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Thailand’s Ministry of Finance gives four companies ‘Digital Asset’ business licenses

Thailand’s Ministry of Finance has issued digital asset business licenses to four crypto-related firms, according to a notice published by the country

Carlos Ghosn indicted on 2 new charges & expected to remain in detention until trial

Tokyo prosecutors have indicted former Nissan Motor Co Chairman Carlos Ghosn on two new charges of financial misconduct, adding to the legal challenge

Huawei employees arrested in Poland for espionage

Poland's counterintelligence agency has arrested and charged an employee of Chinese tech giant Huawei over spying allegations. According to Polish tel

The World Economic Forum says these are the world's 20 most dynamic cities

Although momentum in the global economy appears to have peaked, there are still many cities in the world where real estate and economic growth continu

Vietnam’s ride-share platform FastGo begins operations in Myanmar

FastGo, Vietnam’s first ride-hailing service has kicked off operations in Myanmar as part of its Southeast Asia expansion plans. Its joint venture wit

Thailand wants to rank as a “Top 30” innovative country by 2030

Thailand’s National Innovation Agency (NIA) has set a goal for Thailand to rank in the “Top 30” of the Global Innovation Index by 2030 through the bra

South Korean Securities Firms Expanding Presence in Vietnamese Market

South Korean securities companies are expanding their presence in Vietnam, an emerging market with high growth potential. Vietnam is the only Southeas

Myanmar’s Mytel signs MOU with Vietnam’s FastGo ride-hailing service

Mytel announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with FastGo, a Vietnamese ride hailing app at the end of December. Mytel wi

Japanese Mizuho Financial Group plans to introduce Digital-currency for cashless payments

Japan’s Mizuho Financial Group plans to introduce a digital currency that will be used for remittances and payments in March 2019. The digital currenc

Shenzhen China expands its green focus with electric taxis

Shenzhen, considered as China’s Silicon Valley, and one of the most modern cities in the country, is proving that the city’s public transportation can

Cambodia’s National Bank Projects 7% Economic Growth In 2019

The National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) has forecast robust economic growth in 2019 and projects the Kingdom’s economy will grow at a rate of 7%, just mar

Softbank increases investment in WeWork ~ but invests less than expected

SoftBank is increasing its investment in WeWork and will investing a further $2 billion USD in the fast-growing coworking company, but the deal, which

Carlos Ghosn declares “innocence” – Judge calls him a “flight risk”

Carlos Ghosn, the ex-Chairman of Nissan Motor Company denied shifting his personal investment losses to Nissan during his first appearance in public s

Malaysia’s Ministry of Education will use blockchain verification system for university degrees

Malaysia’s Ministry of Education (MoE) of Malaysia announced in late 2018 that it is forming a consortium to tackle the issue of fraudulent university

Japan’s Business leaders want the country to reform and innovate

The leaders of three of Japan’s major business organizations, the Japan Business Federation, the Japan Association of Corporate Executives and the Jap

China-US Trade Wars ... Huawei named as China’s most influential company of 2018

In what is sure to be a slap in the face to U.S. President Donald Trump, global consulting company A.T. Kearny and business magazine Forbes China, hav

Chinese girl group creates AI digital clones

A new generation of talent is entering China’s entertainment industry and they may change how we think about “star talent” in ways that we’ve never im

True Digital Park Bangkok adds 4 Global IT companies as partners

True Digital Park Bangkok, the first global startup destination in Thailand and the largest digital innovation hub in Southeast Asia, has announced th

Japanese citizens ask - Is Chinese video app TikTok a danger to children and teens?

Millions of teenagers who are seeking their 15 seconds of fame are flocking to TikTok, a new social network / video app. The site, owned by China's B

China-US Trade War - Huawei ships a record 200 million smartphones in 2018

Huawei Technologies, the world’s largest supplier of telecommunications gear, has shipped more smartphones than ever before, announcing at the end of

Market Research – Google says Southeast Asia’s digital economy to triple to $240 billion by 2025

Southeast Asia may be behind China and India when it comes to growth potential in some sectors, but according to Google’s latest “e-Conomy SEA” report

Vietnam’s GDP at 7.1% in 2018 – the highest in 10 years

Vietnam’s GDP grew at 7.08% in 2018 making it one of the best performing economies in the world. This was the highest growth the country has experienc

South Korean game firms look to China for 2019 growth

South Korean game companies, which have been suffering from falling sales, are looking for growth in 2019, now that the Chinese government has resumed

Executives at South Korean crypto exchange UPbit indicted for fraud

The country’s prosecutors have formally charged the executives of UPbit, one of South Korea’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges. The Prosecutors’ Offi launches blockchain pharmaceutical tracking solution

China’s Inc. has launched a blockchain technology solution – JD Medicine Open Tracing Solution – in an effort to provide more transparency into

APAC marketers plan to investment in ‘outcome-driven media’

A survey of 5,000 digital media marketers across 16 key global markets reveals that the vast majority plan to increase their investment in the emergin

Vietnam becomes ASEAN’s leading IPO market

Vietnam has become Southeast Asia’s top grossing market for initial public offerings in 2018 with total proceeds of US$2.6 billion. Thailand ranked se

YouTube competitor TikTok has ambitious plans to expand in Vietnam

TikTok, a product of Bytedance, a Chinese software company headquartered in the U.S. has announced that it’s planning to step up its Vietnam operation

World Bank report: Vietnam’s labor costs are highest among ASEAN developing countries

The World Bank has just released a new report on enhancing enterprise competitiveness and enhancing small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) linkages a

Thailand approves medical Marijuana and Kratom in regional first

In a regional first, Thailand's legislature has agreed to amend the country's Narcotic Act of 1979 to allow the licensed medical use of cannabis, as w

7-Eleven Japan begins tests of NEC Facial Recognition technology

7-Eleven Japan has opened an experimental concept store in Tokyo offering payment through facial-recognition technology developed by NEC. The test sto

China government considers revisions of laws on foreign investment

According to Beijing media reports, China’s legislature is considering a new law governing foreign investment that will streamline existing rules and

Renault will produce new Twizy electric vehicle at Busan plant

Renault Samsung, the Korean unit of French auto giant Renault Group said that it will produce the Twizy electric vehicle (EV) at its factory in Busan

Nissan auto exec Greg Kelly released on bail – Carlos Ghosn remains in detention

Nissan Motor Co. executive Greg Kelly was released from detention in Japan on December 25th, after being granted bail over the alleged underreporting

Bali’s Governor bans the use of plastic and Styrofoam

Bali Governor Wayan Koster has announced an official government ban on the use of plastic bags, plastic straws and Styrofoam across the island. The ba

China-US Trade War – More countries considering Huawei ban

China’s largest telecommunications group, Huawei, has hopes to "dominate the market" for the next generation of mobile communications networks, but no

Shanghai and Singapore are Asia’s most expensive cities while China’s luxury market slows

According to the most recent Julius Baer survey, Shanghai is now Asia’s most expensive city to buy six of the 22 items that the survey measures. In ad

Vietnam’s consumer confidence at its highest level in 10 years

Vietnam’s consumer confidence level has reached its highest level in the last 10 years and Vietnam is now considered the #2 country in the world for c

US – China trade war creates opportunities for Vietnam’s real estate market

The US – China trade war would generate more opportunities than challenges for Vietnam’s real estate market, experts said at the recently held, Vietna

South Korea has the strongest entrepreneurship environment in Asia

South Korea tops the region in entrepreneurship environment with a score of 54%, according to the recently released Global Entrepreneurship Index. Acc

Carlos Ghosn re-arrested and will remain in detention for an extended period

Carlos Ghosn, the former chairman of Nissan Motors, who had expected to be released from detention this week, has been re-arrested by prosecutors on n

China’s iQiyi Sports gets new investment funds to expand golf, football & tennis content

Chinese online sports video streaming platform iQiyi Sports, which has the broadcast rights in China for English Premier League soccer and internation

World Economic Forum pledges to equip 20 million ASEAN workers with digital skills by 2020

A coalition of major tech companies pledged today to develop digital skills for the ASEAN workforce. The pledge, part of the World Economic Forum’s Di

Vietnam’s broadcasters ecstatic as TV ad prices at record high for AFF Cup final

As Vietnamese citizens rush to their television sets to watch the finals of the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki cup on December 15th with Vietn

Busan, South Korea will build blockchain-enabled Virtual Power Plant

South Korea’s government will spend $3.5 million USD to set up a blockchain-enabled virtual power plant (VPP) in the city of Busan. The definition of

Malaysia Government – Joint Statement on the Regulation of Digital Assets

The Malaysia government has released an official statement and asked all online media, such as, to publicize this statement.

Chinese electric car start-up Xpeng plans to compete against Tesla in China

Guangzhou-based Xpeng Motors, backed by Alibaba Group Holding, handed keys to its first batch of mass buyers on Dec. 12th as it showed off its new car

Ho Chi Minh City enters the ‘Top 20” Asia Pacific office rental markets

According the latest report from global property service company, Jones Lang LaSalle, Grade-A office rents in Ho Chi Minh City have reached a five-yea

Indochina Kajima launches new Wink hotel

Indochina Kajima Development Company, a real estate development company, held a groundbreaking ceremony in Ho Chi Minh City on November 30 for The Win

Google will provide digital training for 500,000 Vietnamese enterprises

Nguyen Van Binh head of the Vietnam Central Committee’s Economic Commission had a meeting with Kent Walker, Google’s Vice President for Global Affairs

Thailand set to become first country in Southeast Asia to legalize Marijuana

In November, Thailand’s cabinet pushed through a draft law that will legalize the use of cannabis for medical and research purposes, making it the fir

Japan's top 3 telcos will shun equipment from China's Huawei and ZTE

Bowing to pressure from the U.S. and Japanese governments, Japan's big three telecom operators – KDDI Corporation, NTT Docomo Inc. and Softbank – have

World Bank: Cambodia must grow at China’s rate to achieve 2030 economic goal

The World Bank’s released its annual economic update on Cambodia at the end of November and said that Cambodia is unlikely to reach its projected targ

Vietnam’s tropical storms cause homebuyers to focus on flood control

The recent tropical storm “Usagi”, which hit Ho Chi Minh City and the southern part of the country at the end of November has caused homebuyers across

Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou released on bail – U.S. President Trump says he’ll “intervene”

Meng Wangzhou, the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of China technology giant, Huawei Electronics who was arrested in Canada on December 1st has been gra

Carlos Ghosn and Nissan formally indicted in financial misconduct scandal

Tokyo prosecutors have formally indicted Carlos Ghosn, the former Chairman of Japanese automaker Nissan Motor with financial misconduct for under-repo

Vietnam ranks #2 in the world for Crypto-mining attacks

Moscow-based cybersecurity firm, Kaspersky Lab’s, latest “Security Bulletin”, published in early December, ranks Vietnam the #2 country in the world f

Hanoi taxi companies plan merger to fight Grab

Three Hanoi taxi companies have banded together to create the largest taxi business in the capital and compete with Grab. The new group will be named

Four new Greg Norman golf courses coming to Vietnam

Malaysia-based AirAsia, Asia’ largest budget airline, and Vietnamese firm Hai Au Aviation have agreed to start Vietnam’s sixth airline and plan to sta

Air Asia to become Vietnam’s sixth active airline

Malaysia-based AirAsia, Asia’ largest budget airline, and Vietnamese firm Hai Au Aviation have agreed to start Vietnam’s sixth airline and plan to sta

Luang Prabang Film Festival will host ‘Talent Lab’ with the Tribeca Film Institute

The Luang Prabang Film Festival (LPFF) in Laos will host its third Talent Lab, led by the Tribeca Film Institute (TFI). The Talent Lab will give filmm

Malaysia to initiate “Blockchain Integration” across multiple sectors

The Malaysian government is moving forward with a plan to use Blockchain in three main industries by creating a task force to promote this technology’

Chinese Crypto miner plans to launch Digital Pesos in the Philippines in 2019

Chinese company, Huren Capital, which originally entered the Philippines to expand its crypto mining business, has announced plans to launch a digitiz

China / U.S. Trade War – China accuses U.S. of ‘dishonesty’ – Stocks drop 500 points

On Monday, following the conclusion of the Saturday evening dinner between President Xi Jinping of China and President Donald Trump of the U.S., both

Japanese prosecutors say that Carlos Ghosn will be detained “indefinitely”

Japanese prosecutors said that they would continue to detain former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn for as long as they need to in order to finish their

China’s EZ Robot deploys Artificial Intelligence in food manufacturing

EZ Robot Inc., a leading Chinese company in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) research and AI hardware for industrial robotics has successfull

Asia Pacific’s Pay Television revenue in 2018 will top $56 Billion

China, India, Japan and South Korea will spearhead growth in Asia-Pacific’s Pay TV market in 2018. According to a report by analysts Media Partners As

Vietnam’s government can buy technology products from startups

Nguyen Manh Hung, Minister of Information and Communications, said at a recent forum in central Da Nang City that government spending should focus on

Vietnam’s Prime Minister says that the government will support startups and share their risks

Vietnam’s Prime Minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc made headlines last week when he addressed more than 300 entrepreneurs at the Youth Startups Forum 2018 in

Starwood Hotels 500 million name customer data breach exposes Asia travelers

Marriott Hotels group has confirmed that its Starwood Hotels guest database of 500 million customers has been stolen in a data breach. Marriott-owned

China – U.S. Trade War - Trump, Xi declare truce for 90-days to negotiate further

President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed on Saturday to a temporary, 90-day trade ceasefire, to allow time for more negotiations

VinFast will launch its new electric motorbike by the end of this year

Automobile and motorcycle analysts have previously said that Vietnam’s motorbike market is saturated, but they believe the electric motorbike market s

The 4.0 Industrial Revolution (4IR) can boost Vietnam’s GDP by 16%

According to a report by the Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM). The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), also known as the Industry 4.0,

Ministry of Information: Vietnam will test it’s 5G network in 2019

Vietnam has ambitions to be among the world’s first countries to launch 5G networks in 2020, with a testing phase expected in 2019, the information mi

Japan Airlines disgraced - Japanese pilot jailed in UK for being nine times over drink limit

A Japanese pilot, who was arrested at London's Heathrow airport as he prepared to fly an aircraft while more than nine times over the aviation alcohol

World Economic Forum - 6 ways China and the United States could jumpstart trade reforms

As Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump meet on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in Argentina, we thought it both important an

China – U.S. Trade War – Saturday’s dinner between Trump and Xi at the G20

As he left for the G20 summit, U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters on the lawn of the White House that he doesn't believe a trade deal will be

Topica Edtech raises $50 million in new funding

Topica Edtech Group, a multinational educational technology group that is headquartered in Hanoi, that provides online education solutions including b

Korea’s intellectual property regulator partners with Lazada to protect brands and consumers

Leading eCommerce firm in Southeast Asia, Lazada, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with South Korea's intellectual property regulator, K

Singapore offers funding to boost Blockchain adoption

The government of Singapore will offer financial incentives in order to grow the blockchain ecosystem in the country. According to media reports, the

University of Tokyo launches Blockchain course with Ethereum Foundation backing

Japan’s premiere university, The University of Tokyo, has begun offering a blockchain course at its graduate engineering school, thanks to an $800,000

Dentsu China – “Only 26% of Chinese marketers understand AI”

Dentsu Aegis Network (DAN) has released a report, ‘Making AI Actionable’ that covers the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology in Chi

38 Asian Entrepreneurs Graduate from UNCTAD and Alibaba eFounders Fellowship

38 Asian entrepreneurs have successfully completed the fourth edition of the eFounders Fellowship, a joint initiative by the United Nations Conference

JLL named Asia Pacific Facilities Management Company of the Year

Janice Wung, Program Manager, Energy & Environment, Frost & Sullivan, notes that the last year has seen intense competition between global and local f

Vietnam leads Southeast Asia in the development of the digital economy

A study by Google and Temasek, a Singaporean holding company owned by the Government of Singapore, said that Vietnam’s Internet economy is the largest

Vietnam becomes Samsung’s global R&D headquarters

Korean Broadcasters are stepping up pressure on LG Uplus to withdraw from its alliance with Netflix, the world's largest online streaming service prov

South Korean broadcasters said to be pressuring LG Uplus to sever its ties with Netflix

Korean Broadcasters are stepping up pressure on LG Uplus to withdraw from its alliance with Netflix, the world's largest online streaming service prov

Singapore’s National Energy Provider Launches Blockchain Marketplace for Green Energy

Singapore’s national electricity and gas provider has launched blockchain-powered trading of renewable energy certificates in a new marketplace.

Digital payment systems expanding in Singapore and Malaysia

Driven by increased smartphone penetration and a rise in digital payments adoption, Asia is widely accepted to be leading in mobile payments globally.

China & U.S. Trade War – U.S. asks allies to drop Huawei equipment

The Wall Street Journal has reported that the U.S. government has asked wireless and Internet providers in foreign ally countries to avoid telecommuni

Japanese Ambassador says HCMC metro line work may be stopped because of late payments

Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam, Umeda Kunio, has sent a letter to HCMC Party Chief Nguyen Tien Nhan, that essentially threatens that Japanese work on

South Korean mobile carriers struggle with 5G business models

South Korea telecom carriers are planning for the launch of the world’s first commercial 5G services on December 1st, but according to media reports,

Online shopping picks up momentum in Myanmar (Shop), the Myanmar arm of China’s largest e-commerce company, Alibaba Group, generated sales of over US$90,000 (K143 million) in the firs

Softbank changes business direction and will focus on offices and ride sharing

Japan’s Softbank Corporation plans to change its business direction from its core domestic cell-phone services to new businesses such as ride sharing

Chinese Ecommerce websites drop Dolce & Gabanna as protests spread across China

China’s biggest e-commerce platforms including, Secco, Tmall and Xiaohongshu have removed Dolce & Gabbana products from their sites after its f

500 Startups Vietnam raises $14 million USD for new investments

500 Startups Vietnam, a venture capital company that is focused on Vietnam has just closed a $10 million USD fund with a $14 million USD instead, due

PwC Report – 46% of APEC firms plan to increase their investments in Vietnam

PwC has just released the results of their “2018 APEC CEO Survey.” The survey polled 1,189 business leaders from all 21 APEC economies during the May

Dolce & Gabbana forced to cancel Shanghai fashion event after celebrities and models abandon the brand

International fashion brand, Dolce & Gabbana has been forced to cancel its biggest fashion event of the year in China after Chinese celebrities an

Cambodia Must Shift To Circular Economy To Tackle Waste Woes

Cambodia is facing pressure from the increasing speed of waste generation and has been advised by the United Nations Development Program that the coun

APEC Fails because of China and US trade battle

The trade war between the United States and China became evident to the world when leaders from both countries battled with words at the APEC Summit,