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  • Raffles Medical 3Q net profit up 1% on year

    SINGAPORE -- Raffles Medical Group posted a 1% rise in net profit to 16.3 million Singapore dollars ($11.9 million) for the third quarter ended Sept. 30, despite an economic slowdown and increasing competition for foreign patients from Southeast Asi

    October 30, 2017 04:31 pm JST
  • Nikkei will launch new index to aid Asian-focused investors

    TOKYO -- Nikkei Inc. said Monday it will launch in December a new stock index for financial instruments covering the "Asia300" group of must-watch companies.The new Nikkei Asia300 Investable Index is designed to enable market players worldwide to in

    October 30, 2017 04:00 pm JST
  • Tokyo women are fastest at applying makeup in Asia


    TOKYO -- When it comes to makeup, the women of Tokyo are all about efficiency. They use the second-highest number of cosmetics but spend the least amount of time applying them, according to a survey covering six Asian cities and New York. The Kanebo

    October 30, 2017 08:30 am JST
  • Thailand's yearlong mourning for King Bhumibol comes to a close

    BANGKOK -- The five-day cremation ceremony of Thailand's late King Bhumibol Adulyadej ended on Sunday after the cremated remains were placed at their final resting places in the sixth and last procession led by royal family members including King Ma

    October 30, 2017 12:39 am JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index rises as Chinese financial firms, airlines gain

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan rose Friday, led by a rally in Chinese financial companies and airlines after upbeat earnings.The Nikkei Asia300 Index advanced 0.7% to 1,359.98. H-shares of China Construction Bank advanced 3.2% af

    October 27, 2017 08:54 pm JST
  • RCEP deal unlikely this year: South Korean official

    INCHEON, South Korea -- An agreement to create a free trade zone among 16 countries in the Asia-Pacific region, including China, Japan, India and South Korea, is not expected before the end of the year, said a South Korean representative in charge o

    October 27, 2017 08:48 pm JST
  • Thailand enters new era without 'Father of the Nation'

    BANGKOK -- The year-long mourning period for Thailand's revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej is coming to an end. The funeral ceremonies, which brought the entire nation almost to a halt yesterday, conclude on Sunday. Mourning signs and black and white b

    October 27, 2017 04:14 pm JST
  • Thailand's long farewell to King Bhumibol Adulyadej

    BANGKOK -- Thailand moved into a crucial part of its protracted final farewell to the much-revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej when the actual cremation ceremony began at 5.30 p.m. on Thursday in a massive specially built crematorium in front of the Gra

    October 26, 2017 10:55 pm JST
  • Travel spending by Muslim millennials to top $100bn by 2025

    SINGAPORE - Young Muslims are traveling more than ever and their spending is set to reach $100 billion by 2025, according to a report by Mastercard and HalalTrip, a travel website and app, in a report released Thursday. The report, that included Mur

    October 26, 2017 07:36 pm JST
  • Anthony Couse: Eco-friendly offices are the new gold standard

    Singapore's Asia Square Tower 2 made headlines in September when it was sold to CapitaLand Commercial Trust for $1.5 billion, setting the record for the biggest office deal in Asia-Pacific this year. In 2016, Asia Square Tower 1 was acquired by Qata

    October 26, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Bilahari Kausikan: ASEAN must work harder to stay 'central'

    Within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, "centrality" is a defining concept, an implied vision of regional order in which the collective interest of member states comes first -- or at least is not disregarded."ASEAN centrality" is not a ma

    October 26, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Thailand's big banks post a profit dip despite a rising economy

    BANGKOK The combined net profit for Thailand's four biggest banks dropped 14% on the year for the July-September period. This marks the second consecutive quarter of declining earnings, despite recent government statistics that have shown promising

    October 26, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Nipponham to grab stake in Thai chicken farmer

    OSAKA -- NH Foods, also known as Nipponham, plans to increase its shipments of chicken-based frozen foods from Thailand, a global export base, by procuring a large number of broilers from a local company.The Japanese meat processor will acquire a 30

    October 26, 2017 06:06 am JST
  • CSIS/Nikkei Forum

    Experts call for ASEAN unity on South China Sea

    SINGAPORE -- Experts who gathered at a forum to discuss issues surrounding the South China Sea on Oct. 25 expressed concerns about increasing pressure from China. While they agreed on the importance of U.S. influence in the region, some called for u

    October 25, 2017 11:30 pm JST
  • An evening with Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej

    BANGKOK -- On the evening of Apr. 21, 2008, nine members of the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand (FCCT) were granted an audience with King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Their purpose was to present him with a 280-page second edition of "The King of Th

    October 25, 2017 05:00 pm JST
  • Southeast Asian convenience chains leading a retail revolution

    HANOI/YANGON -- A kind of retail revolution is taking place in Southeast Asia's convenience-store sector, as stores find a competitive edge by adjusting product offerings based on time of day, and offer a level of service on par with stores in Japan

    October 25, 2017 11:30 am JST
  • Inaugural ASEAN-China naval drill underway

    CLARK FREEPORT, Philippines -- China has won the endorsement of Singapore, the chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in 2018, for a joint maritime exercise with the regional bloc next year. Chinese Minister of Defense Chang Wanquan pro

    October 24, 2017 10:22 pm JST
  • Thailand will host Malaysia-North Korea football qualifier

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia will play North Korea on neutral ground in Thailand in a qualifying round of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 on Nov. 10 and 13, the Asian Football Confederation said on Tuesday.The match, due to have been played in North Korea, w

    October 24, 2017 10:03 pm JST
  • FT Confidential Research

    Thai households still suffer debt hangover

    Household debt in Thailand continues to grow in real terms, despite a falling debt-to-GDP ratio.FTCR's latest survey indicated that urban consumers ramped up borrowing in the past year, and will increase debt further in 2018.A slowdown in borrowing

    October 24, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • Thai Airways jettisons Japan Airlines on code sharing, picks ANA

    TOKYO -- All Nippon Airways will become Thai Airways International's sole Japanese code share partner starting this month, as the Bangkok-based carrier ends a decadeslong flight-sharing arrangement with Japan Airlines.Thai Airways and ANA already op

    October 24, 2017 04:29 am JST