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  • Australia brings snake bite expertise to Myanmar

    BANGKOK -- Snake bites kill hundreds of people every year in Myanmar and leave thousands more with lifelong disabilities. Many could be saved if anti-venom treatments could be delivered faster, especially in rural areas, say experts. But decades of

    February 25, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • Japan, China play for 'swing states' in regional trade game

    TOKYO -- Top negotiators from 16 Asia-Pacific countries representing roughly half the world's population and around a third of global trade will meet in Kobe next week to discuss a trade deal that some, like Japan, hope will bear fruit amid the grow

    February 25, 2017 04:00 am JST
  • Yun Sun

    Aung San Suu Kyi and the peace process

    If things happen as planned, Myanmar will hold the second 21st Century Panglong Conference by mid-March. Also known as the Union Peace Conference, it is modeled on the 1947 meeting between ethnic leaders and independence hero General Aung San, fathe

    February 24, 2017 05:40 pm JST
  • Asahi bringing Calpis to Myanmar

    YANGON -- Asahi Group Holdings will begin selling its Calpis Lacto lactic beverage in Myanmar this month, marking the first time the Japanese company has sold Calpis-brand products in the Southeast Asian nation.The drink, which is made at a group pl

    February 24, 2017 03:00 am JST
  • Peninsula chief finds patience pays

    HONG KONG The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, operator of the luxury Peninsula chain, has made a big name for itself with a relatively small set of properties.Its current hotel count -- 10 -- pales in comparison to those of fellow Hong Kong-born group

    February 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Peninsula chain adds carefully chosen links in Myanmar, elsewhere

    HONG KONG As it expands into Myanmar and Turkey, the operator of the Peninsula hotel chain is sticking with its signature formula of opening in the best of the best locations.The Peninsula Yangon will form a key part of a broader redevelopment proje

    February 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • ASEAN wants to seal a South China Sea deal with Beijing this year

    BORACAY, Philippines The Association of Southeast Asian Nations hopes to soon reach a deal with China on a "framework" for a code of conduct in the South China Sea, though some bloc members appear more enthusiastic about the idea than others."We are

    February 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Aung San Suu Kyi finds a potential successor

    YANGON The chief minister of Myanmar's Yangon region is emerging as a strong candidate to succeed Aung San Suu Kyi, the nation's de facto leader, as he builds a reputation for tackling the challenges facing the Southeast Asian country's largest city

    February 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • North Korea facing Southeast Asian rift after murder

    KUALA LUMPUR -- The killing of Kim Jong Nam, half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, is threatening Pyongyang's relationship with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations as well as its access to the greater international community.At a T

    February 23, 2017 07:00 am JST
  • Myanmar's reformist business tycoon leading economic evolution

    YANGON -- Zaw Zaw, the chief of Max Myanmar group, a major conglomerate in Myanmar, has become the poster boy for the country's uphill battle to outgrow its past and build a democratic society and a fully modernized economy. About half a year since

    February 22, 2017 07:00 pm JST
  • Global pact to make customs procedures easy, transparent

    TOKYO -- A World Trade Organization pact designed to simplify and standardize customs procedures is expected to enter into force Wednesday, a boost to global trade amid worries of rising protectionism.The Trade Facilitation Agreement, adopted by WTO

    February 22, 2017 05:20 am JST
  • ASEAN wants South China Sea deal with Beijing this year

    BORACAY ISLAND, Philippines -- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations hopes to strike a deal with China on a "framework" for a code of conduct in the South China Sea by the middle of this year, though some members of the regional grouping appear

    February 21, 2017 11:38 pm JST
  • Laos trips up on bid for soccer glory

    VIENTIANE -- There were reasons for Laos soccer fans to be cheerful at the start of 2017 and most of those were because of Lanexang United. The country's leading club reached the final of the inaugural Mekong Championship, beating teams from Vietnam

    February 21, 2017 07:00 pm JST
  • Myanmar's burgeoning financial sector attracts foreign suppliers

    YANGON -- Foreign companies are rushing in to beef up Myanmar's financial infrastructure, vying to win orders for ATMs and financial software from commercial banks that are rapidly growing under a civilian government.This month, Diebold Nixdorf, the

    February 21, 2017 04:00 pm JST
  • Cambodia passes law enabling dissolution of political parties

    PHNOM PENH -- Cambodia's national assembly approved Monday a legislative amendment enabling the dissolution of any party deemed to be a threat to national security -- without a clear definition of what might constitute such a threat.Only 66 members

    February 21, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • Soe Thane

    Myanmar needs policy continuity to succeed

    Democracy means that governments may change. Policies may change. But as we have learned in Myanmar, a good degree of policy continuity is essential if economies are to develop and new democracies are to become stable.If we look back over recent dec

    February 20, 2017 05:00 pm JST
  • ASEAN prepares to gauge the Trump effect

    BORACAY ISLAND, Philippines -- The first major meeting of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) ministers this year will provide a window on the regional reaction to shifts expected in U.S. foreign policy following President Donald Trump's

    February 19, 2017 10:35 pm JST
  • Jolie premieres film on Khmer Rouge horrors

    SIEM REAP, Cambodia - Hollywood actress-turned-director Angeline Jolie launched her new film portraying the horrors of the Khmer Rouge regime on Saturday night amid the ancient temples of Angkor, western Cambodia. For Jolie, 41, it capped a personal

    February 19, 2017 04:30 pm JST
  • Vietnam to legalize gambling by locals next month

    HANOI -- Vietnam will lift its ban on gambling next month, allowing citizens to stake their fortunes at casinos and bet on soccer games, horse races, dog races and other sports.The move is aimed at stemming a massive outflow of money through oversea

    February 17, 2017 05:00 pm JST
  • Myanmar by-elections test government support

    YANGON -- Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy government are gearing up for their first electoral test since taking power last year, with April 1 by-elections looming for a small number of parliamentary s

    February 17, 2017 04:00 pm JST