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  • Borroz and Giovannini: Twisted track for China's 'railway diplomacy'

    In October 2013, during a visit to Thailand, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang spoke glowingly of Beijing's plans for a high-speed railroad that would whisk passengers to Singapore from Kunming, the capital of China's southern Yunnan Province, in just 10 h

    May 28, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Malaysia, Indonesia open doors to boat people

    LANGKAWI, Malaysia -- Myanmar is facing growing international pressure to solve "the root causes" behind a refugee crisis that has left thousands of people adrift at sea in Southeast Asia, while Thailand and other regional countries are countering c

    May 28, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Soe Thane: Inclusive growth key for peace in Myanmar

    Over the past few days, the world has been increasingly concerned with the plight of thousands of men, women and children attempting to cross the Bay of Bengal. I empathize with their plight and share these concerns. The search for and rescue of

    May 28, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Ganeshan Wignaraja, Peter Morgan and Mike Plummer

    How $73B can make South, Southeast Asia prosper

    Infrastructure is in vogue in Asia. There is increasing debate about its role in improving inclusive economic growth and the difficulty of funding the $8 trillion worth of infrastructure that the world's most populated and dynamic region needs. Ther

    May 27, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Indian exports

    New Delhi targets ocean rim market

    MUMBAI/NEW DELHI -- The economic leader of the Indian Ocean rim hopes to buck the label of developing nation through export opportunities in neighboring markets. Regional market activity is now attracting attention from around the world on account o

    May 27, 2015 03:00 pm JST
  • Energizing an industrial park

    Marubeni to help build gas-fired power plant in Myanmar

    TOKYO -- Marubeni is participating in the construction of a high-efficiency gas-fired power plant in Myanmar that will serve a large local industrial park. The Japanese trading house will establish a joint venture with Thai state-owned oil compa

    May 27, 2015 02:00 am JST
  • Deregulation

    Sompo Japan first foreign company licensed to sell insurance in Myanmar

    YANGON -- The government of Myanmar on Monday granted Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance a license to conduct business in a special economic zone. It is the first time an overseas insurance company has acquired a business license in Myanmar since a

    May 26, 2015 02:21 am JST
  • Mass graves of suspected trafficking victims found in Malaysia

    KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) -- Mass graves and suspected human trafficking detention camps have been discovered by Malaysian police in towns and villages bordering Thailand, the country's home minister said on Sunday. Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi

    May 24, 2015 05:00 pm JST
  • Myanmar revenue drive

    Successive tax hikes stir discontent

    YANGON -- Using cellphones in Myanmar is about to get more expensive. The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has decided to slap a 5% tax on them, part of an ongoing government drive to drum up more revenue. The sudden hike on

    May 22, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • The Future of Asia 2015

    Myanmar minister vows to continue minority dialogue

    TOKYO -- Myanmar will continue dialogue with minority ethnic groups to create long-term peace and stability, and to foster economic development, said Soe Thane, minister of the Office of President, at an international symposium in Tokyo on Friday.

    May 22, 2015 04:30 pm JST
  • The Future of Asia 2015

    China taking different path in supporting Asian growth, Thai minister says

    TOKYO -- Thailand sees China's emergence as an economic powerhouse helping propel growth in developing countries in Asia, rather than posing a threat, according to a senior government official. The role of driving regional development has been p

    May 22, 2015 10:50 am JST
  • Infrastructure the Japanese way

    Abe focuses on 'quality' investment for Asia

    TOKYO -- Japan believes Asia should have quality infrastructure without sacrificing quantity, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday, seeming to present an alternative to a Chinese-led infrastructure bank his country has not committed to join.

    May 22, 2015 12:19 am JST
  • Hyflux

    Turning water into money in Myanmar

    SINGAPORE -- Hyflux, a Singaporean water treatment company, has teamed up with Yoma Strategic Holdings on a private water treatment plant in Myanmar for the Pun Hlaing Golf Estate, a luxury residential development in the suburbs of Yangon, the forme

    May 21, 2015 11:50 pm JST
  • The Future of Asia 2015

    Sensitive sectors remain sticking point ahead of AEC integration deadline

    TOKYO -- Aviation is among the sectors thwarting efforts by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to integrate their economies by the end of 2015, a senior official from the bloc revealed. Under a policy roadmap, the ASEAN Economic Communit

    May 21, 2015 09:20 pm JST
  • The Future of Asia 2015

    Abe pledges $110 billion for Asian infrastructure

    TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said his government and the Asian Development Bank will jointly provide $110 billion to finance "innovative" infrastructure in Asia. Innovation, Abe said, is necessary if Asia is to counter the challenges

    May 21, 2015 08:30 pm JST
  • The Future of Asia 2015

    Leaders call for stronger economic ties in ASEAN

    TOKYO -- Cabinet members and experts from Japan, Thailand and Cambodia discussed the theme "Prospects and Challenges for the ASEAN Economic Community" Thursday at Nikkei's annual Future of Asia international conference. In the first half of the

    May 21, 2015 08:20 pm JST
  • Weather insurance

    Sompo Japan to cover farmers in Myanmar, Indonesia

    TOKYO -- Sompo Japan Nipponkoa plans to start offering insurance in Myanmar and Indonesia that will help farmers protect their livelihoods from the weather. In Myanmar, where Japanese insurance companies are not yet allowed to sell insurance di

    May 21, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • U Soe Thane

    Inclusive development of Rakhine state is the answer

    Over the past few days, the world has been increasingly concerned with the plight of thousands of men, women and children attempting to cross the Bay of Bengal. I empathize with their plight and share these concerns. The search and rescue of peopl

    May 21, 2015 06:25 pm JST
  • The Future of Asia 2015

    ASEAN as the nucleus of an emerging Asia

    TOKYO -- As one of the fastest growing regions with various economic partnerships, ASEAN is the nucleus of an emerging Asia, Le Luong Minh, the bloc's secretary-general, argued. Growth is robust in Asia amid uncertainties in developed economies,

    May 21, 2015 05:55 pm JST
  • The Future of Asia 2015

    Don't penalize us for using AIIB, says Cambodian minister

    TOKYO -- Former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping said it best. It doesn't matter if the cat is black or white, as long as it catches the mouse, it's a good cat. That was the analogy Cambodian Minister of Commerce Sun Chanthol gave when explaining Cambod

    May 21, 2015 01:45 pm JST