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  • Without action today, Asia's future will be a dry one

    Asia is the world's largest and most economically dynamic continent. But it is also the driest, and its future may depend on how well it deals with what a U.N. panel on climate change is calling a growing risk of drought-related water and food short

    April 24, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • China again takes Go title

    TOKYO -- Chinese university student Wang Chen won the 12th World Students Go Oza Championship in Tokyo on Feb. 25-26. This was the first time in two years for a Chinese player to win the title, and the seventh time overall. In the annual amateur

    April 24, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Japanese logistics give Southeast Asia the chills

    TOKYO -- Japan's logistics companies are rolling out cold-chain services in Southeast Asia, winning over local retailers, restaurants and the growing number of people in the region with higher disposable incomes. Southeast Asian consumers have t

    April 24, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • The nature factor deepens Thailand's turmoil

    BANGKOK -- A few kilometers out of Sing Buri, the dusty and nondescript capital of the eponymous province in Thailand's central plains, farmers are burning the remains of the harvest from the second rice crop they planted in late 2013. Beneath the p

    April 24, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Water, water, anywhere?

    Serious water shortages are affecting many parts of Asia. While the major factor behind the situation is climate change, which has exacerbated existing conditions such as drought, there are other factors at play. Much of Asia's population has tr

    April 24, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • PTT acquires Hess oil, gas assets for $1B

    BANGKOK -- Thailand's largest resource developer PTT Exploration and Production will acquire all of U.S.-based energy company Hess Corporation's oil and gas assets in Thailand for $1 billion. PTT completed the acquisition of Hess Thailand Holdin

    April 23, 2014 07:30 pm JST
  • Thai bourse names new president

    BANGKOK -- The Stock Exchange of Thailand announced Wednesday that Kesara Manchusree, currently executive vice president and head of market division, will on June 1 succeed President Charamporn Jotikasthira. Kesara, aged 53, will be the bourse'

    April 23, 2014 07:03 pm JST
  • Thai AirAsia X to launch Japan and South Korea flights

    BANGKOK -- Thai AirAsia X, an affiliate of Malaysia's low cost carrier AirAsia X, will launch direct flights from Bangkok to South Korea on June 17 and to Japan in July. It will become Thailand's first LCC to operate routes over four hours long.

    April 23, 2014 12:00 pm JST
  • Thailand's Saijo Denki targets Asean air conditioner market

    BANGKOK -- Thai air conditioner maker Saijo Denki International is trying to expand its clout across Southeast Asia. The company competes with Japan's Mitsubishi Electric, LG Electronics of South Korea and others in Thailand. Saijo Denki current

    April 22, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Thai drink maker Ichitan makes successful IPO, set to go abroad

    BANGKOK -- Dressed like a superhero and waving a toy gun, Thailand's green-tea tycoon Tan Passakornnatee looked very pleased with himself at the Stock Exchange of Thailand on Monday. His company, Thailand's largest ready-made tea maker, Ichitan Grou

    April 22, 2014 11:00 am JST
  • Japan's big worry over Crimea situation -- China's ambitions

    TOKYO -- Broadly speaking, there are two types of diplomatic talks involving government leaders -- well-prepared meetings with conclusions decided in advance, and earnest talks without any prepared endgame. Leaders from the Group of Seven major

    April 21, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Thailand's Total Access Communications starts 4G tests

    BANGKOK -- Thailand's second-largest cellphone carrier, Total Access Communication, also known as dtac, has begun testing its fourth-generation LTE network as it prepares to begin offering the service by the end of June. The testing, which inclu

    April 18, 2014 11:20 am JST
  • Suzuki aims for car that gets 40km per liter

    TOKYO -- Suzuki Motor says it will create cars that can run for 40km per liter of gasoline by improving its existing technologies. The moves comes as Suzuki seeks to reinforce its presence in emerging economies, where demand for efficient cars i

    April 17, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Toyota dealership extends reach to Thailand

    TOKYO -- Toyota Corolla Shin Osaka has opened a dealership in a northeastern Thai province near the border with Laos where it sees demand growing as road infrastructure improves. The Osaka company invested about 1 billion yen ($9.69 million) in

    April 17, 2014 03:13 am JST
  • Fast-growing Asian companies set to take on world

    IHH Healthcare, Jollibee Foods, VGI Global Media -- these companies are not exactly household names in most countries. And they are dwarfed by their Western counterparts, say, Hospital Corporation of America, McDonald's or Publicis Omnicom Group. Bu

    April 17, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Emerging markets grow their own corporate giants

    To find the business giants of the future, The Nikkei Veritas has created a list of companies with high return on equity in emerging countries, as well as some that satisfy certain requirements, including high return on sales. VGI Global Media is

    April 17, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Indian Ocean nations eye stronger 'blue economy'

    TOKYO -- Attempts to foster economic cooperation are gathering momentum among Indian Ocean nations. The Indian Ocean Rim Association is an organization made up of 20 countries with a combined population of over 2 billion people. It covers a vast

    April 17, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Japan's factory staffing firms speed up operations in Asia

    TOKYO -- Japanese manufacturing staffing firms are boosting their supply of local staff in the rest of Asia to Japanese factories operating there as corporate Japan expands overseas production. Major Japanese manufacturing contractor Outsourcing

    April 16, 2014 03:00 pm JST
  • Japanese carmakers turning Asia into global factory

    TOKYO -- Japan's six major automakers, including Toyota, Nissan and Honda, plan to increase total production in Asia by about 30%, aiming to churn out over 10 million vehicles a year there as early as 2017. The addition of 2.38 million units in

    April 16, 2014 04:12 am JST
  • Money raised via Asian IPOs quadrupled last quarter

    HONG KONG -- Corporations procured a total of $14 billion through initial public offerings in the Asia-Pacific region during the January-March quarter, four times as much as a year earlier. The figure accounts for 41% of the global tally, accord

    April 16, 2014 04:01 am JST