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  • Why there are so many women at Thai banks

    BANGKOK For seven decades, Kasikornbank had never had a female president. That changed last year when Kattiya Indaravijaya was promoted, joining a team of presidents at Thailand's third-largest bank by assets. And if national demographics and the co

    April 13, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • ASEAN and Japan aim to foster startups in Southeast Asia

    TOKYO Venture capital investment is booming in Southeast Asia, boding well for the region's startups. And there is greater scope for collaboration between businesses in the region and in Japan to make innovation happen.That was the message at the AS

    April 13, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Price spikes feared as Asia's aging oil fields dry up

    SINGAPORE A global focus on rising oil output in the U.S. has overshadowed an important trend elsewhere in the market. Falling oil production in Asia is forecast to accelerate as major fields dry up, which will stiffen demand for foreign barrels and

    April 13, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Thailand's new constitution favors the monarchy and military

    BANGKOK Thailand's 20th constitution since the overthrow of absolute monarchy in 1932 received the royal assent at the propitious time of 3:11 pm on Thursday, April 6, and a general election will follow within 19 months, according to the prime minis

    April 13, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • South Korea's export recovery is on thin ice

    HONG KONG Despite a sustained rebound in exports since November, South Korea's manufacturing ended the first quarter with even more contraction, thanks to a souring relationship with its biggest trading partner China and political uncertainty at hom

    April 13, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • The ADB forecasts the slowest Asian growth since 2001

    MANILA Asia's growth will fall to its slowest pace since 2001 this year amid policy uncertainty in advanced economies and an outflow of capital, according to the Asian Development Bank.In its 2017 Asian Development Outlook, released on April 6, the

    April 13, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • South Korea's export recovery is on thin ice

    HONG KONG -- Despite a sustained rebound in exports since November, South Korea's manufacturing ended the first quarter with even more contraction, thanks to a souring relationship with its biggest trading partner China and political uncertainty at

    April 12, 2017 06:30 pm JST
  • Kavi Chongkittavorn

    Mutual admiration lures 100,000 Thais to Japan in Songkran

    During Thailand's three-day Songkran new year festival, which kicks off on Thursday, some 100,000 Thais will visit Japan. All 50-plus daily flights from Bangkok to key Japanese cities in the period were fully booked from mid-March. Thai travel agent

    April 12, 2017 05:30 pm JST
  • Thai Airways barely in the black; sees tough going ahead

    BANGKOK -- Things are looking up for Thai Airways International, which turned a profit in 2016 for the first time in four years. But the state-owned flag carrier may be in for some turbulence as competition heats up and costs rise.The airline eked o

    April 12, 2017 02:15 pm JST
  • Difference makers

    Thai mogul relishes his Japan-spent youth

    BANGKOK -- In 1955, an 18-year-old Thai found himself overwhelmed by the dazzle and bustle of a Japanese city. One minute, he was standing in a sea of neon lights in Shinsaibashi, a busy shopping district in Osaka. The next, he was looking at a subw

    April 12, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Nicholas Spiro

    Asian corporate bond rally has gone too far

    For an indication of just how resilient emerging market assets have been since the upset victory of Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential election, look no further than Asian corporate bonds.Asia's emerging markets, which account for 45% of the main

    April 11, 2017 10:00 pm JST
  • Analysts guardedly optimistic about 2017 Asian growth

    Economists of major Southeast Asian countries revised up their growth forecasts for 2017 from three month ago due to brighter prospects for exports and in anticipation of U.S. President Donald Trump's pro-growth policies in the short term. Currently

    April 11, 2017 07:00 am JST
  • 20 years after crisis, economists see a hardier Southeast Asia

    TOKYO -- Southeast Asian countries deserve high marks for their development since the Asian financial crisis of 1997, according to a new survey of prominent local economists.Ongoing reforms have helped the economies achieve strong growth rates, whil

    April 11, 2017 07:00 am JST
  • Airbus plans repair site in Thailand

    BANGKOK -- Airbus looks to open an aircraft maintenance yard in eastern Thailand, hoping to capture rising demand as low-cost carriers sharply increase the number of planes flying in Asia.The European aircraft builder is conducting a feasibility stu

    April 11, 2017 05:00 am JST
  • Thai Airways, Bangkok Airways enter codeshare alliance

    BANGKOK -- Thailand's leading full-service carriers -- state-owned Thai Airways International and privately-owned regional carrier Bangkok Airways -- have entered a codeshare alliance to improve connections and to brace themselves against further in

    April 11, 2017 12:20 am JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index loses as US rate caution, geopolitical risks weigh

    HONG KONG (Nikkei Markets) -- Asian stocks edged lower as the threat of rising U.S. interest rates and caution amid growing geopolitical tensions kept investors on the sidelines.The Nikkei Asia300 Index lost 0.1% or 1.5 points to 1,168.78. China Pet

    April 10, 2017 09:08 pm JST
  • Bangkok enclave celebrates its Portuguese past

    BANGKOK -- King Taksin had a problem shortly after he assumed the throne of Siam in 1767. He had driven out the Burmese invaders after they sacked the capital of Ayutthaya, but so terrible was the destruction that the city was an uninhabitable expan

    April 9, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Make way for the train

    BANGKOK -- A bustling market in Samut Songkhram, a province in central Thailand 80km west of Bangkok, looks much like any other in Thailand. Vendors fill the colorful bazaar, hawking a dazzling assortment of goods as shoppers and tourists swarm the

    April 8, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • Thai telecom giant to develop smartphone games

    BANGKOK -- Thai mobile carrier True Corp. established a smartphone game company with Canadian investment firm Axion Ventures, hoping to develop its own content as Thailand's game industry expands at a rapid clip.True Axion Games aims to become the "

    April 8, 2017 02:23 am JST
  • ASEAN-Japan Innovation Network formed to create new linkages

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Private business groups from Southeast Asia and Japan sealed a new alliance on Friday in Tokyo to promote economic cross-pollination.The ASEAN Business Club, a group of top companies in Southeast Asia, signed a memorandum of cooperat

    April 7, 2017 11:55 pm JST