U.S. leads criticism of Thai junta martial law replacement

Apr 2, 2015

U.S. leads criticism of Thai junta martial law replacement

The Thai junta’s decision to lift martial law was denounced by critics Thursday as cosmetic, with key ally Washington warning that replacement emergency security measures would do little to loosen the military’s grip on power. In an announcement late Wednesday, Thailand’s generals officially lifted ...

Mar 19, 2015

Yingluck rice subsidy case to go before court

Thailand’s Supreme Court accepted a criminal case against ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Thursday on a charge of mishandling a multibillion-dollar rice subsidy scheme, and she could be jailed for 10 years if found guilty. “This case is in the Supreme Court’s jurisdiction ...

Japan's regions scramble to lure Thai tourists

Mar 18, 2015

Japan's regions scramble to lure Thai tourists

by Osamu Nakahi

As the number of travelers from Southeast Asia to Japan grows, due partly to relaxed visa requirements, local and prefectural governments are stepping up efforts to draw Thai tourists by holding promotional events in Bangkok. The number of travelers from Thailand, known as a ...

Mar 17, 2015

Thai women warned against taking 'underboob selfies'

Thailand’s military government warned women on Monday against posting “selfie” photos of the lower half of their breasts — a social media trend that has gone viral — saying their actions could violate the country’s computer crime laws. Thailand’s 2007 Computer Crimes Act bans ...

A law unto itself: Thai junta churns out new rules

Mar 13, 2015

A law unto itself: Thai junta churns out new rules

It usually meets just twice a week, and many of its 220 members have little or no experience of making laws. But that hasn’t slowed down Thailand’s interim parliament, which was installed by the military junta that seized power last May. In the past ...