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  • Consumer survey

    Rewarding jobs outweigh pay in Myanmar

    BANGKOK -- People in Myanmar are more inclined to choose a job based on whether it is rewarding rather than on how much it pays, while pay is emphasized more by Cambodians and Laotians, a recent Nikkei Research survey found. Consumers in the thr

    March 6, 2015 04:09 am JST
  • Google

    Translation service found wanting in Myanmar

    YANGON -- Google kicked off a program on Saturday to improve accuracy in Myanmar of Google Translate, a popular service covering about 90 languages. Google's Love Your Language program was launched in Yangon with a translate-a-thon intended to i

    March 5, 2015 12:15 am JST
  • Central Group eyes border stores to draw traffic from neighbors

    BANGKOK -- Thai conglomerate Central Group is turning its attention to slower-developing countries in the region, building stores along Thailand's borders in anticipation of brisk business stemming from lowered trade barriers in the Association of S

    March 5, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Myanmar's forgotten hero

    YANGON -- When she talks about the night they took her father, Than Than Nu remembers the soldiers' boots. It was March 2, 1962. A revolution was beginning in Myanmar, then known as Burma. Armed men backed by tanks and trucks arrived at a compou

    March 5, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Frederic Neumann: Asia needs to go easy on rate cuts

    Asia is staring at deflation. And central bankers are responding. In recent weeks, officials from India to Australia unexpectedly eased monetary policy. Indonesia is just the latest country to cut interest rates -- a glaring current-account deficit

    March 5, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Carmen M. Reinhart: Are negative real interest rates the 'new normal'?

    Some questions can only be answered by examining the broad sweep of history. Over the past 150 years, "world" real interest rates have ventured into negative territory (yielding less than the rate of inflation) on a sustained basis on only four occa

    March 5, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Asia's fight against Ebola, TB

    TOKYO -- The Ebola virus, tuberculosis and how Japan can help combat these diseases were major talking points at the 2nd Nikkei Asian Conference on communicable diseases. Tuberculosis is one of the world's three major infectious diseases and ver

    March 5, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Monkey, dog, duck cells used to culture flu vaccine faster

    TOKYO -- Flu seasons come and go, but what keeps public health experts up at night is the threat of a novel and extremely virulent form of influenza A, aka bird flu, becoming a global pandemic and killing tens of thousands of people. In Japan, s

    March 5, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Suu Kyi's party drops first hints on economic policy

    YANGON -- Myanmar's constitution makes it unlikely that Aung San Suu Kyi will become president after elections scheduled for late 2015, but her National League for Democracy is the favorite to emerge as the country's dominant party. That outcome

    March 5, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Vijay Sakhuja

    China's 'infrastructure diplomacy' alive and well

    China's infrastructure investment drive in Sri Lanka appears to have hit a temporary roadblock. Shortly after his election in January, President Maithripala Sirisena warned of scrapping the $1.34 billion Colombo port project inaugurated during last

    March 4, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Rail link with China

    Laotian deputy premier aims to firm up $7B project by June

    VIENTIANE -- Laos is close to reaching a deal with Beijing to resuscitate long-delayed plans for a $7 billion rail link between Kunming and Vientiane. Eventually, the line could allow trains to run from China to Bangkok and on to Singapore. In a

    March 4, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • A Cambodian odyssey

    Not easy rock 'n' roll -- the saving of Srey Thy

    PHNOM PENH -- Cambodian rock 'n' roll from the era before Pol Pot is slowly finding its way back through speakers across the nation and throughout the world, thanks to the lead singer of Cambodian Space Project. "When I was 19 years old, I left

    March 4, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Southeast Asia oil hub

    Guangdong Zhenrong Energy in $3B Myanmar refinery

    YANGON -- Guangdong Zhenrong Energy, a Chinese commodity trader, is planning to build an oil refinery in the Dawei special economic zone in southeastern Myanmar, according to local media reports. The company, based in China's Guangdong Province,

    March 3, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Special economic zones

    Myanmar to loosen import rules

    YANGON -- Myanmar will step up efforts to attract foreign businesses to its special economic zones. Regulations will first be relaxed on the sale of imports via the Thilawa special economic zone southeast of Yangon this spring. Sales of impo

    February 28, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Myanmar targeted

    Honda to double Vietnam bike exports

    TOKYO -- Honda Motor will export 100,000 motorbikes produced in Vietnam in 2015, about double the number a year earlier. It is strengthening its presence in Myanmar, Laos and other developing Southeast Asian countries. The Japanese automaker aim

    February 27, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Myanmar's economic policy

    Suu Kyi's party drops first hints on plans

    YANGON -- Myanmar's constitution makes it unlikely that Aung San Suu Kyi will become president after elections scheduled for late 2015, but her National League for Democracy is the favorite to emerge as the country's biggest party. That outcome

    February 27, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • David I. Steinberg

    Myanmar grapples with federalism

    The concept of federal governance in Myanmar has been on the agenda since before the country, when it was known as Burma, gained independence from Britain in 1948. Most recently, President Thein Sein publicly indicated that Myanmar would embrace som

    February 26, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Panasonic on display

    Electronics maker to set up first showroom in Cambodia

    TOKYO -- Japanese electronics maker Panasonic will open its first Cambodian showroom by May 2015 as it seeks to increase its share of the home-appliance market and raise the profile of its corporate-use products there. The showroom, to be set up

    February 26, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Unified Southeast Asian market

    Majority of businesses optimistic about ASEAN economic integration: Survey

    TOKYO -- Nearly 80% of companies operating in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations see growth opportunities in the bloc's planned economic integration this year, shows a U.S. survey. However, almost half of the Indonesian businesses polled

    February 26, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • A foot in the door

    Taiyo Life to support medical insurance debut in Myanmar

    YANGON -- Taiyo Life Insurance is partnering with Myanmar's Finance Ministry to develop the country's first medical insurance policies. The insurance will cover a portion of costs in the event of long-term hospitalization due to illness or injur

    February 26, 2015 04:04 am JST