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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s first trip abroad since his election will be to Southeast Asia, despite his desire to make the United States his first destination.

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Visiting Thai premier Yingluck Shinawatra on Wednesday and her Japanese counterpart Yoshihiko Noda jointly attended the full plenary of the bilateral meeting of Thai and Japanese delegates. The two leaders then held a joint news conference.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s first trip abroad since his election will be to Southeast Asia, despite his desire to make the United States his first destination.

Abe will visit Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia later this month, according to reports in the Japanese media.

According to Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun, he had to put off a U.S. visit because of “scheduling difficulties” with U.S. President Barack Obama.

Thailand's Board of Investment (BOI) has launched a roadshow campaign, starting in Japan, to boost foreign investors' confidence along with promoting the country's tourism image.

Thailand’s Board of Investment (BOI) has launched a roadshow campaign in 2012, starting in Japan, to boost foreign investors’ confidence along with promoting the country’s tourism image.

“While I want to go to the United States as soon as possible and hold a summit to strengthen the Japan-U.S. alliance, I’ve broadened the scope of my schedule, partly because of the circumstances [on the U.S. side],” Abe told reporters in Tokyo Tuesday.

A U.S. visit could come in February, according to reports.

“What’s really important here is that, in contrast to his previous administration, he’s decided not to visit China,” said Mireya Solis, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute and associate professor at American University focusing on Japan studies.

via Japanese PM to Visit Southeast Asia First.

During 2012 Japan remained the top investor in Thailand with 474 projects registered by the BOI worth Bt210.8 billion, an increase of 120 per cent from Bt.97.3 billion last year. This is in line with the previous survey by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce predicting that total Japanese investment value in the first half of this year would exceed Bt100 billion.

Japan Remains Top Investor in Thailand

Most of the approved investment applications submitted by Japanese investors were in BOI-targeted industries such as automotive and auto parts, metal products, electronics and electrical appliances, food, plastic products, and R&D. For example, large Japanese companies making investment this year are Nippon Steel Galvanizing (Thailand) Co.; Panasonic Manufacturing (Thailand) Co.; Funai (Thailand) Co., Ltd.; NEC Tokin Electronics (Thailand) Co., Ltd; Toshiba Semiconductor (Thailand) Co., Ltd.; Ajinomoto Frozen Foods (Thailand) Co.; and JSR BST Elastomer Co., Ltd.

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THAI airways to sell training center building to raise more funding

THAI airways has been hit hard by limited travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which comes as they were entered bankruptcy protection and sit on the verge of liquidation.

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THAI airways is selling its Laksi training center building, in the Bangkhen district of Bangkok, its Nok-Air shares, its Bangkok Aviation Fuel Services (BAFS) shares and Boeing 737- 400 engines, after the bankruptcy court gave the go-ahead to do so.

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Will Covid-19 unleash a new generation of digital nomads?

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Will Covid-19 unleash a new generation of digital nomads?
– Covid-19 has facilitated the widespread adoption of remote working
– Despite travel restrictions, countries are seeking to attract digital nomads
– Dubai and Mexico have emerged as key destinations for foreign remote workers
– As travel resumes, many anticipate a new wave of roaming digital nomads

With Covid-19 facilitating the widespread adoption of remote working practices, some emerging markets are seeking to attract digital nomads through a series of incentives and special visas.

Despite border closures and travel restrictions resulting from the virus, various countries are stepping up efforts to incentivise the movement of so-called digital nomads – people who work remotely and relocate relatively freely.

For example, in October the Dubai government launched its virtual working programme, an initiative that gives foreign professionals the opportunity to move to the emirate and continue to work remotely in their current jobs.

The one-year programme, launched after Dubai reopened its borders to international tourists in July last year, is designed is attract professionals, entrepreneurs and those working in start-ups.

Given its strong ICT infrastructure and healthy start-up scene, Dubai has been seen as an increasingly attractive option for digital nomads in recent years, with officials marketing the emirate as a place where people can live and work by the beach.

As a further incentive, in January officials began offering free vaccines to those on the programme.

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200,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine Distributed to 13 Thai provinces

Health authorities are now expected to give the first injection of this COVID-19 vaccine on 1st March, with a subcommittee now working on the priority system which will determine who gets the vaccine first.

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BANGKOK (NNT) – The first 200,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine which arrived in Thailand today will be distributed to 13 provinces, with frontline health workers and those at higher risk, being the first to receive the vaccine.

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