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  • What next for Thailand?

    The fast-moving nature of anti-government protests now engulfing Bangkok makes it futile to try to predict the future of Thailand's escalating political crisis. But one thing is clear: all possible scenarios have been tried before -- and all are ver

    December 5, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Asia's commercial real estate torn between bullish investors, cautious occupiers

    The world of commercial property should be straightforward. Developers take a risk and build a building. If they are good or lucky, a business will like it and rent the space. An investor may like the look of the rental income stream and buy the bui

    December 5, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Thailand political crisis highlights distorted democracy

    BANGKOK -- Thailand continues to be rocked by anti-government protesters claiming they are fighting a tyranny of the majority, with both sides saying they represent democratic ideals. On Tuesday, protesters seeking to bring down the government o

    December 4, 2013 06:58 am JST
  • Internet banking slow to catch on in Asia

    TOKYO -- The use of Internet banking continues to lag in parts of Asia, in contrast with the U.S. and Europe, where it accounts for over half of bank transactions. In Singapore and Thailand, customers using a personal computer, cellular phone or

    December 2, 2013 10:20 pm JST
  • Differences between Asean states could help bring them together

    As Southeast Asia moves toward economic integration, the region's diversity is generally considered an obstacle. There is another way to look at it: The varying levels of affluence, economic maturity and manpower competitiveness within the Associati

    December 2, 2013 07:00 pm JST
  • Bangkok braces for clashes between protesters, security forces

    BANGKOK -- Angry protesters redoubled their campaign to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Sunday, seizing control of nearly 40 government buildings even as authorities said they would start driving the occupiers out. Violence could erup

    December 2, 2013 12:58 am JST
  • Thai auto output coasts toward record high

    BANGKOK -- Automobile production in Thailand is on track for a record high in 2013. With the numbers tailing off toward the end of the year, however, there are concerns about capacity utilization. The country has become a popular base for global

    December 1, 2013 07:00 pm JST
  • Yingluck repeats promise to keep peace in Thailand

    BANGKOK -- Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Saturday repeated a promise to not use violence against anti-government protesters. Demonstrators in Thailand have in recent days raised the stakes by occupying government buildings. Ying

    December 1, 2013 02:00 am JST
  • Hefty bonuses whet Japan's appetite for foreign travel

    TOKYO -- Japanese consumers are packing their bags for overseas vacations during the year-end holiday season, banking on fatter winter bonuses courtesy of recovering corporate earnings. Many businesses are expected to close for the nine days fro

    November 30, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • Former prime minister joins Thai protests as tensions escalate

    BANGKOK -- Thai opposition leader and former prime minister Abhisit Vejajiva did not look like a man accused of murder when he joined the crowds marching to the US embassy in Bangkok on Friday. Shouting to make himself heard above the piercing w

    November 30, 2013 12:20 am JST
  • Global growth engine running a little rougher

    MANILA, Philippines -- Southeast Asia is still one of the main engines driving the global economy, but it is kicking out less horsepower as declining domestic demand and sluggish exports increasingly weigh on economies throughout the region. The

    November 29, 2013 07:00 pm 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 01:00 pm 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 01:00 pm JST
  • Suzuki doubling Thai capacity in Southeast Asian push

    TOKYO (Nikkei) --To help drive its expansion in Southeast Asia, Suzuki Motor will double the annual production capacity at its Thai factory to 100,000 vehicles next year. While the Japanese automaker has a strong presence in the Indian market, i

    November 28, 2013 02:00 am JST
  • Soaring wages put emerging Asia in a jam

    TOKYO -- A wave of rising wages is sweeping across Asia's emerging nations. Granted, the region's workers still take home far less than citizens of industrialized countries. Yet the fact remains that the uptrend presents major challenges for policym

    November 28, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • 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