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  • WORLD

    Winning the war on plastic

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 13/01/2020

    » Asia is picking up the pace in tackling the plastic crisis. In Bangladesh, the High Court last Monday ordered the government to ban single-use plastics in coastal areas and in hotels and restaurants in one year. It also ordered the government to strictly enforce the ban on polyethylene -- the main ingredient in many plastic bags -- under the existing law.

  • BUSINESS

    A New Year wish for women

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 30/12/2019

    » It's time to make a wish as we wave goodbye to 2019. My wish for 2020 is that it will be a better year for women working in the corporate sector and other parts of the economy. They deserve more recognition for their contribution to a society still dominated by men.

  • BUSINESS

    Japan's mission

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 23/12/2019

    » Waves of change -- geopolitical, technological and demographic -- have been sweeping across the world, and Japan is among the countries experiencing challenges on all those fronts. Amid a steady but slow economic recovery since he took office in 2012, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has also seen his skills at international diplomacy tested, given his country's close ties with the United States.

  • WORLD

    Climate urgency increasing

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 16/12/2019

    » While the latest UN Climate Change Conference was taking place in Madrid, smog returned to Bangkok last week with PM2.5 dust exceeding safe levels in some areas. Face masks were back in fashion, while children, pregnant women and the elderly were advised to avoid outdoor activities.

  • OPINION

    Make time to enjoy Japan

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 02/12/2019

    » Landing at Tokyo's Haneda Airport early on a Sunday morning (5.30 am), I was pleasantly surprised to find how convenient it was to commute to the city hotel where I had reserved a room for my one-week visit. I was welcomed at the airport exit by a Japan Travel Bureau (JTB) staffer who accompanied me to an airport bus that took me on a non-stop journey to the hotel.

  • BUSINESS

    Global first

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 02/12/2019

    » In 1990, King's College law student Milton Cheng joined Baker McKenzie in London, believing that the international law firm was the only one in those days that had a clear plan to invest in Asian talent.

  • BUSINESS

    Shaping the wealth

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 18/11/2019

    » � These are exciting times for Asia's wealth market. The global economic centre of gravity has shifted to the region, which has now become the wealth creation centre of the world. A report issued in June by Boston Consulting Group (BCG) projected that wealth in Asia excluding Japan would expand by 9.4% from 2018 to 2023.

  • BUSINESS

    Creative approaches to ageing

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 18/11/2019

    » Across Asia, countries are coming to grips with demographic changes and seeking to improve the lives of their growing elderly populations. Japan, where the proportion of people aged 65 years and older is projected to rise from 28% now to 38% by 2050, is providing support to companies that retain older employees, as well as health, housing and mobility investments in response to emerging needs.

  • BUSINESS

    From the Alps to Asia

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 11/11/2019

    » Nestled between Switzerland and Austria, the Principality of Liechtenstein is one of the world's smallest countries with an area of only 160 square kilometres and some 38,000 inhabitants.

  • BUSINESS

    Women helping each other

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 04/11/2019

    » As the only woman on the three-person team of our small section, I looked forward to covering the AWEN Women CEOs Summit 2019 in Bangkok last week. The first-ever meeting of the Asean Women Entrepreneurs Network (AWEN) brought together female leaders from across the region to discuss issues including digital disruption, the ageing society, automation and its impact on the future of work.

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