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  • BUSINESS

    Company man

    Asia focus, Published on 19/03/2018

    » Shinsotsu-ikkatsu-saiyo, the tradition of simultaneous recruitment and employment of new graduates by companies, has long been unique to Japan and South Korea, before the latter abolished the practice in 2010. But in the world's third largest economy it is so embedded in the culture, who's to say it's not working for the country and its people?

  • BUSINESS

    SME success stories

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 27/11/2017

    » Southeast Asian small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that have successfully tapped into the global value chain say the keys to success include maintaining product standards and quality, educating customers and offering full-service solutions.

  • BUSINESS

    Time to move up

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 01/05/2017

    » Asian steelmakers should focus on innovation and value-added products to combat a possible influx of cheap steel diverted from the United States if Washington imposes anti-dumping duties on steel imports from Asia, industry executives say.

  • NEWS

    Agent of change

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 30/01/2017

    » Back when Vietnam's international profile was just slightly better than North Korea's, only a few outsiders considered working in a country ruled by a monolithic Communist party, but that didn't stop John Ditty, who has been making a living in a decidedly capitalist field there since 1993.

  • BUSINESS

    Right products for the right markets the key in Asean

    Asia focus, Tanyatorn Tongwaranan, Published on 19/10/2015

    » Unfazed by the fierce competition in Southeast Asia's largest automotive market, Apollo Tyres Ltd rolled into Thailand two years ago, hoping to present another side of Indian brands and create a space for itself within Asean.

  • BUSINESS

    High costs and weak economy deter adoption

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 26/10/2015

    » Driven by a growing shortage of workers and increased wages, Thai businesses have eagerly embraced automation to cut costs and improve productivity, but more government incentives would help to accelerate such development, executives say.

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