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  • Indonesia, Thailand, Honda and reality

    BANGKOK -- A recent move by Honda Motor may have surprised a few industry observers. The Japanese automaker began producing the Mobilio in Thailand, even though it expects sales to reach no higher than 10,000 units a year in the country. Mob

    November 1, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • ANZ expanding branch network in Southeast Asia

    SYDNEY -- Australia and New Zealand Banking Group is accelerating its push into Southeast Asia as part of a "super-regional strategy" that has the financial institution focused squarely on Asia. "With the phase of high investment in Asia largely

    November 1, 2014 04:02 am JST
  • Haier plans to double Southeast Asian sales in 5 years

    BANGKOK -- Chinese appliance giant Haier Group plans to roughly double Southeast Asian sales within five years from the 2013 tally to over 100 billion yen ($906 million), the chief executive of its Asian unit said Friday in Bangkok. The group wi

    November 1, 2014 12:48 am JST
  • Auto sales in Southeast Asia down 11% in September

    BANGKOK -- New-car sales in Southeast Asia's six major countries dropped 11% on the year to 262,681 vehicles in September, down for the 17th straight month. Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia, the region's top three markets, drove down the overall

    November 1, 2014 12:41 am JST
  • Japan, Asean to coordinate disaster response medical teams

    TOKYO -- Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will create a system for managing joint medical teams in the event of major natural disasters around the region. Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe will attend a summit with Asean memb

    October 31, 2014 04:10 pm JST
  • Asian shares explode after BOJ's big surprise

    BANGKOK -- Following the Bank of Japan's stunning move Friday to pump even more yen into Japan's financial system, all major Asian stock market indexes began sharply rising. The Nikkei 225, the Tokyo benchmark, rose almost 5%, closing the day at 16,

    October 31, 2014 04:04 pm JST
  • Duncan McCargo: Why sword fears pen in Thailand

    When the trial of Worachet Pakeerat, a prominent Thai law professor, opens in late November in Bangkok, he will become one of the first Thai civilians to be court-martialed in decades. His crime? Failing to report to the military junta that seized p

    October 31, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Recyclers eye Southeast Asia's rising piles of junked cars

    HANOI -- The motorization of Southeast Asia is clogging the streets with more cars and filling the air with more exhaust. But there is also another problem looming in the form of illegally junked cars and car parts. Roughly 1 million cars will b

    October 31, 2014 04:52 am JST
  • Isuzu's first-half profit seen down 14%

    TOKYO -- Isuzu Motors likely beat forecasts for the April-September half, with group operating profit totaling an estimated 78 billion yen ($709 million) or so, down 14% on the year but 8 billion yen above guidance, on strong sales in Japan, the Mid

    October 31, 2014 02:00 am JST
  • Once-bankrupt Japanese movie studio revives with Asian market's help

    TOKYO -- Japanese movie studio Nikkatsu is performing a comeback drama in the Asian theater. Nikkatsu once thrived thanks to a series of blockbuster films, including "Taiyo no Kisetsu" ("Season of the Sun"), in which legendary Japanese actor Yuj

    October 30, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Siam Cement sees demand bottoming out

    BANGKOK -- Siam Cement Group, Thailand's largest building materials company, projects that cement demand in Thailand will recover next year as government infrastructure projects take off. "I believe that cement demand bottomed out in August," C

    October 30, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Ebola threatens rice shipments to Africa

    BANGKOK -- What is the impact on the rice fields of Asia of the Ebola epidemic in the jungles of West Africa? Not much, yet, but the Ebola scare has highlighted Africa's growing dependence on rice, which has traditionally been Asia's main food stapl

    October 30, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Tigers the real winners in Thailand's lottery economy

    BANGKOK -- As the month comes to an end, crowds swell in front of Wat Mahabut, a Buddhist temple in a working-class stretch of Bangkok. The Thais mingling in the parking lot are drawn to the religious precinct not by piety, but by profit. Entering t

    October 30, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Ex-Asean head warns of 'slow' economic integration

    BANGKOK -- Progress toward economic integration of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will likely be slow due to a lack of strong leadership, according to Surin Pitsuwan, former secretary general of Asean and one of the architects of its pla

    October 30, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Big Thai banks report rise in nonperforming loans

    BANGKOK -- Loan growth at Thailand's four major banks slowed in the third quarter through September, reflecting the slow recovery in the country's business and consumer confidence since the political turmoil deepened in the country earlier this year

    October 30, 2014 12:50 pm JST
  • Mitsui to help launch Thailand's first logistics REIT

    TOKYO -- Mitsui & Co. will enter the logistics real estate investment trust business in Thailand. The Japanese company will invest a total of 1.5 billion yen ($13.7 million), including a 30% stake in a REIT manager of local industrial site devel

    October 30, 2014 06:30 am JST
  • Itochu likes CP's food distribution chain

    TOKYO -- Trading house Itochu is going into business with Thailand's largest conglomerate, Charoen Pokphand Group. They are planning joint ventures into China, Myanmar and India. The Nikkei Asian Review asked President Masahiro Okafuji about his fut

    October 30, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Manufacturing will win the day

    Dhanin Chearavanont, chairman and CEO of Thai conglomerate Charoen Pokphand Group, believes that cutting-edge manufacturers will win out in the age of e-commerce. He expressed this view in an exclusive interview with the Nikkei Asian Review recently

    October 30, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • First mover in China advantage

    BANGKOK -- On June 6, CP Group Chairman Dhanin Chearavanont met Chinese President Xi Jinping in the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing, along with other attendees of the international conference of overseas Chinese. Dhanin was one of a selected fe

    October 30, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • CP Group equal to half of Thailand's national budget

    Charoen Pokphand, Thailand's largest conglomerate, is pushing to expand globally. The group began as a small seed store, founded in Bangkok by the Chearavanont family, ethnic Chinese immigrants, more than 90 years ago. It has grown to dominate T

    October 30, 2014 12:00 am JST