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Leading American, Japanese scientists named Prince Mahidol Awardees

Two leading international scientists whose work had a profound impact on science and global health have been recognized as the 2014 Prince Mahidol Awards Laureates. Professors Akira Endo from Japan and Donald Henderson from the U.S. made their mark especially in the 1970s, but benefits of their works endure to this day.
Two leading international scientists whose work had a profound impact on science and global health have been recognized as the 2014 Prince Mahidol Awards Laureates.  Professors Akira Endo from Japan and Donald Henderson from the U.S. made their mark especially in the 1970s, but benefits of their works endure to this day.
 
The award ceremony was presided over H.R.H.

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PM Prayut aims to boost business, investment in official visit to Japan

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is hoping to boost bilateral investment and business links with Japan during his three-day official visit this week. Besides discussions on bilateral and regional issues, the visit is aimed at boosting ties and economic relations between the two countries and lifting Japan’s confidence in Thailand. High on the agenda is also the signing of two agreements on infrastructure development projects.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is hoping to boost bilateral investment and business links with Japan during his three-day official visit this week.  Besides discussions on bilateral and regional issues, the visit is aimed at boosting ties and economic relations between the two countries and lifting Japan’s confidence in Thailand.

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Thailand Focus February 9th, 2015: Thailand’s Constitutional Reform backs special court to tackle corruption

Thailand’s Constitutional Drafting Committee is looking to establish a new administrative court unit to deal specifically with corruption cases. Meanwhile, the Thai cabinet approved last week a project to prevent corruption in government procurement.
Thailand’s Constitutional Drafting Committee is looking to establish a new administrative court unit to deal specifically with corruption cases.

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Thailand Focus February 9th, 2015: Thailand expects up to 29 million arrivals in 2015

Thailand is forecasting a recovery in tourism arrivals in 2015 to as many as 29 million foreign tourists, up from 24.7 million last year, while its tourism authority has launched a campaign to showcase Thainess to domestic and foreign travellers alike.
Thailand is forecasting a recovery in tourism arrivals in 2015 to as many as 29 million foreign tourists, up from 24.7 million last year, while its tourism authority has launched a campaign to showcase Thainess to domestic and foreign travellers alike.
 
Tourism Authority officials say the recovery comes against an easing in political tensions, a key factor in the decline in arrivals in 2014 by 6 per cent, as well as a decline in the value of the Russian rouble.
 
Minister of Tourism and Sports, Kobkarn Wattanavarangkul, said that besides

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Investment applications up in 2014 plus banking liberalized and gold exchange sought

Applications for investments in Thailand nearly doubled in 2014 as a surge in submissions during the last few months more than made up for a first half in which investors shunned the Kingdom because of its political turmoil, the Board of Investment announced last week.
Applications for investments in Thailand nearly doubled in 2014 as a surge in submissions during the last few months more than made up for a first half in which investors shunned the Kingdom because of its political turmoil, the Board of Investment announced last week.

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Poll shows Thais believe corruption on the wane

The corruption situation in Thailand has been improving since the change in government, according to a survey released last week by the Thai University Chamber of Commerce, while another poll has shown that more than half of business executives contacted said they are ready to adopt anti-corruption policies at their companies.
The corruption situation in Thailand has been improving since the change in government, according to a survey released last week by the Thai University Chamber of Commerce, while another poll has shown that more than half of business executives contacted said they are ready to adopt anti-corruption policies at their companies. 
 
The Thai University Chamber of Commerce survey found perceived corruption at its lowest level in five years due in large part to a greater awareness of the problem and scrutiny on the part of society.
 
The s

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Chiang Rai proposed as logistic hub for Mekong region

Thailand’s northernmost province of Chiang Rai is perfectly positioned to serve as the logistics hub for the Greater Mekong Sub-region, according to the Ministry of Industry, which last week said it would take steps to develop it into a Special Economic Zone.
Thailand’s northernmost province of Chiang Rai is perfectly positioned to serve as the logistics hub for the Greater Mekong Sub-region, according to the Ministry of Industry, which last week said it would take steps to develop it into a Special Economic Zone.  
 
Chiang Rai borders both Myanmar and Laos and is only 250 miles south of China’s Yunnan province.

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Japan and Thailand to jointly build cross-country rail line in Thailand

The governments of Japan and Thailand have agreed to jointly build a standard gauge rail line that will link Thailand’s western border with Myanmar with its eastern border with Cambodia, the Thai government said last week.
The governments of Japan and Thailand have agreed to jointly build a standard gauge rail line that will link Thailand’s western border with Myanmar with its eastern border with Cambodia, the Thai government said last week.
 
Thailand and Japan have agreed in principle to the joint development of a 1.435-metre standard-gauge rail network that would link Cambodia in the east with Thailand’s border in Kanchanaburi province with Myanmar, Deputy Prime Minister Pridiyathorn Devakula said.
 
The route would continue from Kanchanaburi to the Dawei

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Thailand more competitive in international education

Despite difficulties in reforming its public education system, Thailand has become more competitive in the field of international education because of the phenomenal growth in the number and quality of its international schools over the past quarter century, according to one education analyst.
Despite difficulties in reforming its public education system, Thailand has become more competitive in the field of international education because of the phenomenal growth in the number and quality of its international schools over the past quarter century, according to one education analyst.
 
One of Thailand’s aspirations with the launch of the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Economic Community (AEC) at the end of 2015 is to become the center for international education in Southeast Asia, wrote educator Daniel Maxwell in an article on Siam Voices

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National development board urges energy sector restructure

The government should use the current fall in oil prices to speed up restructuring of the energy sector so that local prices will reflect true costs and market levels, the country’s leading development agency said last week.
The government should use the current fall in oil prices to speed up restructuring of the energy sector so that local prices will reflect true costs and market levels, the country’s leading development agency said last week.  
 
The National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB), Thailand’s foremost policy advisory agency, issued a raft of recommendations related to falling prices for oil, and energy in general.

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