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  • Diverging fates

    Manufacturers, automakers suffer in Thailand while outward-looking companies boom

    BANGKOK -- Manufacturers and construction companies still struggle for growth in Thailand a year on from the military coup, but businesses that pursued opportunities abroad have flourished. Toyota Motor Thailand expects to sell less than 900,000

    May 23, 2015 12:52 am JST
  • The Future of Asia 2015

    China taking different path in supporting Asian growth, Thai minister says

    TOKYO -- Thailand sees China's emergence as an economic powerhouse helping propel growth in developing countries in Asia, rather than posing a threat, according to a senior government official. The role of driving regional development has been p

    May 22, 2015 10:50 am JST
  • Thai banks

    Lenders pass on central bank's rate cuts but effect may be small

    BANGKOK -- After nearly a month of inaction, Thailand's commercial banks are finally passing on the central bank's interest rate cuts to their customers in the hope of spurring loan growth and easing repayment burdens. Kasikornbank, the country'

    May 22, 2015 08:13 am JST
  • Duncan McCargo

    The trouble with reconciliation

    How can deep divides in a highly polarized society be bridged? After a decade of near-continuous political crisis, Thais are once again asking themselves this question. Thailand's new draft constitution, drawn up under the military-led government an

    May 22, 2015 07:00 am JST
  • Next stop, Thailand

    Japan's bullet trains may link Bangkok, Chiang Mai

    BANGKOK -- Thailand is expected to adopt Japan's bullet train technology for a high-speed rail project that could be worth 430 billion baht ($12.8 billion). Transport ministers from both countries are to sign a railway cooperation agreement Wedn

    May 22, 2015 03:17 am JST
  • Thailand serves as springboard

    Toyota's new pickup leads offensive in emerging markets

    BANGKOK -- Toyota Motor released in Thailand a fully redesigned HiLux pickup truck Thursday, drawing about 1,000 media representatives to a debut event here. The new HiLux is the first offering under the revamped Innovative International Multi-p

    May 22, 2015 12:22 am JST
  • The Future of Asia 2015

    Sensitive sectors remain sticking point ahead of AEC integration deadline

    TOKYO -- Aviation is among the sectors thwarting efforts by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to integrate their economies by the end of 2015, a senior official from the bloc revealed. Under a policy roadmap, the ASEAN Economic Communit

    May 21, 2015 09:20 pm JST
  • The Future of Asia 2015

    Abe pledges $110 billion for Asian infrastructure

    TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said his government and the Asian Development Bank will jointly provide $110 billion to finance "innovative" infrastructure in Asia. Innovation, Abe said, is necessary if Asia is to counter the challenges

    May 21, 2015 08:30 pm JST
  • The Future of Asia 2015

    Leaders call for stronger economic ties in ASEAN

    TOKYO -- Cabinet members and experts from Japan, Thailand and Cambodia discussed the theme "Prospects and Challenges for the ASEAN Economic Community" Thursday at Nikkei's annual Future of Asia international conference. In the first half of the

    May 21, 2015 08:20 pm JST
  • Weather insurance

    Sompo Japan to cover farmers in Myanmar, Indonesia

    TOKYO -- Sompo Japan Nipponkoa plans to start offering insurance in Myanmar and Indonesia that will help farmers protect their livelihoods from the weather. In Myanmar, where Japanese insurance companies are not yet allowed to sell insurance di

    May 21, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • The Future of Asia 2015

    ASEAN as the nucleus of an emerging Asia

    TOKYO -- As one of the fastest growing regions with various economic partnerships, ASEAN is the nucleus of an emerging Asia, Le Luong Minh, the bloc's secretary-general, argued. Growth is robust in Asia amid uncertainties in developed economies,

    May 21, 2015 05:55 pm JST
  • Fastest-growing market

    Gaming soars in Southeast Asia, and local developers follow

    SINGAPORE -- Southeast Asia is the world's fastest-growing gaming market, as the expanding middle class becomes increasingly reliant on mobile devices, a research company reported recently. Newzoo, based in the Netherlands, estimates compound an

    May 21, 2015 10:34 am JST
  • Myanmar humanitarian crisis

    Malaysia, Indonesia open doors to boat people

    LANGKAWI, Malaysia -- Malaysia and Indonesia confirmed Wednesday that they will take in up to 7,000 refugees from Myanmar and Bangladesh thought to still be at sea, after weeks of political dithering. The United Nations estimates that there are

    May 21, 2015 03:15 am JST
  • Kasit Piromya

    A 'third force' could bridge Thailand's political divide

    BANGKOK -- Unless Thailand's only viable political party can reform itself, the military-coup-prone country will need a third force of "liberal ideas and undertakings" to lead it out of "the jungle of vested-interest politics," writes former Fo

    May 21, 2015 01:15 am JST
  • Thailand's power industry

    Tepco to team with Thai utility to procure LNG

    TOKYO -- Tokyo Electric Power Co. is joining forces with Thailand's state-owned power utility in liquefied natural gas (LNG) operations. Tepco and the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) would cooperate in the procurement, shipm

    May 21, 2015 12:34 am JST
  • 1 year from coup

    Thailand's economy tests the junta's steering skills

    BANGKOK -- It is a harrowing time to be in Thailand's farming business. Just ask Taweewong Ieamsri, 74, a farm equipment wholesaler in a Bangkok suburb. His income dropped more than 20% on the year in 2014, and the worst may be yet to come. So f

    May 21, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Editorial: To drive trade, ASEAN must prove itself behind wheel

    The Association of Southeast Asian Nations is set to launch the ASEAN Economic Community, or AEC, by the end of this year -- a common economic area that will remove trade tariffs and ease regulations on service industries in the region, which is gre

    May 21, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Rohingya exodus creates regional, global strains

    YANGON -- The flood of Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar is creating regional friction that could have global implications. The Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic minority, face discrimination and persecution in Buddhist-majority Myanmar. Sectarian viole

    May 21, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Household debt begets a major dilemma

    BANGKOK -- Sukul Sangdee, a 58-year-old community leader in a rice-growing village in Thailand's northeast, knows his fellow farmers well. Every so often, he sees unfamiliar men at a noodle shop near his house. "They are loan sharks coming to collec

    May 21, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Thailand's economy tests the junta's steering skills

    BANGKOK -- It is a harrowing time to be in Thailand's farming business. Just ask Taweewong Ieamsri, 74, a farm equipment wholesaler in a Bangkok suburb. His income dropped more than 20% on the year in 2014, and the worst may be yet to come. So f

    May 21, 2015 12:00 am JST