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  • BUSINESS

    Streamlined Toshiba retools for a new era

    Asia focus, Wanant Kerdchuen, Published on 19/09/2016

    » Companies are frequently compelled to rethink strategy whenever they encounter external or internal stumbling blocks. The Tokyo-based multinational Toshiba Corporation is no exception. It has undertaken a major restructuring to revive earnings and stakeholders' confidence after a tough year of negative news that included an accounting scandal.

  • BUSINESS

    Keeping score

    Asia focus, Wanant Kerdchuen, Published on 22/08/2016

    » China's success in hosting and competing at the 2008 Beijing Olympics is still being talked about and the country's reputation as a sports leader continues to grow, even though it fell short of its medal goals at the recently concluded Rio Games.

  • BUSINESS

    Game On

    Asia focus, Wanant Kerdchuen, Published on 22/08/2016

    » The Beijing Olympics in 2008 helped to redefine the world's perception of China. The sports extravaganza not only served notice to the world of China's potential to become the world's largest economy, but also created a positive spillover to other economic sectors and attracted foreign investment.

  • BUSINESS

    Faith and vision

    Asia focus, Wanant Kerdchuen, Published on 08/08/2016

    » The success of many big businesses is attributed to the person at the top, to the point where some chief executives become celebrities and cult figures. Francis Yeoh has steered one of Malaysia's most successful multinational businesses since 1988, but he has no time for such hero-worship.

  • BUSINESS

    Fast and flexible

    Asia focus, Wanant Kerdchuen, Published on 11/07/2016

    » Low manufacturing costs in Thailand and growing consumer affluence across Asia are an attractive combination for many businesses looking to use the country as a base for manufacturing as well as domestic and export sales.

  • BUSINESS

    Allianz wants to make sure it has Asia Inc covered

    Asia focus, Wanant Kerdchuen, Published on 27/06/2016

    » While the weak global economy in recent years has led to reduced forecasts for Asia, the region's growth story continues to captivate investors, along with the corporate insurance specialists that are helping them participate in the development of the region.

  • NEWS

    Tightening the Belt

    Asia focus, Wanant Kerdchuen, Published on 04/07/2016

    » China's attempt to share its investment capital with the world and project its economic might through the Belt and Road (B&R) initiative has captured the interest of countries with desperate infrastructure needs, including Asean economies looking to secure long-term growth.

  • BUSINESS

    Second time lucky

    Asia focus, Wanant Kerdchuen, Published on 20/06/2016

    » On the morning of Sept 11, 2001, Bhagwant Singh Bishnoi was working in midtown Manhattan at the permanent mission of India to the United Nations. He had no idea what was happening until a colleague called with a report of fire engines speeding urgently through the streets.

  • OPINION

    The shame of the saffron scandal

    Asia focus, Wanant Kerdchuen, Published on 06/06/2016

    » Millions of faithful Buddhists including myself have always believed that the donations we give on our birthday or special religious occasions will be used wisely to uphold 2559 years of religious authenticity. But our faith has been shaken by the practices of some monks who are soiling the saffron robe.

  • NEWS

    Relief as rain falls, but drought's aftermath to linger

    Asia focus, Wanant Kerdchuen, Published on 30/05/2016

    » The arrival of long-awaited rain this month has brought relief across large swathes of Asia from one of the worst heatwaves in decades. But the impact of the recent drought will be felt for months to come in the form of lower crop output, higher food prices and economic hardship for farmers.

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