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  • Development assistance

    Japan to help improve Myanmar's infrastructure standards

    TOKYO -- Japan's government will help Myanmar set construction standards for roads, bridges and other infrastructure, an effort in part aimed at helping Japanese companies win development projects in that country. Tokyo will provide around 430 m

    February 12, 2016 03:15 am JST
  • Myanmar's shift

    Clouds hang over China-led infrastructure work

    YANGON -- The fate of infrastructure projects involving China is becoming a major question in Myanmar as the countdown to a new government continues. Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy is to form a government by the end of March, f

    February 12, 2016 02:00 am JST
  • M&A activity

    Japanese drinks groups seek global depth

    TOKYO -- Asahi Group Holdings' move into Europe shows how eager Japanese drinks groups are to expand beyond a shrinking domestic market. Asahi, whose acquisitions had focused on the Asia-Pacific region, has bid for four SABMiller companies, incl

    February 12, 2016 02:00 am JST
  • Myanmar reconciliation

    Suu Kyi's battle just beginning

    YANGON -- Poised to finally take power, albeit in a de facto capacity, Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi now faces possibly the biggest challenge of her life as she seeks to unite Myanmar's myriad warring ethnic groups, and finish what her father

    February 11, 2016 01:00 pm JST
  • Southeast Asia opens its arms to Chinese tourists

    BANGKOK It is early December and the Spring Airlines flight from Shanghai to Bangkok is full. The budget carrier flies to the Thai capital twice daily, and the passengers on this flight are predominantly mainlanders making their way to China's fav

    February 11, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Myanmar's shift

    Japanese companies uneasy about new government

    Japanese businesses were among the first foreign companies to rush into Myanmar as the country transitioned from military dictatorship to democracy. But now that democracy has arrived, some worry about what may come next. Myanmar's potential was

    February 11, 2016 05:48 am JST
  • US-ASEAN summits

    South China Sea dispute tops regional talks

    MANILA -- The tense situation in the South China Sea will top the agendas at two major meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) this month, Albert del Rosario, the outgoing Philippine foreign minister, told reporters on Wednesd

    February 11, 2016 12:20 am JST
  • Tony Nash and Kristina Feller

    The age of Asian infrastructure

    Asia has a rich and well-documented history of early civilizations and seafarers. From China's Great Wall to the vast complexes of the Khmer and Pagan kingdoms in Cambodia and Myanmar respectively and the roads of India's Emperor Ashoka, these ancie

    February 10, 2016 10:00 pm JST
  • The new globetrotters

    Southeast Asia opens its arms to Chinese tourists

    BANGKOK -- It is early December and the Spring Airlines flight from Shanghai to Bangkok is full. The budget carrier flies to the Thai capital twice daily, and the passengers on this flight are predominantly mainlanders making their way to China's fa

    February 10, 2016 05:00 pm JST
  • North Korea

    Regime dances around sanctions

    SEOUL -- North Korea is pushing ahead with its nuclear and missile development programs in defiance of international threats to impose new sanctions. It has also shown an ability to skirt sanctions that are already in place. The United Nations S

    February 9, 2016 08:15 pm JST
  • ASEAN design goods

    Japanese touch sells to the world

    TOKYO -- Adding a foreign twist can make all the difference when seeking a wider appeal, and in the hope of expanding sales overseas, some Southeast Asian companies have sought to add a little Japanese influence to their products. The Nikkei Asian R

    February 8, 2016 07:00 pm JST
  • David I. Steinberg

    Myitsone dam is as much Aung San Suu Kyi's problem as Beijing's

    In September 2011, Myanmar President Thein Sein dropped a bombshell on his country's previously close relations with China. Citing the public interest, he announced that construction of China's largest hydroelectric project in Southeast Asia -- the

    February 8, 2016 04:10 pm JST
  • Laotian politics

    Pick of pro-Vietnam leader highlights shift away from China

    VIENTIANE -- The ascension of the vice president to lead the ruling Laotian communist party signaled the country's move away from its dependence on China, given his deep ties to Vietnam. But it remains to be seen whether Laos can accomplish that fea

    February 7, 2016 07:00 am JST
  • Myanmar

    Ruling party eyes bill that could make Suu Kyi president

    YANGON -- Myanmar's ruling party plans to submit a new bill that could allow its leader Aung San Suu Kyi to become president, multiple party members told The Nikkei, in a move that will surely draw fire from the military and may even grind the count

    February 6, 2016 06:55 am JST
  • Myanmar economy

    Business leaders confident about political transition

    YANGON -- Business leaders in Myanmar are lining up to back the country's new democratic administration despite its lack of a track record, predicting that recent strong growth and record investment will continue. The International Monetary Fund

    February 6, 2016 12:45 am JST
  • Maung Aung Myoe: A quick guide to Myanmar's military MPs

    Myanmar's new national parliament, known as the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw, or Union parliament, will -- like the former parliament -- allocate 25% of seats in both houses to military representatives. The Commander in Chief Min Aung Hlaing has chosen 16

    February 4, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Japan's negative rates could be a bigger blessing for its neighbors

    Central banks across the world may be running low on ammunition, but the Bank of Japan has shown it may still have a few bullets left in its belts. BOJ Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda surprised markets again on Jan. 29 by pushing the deposit rate into negative

    February 4, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Chinese stocks get off to a rough start in January

    BANGKOK One of the factors behind the Bank of Japan's surprise move to push interest rates into negative territory was the turbulence hitting stock markets. This year got off to a tumultuous start in many markets. Asian stocks were no exceptio

    February 4, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Adm. James Stavridis: Transparency and collaboration will reduce military tension in Asia

    We are at the start of a dangerous arms race in Asia as nations in the region respond to rising and more assertive military power in China and growing instability on the Korean Peninsula. And the American "Pacific pivot" is failing to gain traction

    February 4, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Myanmar development

    Industrial parks seek life beyond Yangon

    YANGON -- Myanmar's infrastructure development push continues to gain momentum and radiate out from Yangon, the country's commercial capital. Along with roads and ports, industrial parks are cropping up with increasing frequency in core regional cit

    February 3, 2016 05:00 pm JST