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  • Duncan McCargo

    Will Thailand return to electoral democracy in 2018?

    Thailand has a problem: An election previously scheduled for 2016 has still not been held. After meeting U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House in October, Premier Prayuth Chan-ocha signed up to a joint communique promising polls in late 201

    January 2, 2018 01:00 pm JST
  • 9 Asian business newsmakers to watch in 2018

    Asian companies have had an impressive run in recent years, raising their profiles in the global marketplace. Now that 2018 -- the year of the dog -- is upon us, can they maintain their momentum as new technologies like artificial intelligence and e

    January 1, 2018 06:21 pm JST
  • Thitinan Pongsudhirak

    Authoritarianism is accelerating in Southeast Asia

    The year 2018 will mark the start of a period in which outright authoritarianism and illiberal quasi-democracy are likely to be Southeast Asia's prevailing norms. With few exceptions, liberal values and fundamental freedoms and rights will be manipu

    January 1, 2018 07:00 am JST
  • Thai-Myanmar link lays road to prosperity over dark history

    KANCHANABURI, Thailand -- Three-quarters of a century after the Imperial Japanese Army began its infamous "Death Railway" between Thailand and Burma -- now Myanmar -- the two countries are at work on a new transport link with a much brighter mission

    December 30, 2017 08:00 pm JST
  • That's a wrap! What made the business headlines in 2017

    TOKYO -- Asian businesses took center stage this year as new digital technologies such as mobile payments and environmental commitments in areas including electric vehicles changed how people live, triggering new industry alliances and gathering inv

    December 30, 2017 07:30 pm JST
  • For Japan's ski resorts, it's no longer all downhill from here

    TOKYO -- It was a movie that defined a Japanese generation's idea of wintertime fun: "Watashi wo Ski ni Tsuretette" (literally, "Take me skiing"). The 1987 romance inspired legions of bubble-era youths to hit the slopes, helping to fuel a ski boom t

    December 30, 2017 09:51 am JST
  • JR East starts operations in UK -- 'birthplace' of railway

    TOKYO -- East Japan Railway, one of the world's largest railway companies, has started operating a railway network in the U.K. with two partners -- its first rail operation outside Japan.Along with Dutch rail operator Abellio and Japanese trading gi

    December 29, 2017 09:05 pm JST
  • Commodities, tech led Asia's first equity bull run in five years

    TOKYO -- For the first time in five years, all key equity markets in Asia enjoyed a bull run in 2017 and market participants expect gains to be extended in 2018."Strong market fundamentals supported by steady recovery of the world economy helped us

    December 29, 2017 08:58 pm JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index rises 37% in 2017 as global economic growth picks up

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- The Nikkei Asia300 Index rose 37% this year as pickup in global growth, U.S. tax reforms, and continued monetary policy support from major central banks prompted a surge in risk assets. Technology companies in China and South Ko

    December 29, 2017 08:03 pm JST
  • Modi backs India-Myanmar-Thailand highway's Indochina extension

    NEW DELHI -- India is pushing an ambitious highway initiative through Myanmar and Thailand to connect with Vietnam through Cambodia and Laos, which observers of Southeast Asia see as part of its efforts to counter China's Belt and Road Intiative (BR

    December 29, 2017 06:02 pm JST
  • Asia Aviation CEO reclaims title of largest shareholder

    BANGKOK -- Asia Aviation CEO Tassapon Bijleveld has become the company's largest shareholder once again after repurchasing a 36.3% stake for 8.27 billion baht ($253 million), a deal that lets him make swifter business decisions and spearhead expansi

    December 29, 2017 01:32 am JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index gains as technology stocks recover

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan rose Thursday, as technology companies recovered from losses triggered by concerns over demand for Apple's iPhone.The Nikkei Asia300 Index advanced 0.8% to 1,407.51. Index heavyweight Samsung Electr

    December 28, 2017 09:11 pm JST
  • Asia in pictures 2017

    A year of missiles, murder, mourning and Trump

    TOKYO -- Having witnessed the assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the Rohingya refugee crisis and high profile scandals at some of the world's largest companies, it has been a tumultuous year for Asia. Here is a look back at the most striking images of 2

    December 28, 2017 07:45 pm JST
  • Upstart Hong Kong insurer FWD seeks a 'pan-Asian' reach

    HONG KONG Insurance company FWD Group has made impressive inroads across Asia in just half a decade, pairing an aggressive acquisition strategy with a technology-focused approach aimed at tapping the region's young and growing middle class.Hong Kong

    December 28, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • China's high-speed train plans in Southeast Asia stumble

    NAKHON RATCHASIMA, Thailand Exports of high-speed railway systems by China to Southeast Asian nations are lagging behind schedule due to problems over cost sharing and delays in land procurement.A China-led project in Thailand is finally about to ge

    December 28, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Nigel Gould-Davies: In going soft on Thailand, the EU puts trade above principles

    European Union foreign ministers this month agreed to resume full political contact with Thailand, ending restrictions imposed soon after the 2014 military coup that ousted the democratically elected government of Yingluck Shinawatra.This decision s

    December 28, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index gains as energy stocks rally

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan advanced Wednesday, led by energy companies as U.S. crude oil prices rallied to their highest level since June 2015.The Nikkei Asia300 Index rose 0.2% to 1,396.72. H-shares of CNOOC added 1.8%, Petr

    December 27, 2017 08:21 pm JST
  • Cover story

    'Social enterprises' rise in Asia amid skepticism

    BANGALORE -- Wearing blue surgeon's scrubs as he chats with a heart patient from Bangladesh, Dr. Devi Shetty hardly looks like a typical corporate chairman. But there is little about Shetty and the hospital group he founded, Narayana Health, that is

    December 27, 2017 04:00 pm JST
  • Japan's Glico targets Thai ice cream market

    TOKYO -- On a hot, steamy day in Thailand, what could be better than a nice cold ice cream? Yet, according to snack maker Ezaki Glico, the Southeast Asian country's ice cream market is roughly one-tenth the size of Japan's -- prompting the company t

    December 27, 2017 01:45 pm JST
  • Panda diplomacy grows with China's ambitions

    TOKYO -- Visitors to Tokyo's Ueno Zoo don't usually think about who owns the zoo's giant pandas, and who benefits from their massive popularity.Maybe they should.Like all pandas around the world, Ueno's panda couple is leased from China for a fee of

    December 27, 2017 12:10 pm JST