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  • Oppression of Muslim minority continues in Myanmar

    YANGON -- Violence against the Rohingya Muslim ethnic minority by Myanmar's military continues despite international calls to end persecution, a sign that the armed forces still hold great sway even under a civilian government."I am disappointed to

    July 25, 2017 04:57 am JST
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    Three Asian destinations where adventure is on the agenda

    Today's Asian traveler is increasingly venturing off the beaten path and seeking out more immersive and adventure-packed experiences. Here are three destinations that will take you out of the tour bus and into a world of exploration.Underground allu

    July 24, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • 'Mini grids' coming to light up rural Myanmar

    YANGON -- With the nationwide power supply network far from reaching small localities across Myanmar, projects to set up "mini grids" for villages are gaining traction.The unplugged areasMany parts of Myanmar are still not connected to power grids.

    July 24, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • Inside Bangladesh's methamphetamine problem

    COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh -- Methamphetamine has become an increasingly corrosive influence in Bangladesh, with the number of pills seized by the authorities spiralling from the thousands into the tens of millions in just a few years.Local authorities

    July 23, 2017 02:00 pm JST
  • Prospects fade for ASEAN migrant worker deal

    JAKARTA -- Official crackdowns on emigrants in Malaysia and Thailand have cast further doubt on over prospects that member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations can finalize a long discussed deal on migrant workers' rights.In June

    July 22, 2017 02:00 pm JST
  • Yangon's home of murdered dreams and fragile hopes

    YANGON -- "The place has been dead for so long. It is great to see it alive again," said Hnin Yee Htun as she watched the growing queue of thousands that had been snaking its way around Myanmar's most historic secular building since 6 a.m. on July 1

    July 22, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • Myanmar's meddling in Rohingya probe 'unacceptable': UN envoy

    YANGON -- Myanmar's attempts to disrupt an investigation into human rights abuses against the country's Rohingya Muslim minority are "unacceptable," the United Nations' special rapporteur on the matter said Friday.Yanghee Lee spoke to media here abo

    July 22, 2017 06:39 am JST
  • ADB upgrades emerging Asia's growth outlook to 5.9%

    MANILA -- The Asian Development Bank on Thursday upgraded its outlook for emerging Asia's gross domestic product growth rate for this year to 5.9% from the previous figure of 5.7%, citing stronger-than-estimated economic growth in China and some oth

    July 20, 2017 11:44 am JST
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    Asian millennials are booking their own adventures

    BANGKOK -- What brought Somsri Sukumpantanasan, a 54-year-old office worker from Bangkok, all the way to Kojima, a remote coastal town in southwestern Japan, was simple: It was where her 17-year-old son's favorite pair of jeans came from."He wanted

    July 20, 2017 10:01 am JST
  • Three Asian destinations where adventure is on the agenda

    Today's Asian traveler is increasingly venturing off the beaten path and seeking out more immersive and adventure-packed experiences. Here are three destinations that will take you out of the tour bus and into a world of exploration.Underground allu

    July 20, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Asian millennials are booking their own adventures

    BANGKOK What brought Somsri Sukumpantanasan, a 54-year-old office worker from Bangkok, all the way to Kojima, a remote coastal town in southwestern Japan, was simple: It was where her 17-year-old son's favorite pair of jeans came from."He wanted to

    July 20, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Fintech factor key to Southeast Asian banks' growth

    BANGKOK Southeast Asia's banking industry must embrace the digital revolution, including the rise of fintech, to seize opportunities to cater to the region's growing middle class, business leaders said at a panel session of the forum.One of the keys

    July 20, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Asia a bright spot in an uncertain world, say ASEAN business leaders

    BANGKOK Growing protectionist sentiment in the West and a volatile security situation in the Middle East have made Asia into a relative bright spot in an otherwise bleak global environment, according to participants at a business forum in the Thai c

    July 20, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Remembering modern Myanmar's founding father

    YANGON -- Car horns blared in the streets of Myanmar's most populous city at 10:37 a.m. Wednesday, 70 years to the day that independence leader Gen. Aung San was gunned down as the nation stood on the brink of achieving his dream.The Southeast Asian

    July 20, 2017 01:55 am JST
  • Race to the bottom for region's sand miners

    JAKARTA -- As Asia's economies grow and its cities modernize, the region's voracious appetite for construction materials has driven demand for sand -- alongside illegal trade of the commodity -- to unprecedented levels. With rapid urbanization and i

    July 19, 2017 07:04 pm JST
  • Indian 'life insurance ladies' sell plenty of policies -- and carry a tune

    TOKYO -- Faced with dismal prospects for growth at home, Japan's life insurers are trying out some of their traditional sales tactics to try and make inroads in emerging Asian markets.Shortly after 9 a.m. every business day, scores of women bring Re

    July 17, 2017 07:00 pm JST
  • Video streaming key in fight for Myanmar mobile subscribers

    YANGON -- With faster mobile connections in place and smartphone use on the rise, discount data plans on video services have become a key strategy for Myanmar's mobile carriers in their fight to attract new subscribers.In June, Myanma Posts and Tele

    July 17, 2017 11:59 am JST
  • Cambodian PM rejects law providing immunity after leaving office

    PHNOM PENH (Kyodo) -- Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen rejected Saturday a proposed law guaranteeing him blanket immunity from prosecution after leaving office.In an interview with Fresh News, Hun Sen, the longest serving leader in Asia, dismissed t

    July 16, 2017 07:04 pm JST
  • A dream garden blooms in Luang Prabang

    LUANG PRABANG, Laos -- What do you do when your pet elephant enters his period of hormonal frenzy, or musth? One answer might be to pay a quick visit to the Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden in Luang Prabang, the ancient royal capital of Laos, for some ad

    July 15, 2017 06:37 pm JST
  • IMF: ASEAN incentives risk 'race to the bottom' on tax revenue

    JAKARTA -- Competition among Southeast Asian countries to attract foreign investment through tax exemptions and incentives has proven "damaging" to their national revenues, the International Monetary Fund says.Sluggish global growth and this investm

    July 14, 2017 10:58 am JST