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  • Thai economy remains in pain as uncertainty reigns

    BANGKOK -- Thailand is on the brink of renewed turmoil after a court annulled the results of last month's general election. This means the nation's already battered economy may be in for additional blows. Six months of occasionally violent prote

    March 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Japan's J-Oil Mills to launch starch joint venture in Thailand

    TOKYO -- Japan's J-Oil Mills will in May set up a joint venture with Toyota Tsusho (Thailand) and MHCB Consulting (Thailand) in Thailand to sell modified starch. The joint venture will sell the modified starch produced by a J-Oil Mills' local af

    March 26, 2014 01:45 pm JST
  • Earth Chemical zeroes in on Shanghai's pests

    TOKYO -- Japanese insecticide producer Earth Chemical is accelerating business development in China, aiming to tap into the country's rising population and burgeoning middle class to boost overseas sales. The company, which has been using Guangz

    March 26, 2014 04:31 am JST
  • Thailand's unnecessary collision course

    The recent decision by Thailand's Constitutional Court to nullify the Feb. 2 parliamentary elections has put the country on a collision course. Those who advocate electoral democracy, even at the cost of perceived corruption, and others bent on unel

    March 25, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Come to Japan and study for free

    SHIZUOKA -- Japan's Shizuoka University will offer higher education to students from other Asian countries for free. The move comes as growing numbers of manufacturers based in the prefecture foray into other parts of Asia. The academic inst

    March 24, 2014 03:33 pm JST
  • Japan steel giant eyes overseas expansion

    TOKYO -- Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal has been setting up more facilities overseas since being created in October 2012. "Workers here are more eager than Japan's young engineers to improve work efficiency, they just need more experience," said

    March 24, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Corporate Japan raring to spend in Southeast Asia: survey

    TOKYO -- Japanese companies are ready to ramp up capital investment overseas, especially in Southeast Asia, according to a survey of top executives compiled Saturday by The Nikkei. The quarterly poll aims to draw responses from at least 100 pres

    March 23, 2014 02:00 am JST
  • New investment fund to play Asia matchmaker for Japanese companies

    TOKYO -- Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank and the Japan Bank for International Cooperation are establishing a fund that will help Japanese companies find acquisition targets across Asia. To be formed with major British private equity firm CVC Capital

    March 23, 2014 01:30 am JST
  • Thai AirAsia tickets land at 7-Elevens

    BANGKOK -- Thai AirAsia, the country's leading low-cost carrier, has started selling tickets at 7-Eleven convenience stores nationwide. The Thai budget airline market is getting crowded, making it harder to compete with cheap tickets alone. Thai

    March 22, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Now on the menu: halal-certified Japanese cuisine

    TOKYO -- Japan is seeing a surge in visitors from predominately Muslim countries in Southeast Asia, for business as well as tourism. The trend is widening a niche in the Japanese culinary market: food prepared in accordance with Islamic law. Akm

    March 22, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Legal woes may yet topple Thailand's prime minister

    BANGKOK -- With no resolution in sight for the Thai political deadlock, the focus is shifting to the possibility that Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra will lose her job on account of charges pressed by an anti-corruption commission. The Consti

    March 22, 2014 04:29 am JST
  • Court voids Thai election, keeping country in political vacuum

    BANGKOK -- The Constitutional Court nullified last month's general election Friday, ensuring that Thailand will continue to lack effective leadership for some time. The Feb. 2 lower house vote was voided because anti-government protesters disrup

    March 22, 2014 03:31 am JST
  • Mitsubishi Pencil finding smooth road to success in Asia

    TOKYO -- With its smoothness and easy grip, Mitsubishi Pencil's ballpoint pens are winning fans across Asia, where the written word is often composed of intricate characters. Mitsubishi Pencil, which was founded in 1887 and is not affiliated with

    March 21, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • End of state of emergency offers hope for Thai hotels, shops

    TOKYO -- The state of emergency imposed on Bangkok for the last two months was lifted on Wednesday, giving Thailand's tourism industry and retailers hope that customers will return. The Crowne Plaza Bangkok Lumpini Park, a luxury hotel popular w

    March 21, 2014 05:12 am JST
  • Japanese machine tool makers bolstering Southeast Asian ops

    NAGOYA -- A number of Japanese machine tool manufacturers are bolstering their Southeast Asian operations, expecting higher demand from automakers over the medium to long term despite economic concerns. Okuma recently spent nearly 1 billion yen

    March 20, 2014 03:50 am JST
  • Japan might soon run trade deficit with rest of Asia

    TOKYO -- Abenomics, where are you? Japan's trade balance with the rest of Asia is deteriorating. While imports from Asia have been increasing sharply, exports did not grow as expected, despite the weaker yen. What is more, Japan was replaced

    March 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Jump-start your business with international standards

    Forward-looking Asian companies are using international standards to help globalize their product and service lines. Take the recent example of robots. Japanese companies have established themselves among the pioneers in this field. Robotic devi

    March 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Thai protests hit Thaksin-related shares hard

    SINGAPORE -- The months-long political standoff in Thailand is casting a shadow over the country's private sector, particularly companies linked to former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Their stocks have been sold heavily as anti-government prot

    March 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014: Premchai's Myanmar job faces hurdles

    BANGKOK -- Premchai Karnasuta, president of Italian-Thai Development, has spearheaded to make his company a major general contractor in Southeast Asia. Generally viewed as a businessman who is outspoken and acts boldly, Premchai is resolved to this

    March 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014: Interflex's Bae embraces two giants

    SEOUL -- Bae Chul-han works with the world's No. 1 and No. 2 smartphone makers. His company, Interflex, sells field programmable circuit boards for use in smartphones, to Apple of the U.S., along with South Korea's Samsung Electronics. Interflex

    March 20, 2014 12:00 am JST