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  • Buy a Thai SIM card, get free insurance

    BANGKOK -- AXA, France's No. 1 insurance company, has embarked on a full-scale effort to cultivate the Asian market. By tapping the region's growth potential, the insurer aims to increase its policyholder base in Asia outside Japan from 14 million t

    July 2, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • George Magnus: Greece will cast long political shadows

    If Greece were in Asia, it would be the seventh largest economy, of little geopolitical consequence and soon to be overtaken by Bangladesh and Vietnam. Greece's size, however, is not the right metric to use when gauging its significance in Europe's

    July 2, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Frederic Neumann: Greek turmoil is not without risks to Asia

    The coming weeks will prove critical for Greece's membership of the eurozone. For Asia, the immediate impact of a potential "Grexit" should be manageable. A powerful policy response by major central banks and comfortable reserve buffers in the regio

    July 2, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Southeast Asia catches eye of venture capitalists

    BANGKOK -- It was a long time coming, but Southeast Asia is finally attracting investments from top-tier global venture capital firms. Until the turn of the century, the conventional wisdom among Silicon Valley venture capitalists was to avoid i

    July 2, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Western entrepreneurs go east

    BANGKOK -- Entrepreneurs from North America and Europe are coming to Asia to fill gaps in the market and connect East and West. Meet Paul McTaggart. While employed by U.S.-based travel website Expedia, the Canadian was struck by inspiration on a

    July 2, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Local ventures get jump on global players

    BANGKOK/MANILA -- Southeast Asian startups have long drawn inspiration from the big U.S. information technology companies. Now, some entrepreneurs are zeroing in on opportunities yet to be tapped by the likes of Apple, Google and Amazon.com. Na

    July 2, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Entrepreneurial engines

    Startups are finding fertile ground in Asia -- Southeast Asia in particular. Populations are getting wealthier, smartphones are ubiquitous and governments are holding out carrots for innovators. Homegrown ventures are sniffing out opportunities far

    July 2, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • $80 high-performance Japanese masks are all the rage amid MERS fear

    NAGOYA (Kyodo) -- A high-performance mask made in central Japan and sold for a whopping 9,980 yen (about $81) has been a big hit since the first MERS patient in South Korea was confirmed in May. The mesh products manufacturer Clever said daily p

    July 1, 2015 07:01 pm JST
  • Frederic Neumann

    Greek turmoil is not without risks to Asia

    The coming weeks will prove critical for Greece's membership of the eurozone. For Asia, the immediate impact of a potential "Grexit" should be manageable. A powerful policy response by major central banks and comfortable reserve buffers in the regio

    July 1, 2015 04:00 pm JST
  • Vijay Sakhuja

    How Asia's 'boat people' exposed maritime weaknesses

    The controversy over the exodus of tens of thousands of stateless Rohingya from Myanmar and Bangladeshi migrants in rickety vessels has exposed chinks in the armor of regional maritime security forces. Over just two months this year, an estimate

    July 1, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Geoff Cook

    Asia's wealthy show their social conscience

    As Asia's middle class is going through a generational shift in wealth, there is also a shift in how that wealth is being used to influence society. More than any other region globally, the wealthiest of the Asia-Pacific are now placing more importa

    June 30, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • 'Detroit of the East'

    Thai auto industry struggles to end 2-year slump

    BANGKOK -- The trouble keeps mounting for Thailand's auto industry, which recently saw new vehicle sales drop for the 25th consecutive month. New car sales in May dropped 18% on the year to 56,942 units, partly due to political chaos crimping co

    June 30, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Delayed reaction

    Thailand, other holdouts could still join AIIB this year

    MANILA -- Thailand and the other prospective founding members that did not sign on to the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank on Monday may ultimately do so by the end of the year. Unfinished administrative work or legal procedures led to the d

    June 30, 2015 02:19 am JST
  • Pumping fresh air

    Daikin to boost Southeast Asian operations to offset Chinese slump

    OSAKA -- Air conditioner maker Daikin Industries plans to roughly double specialized shops selling its products in Southeast Asia to more than 200 this fiscal year, aiming to cultivate a new market as Chinese demand weakens. The Japanese company

    June 30, 2015 01:38 am JST
  • No end in sight

    Southeast Asia's auto sales slide for 25th month

    BANGKOK -- New-auto sales in six major Southeast Asian markets fell for the 25th consecutive month in May, with tough times expected to continue for the top two -- Indonesia and Thailand. The six, also including Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietna

    June 29, 2015 11:26 pm JST
  • Saha Group

    Sluggish Thai consumption spurs Japanese ventures

    BANGKOK -- With weak local purchasing power, Thai conglomerate Saha Group is buffing its Japanese connections, including a joint housing venture with real estate developer Tokyu in Sriracha along the Gulf of Thailand's industrialized Eastern Seaboar

    June 29, 2015 09:00 pm JST
  • Luxury beyond borders

    Thai hotel chain Dusit eyes rapid expansion as contract operator

    BANGKOK -- Thailand's Dusit International chain of luxury hotels plans to rapidly expand its overseas presence by operating hotels on a contract basis. Dusit is looking to win 15 to 20 operating contracts every year, particularly for hotels in C

    June 28, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Yes or no to Europe?

    Greece's Tsipras calls referendum to break bailout deadlock

    ATHENS/BRUSSELS (Reuters) -- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called a referendum on austerity demands from foreign creditors on Saturday, rejecting an "ultimatum" from lenders and putting a deal that could determine Greece's future in Europe to

    June 27, 2015 12:16 pm JST
  • Asian economic integration

    Thailand's Saha to step up distribution with help from Seino

    BANGKOK -- Thai consumer goods conglomerate Saha Group and Japan's Seino Holdings will form a joint distribution business with an eye toward regional expansion, Saha announced Friday. Seino-Saha Logistics will be set up in September. Saha will c

    June 27, 2015 04:27 am JST
  • Aviation safety

    As Philippines gets upgrade, Thailand, Indonesia come under spotlight

    MANILA -- The Philippines on Thursday night was given an important aviation safety upgrade from the European Union, which took all the remaining local carriers off its blacklist. "All airlines certified in the Philippines, banned since 2010, hav

    June 26, 2015 09:33 pm JST