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  • Coffee pods vie to tempt Southeast Asia's drinkers

    JAKARTA -- Southeast Asia hosts some of the world's leading coffee growers and exporters, such as Indonesia and Vietnam, the world's fourth- and second-biggest producers respectively.Neighbors such as East Timor, Laos, Myanmar, the Philippines and T

    May 28, 2017 12:46 pm JST
  • Pavida Pananond

    Thailand faces economic costs of social media censorship

    Recent moves by Thailand's military-backed government to tighten controls over social media are as much an international investor issue as a domestic political concern. Since it seized power in May 2014, the government of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan

    May 27, 2017 03:20 pm JST
  • Racing to prop up Asia's sinking cities

    JAKARTA -- Vast sections of Southeast Asia's cities could sink below sea level in the coming decades as residents draw up groundwater faster than it can be replenished, leaving governments scrambling to prevent flooding on a massive scale.The Indone

    May 27, 2017 01:40 pm JST
  • Thailand's Thonburi Healthcare to build premium senior housing

    BANGKOK -- Thonburi Healthcare Group, a Thai private hospital operator, will open an upscale residential complex for the elderly as early as the end of 2018, responding to the rapid aging of the nation's population.Facilities such as a hospital, reh

    May 26, 2017 07:00 am JST
  • East Asian workers remarkably disengaged

    TOKYO -- Workers in East Asia are much less engaged in their jobs than their counterparts in the rest of the world, a recent survey by Gallup shows. Experts say East Asian companies need to alter their management styles before disengaged workforces

    May 25, 2017 10:40 pm JST
  • Booming Southeast Asian vehicle sales drive urban congestion

    JAKARTA -- Vehicle sales in Southeast Asia are set to outpace all other regions of the world during 2017, according to industry research, highlighting surging economic expansion in some parts of the region.But the growing number of new cars and truc

    May 25, 2017 05:00 pm JST
  • Terrorism once again proving to be grave concern in Asia

    TOKYO -- Counter-terrorism measures, including expanding support for anti-Islamic State operations, are likely to feature prominently in the Group of Seven summit taking place in Italy on Friday and Saturday. The talks will center around the deadly

    May 25, 2017 02:58 pm JST
  • Free speech takes a hit ahead of the Thai vote

    BANGKOK An explosion at a military hospital in Bangkok on the third anniversary of the ruling junta underscored Thailand's delicate political situation ahead of the first full-fledged election in seven years.The kingdom's two largest political force

    May 25, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Geely joins China's charge into Asian auto markets

    BANGKOK -- Chinese automakers are launching a fresh challenge in Southeast Asia, undeterred by the failure of more established players to gain a solid foothold in markets traditionally dominated by Japanese brands.About 3.2 million cars were sold in

    May 25, 2017 05:00 am JST
  • Security tightens around the globe following UK terror

    LONDON -- Major Western and Asian nations followed the U.K. by going on high alert in the wake of Monday's terrorist bombing in Manchester, bolstering defenses of so-called soft targets that attract big crowds but are relatively unprotected.British

    May 25, 2017 04:30 am JST
  • Lawson shoots for black ink overseas as Japan ops slump

    TOKYO -- Japanese convenience store chain Lawson looks to compensate for slow growth at home by accelerating shop openings abroad and turning a profit in overseas operations by fiscal 2018.Lawson held five subsidiaries -- in Thailand and the Chinese

    May 25, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • Anthony Davis

    Bangkok bombings undermine military-imposed 'stability'

    Coming after two earlier explosions in Bangkok in recent weeks, a bomb blast in a hospital on May 22 has further undermined assurances by Thailand's ruling junta that stability has been restored following a military coup in May 2014. It is now clear

    May 25, 2017 01:20 am JST
  • Yanfei Li

    Services the next frontier in Asian energy revolution

    Modern life is characterized by a constant quest for energy. Every day, we refill our gas tanks, charge our phones or replace the batteries in our devices. This need for energy can provoke anxiety when we cannot find power plugs to charge our laptop

    May 25, 2017 12:15 am JST
  • Thai central bank keeps policy rate steady, cites global uncertainties

    BANGKOK (Reuters) -- Thailand's central bank on Wednesday left its key interest rate unchanged at 1.50 percent, saying the level continues to support economic recovery and that the growth outlook improved despite global uncertainties.The Bank of Tha

    May 24, 2017 04:34 pm JST
  • Thai PM denounces hospital bombing

    BANGKOK -- A bomb explosion at a Thai military hospital on Monday was "unforgivable" and should be blamed on "people who want to be in government", Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha told reporters on Tuesday."The perpetrators have violated

    May 24, 2017 12:30 am JST
  • Thailand tightens security in Bangkok after hospital blast

    BANGKOK (Kyodo) -- Thai authorities tightened security in Bangkok on Tuesday, a day after a bomb blast at a military-run hospital in the city center injured 21 people.Police and soldiers have been deployed to several key locations in the capital, es

    May 23, 2017 10:46 pm JST
  • Honda's business jet spreads wings to Southeast Asia

    TOKYO -- Honda Motor will begin selling its business jet in several Southeast Asian markets to capitalize on the region's economic growth, the Japanese automaker said Monday.Honda tapped Thai Aerospace Services as its first-ever HondaJet dealer in S

    May 23, 2017 12:02 am JST
  • 16 Asia-Pacific nations agree to conclude free trade talks soon

    HANOI (Kyodo) -- Ministers from 16 Asia-Pacific countries agreed Monday in Hanoi to conclude a regional free trade deal swiftly, with their joint statement expressing their hope to strike a deal by the end of this year, which falls in the "milestone

    May 22, 2017 11:11 pm JST
  • Southeast Asia digital consumer market to hit $50bn in 2017: report

    SINGAPORE -- An increasing number of Southeast Asian people are relying on digital means to purchase products and services, helping the region's internet economy to balloon to more than $50 billion, according to a report by Bain & Co.The management

    May 22, 2017 10:00 pm JST
  • Bangkok bomb hits close to home for junta

    BANGKOK -- An explosion at a military hospital in Bangkok injured more than 20 people on Monday, the third anniversary of the ruling junta, underscoring Thailand's delicate political situation ahead of the first full-fledged election in seven years.

    May 22, 2017 09:37 pm JST