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  • BUSINESS

    Future still bright for China's book industry

    Asia focus, Suwatchai Songwanich, Published on 02/12/2019

    » Reading remains a favourite pastime for people of all ages around the world, including in China. The country's book industry has recorded strong growth over the past few years, with sales value rising by almost 11% in the first half of this year, according to a report by Open Book, a Beijing-based research firm.

  • 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

    Data dilemma

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 02/12/2019

    » In the digital world, data is king. Businesses now understand that in order to stay relevant and ahead of competitors, they need data to know more about their customers. The more you know, the more products and services you can sell in a more personalised way, which is what buyers want.

  • BUSINESS

    Life in the low-code cloud

    Asia focus, Published on 02/12/2019

    » Zoho Corporation, a comprehensive IT management software provider, is gearing up to serve the vibrant startup community and digital transformation trends in Southeast Asia where different countries are at different stages of development. It is doing this by helping companies and developers make mobile and web applications with low-code platforms.

  • 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.

  • WORLD

    Green wheels: Rooftop garden sprouts on a car

    Asia focus, Narendra Kaushik, Published on 02/12/2019

    » It was sometime in January 2017 that K Suresh, a civil lawyer in the Bengaluru High Court, got the idea of doing his part for a clean environment. He decided to grow a garden on top of his car.

  • BUSINESS

    Missing the big picture on poverty reduction

    Asia focus, Published on 02/12/2019

    » This year's Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences was awarded to Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer for their experimental approach to poverty reduction. The Nobel Committee said their use of randomised controlled trials (RCTs), a method adapted from medical research, to test whether specific interventions work has "considerably improved our ability to fight global poverty".

  • WORLD

    Every drop counts

    Asia focus, Ismira Lutfia Tisnadibrata, Published on 25/11/2019

    » Residents of Claket village in Mojokerto district of East Java are facing an uncertain future that could include an absolute water scarcity by 2040. That has spurred them to act and they are now looking ahead with more optimism.

  • OPINION

    China's risky endgame in Hong Kong

    Asia focus, Published on 25/11/2019

    » Although the rapid escalation of violence in Hong Kong seems terrifying enough, things may be about to get much worse.

  • BUSINESS

    Profit with purpose

    Asia focus, Patpon Sabpaitoon, Published on 25/11/2019

    » Businesses today operate in a fishbowl, with their every move scrutinised by all kinds of interest groups. A single misstep can set off an online firestorm and seriously harm a company's reputation and bottom line.

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