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 ...

Insect snacks creep into Thai stores

Mar 1, 2015

Insect snacks creep into Thai stores

Street vendors selling deep-fried insects as snacks are a familiar sight in Bangkok, but a Thai entrepreneur is trying to give edible bugs a more upmarket appeal. Panitan Tongsiri will launch his HiSo brand of seasoned insect snacks this month and plans to stock ...

Feb 23, 2015

Two Thai students to be sentenced for 'insulting' royals

Two young Thais accused of insulting the monarchy in a university play braced for sentencing Monday as the ruling junta intensifies its crackdown on perceived royal slurs under the kingdom’s controversial lese majeste law. Student Patiwat Saraiyaem, 23, and activist Porntip Mankong, 26, pleaded ...