Japanese chef wins first ever three-star rating in France

The French edition of the Michelin Guide, the bible of gastronomy, for the first time in its history awarded the highest rating of three stars to a Japanese-born chef. The accolade, unveiled at a ceremony in Paris on Monday evening, went to chef Kei Kobayashi who, according to the guide, “is a virtuoso at marrying…

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Tokyo 2020 to power Olympic torch with hydrogen for first time

Hydrogen will be used for the first time to power the Olympic torch during its journey through Japan, organizers said on Monday, as part of Tokyo 2020’s efforts to hold an environmentally friendly Games. Organizers aim to offset all carbon emissions generated during the Games and also use the Olympics to boost awareness of environmental…

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Indonesia to tackle investment red tape with job creation bill

Indonesia’s government plans to submit a bill to parliament on Monday designed to replace dozens of overlapping laws viewed as a barrier to investment, a senior official said on Friday.  With growth in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy having been stuck at around 5% for several years, President Joko Widodo has said the new legislation is…

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Hyundai unveils first Genesis SUV in renewed overseas premium push

South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Co unveiled the first sport-utility vehicle (SUV) under its Genesis brand on Wednesday, a move analysts said was crucial for the premium marque’s expansion in overseas markets. The brand, spun off in 2015, is an initiative of Hyundai Motor Group heir-apparent Euisun Chung aimed at revamping the image of the value-for-money…

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Thailand plans more investment measures to support economy

Thailand is planning additional measures to boost investment to support Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy hit by weak exports and a strong baht THB=TH, its deputy prime minister said on Wednesday. The country needs higher private investment, which has been low at only 16% of gross domestic product (GDP), Somkid Jatusripitak told a business seminar.  “We have…

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