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Laem Chabang's new terminal was scheduled to open in 2028, but now partial operations are to start in July. (Photo by Takaki Kashiwabara)
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Thailand attempts do-or-die leap to a technology-driven economy

Junta courts investment to regain edge on faster-growing neighbors

YUKAKO ONO, Nikkei staff writer | Thailand

BANGKOK -- Thai Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak turned on the charm earlier this month when he took the stage at a business forum in Fukuoka, in southern Japan.

With a beaming smile he rarely shows in public back home, the economic czar spent nearly 10 minutes of his 40-minute speech expressing deep affection for Japan -- from the country's hot springs to its robotics. His message to the audience of 900 potential investors was simple: "We love you ... so we need your help."

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