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    Creating smarter cities

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 09/07/2018

    » Yokohama is a role model for turning an urban area that once relied on heavy industry into a smart city where liveable communities coexist harmoniously with industrial and commercial areas. Now it is exporting its expertise to an industrial estate in eastern Thailand.


    A crack in the Great Firewall?

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 02/07/2018

    » Whenever China announces policies to open up its economy or facilitate investment from abroad, the news is usually welcomed at home and abroad, but such policies or measures need to be fair. Not welcome are those that create discrimination or lead to greater disparity.


    Marketing makeover artist

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 25/06/2018

    » Kosuke Sogo doesn't dress like a typical Japanese CEO. When we first met for an interview at his company's office in downtown Bangkok last month, the 31-year-old was wearing a button-down blue and white checked flannel shirt on top of a white T-shirt, which suited his boyish look.


    When children go hungry

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 11/06/2018

    » Few things are sadder than the sight of a hungry child. My sadness turned to anger when I learned that corrupt adults were stealing food from the mouths of children in my own country.


    Transformed by tech

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 28/05/2018

    » Financial technology (fintech) and innovation have the potential to transform and accelerate sustainable development, which requires huge sums of money, and businesses can make a significant contribution, policymakers and business leaders agree.


    Hong Kong's new mission

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 28/05/2018

    » Hong Kong's developed financial market, strategic location and increasing government budget for innovation and technology could further enhance the territory's capacity to help mobilise funds to support sustainable development globally.


    Business unusual in Malaysia

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 21/05/2018

    » Businesses and investors are still coming to grips with the new political order in Malaysia, where the government led by Mahathir Mohamad is moving quickly to place its stamp on the economy and also bring to justice those accused of corruption, including former prime minister Najib Razak.

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    Asean balancing act

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 14/05/2018

    » China's growing influence in Asia and beyond is real. Beijing's escalating confrontation with the United States and threats of a trade war between the two superpowers are also pressing, with experts saying that would put the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) in the most difficult position in its 50-year history.


    Putting youth to work

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 07/05/2018

    » Given the reality of ageing populations in many countries, most people assume that finding a job should not be that difficult for young people. However, youth unemployment and underemployment remain stubbornly high for a number of reasons.


    China's sexist tech titans

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 30/04/2018

    » The news that Alibaba is pouring US$320 billion into developing a "digital hub" in the much-touted Eastern Economic Corridor has not been greeted with universal applause in Thailand. Concerns are rising about the potential negative impacts on small local operators once the Chinese e-commerce giant cements its foothold.

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