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  • Southeast Asia's industrial waste attracts Japan's midsize recyclers

    TOKYO -- As Southeast Asian economies grow, they are producing more industrial waste that needs to be recycled. Small and midsize Japanese businesses with environmental technologies smell opportunity. In Thailand, oil, refrigerants, paint materi

    September 30, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Singha's backdoor real estate listing

    BANGKOK -- After its successful backdoor listing on the Stock Exchange of Thailand on Friday, Singha Estate, the real estate arm of Singha beer brewer Boon Rawd Brewery, extended its gains on Monday, closing nearly 26% up at 11.20 baht with the four

    September 29, 2014 09:57 pm JST
  • Rice husks to fuel Ajinomoto's Thai plant

    TOKYO -- Japanese seasonings maker Ajinomoto will introduce a heat and power system that uses rice husks as fuel at its factory in the Thai province of Ayutthaya. This will be the company's first time using what is known as biomass cogeneration.

    September 28, 2014 02:00 am JST
  • Thai boxing draws health-conscious women

    BANGKOK -- Women are taking to boxing gyms across Thailand. The official national sport, Thai boxing or muay thai, is seeing increased numbers of females joining classes. They now account for over half of those practicing the sport. Thai boxing, wh

    September 27, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Japan's Car Conveni Club to open auto repair shops in Thailand

    TOKYO -- Automobile repair company Car Conveni Club plans to move into the Thai market next year as part of an expansion drive in Southeast Asia, where car ownership is growing. A joint venture will be set up with major Thai trading house Loxley

    September 27, 2014 01:28 am JST
  • Tigerair Taiwan enters busy LCC market in Asia

    SINGAPORE -- Taiwan's first low cost carrier made its inaugural flight on Friday. Tigerair Taiwan, the LCC subsidiary of Taiwan's China Airlines, began operations between Taipei's Taoyuan International Airport and Singapore's Changi Airport. With an

    September 26, 2014 07:10 pm JST
  • Japan Post to offer new option for sending parcels to Asia

    TOKYO -- Japan Post will launch this fall an international parcel delivery service covering China, India and Southeast Asia, using the logistics network of French partner Geopost. Japan Post's international mail service already handles packages.

    September 26, 2014 05:05 am JST
  • As Asia gets its wheels on, better public transit would be a boon

    TOKYO -- Japanese and other companies stand to benefit from the new opportunities that could open up in Asia for improving public transportation, catalyzed by a recent study showing how much major cities would benefit economically from easing traffi

    September 26, 2014 03:52 am JST
  • Siam Piwat taking retail therapy to new heights

    BANGKOK -- Siam Piwat, one of Thailand ‘s top mall operators, has unveiled ambitious expansion plans for the next five years that involve investment of up to 55 billion baht ($1.7 billion). With the country’s retail sector continuing to exper

    September 25, 2014 10:55 pm JST
  • Japanese employers realize old personnel policies won't cut it elsewhere in Asia

    TOKYO -- Japanese companies doing business across Asia are trying to polish their image as employers. As the region's economies grow and competition for labor increases, they feel a pressing need to change their reputation for low pay, slow promotio

    September 25, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Yasuyuki Todo: Exclusive ties keep Asia's growth stuck in middle-income trap

    Low-income countries tend to demonstrate higher growth rates than rich ones. One reason for this is that they can borrow advanced technology and know-how from developed nations and use it to churn out cheaper imitation goods. In addition, capital in

    September 25, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • REITs expand reach in Asia

    SINGAPORE -- As Thailand's first real estate investment trust prepares for its listing on Oct. 1, more Asian markets are moving to open their doors to the high dividend securities, with new attention turning toward India and China. REITs have pr

    September 25, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Asian game startups show they mean business in Tokyo

    TOKYO -- As usual, Sony, Samsung Electronics and other big brands attracted legions of button mashers at this year's Tokyo Game Show. Industry insiders, however, made a point of stopping by a zone reserved for emerging companies from across Asia. Th

    September 25, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Wi-finally: Nok Air's free wireless service has glitchy start

    BANGKOK -- Thailand's second-largest discount airline, Nok Air, launched free in-flight WiFi Tuesday, becoming the first in Asia to do so. But heavy network traffic meant only a few lucky passengers were able to enjoy the service fully. Nok

    September 24, 2014 05:50 pm JST
  • Thai stocks at whim of interim government's next steps

    SINGAPORE -- Thai stocks have been stalling, with the benchmark Stock Exchange of Thailand index stalling near a 15-month high. Four months have passed since the May 22 coup, and investors have begun to expect market results from the interim militar

    September 22, 2014 02:00 pm JST
  • Foreign visitors to Japan up 22% in Aug.; 56% rise from China

    TOKYO -- The number of monthly visitors to Japan for August was over 1 million, a record high for the month and the sixth month in a row that numbers have topped the 1 million mark, according to the Japan National Tourism Organization. Much of this

    September 22, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • Thai military junta pushes tax hikes

    BANGKOK -- Thailand's military government, which came to power in a May coup, is pushing through unpopular tax hikes to lift the country's sagging tax revenue and attempt to cure fiscal woes. The government of Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, named prime

    September 21, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • Auto seat maker TS Tech seen faring better than expected

    TOKYO -- Automobile seat manufacturer TS Tech is expected to exceed its earlier operating profit projection for the April-September half by about 500 million yen ($4.55 million) on lower-than-expected costs. The Honda Motor affiliate is seen pos

    September 20, 2014 02:00 am JST
  • India, Asean enhance free trade agreement

    NEW DELHI -- Four years after a free trade agreement relating to goods came into effect between India and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the trade partners have gone a step further with a supplementary trade in services and investment a

    September 19, 2014 12:34 pm JST
  • PTTEP gears up for Myanmar's energy needs

    BANGKOK -- Thailand's PTT Exploration and Production (PTTEP), the core subsidiary of state-owned energy conglomerate PTT, is stepping up its exploration budget in Myanmar for the next 5 years by 18%, compared to the previous plan, to $3.3 billion in

    September 18, 2014 08:27 pm JST