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  • October cremation date for Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej

    BANGKOK -- The cremation ceremonies for King Bhumibol Adulyadej will take place on schedule from Oct. 25-29, a little more than one year after the revered monarch's death last Oct. 13.The cabinet confirmed the dates at its regular Tuesday morning me

    April 25, 2017 08:15 pm JST
  • Automakers head to Thailand as new green-car frontier

    BANGKOK -- Global automakers are exploring new avenues for environmentally friendly cars into Thailand, drawn by incentives from a government intent on maintaining the competitiveness of Southeast Asia's largest auto producer.Starting upmarketNew pl

    April 25, 2017 03:00 pm JST
  • Asian stocks rise on French election cheer, traders flag North Korea risks

    HONG KONG (Nikkei Markets) -- Asian shares were on course for a third day of gains Tuesday as investors continued to buy into risk assets after a market-friendly candidate won the first round of French elections.The Nikkei Asia300 Index rose 0.9%, e

    April 25, 2017 02:15 pm JST
  • Bangkok's famous street food scene turns sour

    BANGKOK -- On a street off Silom Road, a business district by day and one of Bangkok's most vibrant entertainment spots by night, people form meandering queues at the many food stalls festooning the sidewalk. Huge vats of oil bubble away ready to re

    April 25, 2017 11:10 am JST
  • ASEAN easing stance on China's maritime encroachment

    MANILA -- As leaders of Southeast Asian nations prepare to meet for an annual summit starting Wednesday, their collective stance against China's territorial ambitions appears to have grown markedly softer, reflecting delicate balancing acts by count

    April 25, 2017 07:00 am JST
  • Mitsubishi Motors, Nissan to team up on Southeast Asian distribution

    JAKARTA -- Mitsubishi Motors plans to begin merging distribution operations in Southeast Asia with those of controlling shareholder Nissan Motor, reducing transport costs for parts and vehicles in a show of group synergy.The duo will join forces in

    April 25, 2017 06:00 am JST
  • Yusen Logistics building halal warehouse in Thailand

    BANGKOK -- Japan's Yusen Logistics will build a warehouse that complies with Islamic law in Thailand as early as this month, aiming to capture transport demand in Southeast Asian countries with large Muslim populations such as Indonesia and Malaysia

    April 25, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • Big Thai banks post profit rise for three straight quarters

    BANGKOK -- Thailand's four largest banks by assets saw their combined net profits rise for the third consecutive quarter in January to March, helped by lower provisioning for future defaults.Although this is a sign that lenders foresee an improvemen

    April 25, 2017 12:00 am JST
  • Kavi Chongkittavorn

    Pence puts Trump administration on right foot with ASEAN

    During his week-long trip to four major Asia-Pacific countries, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence delivered a strong message of a continued U.S. security commitment to the region and a firm stance on trade issues in line with U.S. President Donald Trum

    April 23, 2017 06:10 pm JST
  • Asia's venture capital firms learn Silicon Valley tricks

    BANGKOK -- On March 10, at the SXSW event in Austin, Texas, in the U.S., self-driving electric car maker NIO revealed plans to make a near-fully autonomous electric car commercially available in the U.S. by 2020, aiming at becoming one of the first

    April 23, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Company in focus

    Bangkok Airways explores next 'boutique routes'

    BANGKOK -- While cutting costs and frills has been the main strategy for small regional airlines in Asia's increasingly crowded skies, Thailand's Bangkok Airways has been playing a different game.Describing itself as a "boutique airline," the mid-si

    April 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • AI now and tomorrow

    Is your job robot-ready?

    TOKYO -- Robots are making people redundant, and you may be next.Once a flight of fancy, we are now in an age where workers of all stripes, including professionals and white-collar workers, could be on the receiving end of pink slips thanks to robot

    April 22, 2017 10:00 pm JST
  • Burger vans muscle in on Thai food stalls

    BANGKOK -- Few countries can boast of a street food scene as vibrant as Thailand's, and few visitors go home without having sampled some, or indeed many, of the delights the country's roadside stalls have to offer. But as incomes grow, local tastes

    April 22, 2017 03:00 pm JST
  • Duterte, Didi's Jean Liu make 'Time 100' list

    TOKYO -- The head of a Chinese mobile transportation platform that clocks 20 million rides a day and the founder of a digital currency service used by 200 million Indians were among those from Asia who landed on Time Magazine's "Time 100" list of th

    April 21, 2017 06:00 pm JST
  • Foreign ministers of US, ASEAN to meet in May

    WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of State on Thursday said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will chair a meeting with his counterparts from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, to be held on May 4 in the U.S. capital.The foreign ministers wi

    April 21, 2017 10:30 am JST
  • Tea Leaves

    The politics of elephants in the room

    I grew up in a corner of Colombo, the Sri Lankan capital, where a domesticated elephant was a regular presence in daily life. "Our" elephant belonged to the Buddhist temple near our home. On some mornings, it would lumber past our front gate, the ch

    April 20, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Asia's venture capital firms learn Silicon Valley tricks

    BANGKOK On March 10, at the SXSW event in Austin, Texas, in the U.S., self-driving electric car maker NIO revealed plans to make a near-fully autonomous electric car commercially available in the U.S. by 2020, aiming at becoming one of the first com

    April 20, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Southeast Asia shrugs off the 1997 financial crisis

    TOKYO The 1997 financial crisis that slammed Asia took its toll on Southeast Asian nations. Since weathering the storm, they now appear in good shape as regards development. But work remains to be done.That's the prognosis from a prominent group of

    April 20, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • The politics of elephants in the room

    I grew up in a corner of Colombo, the Sri Lankan capital, where a domesticated elephant was a regular presence in daily life. "Our" elephant belonged to the Buddhist temple near our home. On some mornings, it would lumber past our front gate, the ch

    April 20, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • A 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 expanse

    April 20, 2017 10:00 am JST