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  • Export growth brings currency headaches for Asia

    SINGAPORE/MUMBAI Pasir Panjang, a port in southern Singapore, is bustling with activity. Total container throughput in August rose 9.9% on the year to 2.94 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units), according to the Maritime and Port Authority of

    September 21, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • European business leaders back a Thai canal project

    BANGKOK An ambitious, $28 billion plan to build a ship canal linking the Indian and Pacific oceans has received a major boost of support as European business leaders in Thailand join Chinese government advisers and influential Thais to urge the mili

    September 21, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Chinese makers offer Asia what Apple doesn't: Affordability

    BANGKOK On a recent Saturday morning, the MBK Center, a regional mecca for electronic gadgets in the heart of the Thai capital, was crowded with young technology buffs. Just days earlier, Apple had unveiled its iPhone X, but despite the worldwide bu

    September 21, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Thailand's homegrown manga industry takes off

    BANGKOK Thailand has begun writing the story of its own manga industry, as smartphone apps and other digital platforms develop the business in a country long known as a heavy consumer of Japanese content.Local e-book distributor Ookbee credits much

    September 21, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Humphrey Hawksley: UN-led labor rights are under threat around the world

    Six years ago, the United Nations published its first set of corporate governance standards aimed at curbing human rights abuses in international supply chains. On Sept. 21, the U.N. Global Compact Leaders Summit in New York, bringing together leade

    September 21, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Richard Heydarian: ASEAN can act as a bridge for the two Koreas

    The Association of Southeast Asian Nations could play an effective role in easing tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile program because of its ties with both Koreas.North Korea appears well on its way to becoming a nuclear power. As the wo

    September 21, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Macromill to buy US peer Acturus, gain foothold in SE Asia

    TOKYO -- Macromill, Japan's biggest online market research company, will acquire U.S. peer Acturus for roughly 1.5 billion yen ($13.4 million) and invest in a Japanese firm operating in Southeast Asia, eyeing a a larger slice of a global survey mark

    September 21, 2017 12:37 am JST
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    Philippine antitrust watchdog asks Duterte for big personnel boost

    MANILA -- The Philippines' antitrust watchdog plans to significantly bolster its manpower as it braces for a "deluge" of complaints on monopolies, cartels and other anti-competitive practices. "We are submitting a proposal to the Office of the Presi

    September 20, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • Chinese bike-share operators making tracks for Southeast Asia

    SINGAPORE/BANGKOK -- Chinese bike-sharing startups Mobike and Ofo are expanding to several Southeast Asian countries, betting that the push by local governments to encourage cycling will overcome the region's structural barriers against the mode of

    September 20, 2017 10:30 am JST
  • Thaksin tweets again on anniversary of 2006 coup

    BANGKOK -- After breaking his two-year Twitter silence three weeks ago, Thaksin Shinawatra, Thailand's self-exiled former prime minister, tweeted again on Tuesday to remind everyone of the lack of democracy in Thailand under military rule. "I am, an

    September 19, 2017 10:11 pm JST
  • Banpu takes stake in Singapore solar energy provider Sunseap

    BANGKOK -- Thai coal miner Banpu has invested $55.7 million in Singapore-based solar energy provider Sunseap Group as it seeks to further venture into renewable energy.Banpu Infinergy, a recently-established subsidiary of Banpu that offers solar sys

    September 19, 2017 09:27 pm JST
  • Export growth brings currency headaches for Asia

    SINGAPORE/MUMBAI -- Pasir Panjang, a port in southern Singapore, is bustling with activity. Total container throughput in August rose 9.9% on the year to 2.94 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units), according to the Maritime and Port Authority

    September 19, 2017 12:05 pm JST
  • ASEAN seeks strong Japanese presence in Asia to counter China

    TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday met his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi -- his closest political friend in Asia -- for the tenth time. The two, both conservative politicians, became good friends about a decade ago, when Modi

    September 19, 2017 08:15 am JST
  • Line, Dtac to debut budget wireless service in Thailand

    BANGKOK -- Line plans to bring its discount wireless service to Thailand, the Japan-based company's Thai subsidiary said Monday.The operator of the Line messaging app will expand the service to the Southeast Asian country -- the first location beyon

    September 19, 2017 01:08 am JST
  • Asia foreshadows rise of Chinese smartphones as iPhone X unveiled

    BANGKOK -- On Saturday morning the MBK Center, a regional electronic gadget Mecca in the heart of the Thai capital, was crowded with young technology buffs after the unveiling of the iPhone X, the latest smartphone model from Apple. Yet despite the

    September 18, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • Emerging market stocks break records as money gushes in

    BANGKOK -- Waning prospects for higher U.S. interest rates have freed investors to pour money into emerging equity markets, with leading benchmarks in the Philippines, Brazil and elsewhere posting all-time highs in recent weeks.The Philippine Stock

    September 18, 2017 03:14 am JST
  • New life awaits old Bangkok symbol

    BANGKOK -- If there is one building that personifies the past, present and future of Bangkok, wearing the city's fortunes on its facade and interiors, it is the old Customs House, a majestic late-19th-century structure on the banks of the Chao Phray

    September 17, 2017 05:09 pm JST
  • Elite gamers do battle in a Bangkok mall

    BANGKOK -- Once upon a time, video gaming was a private duel between two players, or maybe a small group of friends online. These days, elite gamers can battle it out in front of huge audiences.Looking to capitalize on the popularity of so-called e-

    September 16, 2017 10:30 am JST
  • Kanebo introduces makeup line exclusively for Southeast Asia

    TOKYO -- Kanebo Cosmetics has launched sales of region-specific products in Southeast Asia, hoping to tap into the rapidly growing cosmetics market there.The company, a subsidiary of chemical and cosmetics conglomerate Kao Corp., has introduced eyel

    September 16, 2017 02:14 am JST
  • Central Group, JD.com to pour $500m into JVs in Thailand

    BANGKOK -- Thailand's retail giant Central Group and China's second-largest online shopping site operator JD.com have signed a deal to set up e-commerce and fintech joint ventures in Thailand.With a combined investment of $500 million, Central hopes

    September 15, 2017 06:23 pm JST