Search results

Results 41 - 60 of 4101
  • 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 history.

    July 6, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Stephen Grenville: How the Asian financial crisis exposed neoliberalism's limits

    July marks the 20th anniversary of the float of the Thai baht, the opening signal of the Asian financial crisis. None who watched the crisis unfold realized at the time that it marked the end of the "Asian miracle" for the countries involved.By the

    July 6, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • ASEAN manufacturing snaps 5-month growth streak

    HONG KONG -- Southeast Asian factory activity snapped a five-month streak of expansion in June, with the Nikkei ASEAN Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index standing at 50 -- right on the boom-or-bust line.Indonesia, Myanmar, and Malaysia experien

    July 5, 2017 02:00 pm JST
  • Gianfranco Casati

    Digital readiness can sustain growth of 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. They have been the source of dreams dating back to Marco Polo. For every index that suggests renewed optimism

    July 5, 2017 09:00 am JST
  • Central Group opens B2S stationery store in Ho Chi Minh City

    HO CHI MINH CITY -- Thailand's Central Group has launched its first B2S stationery and office supplies store in Vietnam with an eye toward the burgeoning education and business sectors. Nguyen Thi Thuc Vy, director of B2S Vietnam, told reporters

    July 4, 2017 02:07 am JST
  • CP Foods buys German meat supplier to widen EU access

    BANGKOK -- Thailand's Charoen Pokphand Foods has agreed to acquire German meat supplier Paulsen Food for 12 million euros ($13.6 million), aiming to raise its profile in a European poultry market that ranks as the world's third-largest. Paulsen has

    July 3, 2017 10:49 pm JST
  • ASEAN PMI falls to 50.0 in June

    TOKYO -- The Nikkei ASEAN Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, fell to 50.0 in June from 50.5 in May.A reading above 50 indicates economic expansion, while a reading below 50 points toward contraction. The latest reading is the first ti

    July 3, 2017 09:30 am JST
  • Thailand's PMI returns to expansion in June

    TOKYO -- The Nikkei Thailand Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, rose to 50.4 in June from 49.7 in May.A reading above 50 indicates economic expansion, while one below 50 points toward contraction."Output growth restarted and the expan

    July 3, 2017 09:30 am JST
  • Interview

    It was 20 years ago that the Thai central bank panicked

    BANGKOK -- Sunday is the 20th anniversary of the start of the 1997 Asian financial crisis, when it became clear that the region's "tiger" economies had been snagged by the tail. That day was marked by a battle between Thailand's monetary authorities

    July 2, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • How Asia shapes up 20 years after 1997 financial crisis

    TOKYO/BANGKOK -- Overlooking the Chao Phraya River that flows through Bangkok stands a 49-story high-rise covered with mold and graffiti. Infamously known as the "Ghost Tower," the structure has so deteriorated under the harsh tropical conditions th

    July 2, 2017 09:31 am JST
  • Asia gets wise to 'art of giving'

    BANGKOK -- When the head of a Chinese charity spoke at a conference on Asian philanthropy in June, he struck a positive chord in the ballroom of a Bangkok hotel because of his charity's record of doling out millions of dollars for worthy causes such

    June 30, 2017 07:37 pm JST
  • Thitinan Pongsudhirak

    Thailand counts the cost of three lost decades

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

    June 30, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Southeast Asia's new-car sales rise 5% in May

    BANGKOK -- New-car sales in Southeast Asia's six major markets climbed 5% on the year to 281,366 vehicles in May, about the same rate as in April, but poor growth in Thailand leaves automakers cautious.Thailand experienced four straight months of do

    June 30, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • US human trafficking report gets mixed Asian reception

    BANGKOK -- The annual Trafficking in Persons report by the U.S. State Department released on Tuesday has drawn mixed reactions in Southeast Asia, where human trafficking and forced labor have long been sensitive issues, while China bristled at the i

    June 29, 2017 11:38 pm JST
  • Hong Kong student activists urge a fight for local democracy

    TOKYO Agnes Chow and Joshua Wong were student leaders of the "Umbrella Movement" pro-democracy protests of 2014. They are standing committee member and secretary-general, respectively, of the youth-led Demosisto political party.How do you see the pe

    June 29, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Alibaba spending $1bn to raise stake in Southeast Asia's Lazada

    SINGAPORE (Reuters) -- Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba Group Holding is investing an additional $1 billion in Southeast Asian online retailer Lazada Group, boosting its stake by nearly a third to 83 percent and amplifying its focus on the region.

    June 29, 2017 01:58 am JST
  • Stephen Grenville

    Asian financial crisis exposed limits of neoliberalism

    July marks the 20th anniversary of the float of the Thai baht, the opening signal of the Asian financial crisis. None of the central bankers and global officials who watched the crisis unfold realized at the time that it marked the end of the "Asian

    June 28, 2017 09:00 am JST
  • Turkish appliance makers look east

    ISTANBUL -- Turkish appliance maker Arcelik is investing more in Asia, where China's Belt and Road Initiative is expected to create swaths of economic growth.China envisions the massive initiative as a modern-day Silk Road -- a series of ports, powe

    June 27, 2017 07:00 pm JST
  • CP Foods to raise $1bn for M&A, bracing for rate hikes

    BANGKOK -- Charoen Pokphand Foods, the Thai agribusiness owned by billionaire Dhanin Chearavanont, plans to raise up to 38.7 billion baht ($1.12 billion) through a new share offering in an apparent move to ready itself for more mergers and acquisiti

    June 26, 2017 11:22 pm JST
  • Thai food makers serving up feast for pampered pets

    BANGKOK -- Leading food producers in Thailand are rushing to cash in on the growing pet food market, serving up premium offerings to the dogs and cats beloved by the country's expanding middle class.Thai Union Group, the world leader in canned-tuna

    June 25, 2017 10:17 am JST