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  • ADB says Asia needs to double infrastructure spending

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) - Developing countries in Asia and the Pacific will need to spend up to $1.7 trillion a year, or $26 trillion through 2030, to meet their infrastructure needs and to maintain the region's growth momentum, the Asian Developme

    February 28, 2017 12:35 pm JST
  • Mitsubishi, Nissan team up on logistics in Thailand

    MANILA -- Mitsubishi Motors has begun operating a joint logistics channel with Nissan Motor in Thailand and aims to take it global for groupwide cost savings, Mitsubishi Motors President Osamu Masuko said here Monday.Masuko was interviewed at a prod

    February 28, 2017 07:33 am JST
  • Banpu returns to black in 2016 on coal price rebound

    BANGKOK -- Banpu earned $47 million in consolidated net profit for 2016, Thailand's leading coal miner said Monday, rebounding from a $43 million loss the prior year thanks to higher coal prices.The company receives 90% of sales from the coal busine

    February 28, 2017 03:55 am JST
  • Japan's imperial couple headed to Vietnam

    TOKYO -- Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan are traveling to Vietnam on Tuesday to promote goodwill before heading to Thailand to pay their respects to the country's former king.The entire trip will last seven days. This is Akihito's first

    February 28, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • Thai craft brewers take on Singha, Chang -- and the law

    BANGKOK -- The global craft beer wave is lapping at Thailand's shores, igniting a debate over strict rules that limit market access and brand independent brewers as outlaws.The Thai beer market is dominated by Boon Rawd Brewery and Thai Beverage, th

    February 27, 2017 07:00 pm JST
  • Mitsubishi Motors plots Southeast Asian expansion

    MANILA -- Mitsubishi Motors plans to broaden its dealership network by 20% and double its maintenance staff across the Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand by 2020, aiming to hone its edge in a region with bright growth prospects.Dealerships in the P

    February 27, 2017 04:35 am JST
  • Australia brings snake bite expertise to Myanmar

    BANGKOK -- Snake bites kill hundreds of people every year in Myanmar and leave thousands more with lifelong disabilities. Many could be saved if anti-venom treatments could be delivered faster, especially in rural areas, say experts. But decades of

    February 25, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • Bangkok Airways plans 2 airports at home, abroad

    BANGKOK -- Thailand's regional airline Bangkok Airways is planning to develop two new airports -- one in Thailand and another elsewhere in Indochina -- to reach out to underserved or congested destinations in the region, President Puttipong Prasartt

    February 25, 2017 06:00 am JST
  • Japan, China play for 'swing states' in regional trade game

    TOKYO -- Top negotiators from 16 Asia-Pacific countries representing roughly half the world's population and around a third of global trade will meet in Kobe next week to discuss a trade deal that some, like Japan, hope will bear fruit amid the grow

    February 25, 2017 04:00 am JST
  • Thai rice export prices drop 3.4%

    TOKYO -- Thai rice export prices have plummeted to $395 a ton, a 3.4% drop from a recent high in mid-January, according to the Thai Board of Trade.Rice production in Thailand, where two crops are harvested annually, is expected to increase 17.7% to

    February 25, 2017 03:30 am JST
  • India's Bharti Airtel to buy Telenor's local business

    NEW DELHI/BANGKOK -- Bharti Airtel, India's largest telecom operator, on Thursday announced it has reached an agreement to buy the Indian operations of Norway's Telenor, a move that will bolster Airtel's position in the face of stiff competition fro

    February 23, 2017 11:15 pm JST
  • E-learning combats Southeast Asia's teacher shortages

    TOKYO -- Southeast Asia is benefiting from increased adoption of e-learning, as information technology helps compensate for shortages of teachers and study materials.Filling the gapsIn a wooden school building in San Pablo, on the Philippine islan

    February 23, 2017 05:00 pm JST
  • Company in focus: Philippines' Ayala comes full circle with its push into health care

    MANILA Before Ayala Corp. became an investment powerhouse, the 183-year-old group ran a drugstore as one of its first businesses. Now, as it accelerates its diversification efforts, the oldest Philippine conglomerate is going back to those origins b

    February 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • ASEAN wants to seal a South China Sea deal with Beijing this year

    BORACAY, Philippines The Association of Southeast Asian Nations hopes to soon reach a deal with China on a "framework" for a code of conduct in the South China Sea, though some bloc members appear more enthusiastic about the idea than others."We are

    February 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Thailand scrambles for tech investment

    BANGKOK Aiming to become a developed economy by 2036, Thailand is scrambling to lure more tech-related investment into the country.One of the most ambitious projects is a large-scale special economic zone set to be developed on the eastern seaboard.

    February 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • North Korea facing Southeast Asian rift after murder

    KUALA LUMPUR -- The killing of Kim Jong Nam, half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, is threatening Pyongyang's relationship with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations as well as its access to the greater international community.At a T

    February 23, 2017 07:00 am JST
  • Energy giant PTT upbeat on Trump's oil pipeline plan revival

    BANGKOK -- U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to revive plans for the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline could spur Thai energy giant PTT to resume development of an oil sands project in the Canadian province of Alberta, the state-owned comp

    February 23, 2017 06:00 am JST
  • Southeast Asia warms to Japan Inc.'s refrigerated warehouses

    OSAKA -- Japanese logistics companies are tapping their abundant know-how to build advanced warehouses in Southeast Asia offering features such as temperature controls to meet the maturing needs of local consumers.Rising incomes in Asia spur more pe

    February 22, 2017 08:05 am JST
  • ASEAN wants South China Sea deal with Beijing this year

    BORACAY ISLAND, Philippines -- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations hopes to strike a deal with China on a "framework" for a code of conduct in the South China Sea by the middle of this year, though some members of the regional grouping appear

    February 21, 2017 11:38 pm JST
  • Bullish Thai developer Sansiri eyes foreign investors

    HONG KONG -- Sansiri, one of the top real estate developers in Thailand, has laid out an aggressive sales plan this year, particularly targeting Chinese buyers, despite stricter capital controls on the mainland, as it says that the political situati

    February 21, 2017 10:50 pm JST