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  • Cool deliveries mean cold cash for Yamato in Thailand

    BANGKOK -- Yamato Holdings said March 31 that it began offering refrigerated courier services in Thailand with a local partner. The duo aims to take advantage of growing demand for delivery of goods purchased online in the country.Yamato and Siam Ce

    April 7, 2017 09:00 pm JST
  • ASEAN startups attracting more venture capital

    TOKYO -- Venture capital is soaring in Southeast Asia, and that bodes well for the region's startups.That was the message at the ASEAN-Japan Open Innovation Forum on Friday as speakers, ranging from the founders of startups to venture capitalists an

    April 7, 2017 06:30 pm JST
  • Bangkok's 'motorcycle mamas' roar into men's world

    BANGKOK -- Thailand's capital is well-known for its grid-locked roads. During Bangkok's intense rush hour, only the city's army of motorcycle taxi drivers keep things moving. Women, deprived of other economic opportunities and attracted by the freed

    April 7, 2017 03:40 pm JST
  • The internet poised to dethrone TV as ad king

    PALO ALTO, U.S. -- Television's reign as the dominant advertising medium appears near its end, as sellers increasingly reach out to consumers through mobile devices.The rise of smartphones provides a tailwind for spending on internet ads, which is e

    April 7, 2017 08:00 am JST
  • Thailand finally gets long-delayed 20th constitution

    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 in not more than 19 months, according to th

    April 7, 2017 12:30 am JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index slips on Fed minutes, China-US meeting nerves

    HONG KONG (Nikkei Markets) -- Asian stocks fell Thursday amid concerns the U.S. Federal Reserve will soon consider shrinking its balance sheet, and as caution ahead of a key meeting between U.S. and Chinese presidents kept investors on the sidelines

    April 6, 2017 08:25 pm JST
  • ASEAN workers 'compromising digital security'

    SINGAPORE -- Southeast Asian workers are compromising security by using personal devices for work, making organizations in the region highly susceptible to cyber threats externally and internally, said VMware, a company specializing in cloud infrast

    April 6, 2017 08:05 pm JST
  • Philippines and Thailand line up banking talks

    MANILA/KUALA LUMPUR -- The Philippines plans to begin cross-border banking negotiations with Thailand after it wrapped up similar talks with Malaysia.Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Amando Tetangco and Bank of Thailand Governor Veerathai Santip

    April 6, 2017 06:50 pm JST
  • Asian growth seen slowing to 5.7% in 2017: ADB

    MANILA -- Asia will not grow as fast this year due to policy uncertainty in advanced economies and an outflow of capital, the Asian Development Bank said on Thursday.In its 2017 Asian Development Outlook, the Manila-based lender projects growth for

    April 6, 2017 10:30 am JST
  • A 'Buddhist boot camp' in Thailand offers pain -- and gain

    Variously savored for its sun, sand and smiles, Thailand -- always expert at detecting and cashing in on the latest tourism trends -- has in recent years multiplied its offerings to foreigners and locals seeking ''spiritual experiences.''Nowadays yo

    April 6, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Michael Vatikiotis: ASEAN shows its age as it turns 50

    As the Association of Southeast Asian Nations celebrates its 50th anniversary, the complexity of the internal and external environment is severely testing its approach to cooperative security that rests, above all, on preserving the sovereignty of e

    April 6, 2017 10:00 am JST
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    A 'Buddhist boot camp' in Thailand offers pain -- and gain

    Variously savored for its sun, sand and smiles, Thailand -- always expert at detecting and cashing in on the latest tourism trends -- has in recent years multiplied its offerings to foreigners and locals seeking ''spiritual experiences.''Nowadays yo

    April 6, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Hedge funds suffer money exodus

    TOKYO -- Once wielding powerful influence on global financial markets, hedge funds are losing customers as more investors shun their high fees amid poor returns.Hedge funds tracked by Eurekahedge saw fund outflows of $60.7 billion by the end of Febr

    April 6, 2017 09:00 am JST
  • Japan's Toppan, Itochu investing in Thai packaging maker

    OSAKA -- Toppan Printing and Itochu have agreed to acquire about a tenth stake in a Thai food-packaging manufacturer, with an eye toward assuming control of the company in the near future.The Japanese duo is to sign a contract with TPN Food Packagin

    April 6, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • Bomb blast injures 2 in Bangkok

    BANGKOK (Kyodo) -- A small bomb blast in a garbage bin on a Bangkok street relatively close to the royal palace slightly injured two people on Wednesday night.The blast occurred at around 8 p.m. on Ratchadamnoen Klang Road about 2 kilometers from th

    April 6, 2017 01:43 am JST
  • Trash 'heroes' make waves for clean oceans

    BANGKOK -- The further away one is from the water's edge, the more remote the issue of plastic pollution in the ocean may be from one's mind. But the far-reaching effects of marine pollution were highlighted in recently published research in the Nat

    April 5, 2017 04:30 pm JST
  • Southeast Asia's new-car sales climb 13% in February

    BANGKOK -- New-car sales in six major Southeast Asian countries rose 13% on the year in February, as the region's auto market logged double-digit growth for the first time in eight months.February auto sales for the six nations hit 259,746 vehicles,

    April 5, 2017 07:25 am JST
  • Global debt hits $215tn in 2016, led by emerging markets -- IIF

    Global debt rose to 325 percent of the world's gross domestic product in 2016, totalling $215 trillion, an Institute for International Finance report released on Monday showed, boosted by the rapid growth of issuance in emerging markets.Global debt

    April 4, 2017 09:14 am JST
  • With eye on Europe, CP Foods buys UK poultry trader

    BANGKOK -- Charoen Pokphand Foods, an agribusiness conglomerate owned by billionaire Dhanin Chearavanont, announced Monday it would acquire U.K.-based poultry company Westbridge Food Group, as it takes another step into the European market.CP Foods

    April 3, 2017 11:57 pm JST
  • Experiencing the quiet life at Bangkok's Hua Lamphong Station

    BANGKOK -- Before highway networks and budget flights took off in Thailand, Hua Lamphong Station in central Bangkok was typically the first point where many travelers truly stepped into the country.Since it opened in 1916, the capital's main train t

    April 3, 2017 02:00 pm JST