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Dec 13, 2017

Malaysia’s central bank has taken further steps to enhance its e-payment platform, paving the way towards a cashless society, reports say. Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) governor Muhammad Ibrahim said that, effective July 1 next year, the instant transfer fee of 50 sen (12 US cent) will be waived for up to 5,000...

Dec 12, 2017

Chinese consumers are increasingly young, wealthy and eager to spend. They are an essential part of the global growth engine.

China's growth may be slowing, but its consumer economy is still growing - and growing fast.

According to a new report, Chinese consumption is growing by 10% a year, faster...

Dec 08, 2017

WEIFANG, China, Dec. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/-- On November 26, a dozen or more mainstream journalists, including Xinhua News Agency, The People's Daily, Guangming Daily and China News Service, reported extensively on the development of Weifang city. As an agricultural and cultural center in East China's Shandong...

Dec 07, 2017

A street food vendor in Bangkok’s old town received a Michelin star in the inaugural edition of the Michelin guide for the Thai capital, along with 16 high-class restaurants.

Seventy-year-old Jay Fai, or Auntie Fai, makes wok-fired dishes from a street shop called Raan Jay Fai in a small side-soi at 327 Maha...

Nov 29, 2017

Delegations of 135 countries meet in Rome to discuss sustainable approaches to the reconstruction of destroyed and damaged historic cities

Nov 19, 2017

The World Rice Conference at its annual meeting in Macau on November 8 declared Thailand’s fragrant Hom Mali variety the world’s best rice, maintaining Thailand’s number one rank a second year in a row after several years of lower rice quality due to floods, droughts and a mishandled rice pledging scheme.

Nov 10, 2017

When the South Penghu Marine National Park was established in late 2014, local fishermen feared for their livelihood due to restrictions on fishing and other conservation measures. Meanwhile, guided snorkeling and scuba-diving excursions are providing new sources of income, putting the area on the eco-tourism map...

Nov 06, 2017

Forty-six students from China's Northeast Normal University in Jilin province visited Tohoku University on October 19 as part of an academic tour to mark the 45th anniversary of the normalization of Sino-Japanese diplomatic relations.

In total, four Chinese provinces sent student representatives to various...

Nov 04, 2017

AI has the power to benefit all of humanity - but only if we use it well.

Oct 26, 2017

Linking farmers to regional markets advances inclusive growth

October 2017 --(ASIA TODAY)-- Samat Nasa has been farming cassava on the outskirts of Zamboanga City in the Philippines’ Mindanao region for over 30 years. Many farmers in the area grow this root crop because it is easy to maintain and can survive...

Oct 26, 2017

Taiwan has had a head start in its economic transformation and building a strong hardware sector over the mainland, gaining the moniker “Asian Tiger” in the process. So it is surprising that it hasn’t caught onto the internet sector boom as some of its neighbors in Asia have. It’s got all the right ingredients: a...

Oct 20, 2017

In what could be a role model for other Southeast Asian countries, most of all Thailand, supermarket shoppers in Cambodia by law may soon be charged for using plastic bags as part of government measures to ramp up environment protection and reduce waste.

A sub-decree will also set restrictions on the import...

Oct 20, 2017

The term “karyū rōjin,” or “down and out elderly,” highlights the rising poverty, loneliness, and chronic disease of aging populations. Takanori Fujita, the author who coined the term, talks to CommonWealth about the looming crisis in Taiwan.

Real-life dramas are playing out in the Japanese countryside:...

Oct 14, 2017

We are at the cusp of a major revolution from mobile to immersive computing. Last year was seen as the dawn of a third wave of devices employing augmented and virtual reality (AR and VR), which define the two spectrums of immersive technology that could replace mobile computing.

Oct 10, 2017

The National Bank of Cambodia and the People’s Bank of China announced that they – for the first time – have introduced an official yuan-riel exchange rate regime that allows businesses and individuals to conduct trade settlement activities without using the US dollar as an intermediary currency.

The...

Oct 08, 2017

MACAO - Malaysia bagged three Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Gold Awards 2017 in the Marketing Media, Heritage and Culture, and Education and Training categories. The awards were presented at the 2017 PATA Gold Awards Lunch and Award Presentation at The Parisian Macao today.

Oct 08, 2017

The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee on October 4 signed an agreement with the HCM City Tourism Association to boost the tourism sector.

The agreement, valid for 2017-2020, would help enhance the role of the association and facilitate the operations of tourism businesses, Tran Vinh Tuyen, Vice Chairman of...

Oct 03, 2017

Indonesia’s popular ride-hailing company Go-Jek, the country’s first billion-dollar startup, is looking to expand to at least four countries in Southeast Asia, Bloomberg News cited the firm’s co-founder and CEO Nadiem Makarim. It would be Go-Jek’s first foray outside its home market.

In a bid to regionally...

Oct 02, 2017

Bangkok still tops the list of the world’s most popular tourism destination cities worldwide, but competition is growing within Asia, the latest Mastercard Destination Cities Index released on September 26 shows.

Based on the number of visitors ($19 million) and amount of money ($14.1 billion) they spent...

Oct 01, 2017

The Malaysia government said it will create the largest venue for meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) in Southeast Asia in a drive to boost business tourism to the country, it emerged at the groundbreaking ceremony for the MyExpo project in Putrajaya on September 26.

MyExpo will have...

Sep 26, 2017

Cross-border e-commerce has become big business for a growing legion of Chinese mainland exporters and importers.

Buoyed by continuing incentives offered by the Central Government to expand the cross-border e-commerce business, many exhibitors at the July Guangzhou International Cross-Border E-Commerce and...

Sep 23, 2017

Taiwan intends to increase the use of renewable energy and phase out nuclear power by 2025. But thermal power plants burning coal and natural gas will still play major roles and could pose serious health risks, especially over the next 10 years.

TSMC’s expansion of its foundry in the Central Taiwan Science...