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  • Asian flagship carriers sink as Chinese airlines expand

    HANOI -- Major Asian airlines find themselves increasingly squeezed due to the advent of low-cost carriers, rising fuel prices and intense price competition stemming from a sharp expansion of international operations by Chinese air carriers.Chinese

    June 5, 2017 09:00 am JST
  • An animated look at how Asia has changed over 50 years

    Asia has changed considerably since the Association of Southeast Asian Nations came together as a political bloc in August 1967. But how can we get a sense of the pace and direction of that change? Inspiration comes from the Gapminder Foundation,

    June 5, 2017 08:00 am JST
  • Shangri-La Dialogue focuses on terrorism in SE Asia

    SINGAPORE -- In the wake of the Manchester and London attacks, pipe bombs in Bangkok, suicide bombings in Jakarta, and a besieged city in the southern Philippines, Southeast Asian nations harbor few doubts about the likelihood of more terrorism ahea

    June 4, 2017 09:13 pm JST
  • Sake boom lands in Southeast Asia

    BANGKOK/YANGON -- Japanese sake is increasingly going global, and it is now catching on in Southeast Asia, prompting one midsize brewer to launch a new operation base in Thailand's capital. Akana Sake Brewing, based in the town of Iinan in the weste

    June 4, 2017 09:00 am JST
  • Way to Southeast Asian shoppers' hearts? Through their feeds

    TOKYO -- Partnering with social media superstars is a new favorite tactic of advertisers in Southeast Asia, lending products the poster's cache and a chance to be seen by their multitude of followers."Look, there's magic all around," wrote Melissa K

    June 3, 2017 05:38 am JST
  • Southeast Asia's new-car sales climb 4% in April

    BANGKOK -- New-car sales in Southeast Asia rose 4% to 256,647 units in April for a sixth consecutive month of year-on-year increases, despite a slower pace of gains than in February and March.Thailand saw the biggest jump, as the region's second-lar

    June 3, 2017 04:56 am JST
  • ASEAN PMI falls to 50.5 in May

    TOKYO -- The Nikkei ASEAN Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, fell to 50.5 in May from 51.1 in April.A reading above 50 indicates economic expansion, while a reading below 50 points toward contraction.Latest data indicated that only fo

    June 2, 2017 09:30 am JST
  • Southeast Asia tends to defenses in South China Sea

    HANOI -- With Vietnam welcoming foreign warships to a key port and the Philippines building on a disputed island, Southeast Asian nations are working to reinforce their South China Sea claims in the face of an increasingly assertive Beijing.Japan's

    June 2, 2017 06:03 am JST
  • Mazda aims upmarket with Thai dealership revamp

    TOKYO -- Mazda Motor will spruce up all of its dealerships in Thailand, as part of its plan to sell more cars in the Southeast Asian market.The Japanese automaker aims to increase sales in the ASEAN region to 150,000 units by the year ending March 2

    June 2, 2017 02:38 am JST
  • Chinese automakers launch a global offensive via emerging Asia

    BANGKOK -- To get an idea of just how dramatically Asia's auto industry is changing, one need only look at Southeast Asia and India, where Chinese newcomers are looking to make inroads even as traditional heavyweights bow out.Take the recent surpris

    June 1, 2017 01:30 pm JST
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    Time for a change in Western approach to Thai regime

    Three years after a military coup that ousted a democratically elected government, Thai Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha has an invitation to the White House.The invitation from U.S. President Donald Trump, which appears to have been issued

    June 1, 2017 01:13 pm JST
  • ASEAN exports and consumption are up, but for how long?

    SINGAPORE/MANILA One weekend in late May, car dealerships in Singapore's Queenstown were packed with families and middle-aged couples hunting for new cars. Brochures in hand, a 50-year-old businessman had been visiting showrooms of upscale brands su

    June 1, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • ASEAN exports and consumption are up, but for how long?

    SINGAPORE/MANILA One weekend in late May, car dealerships in Singapore's Queenstown were packed with families and middle-aged couples hunting for new cars. Brochures in hand, a 50-year-old businessman had been visiting showrooms of upscale brands su

    June 1, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Thai business tries to clean up its act

    BANGKOK Tackling corrupt practices, such as bribery and insider trading, has moved up the agenda at many companies in Thailand in recent years.More than 830 Thai companies have signed on to a campaign to clean up business called the Collective Actio

    June 1, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Mobile payments are catching on strong in Southeast Asia

    BANGKOK Cash is still king in Southeast Asia, but may be dethroned sooner rather than later as the region embraces the cashless society using smartpones tied to mobile payment systems.One rising star in the cashless market is Thailand's Rabbit trans

    June 1, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Thai strawberry entrepreneur bridges urban-rural divide

    For a young Thai with a university degree, fluent English and work experience in the U.S., Walaiporn Phumirat made an unlikely career choice. While many of her former classmates were competing for city jobs, she returned to her rustic village in Chi

    June 1, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Thai women find work -- and hazards -- on two wheels

    BANGKOK Thailand's capital is well-known for its gridlocked 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 freedom t

    June 1, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Emerging markets and high-tech drive auto industry change

    TOKYO The global automobile market is changing, with old industry models being junked as manufacturers open their doors to new technologies and ways of doing business.Toyota Motor, one of the more conservative majors, is aware of this trend and alte

    June 1, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • China, India and the global auto industry's transformation

    Zhejiang Geely Holding Group's acquisition of a 49.9% stake in Malaysian automaker Proton Holdings from DRB-Hicom is unlikely to trigger an immediate change in the Southeast Asian market overall. Japanese automakers, particularly Toyota Motor, hold

    June 1, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Chinese automakers launch a global offensive via emerging Asia

    BANGKOK To get an idea of just how dramatically Asia's auto industry is changing, one need only look at Southeast Asia and India, where Chinese newcomers are looking to make inroads even as traditional heavyweights bow out.Take the recent surprise o

    June 1, 2017 10:00 am JST