Coronavirus pandemic fuels Asia e-commerce boom

Coronavirus pandemic fuels Asia e-commerce boom

SINGAPORE — E-commerce retailers across Asia have seen explosive sales growth during the pandemic crisis as consumers under lockdown splurge online. With brick-and-mortar retail outlets virtually shut out of the market, government enforced lockdowns have also...
For A-bomb survivors, pandemic silences decades of storytelling

For A-bomb survivors, pandemic silences decades of storytelling

HIROSHIMA — April and May are usually busy months for Hiroshi Harada, 80, who for decades has been telling his tale of surviving an atomic bombing to school children, hoping to preserve the devastation he witnessed in people’s collective memory. But this...
Thai Airways: pandemic delivers final blow to mismanaged carrier

Thai Airways: pandemic delivers final blow to mismanaged carrier

BANGKOK — These days, Bangkok’s normally bustling main international airport feels like a museum dedicated to displaying Boeing and Airbus jets owned by Thai Airways International, with the national flag carrier’s fleet largely grounded as the novel...
IMF warns against rush to bring manufacturing home after pandemic

IMF warns against rush to bring manufacturing home after pandemic

TOKYO — International Monetary Fund representatives on Thursday warned countries and corporations against the impulse to bring manufacturing home in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, but struck an optimistic note about the fate of the financial sector....
US Navy sails to nimbler, unmanned future after pandemic

US Navy sails to nimbler, unmanned future after pandemic

TOKYO — The coronavirus pandemic has laid bare the need for change in the operation of the world’s navies, as infections in the crowded, small quarters of ships surge. Not only are crew members expected to work in small, unventilated spaces, they are also...