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  • Tensions mount as Yingluck judgment day closes in

    BANGKOK -- Thailand's Supreme Court is set to rule on a case against former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who stands accused of negligence over a hugely costly farm subsidy program. But, whichever way the decision goes on Aug. 25, long-standin

    August 20, 2017 09:00 am JST
  • Tokyo to begin marketing GPS successor in 2020

    TOKYO -- The Japanese government is eyeing 2020 to begin promoting exports of a technology it is developing to eclipse the GPS, a government official said on Saturday.Masaji Matsuyama, minister of state for science and technology policy, said the go

    August 19, 2017 09:26 pm JST
  • Kyowa Kirin Bio doubles down on medical amino acids at Asian units

    TOKYO -- Kyowa Hakko Bio will invest 10 billion yen ($91.1 million) by 2020 to double the capacity of Chinese and Thai plants that make amino acids for medical care, a response to growing demand worldwide.Intravenous amino acids are widely used to p

    August 18, 2017 10:08 am JST
  • Don Pathan

    Thailand eyes next moves in southern peace talks

    Four years on from the launch of peace talks aimed at ending a separatist insurgency in Thailand's three southernmost provinces, progress is moving at a snail's pace. Some critics say that both the Thai government and Islamist militants appear to be

    August 17, 2017 12:30 pm JST
  • Out of tune: Music schools clash with Japan's copyright enforcer

    TOKYO -- The Japanese word for music, ongaku, is written with a pair of Chinese characters. The first means "sound," while the second stands for "fun." But there is nothing fun about a raging dispute between the country's dominant music copyright co

    August 16, 2017 01:26 pm JST
  • Thailand passport control crisis prompts widespread criticism

    BANGKOK -- Social media posts by enraged travelers went viral after a huge crowd of passengers clogged the immigration desks at Don Mueang International Airport, Bangkok's second airport which serves as a hub for low-cost carriers.The human snarl on

    August 16, 2017 01:28 am JST
  • Toyota rolls out bargain sedan in Thailand

    BANGKOK -- Toyota Motor's new Yaris Ativ compact sedan has hit the streets in Thailand, where the Japanese automaker aims to rebuild its declining market share with ample affordable offerings.The newest four-door member of the Yaris family went on s

    August 16, 2017 12:09 am JST
  • Indorama to buy tire cord makers in Mexico and France

    BANGKOK -- Indorama Ventures, the Thailand-based petrochemical producer, said Tuesday it is planning to buy tire-cord fabric makers in Mexico and France, as it expands its reach in the automotive sector on the back of rising demand for lightweight,

    August 15, 2017 07:57 pm JST
  • Asian equity markets extend gains as North Korea holds fire

    HONG KONG (Nikkei Markets) -- Asian equity markets extended gains on Tuesday after North Korea's leader signaled the country would hold off on any decision to fire missiles toward the U.S. territory of Guam, helping lift investor sentiment.The Nikke

    August 15, 2017 02:28 pm JST
  • Anthony Couse

    Retail in Asia may finally be turning a corner

    Stung by acute challenges in the last decade, the gloom pervading the retail sector may soon be lifting in several Asian cities. The ubiquity of e-commerce has long been blamed for the doldrums, and there are some chilling figures underpinning it. R

    August 15, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index recovers from weekly loss as US inflation damps Fed rate hike bets

    HONG KONG (Nikkei Markets) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan rebounded from a weekly loss, tracking gains on Wall Street after slower-than-expected U.S. inflation data eased expectations of another rate increase this year.The Nikkei Asia300 Index add

    August 14, 2017 09:24 pm JST
  • For ASEAN, Japan is a key counterbalance to China

    TOKYO -- Five decades after the Association of Southeast Asian Nations was established, changing economic and political dynamics in the region are putting a spotlight on Japan's growing importance to the bloc as a counterbalance to China.Japan and t

    August 14, 2017 12:16 pm JST
  • Angel Gurria

    Making the digital age work for ASEAN

    Southeast Asia is one of the world's most dynamic regions, with vast endowments of natural resources, an increasingly diversified economy, an expanding middle class and growing global influence. With the launch of the ASEAN Economic Community in 201

    August 14, 2017 09:00 am JST
  • K-pop purveyors build bands with multinational flair

    TOKYO -- If you turned on a TV in Japan seven years ago, there was a good chance you would see a South Korean pop act gyrating away. The odds of that are lower today.Chalk it up to changing tastes, new entertainment options or politics, but there is

    August 12, 2017 06:00 pm JST
  • Richard Heydarian

    Divided ASEAN hands China diplomatic coup

    The annual regional forum and related meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Manila brought together 27 foreign ministers from around the Asia-Pacific region -- but the outstanding result was a major diplomatic victory for

    August 12, 2017 04:14 am JST
  • Thai Airways falls back into quarterly loss

    BANGKOK -- Ailing flag carrier Thai Airways International posted a net quarterly loss of 5.211 billion baht ($156.7 million) in the April-June period after it recorded a marginal net profit in the first quarter, according to Bangkok stock exchange f

    August 12, 2017 01:11 am JST
  • ASEAN AT 50

    ASEAN is looking good, but now looking up to China and India

    TOKYO -- The first 50 years of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations should be regarded as an overall success, but its future is anything but certain. Sandwiched between China and India, ASEAN could find itself overwhelmed economically by these

    August 11, 2017 07:27 pm JST
  • CP All's Q2 profit up 10% on store expansion

    BANGKOK -- Thailand's CP All, the operator of the country's 7-Eleven stores, saw negative growth in same-store sales for the April-June period but posted gains in both consolidated revenue and net profit thanks to its ongoing aggressive store expans

    August 11, 2017 06:47 pm JST
  • Citi sees Thailand potential as regional banking hub

    BANGKOK -- Thailand has the potential to become a regional banking hub if it pushes through some more reforms, according to Darren Buckley, outgoing Citi country head for Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos. "A strong regional banking hub here is v

    August 11, 2017 06:00 pm JST
  • Asian music sensations break the sound barrier

    Move over, K-pop. South Korea has been a dominant force in Asian entertainment for about a decade, but a powerful combination of economic development and social media is changing the game. From Southeast Asia to China, other countries are producing

    August 10, 2017 03:30 pm JST