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  • Thai junta clamps down on social media ahead of promised election

    BANGKOK -- With Thailand marking on Monday the third anniversary of the coup that brought the current military junta to power, the kingdom's two largest political forces remain deeply split.This has prompted the government to clamp down on speech as

    May 22, 2017 06:00 pm JST
  • Bomb at hospital in Bangkok, wounds 24 -- police

    BANGKOK (Reuters) - A bomb blast at a hospital in the Thai capital, Bangkok, wounded 24 people on Monday, the third anniversary of a 2014 military coup.There was no claim of responsibility for the blast at the Phramongkutklao Hospital, which is popu

    May 22, 2017 03:57 pm JST
  • Development plans for Chao Phraya river threatens to drain Bangkok's soul

    BANGKOK -- As morning breaks over Bangkok, the first river taxis packed with office workers roar past Wat Arun, known as "Temple of the Dawn" -- a towering grey Buddhist landmark on the west bank of the Chao Phraya river. Elsewhere along the waterwa

    May 20, 2017 05:30 pm JST
  • Asia-Pacific meeting puts Trump's trade turmoil center stage

    HANOI (Reuters) -- U.S. President Donald Trump's new trade representative held his first face-to-face meetings with some key partners on Saturday as the United States charts an "America First" policy that has upended the old global order and sparked

    May 20, 2017 03:30 pm JST
  • Asian women get their closeup in new push for Japanese cameras

    TOKYO -- With smartphones slowly killing off the compact digital camera, Japanese manufacturers have adjusted their Asian marketing strategies to focus on more sophisticated -- and pricier -- mirrorless models for the discerning selfie taker. Emergi

    May 20, 2017 06:00 am JST
  • Mattis: North Korea military solution would be 'tragic on an unbelievable scale'

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday that any military solution to the North Korea crisis would be "tragic on an unbelievable scale" and said Washington was working internationally to find a diplomatic solution."W

    May 20, 2017 04:45 am JST
  • Thailand in 1992: The black days of May

    A quarter of a century ago on May 20, 1992, the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej finally stepped in to put an end to weeks of political turmoil in the capital Bangkok. Peaceful demonstrations and hunger strikes had turned violent on a hot Sunday evening

    May 20, 2017 01:00 am JST
  • ASEAN seeking a role in North Korea diplomacy

    TOKYO -- A former top official from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations said Friday that the 10-member group could play a peace broker role in the ongoing crisis over North Korea's nuclear weapons program."I [would] like to see the appointmen

    May 19, 2017 11:53 pm JST
  • Beyond udon -- Japanese chain winding its way to success

    TOKYO -- Takaya Awata, the 55-year-old founder of Japan's Toridoll Holdings, has a dream. He wants to make his company one of the world's biggest restaurant groups. But the operator of Japan's largest udon chain doesn't plan on doing that with the t

    May 19, 2017 04:15 pm JST
  • Shipping shortcuts put Southeast Asia in the express lane

    YANGON/BANGKOK -- New types of cross-border ground shipping services are emerging in Southeast Asia to support the growing multinational production networks here.Many Japanese automotive and electronics companies have supply chains spanning the Grea

    May 19, 2017 01:45 pm JST
  • Grass-roots efforts help clean up trash-filled Thai beaches

    BANGKOK Even the remotest depths of the world's oceans are not immune to plastic pollution. Research recently published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution revealed alarming levels of toxins in crustaceans living in the Marianas Trench, the

    May 18, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Gordon French: As domestic returns wane, Japanese investors should go south

    If finance was science fiction, Japanese pension funds and insurance companies would be the inhabitants of a planet where the most precious commodity -- return on investment -- has all but disappeared. Now they must leave behind their familiar plane

    May 18, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • William Klausner: Thailand must keep up its progress on gender equality

    Thailand has undergone a dramatic social, cultural, economic and political transformation during the past half century. In particular, educated Thai women have reconfigured traditional conceptions of their private and public roles -- to the point wh

    May 18, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Japan's space startups see promise in Southeast Asia

    TOKYO Japanese space startups are rapidly expanding in Southeast Asia, attracted by the wealth of opportunities in the region.The Southeast Asian market offers a wider range of opportunities than Japan's government-oriented space industry. It is als

    May 18, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Thitinan Pongsudhirak: Donald Trump's foreign policy shift is good news for ASEAN

    It was bound to happen. With one brief trans-Pacific phone call to Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, U.S. President Donald Trump rewrote the playbook that has governed U.S.-Thai relations over the past decade.Trump is likely to reorient America

    May 18, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Japanese papermaker Oji dives into water treatment

    TOKYO -- Papermaker Oji Holdings is aiming to make a splash in water treatment operations with technology that can slash filtration plants' setup costs and multiply their efficiency, targeting tens of millions of dollars in annual sales across 40 lo

    May 18, 2017 05:50 am JST
  • Thai auto production falls 13% in April

    BANGKOK -- Automobile production in Thailand shrank 13% on the year in April, weighed down by sluggish exports.The volume fell to 120,473 units, the Federation of Thai Industries said Wednesday. This marks a third straight month of decline and the l

    May 17, 2017 11:46 pm JST
  • China's SAIC Motor to make Thailand an export hub

    BANGKOK -- SAIC Motor is planning to ship vehicles from Thailand to other parts of Southeast Asia and beyond, following in the footsteps walked decades ago by Japanese automakers.The major Chinese carmaker has been manufacturing MG-brand vehicles in

    May 17, 2017 11:30 am JST
  • Mobile payments going viral in Southeast Asia

    BANGKOK -- For a region that has lagged behind the rest of the world in terms of the number of credit cards and banking accounts, Southeast Asia has made remarkable strides toward a cashless society through the use of smartphone payments.Spreading l

    May 17, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • Asia scrambles to put up defense amid global cyberattacks

    SINGAPORE -- Asian countries have managed to escape the global ransomware attacks over the weekend largely unscathed, but they are well aware of their vulnerabilities amid the growing popularity of smartphones and work culture in the region.Respondi

    May 17, 2017 06:10 am JST