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  • Suphachai Chearavanont shakes up Thai mobile phone business

    BANGKOK -- At the tender age of 32, Suphachai Chearavanont (46) had a big job on his hands: Turn around the struggling mobile business of Charoen Pokphand (CP) Group, Thailand's largest conglomerate. For the soft-spoken Suphachai, CEO of True C

    November 28, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Asia can withstand an early Fed taper

    The U.S. economy is holding up better than expected. Job growth has accelerated in recent months, and GDP expanded impressively in the third quarter. The Fed may thus decide to ease up on quantitative easing in the coming months. True, inflation is

    November 28, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Resource crisis threatens Asia's rise

    Asian economies facing a domestic resource crunch are being forced increasingly to rely on imported mineral ores, timber and fossil fuels, bringing international supplies under pressure and triggering price volatility. Yet Asia, paradoxically, is th

    November 28, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Thai central bank eases rates as growth flags

    BANGKOK (Nikkei) -- With the prospect of prolonged political turmoil hanging over an already sluggish economy, Thailand's central bank lowered its policy rate for the first time in six months Wednesday. The bank's Monetary Policy Committee voted

    November 27, 2013 10:25 pm JST
  • Thai protesters ratchet up pressure on government

    BANGKOK (Nikkei) -- Demonstrators bent on forcing out Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's government overran more Thai ministries Tuesday, with bigger protests being planned as a no-confidence motion heads toward a vote. Enraged by what they se

    November 27, 2013 01:50 am JST
  • Thai political chaos deepens as protesters seize ministry

    BANGKOK (Nikkei) -- Thais opposed to amnesty for ex-leader Thaksin Shinawatra stormed the ministries of finance and foreign affairs Monday as the main opposition party rallied supporters in an attempt to bring down the government of his sister.

    November 26, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • Thai crisis simmers in Thaksin's shadow

    BANGKOK -- Thailand sank further into prolonged political crisis amid mass rallies in Bangkok last weekend. People took to the streets to criticize or support a Constitutional Court 5 to 4 ruling that effectively killed legislation passed by the Nat

    November 25, 2013 07:00 pm JST
  • Toyota Tsusho touting Thai traffic tip tool

    NAGOYA (Nikkei) -- Toyota Tsusho is looking to roll out simple, low-cost traffic information services in Asia and the Middle East. It recently launched the service in Thailand. The Japanese company gathers traffic information from taxis, trucks

    November 25, 2013 01:00 pm JST
  • Emerging-market firms take center stage at telecom forum

    BANGKOK (Nikkei) -- An international telecommunications forum that wrapped up here Friday underscored the rising technological prowess of companies from emerging markets. The ITU Telecom World 2013, organized by the United Nations agency Interna

    November 25, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • Panelists tout Myanmar, Japan as partners in growth

    YANGON (Nikkei) -- More partnerships between Myanmar and corporate Japan could help one of Asia's most promising economies come into its own as a driver of regional growth, speakers at an event organized by Nikkei Inc. said Friday. The seminar,

    November 23, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • FamilyMart redoubles push into China

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- Japanese convenience store operator FamilyMart plans to open 340 branches in China next year, up 140% from this year's plan, as it expects to turn a profit there for the first time ever in the July-December half. The company en

    November 23, 2013 12:59 am JST
  • Nippon Express sees big business potential in halal logistics

    TOKYO -- Nippon Express wants to enter the business of delivering halal products for Muslim customers. It starts in Malaysia, but the Japanese delivery company hopes to turn this project into a global enterprise. Halal rules do not cover just fo

    November 22, 2013 01:00 pm JST
  • Japan's Orix planning Thai bond offering

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- Japanese financial services company Orix plans to issue 1 billion baht ($31.42 million) in straight bonds as early as this month. The bonds, targeted at Thai institutional investors, will be issued in two- and four-year tranche

    November 22, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • Mitsubishi to build massive power plant in Myanmar

    BANGKOK (Nikkei) -- Japanese trading house Mitsubishi Corp. will build a large fossil-fuel-fired power station in Myanmar's Dawei special economic zone via a joint venture with two Thai companies. Mitsubishi will team up with Electricity Generat

    November 22, 2013 02:00 am JST
  • Rekindled political split slows Thai economic recovery

    BANGKOK (Nikkei) -- Thailand's economy is recovering slowly, but renewed political confrontation and sluggish demand is casting a shadow on the nation's economic outlook. According to a report released Monday by the nation's National Economic an

    November 21, 2013 01:00 pm JST
  • Asean's profit-growth kings: Resource boom trickles down to retail

    TOKYO -- For companies operating in Southeast Asia, now is an excellent time to be involved in infrastructure and natural resources. Being a retailer does not hurt, either, thanks to surging domestic demand across the region.These sectors dominated

    November 21, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Court ruling complicates Bangkok protests

    The Nov. 11 International Court of Justice ruling that awarded Cambodia the rights to a small patch of land surrounding the Preah Vihear temple complex came at an extremely opportune moment for the Thai opposition. While the world's media was watchi

    November 21, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Rethinking the consensus on the Thai crisis

    The lower house of Thailand's parliament triggered a crisis in Bangkok earlier this month when it passed a political amnesty bill. Demonstrations against the bill, which was subsequently rejected by the upper house by a vote of 141-0, have swelled i

    November 21, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Ranking Asean's fastest growing companies: Resource boom trickles down to retail

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- For companies operating in Southeast Asia, now is an excellent time to be involved in infrastructure and natural resources. Being a retailer does not hurt, either, thanks to surging domestic demand across the region.These sectors

    November 21, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Court ruling complicates Bangkok protests

    The Nov. 11 International Court of Justice ruling that awarded Cambodia the rights to a small patch of land surrounding the Preah Vihear temple complex came at an extremely opportune moment for the Thai opposition. While the world's media was watchi

    November 21, 2013 12:00 am JST