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  • Asia300 Global Business Forum 2017

    Asian consumer behavior changing as middle class expands

    BANGKOK -- As Asia's middle class rapidly grows, customer behavior is changing and businesses need to leverage technology to adapt, business leaders told Thai and international executives Friday."Once the middle-income class people have more money,

    July 15, 2017 12:13 am JST
  • Asia300 Global Business Forum 2017

    'Upside down' world spells opportunity for Asia: Thai deputy PM

    BANGKOK -- U.S. President Donald Trump's policies are turning geopolitics "upside down," but Asian businesses are well-positioned to take advantage of the shifting world order, according to Thai Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak.Asia is beco

    July 14, 2017 05:02 pm JST
  • Philippines, Pakistan help motorcycle makers avoid the skids

    TOKYO/MANILA -- The Philippines and Pakistan have become bright spots in Asia's motorcycle market, helping to offset slowdowns in other key countries.Despite a population of 100 million, the Philippines' motorbike market is less than half that of Vi

    July 14, 2017 02:15 pm JST
  • IMF: ASEAN incentives risk 'race to the bottom' on tax revenue

    JAKARTA -- Competition among Southeast Asian countries to attract foreign investment through tax exemptions and incentives has proven "damaging" to their national revenues, the International Monetary Fund says.Sluggish global growth and this investm

    July 14, 2017 10:58 am JST
  • Gianfranco Casati: Digital readiness can make all the difference for emerging Asia

    Forecasting the success or failure of emerging markets is a tricky game. Attempts have seen the creation of acronyms like BRICs and MINTs, and such markets have been the source of dreams dating back to Marco Polo. For every index that suggests renew

    July 13, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Thitinan Pongsudhirak: Thailand wastes 30 years standing up and falling down

    As Thailand marks the 20th anniversary of being the epicenter of the Asian financial crisis, the country and its squabbling elites have plenty to ponder. Thailand has had many chances to become a vibrant democracy and a developed economy, but it has

    July 13, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Joseph Chinyong Liow

    Southeast Asia views Trump administration with unease

    Since the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Vietnam in 1973, the tendency among American foreign policy decision makers has been to pay relatively little attention to Southeast Asia compared to other regions, with the exception of counter-terrorism sin

    July 13, 2017 09:00 am JST
  • FT Confidential Research

    Asean-5 survey shows little faith in political leaders

    Citizens across the Asean region see little cause for confidence in their governments, according to FTCR's Asean Political Sentiment Indices for the second quarter of this year.The index fell in three of the five countries surveyed, with only the Ph

    July 13, 2017 09:00 am JST
  • Thailand's Central Group making over its department stores

    BANGKOK -- Thailand's Central Group will spend some 350 million baht ($10.3 million) to remodel its department stores in the country, offering a fuller range of services to keep customers staying longer and spending more.The retail heavyweight will

    July 13, 2017 02:48 am JST
  • Nicholas Farrelly

    Mounting threats to Thailand's order

    These are nervous times for Thailand. After the death in October of King Bhumibol Adyulyadej, and with his son King Maha Vajiralongkorn on the Chakri throne, anxiety about the country's long-term direction is building among those who wonder whether

    July 11, 2017 06:00 pm JST
  • FT Confidential Research

    Shine comes off Asean consumer confidence

    Political risk in Thailand and inflation concerns in Indonesia contributed to a fall in the FTCR Asean Economic Sentiment Index to 59.3 in the second quarter, from 61.9 in the first. Those worries and a dip in confidence in the Philippines were enou

    July 11, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • Growth prospects steady in Asian economies as Trump risk recedes

    Economists predict steady growth will continue in major Southeast Asian countries and India for 2017 and beyond, keeping their forecasts near the same levels as in the previous survey conducted three months ago. Concerns over protectionism and other

    July 11, 2017 07:00 am JST
  • Hitachi president lays tracks to 60% gain in Asian sales

    YANGON -- Hitachi aims to capture demand for rail and other infrastructure in an effort to lift sales 60% in Asian markets outside of China and Japan by fiscal 2021, the head of the Japanese technology group said Monday.The group targets 1.5 trillio

    July 11, 2017 06:12 am JST
  • Thailand's exotic cats becoming hard to find

    BANGKOK -- The siamese cat is one of many felines indigenous to Thailand. It is also one of the world's most recognizable breeds, with its blue eyes, creamy coat and black "mask," ears, legs and tail. But the number of these cats is shrinking; the p

    July 10, 2017 12:11 pm JST
  • Business services sector leads Asian growth in June PMI

    TOKYO -- The Nikkei Asia Sector Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, for June showed output growth in 15 of the 19 sectors monitored.Commercial & professional services (55.8) marked the sharpest growth, followed by beverages & food (55.0) and insuran

    July 10, 2017 09:30 am JST
  • Japanese bags a new trend in Bangkok

    BANGKOK -- While South Korean clothing brands have significant influence on Thai fashions, Japanese name-brand handbags appear to be hot here as well, from Issey Miyake's geometric-patterned totes to more affordable, functional bags. And a growing n

    July 9, 2017 03:00 pm JST
  • Women in Ocher: Thailand's rebel nuns gain ground

    TALAD MAI, Thailand -- To Thailand's top Buddhist authority, the barefoot, ocher-robed women are defiant rebels. But in this northern village, and elsewhere across the country, the faithful bow reverently and offer armfuls of food to these fully ord

    July 9, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • International cooperation without US has its limitations

    HAMBURG - United States President Donald Trump left midway through a Saturday morning meeting at the weekend's Group of 20 summit, leaving eldest daughter Ivanka in his stead between British Prime Minister Theresa May and Chinese President Xi Jinpin

    July 9, 2017 11:50 am JST
  • Two Southeast Asian exhibitions open in Tokyo

    TOKYO -- Two groundbreaking exhibitions of Southeast Asian art opened in the Japanese capital in early July. One tells the story of the immense changes the region has experienced over the past few decades; the other focuses on Thailand's long histor

    July 8, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Thai, Japanese startups put best foot forward at pitch event

    BANGKOK -- Thai and Japanese ventures in fields ranging from online marketing to health care pitched to big corporations of their two countries here Friday amid greater efforts in Thailand to foster its budding startup sector.This marked the second

    July 8, 2017 01:57 am JST