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  • NEWS

    Japan airports to launch mobile fingerprinting terminals

    Published on 07/09/2015

    » TOKYO — The Justice Ministry plans to start using mobile terminals at airports that will take photos and fingerprints of foreign visitors while they are queuing for immigration in a bid to speed up procedures at the inspection desks.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Novel ways to say 'I LOVE YOU'

    Life, Sithikorn Wongwudthianun, Published on 07/09/2015

    » Choosing a suitable gift for someone is hard enough at the best of times, but St Valentine's Day really takes the cake. For Feb 14, don't settle for store-bought gifts when you can give your beloved a one-of-a-kind DIY present. It'll probably make a better impression than flowers, which only last a few days.

  • BUSINESS

    Provincial panels urged to spark growth

    Business, Lamonphet Apisitniran, Published on 07/09/2015

    » Business leaders will propose that the government set up provincial economic committees to help stimulate local economies, according to Boontuck Wungcharoen, president of the Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Banking.

  • AUTO

    Shorter, snappier, sweeter

    Life, Richard Leu, Published on 07/09/2015

    » Family cars like saloons and SUVs usually get bigger and heavier these days because buyers like space, comfort and plenty of features. From a manufacturer's point of view, modern cars also need higher levels of safety to meet legislation.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Enabling others to succeed

    Life, Published on 07/09/2015

    » Philipp Graf von Hardenberg, president and CEO of Thanyapura, a sport, health, mind and educational complex in Phuket, is no ordinary hotelier. A man of boundless energy and great curiosity, he wears many different hats, including entrepreneur, financier, fundraiser, philanthropist and educator.

  • OPINION

    Teach our children how to think

    Life, Usnisa Sukhsvasti, Published on 07/09/2015

    » Politics and religion may be taboo conversation subjects, but the subject of education in Thailand is always a great way to get the ball rolling. Everyone has a story to tell and everyone has an opinion to give. Not much of it is positive. The recent announcement by the Office of the Basic Education Commission (Obec) that schools are going to reduce class hours from eight hours a day to six in order to give children time for more extra-curricular activities has caused a lot more concern than praise. I don't think the quantity is going to make any difference, if the quality of teaching is not up to standard and you're not going to get quality teaching in the classroom if you can't pay teachers a reasonable salary. You pay peanuts, you get monkeys. Just to put things into perspective, according to figures from the 2015 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Switzerland is the country with the most well-paid teachers.

  • BUSINESS

    Can the NLD deliver?

    Asia focus, Larry Jagan, Published on 07/09/2015

    » With campaigning for Myanmar's forthcoming elections about to start officially in a few days, the main parties are putting their finishing touches on their policy platforms.

  • BUSINESS

    Asian sun shines on rebound of solar panel makers

    Asia focus, Published on 07/09/2015

    » Solar equipment manufacturers around the world were mired in overcapacity, red ink and plant closures just two years ago. Now the industry is on the path to recovery, thanks largely to demand in Asia, rather than Europe as in earlier years. The big buyers are in China and Japan, while large demand is emerging from new Asian markets such as India.

  • BUSINESS

    In tune with the times

    Asia focus, Wanant Kerdchuen, Published on 07/09/2015

    » International Watch Company or IWC was founded in 1868, but its CEO likes to think of the brand as a 29-year-old -- young, with so much more to achieve, but not quite ready to settle down.

  • BUSINESS

    Maps with meaning

    Asia focus, Published on 07/09/2015

    » You wouldn't be able to tell it by looking at newspaper headlines, but China is not the biggest fear of the Philippines -- the real danger is much more natural.

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