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  • Hiring abroad

    Japanese contractors seek more foreign engineers

    TOKYO -- General contractors are moving to hire and train foreign engineers to work overseas in anticipation of growing construction demand, especially in Asia. Taisei plans to offer long-term employment at overseas branches to engineers it prev

    April 18, 2015 05:17 am JST
  • Thailand junta

    Prayuth says constitutional reform vital to recovery

    BANGKOK -- Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha offered assurances on Friday that his unelected military government is putting Southeast Asia's second largest economy back on a track, and said that a controversial new constitution is essential to restor

    April 17, 2015 10:37 pm JST
  • Special economic zone

    Tax breaks lure foreign business to Laos

    BANGKOK -- A special economic zone in southern Laos that is being driven by foreign investment is becoming the new symbol of Southeast Asia's industrial development. The Savan-Seno Special Economic Zone in Savannakhet has drawn nearly 60 compani

    April 17, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Cultivating markets

    SBI to begin online securities trading in Thailand

    TOKYO -- Japan's SBI Holdings will launch an online securities trading service in Thailand as early as this fall on hopes of winning customers through cheaper brokerage fees. The Japanese financial firm will take a 55% stake in a joint venture w

    April 16, 2015 04:24 am JST
  • Myanmar set to raise generating capacity fivefold

    NAYPYITAW -- With multiple projects in the pipeline, Myanmar's power generation capacity looks set to jump more than fivefold in the coming years. Thai engineering company TTCL and Myanmar's Ministry of Electric Power signed a memorandum of under

    April 16, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Mobile provider Telenor finds growth by serving Asia's poor

    BANGKOK/NEW DELHI -- State-run Norwegian wireless carrier Telenor has become a major player in Asia, building a base of 168 million subscribers by targeting low-income earners with cut-rate plans.Opportunities for womenDamka is a quiet farming villa

    April 16, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Asia must work together to fight epidemics

    One year has passed since the outbreak of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. The official death toll, which includes figures for such countries as Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, has surpassed 10,000. Though some experts say the worst of the Ebola

    April 16, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Thai junta imposes new set of restrictions

    BANGKOK -- Thais thought they were seeing the long-awaited end to martial law, only to find that little has changed. The country's military government lifted martial law throughout the country on April 1, 10 months after it was imposed. In its place

    April 16, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • World Bank outlook

    Developing East Asia and Pacific slowing

    SINGAPORE -- Despite low oil prices, the World Bank predicts that growth in the developing economies of East Asia and the Pacific will slow to 6.7% because of China's weaker economy and uneven recovery in more developed economies. The Washington

    April 14, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Opinion & Analysis

    Despite appearances, Thailand and Myanmar are not 'trading in' their allies

    Slowly and steadily, some 21st century power struggles are shifting to Southeast Asia. Noticeable rifts have emerged between the U.S. and Thailand on the one hand, and China and Myanmar on the other. These diplomatic spats, however, are unlikely to

    April 13, 2015 07:00 am JST
  • Thailand post-coup

    Junta failing in economic rescue mission

    BANGKOK -- Thailand's military government is fighting an uphill battle to save the nation's battered economy. The government, led by Prayuth Chan-ocha, recently lifted martial law 10 months after a coup that deposed an elected government, but th

    April 12, 2015 07:00 am JST
  • Recruit study

    What is in a work title? Depends where you are from

    TOKYO -- Are general managers a part of upper management or lower-level employees? People in China, Thailand, India, the U.S. and Japan gave drastically different answers to this question. Recruit Holdings, a Japanese staffing agency, found in a

    April 11, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Kewpie's Thailand ramp-up

    Mayonnaise maker to produce 30% more precut veggies

    TOKYO -- Japan's Kewpie plans to increase production of commercial-use precut vegetables in Thailand, betting this will buttress sales of its mayonnaise and other condiments. At a factory in Ratchaburi Province, annual output of such vegetables

    April 11, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Doing well by doing good

    Norway's Telenor offers mobile phone access to Asia's poor

    BANGKOK -- State-run Norwegian wireless carrier Telenor has become a major player in Asia, building a base of 168 million subscribers by targeting low-income earners with cut-rate plans.Opportunities for womenDamka is a quiet farming village of 3,00

    April 11, 2015 05:20 am JST
  • Small-biz boost

    13 Asian nations to make local financing easier

    TOKYO -- Japan, China, South Korea, and 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will create a financing mechanism allowing their banks to procure local currency by putting up sovereign bonds as collateral. Finance ministers and

    April 11, 2015 03:37 am JST
  • TTCL leads charge

    Myanmar set to raise generating capacity fivefold

    NAYPYITAW -- With multiple projects in the pipeline, Myanmar's power generation capacity looks set to jump more than fivefold in the coming years. Thai engineering company TTCL and Myanmar's Ministry of Electric Power signed a memorandum of und

    April 10, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Ticon Industrial Connection

    Thai factory, warehouse provider expands abroad

    BANGKOK -- Ticon Industrial Connection, a leading provider of factories and warehouses for lease in Thailand, plans to expand operations abroad. The company's first destination is Indonesia, where it plans to build rental factories and warehous

    April 10, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Focus on Asia

    Kyowa Hakko unit launches amino acid plant in Thailand

    BANGKOK -- Kyowa Hakko Bio opened an amino acid plant in Thailand on Thursday, hoping to meet growing demand for a compound widely used in dietary supplements. The Kyowa Hakko Kirin unit spent 10.6 billion yen ($87.3 million) on the plant in Ray

    April 10, 2015 12:46 am JST
  • Thailand's protest music

    In the 'red northeast,' Jim Thompson's legacy spans more than silk

    BANGKOK -- Jim Thompson was an American, an aesthete, a World War II intelligence agent, and a patron of Thai folk art who famously vanished on a walk in Malaysia in the 1960s. A far-sighted entrepreneur, he transformed the Thai textile industry, fo

    April 9, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Thai stocks

    Foreigners, Thais show mixed response to end of martial law

    BANGKOK -- While foreign investors maintain their cautious stance on Thai stocks even after last week's lifting of martial law, domestic investors are exhibiting some optimism. The Stock Exchange of Thailand Composite Index dropped for the first

    April 9, 2015 02:35 am JST