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  • 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
  • Asian family conglomerates

    For Thailand's retail giant Central Group, it is no longer all in the family

    BANGKOK -- When Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc visited Thailand in August, a red carpet was rolled out for him at Central Group's Central Ladprao, a shopping complex in downtown Bangkok.The premier had been invited to attend the opening

    September 15, 2017 05:44 pm JST
  • US needs to shift North Korea policy to deterrence: expert

    SINGAPORE -- The latest sanctions on North Korea agreed at the United Nations Security Council are important, but not sufficient to stop Kim Jong Un's ambition to make his country a nuclear-armed state, a prominent political expert said in an interv

    September 15, 2017 04:46 pm JST
  • Asian family conglomerates: Management at Central Group is no longer a family affair

    BANGKOK When Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc visited Thailand in August, a red carpet was rolled out for him at Central Group's Central Ladprao, a shopping complex in downtown Bangkok. The premier had been invited to attend the opening ce

    September 14, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • ASEAN manufacturing improves on rising global trade

    HONG KONG Buoyed by a continuing recovery in global trade, Asian manufacturing improved in August, with eight of the 12 economies surveyed by the Nikkei showing a pickup and just four in contractionary territory. Economists, however, generally belie

    September 14, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Thai mobile carriers tempt customers with glitzy prizes

    BANGKOK -- With its glittering ceiling and luxurious furniture, TrueSphere could easily be mistaken for the kind of nightclub only the A-list get to enjoy.The co-working space run by True Corp., Thailand's second-largest mobile carrier, is not quite

    September 13, 2017 11:35 pm JST
  • ASEAN manufacturing improves on rising global trade

    HONG KONG -- Buoyed by a continuing recovery in global trade, Asian manufacturing improved in August, with eight of the 12 economies surveyed by the Nikkei showing a pickup and just four in contractionary territory. Economists, however, generally be

    September 13, 2017 08:35 pm JST
  • Thai government fetes 600 Japanese execs in bid for FDI

    BANGKOK -- A convoy of excursion buses came through the gates and parked in a line in front of the Government House building, pouring out a crowd of dark-suited Japanese businessmen, and a few women -- nearly 600 of them.The largest business delegat

    September 13, 2017 06:33 pm JST
  • Humphrey Hawksley

    Labor rights progress under threat across Asia

    It has been six years since 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 t

    September 13, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • Interpol releases fugitive Red Bull heir's 'wanted' listing

    BANGKOK (AP) -- Interpol has released a "wanted" listing for a Thai heir to the Red Bull energy drink fortune who is accused in a car crash that killed a Bangkok police officer five years ago.The international police network made the "red notice" fo

    September 13, 2017 01:20 am JST
  • Countries grapple with perplexing RCEP puzzle

    SINGAPORE -- Although the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership has been hailed as the new flag-bearer for free trade in light of the U.S. withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, its 16 negotiating members are struggling to meet their o

    September 12, 2017 02:24 am JST
  • European business joins China in pushing $28bn Thai Canal

    Bangkok -- European business leaders in Thailand have joined Chinese government advisers and influential Thais in urging the country's military junta to construct a $28 billion ship canal through the narrow Isthmus of Kra to link the Indian and Paci

    September 11, 2017 08:55 pm JST
  • With RCEP deal unlikely this year, ministers settle for 'realistic' goals

    MANILA -- Countries negotiating the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership trade agreement are poised to miss a 2017 deadline to reach a deal, forcing them to settle for "realistic ambitions." Ministers from the 16 RCEP countries ended an all-d

    September 11, 2017 07:36 pm JST
  • Japan's discount eyewear chains envision wider future in Asia

    TOKYO -- Japanese discount eyewear makers are expanding into the larger Asian market, as Owndays rolls out new stores in Thailand while Zoff looks to open its first location in Hong Kong with Convenience Retail Asia, an affiliate of Li & Fung.Eyegla

    September 10, 2017 04:30 pm JST
  • Southeast Asian art scene inspires Japan's creators

    TOKYO -- The kaleidoscope of cultures and traditions that comprise Southeast Asia appear to be inspiring a number of Japanese artists and curators, who are helping to exhibit the region's contemporary art in cross-border collaborations.The "Sindikat

    September 10, 2017 04:00 pm JST
  • Thai manga starts new chapter via digital platforms

    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.Ookbee risesLocal e-book distributor Ookbe

    September 10, 2017 09:00 am JST
  • All of Thailand readies for late king's funeral in October

    BANGKOK -- From the country's largest-ever cremation platform to refurbished golden chariots and fully booked hotels, Thailand is preparing its final farewell to its beloved late king, Bhumibol Adulyadej.Although nearly a year has passed since the r

    September 9, 2017 04:36 pm JST
  • ASEAN to cut non-tariff measures 10% by 2020

    MANILA -- Trade ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have agreed to reduce non-tariff measures by a tenth by 2020, aiming to bolster regional trade and address long-standing concerns from investors.The ministers, who kicked off

    September 8, 2017 06:51 pm JST