND, Philippines -- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations hopes to strike a deal with China on a "framework" for a code of conduct in the South China Sea by the middle of this year, though some members of the regional grouping appear

    February 21, 2017 11:38 pm JST
  • Bullish Thai developer Sansiri eyes foreign investors

    HONG KONG -- Sansiri, one of the top real estate developers in Thailand, has laid out an aggressive sales plan this year, particularly targeting Chinese buyers, despite stricter capital controls on the mainland, as it says that the political situati

    February 21, 2017 10:50 pm JST
  • Remote 'off' switch to help Southeast Asians get car loans

    TOKYO -- Japan's Global Mobility Service is expanding its auto lease and loan services in Southeast Asia, which use information technology to remotely shut down the engines of cars whose owners are behind on payments.The services have been introduce

    February 21, 2017 06:00 pm JST
  • Thailand pins growth hopes on massive investment along east coast

    U-TAPAO, Thailand -- Worapol Tongpricha, a naval rear admiral dressed in a smart business suit, stands in the center of a sprawling former U.S. military base and marvels at its unlikely rehabilitation.During the Vietnam War, heavily laden American B

    February 20, 2017 04:00 pm JST
  • Thai Q4 GDP grows 0.4% on quarter, slower than forecast

    BANGKOK(Reuters) -- Thailand's economy expanded less than expected in October-December from the previous three months as domestic demand slowed and tourist arrivals slumped.The economy grew at 0.4 percent from the previous quarter, on a seasonally a

    February 20, 2017 11:58 am JST
  • ASEAN prepares to gauge the Trump effect

    BORACAY ISLAND, Philippines -- The first major meeting of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) ministers this year will provide a window on the regional reaction to shifts expected in U.S. foreign policy following President Donald Trump's

    February 19, 2017 10:35 pm JST
  • Thai junta's economic legacy-building at crossroads

    BANGKOK -- Thailand's languishing economy is finally seeing some rays of light, but its military government must battle the clock to lay a foundation for sustained growth before handing over power to a civilian government in about a year.The second-

    February 19, 2017 06:50 pm JST
  • Company in focus

    Ayala offers affordable healthcare for Filipinos to boost growth

    MANILA -- Before Ayala Corp. became a Philippine investment powerhouse, the 183-year-old company operated a drugstore among its first businesses. As it accelerates its diversification strategy, the company is reviving its interest in medicine by off

    February 19, 2017 02:30 pm JST