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Toshiba aims to rebuild its reputation with infrastructure push in Asia

Bangkok's Purple Line opened Aug. 6.

TOKYO/BANGKOK -- Japanese electronics maker Toshiba, which was recently ensnared in accounting scandal, is trying to make a comeback by strengthening its infrastructure business in Asia. The urban railway system in Bangkok, which Toshiba won the contract for, along with Japanese trading house Marubeni in 2013, is one example of that effort.

The Purple Line, the newest urban railway in the Thai capital, began operating Aug. 6. Shinichiro Akiba, Toshiba's corporate senior executive vice president, and other officials were on hand to watch as a brand-new train, with Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn on board, slowly departed from Tao Poon Station.

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