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  • Angkor, no longer a jungle adventure, still the temptress of Southeast Asia

    Angkor, the ancient capital of the once-powerful Khmer Empire, is arguably Southeast Asia's premier historical tourist destination. Hundreds of ruins testify to the size and glory of a kingdom that dominated much of the region between the 9th and 15

    April 25, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Japan aid agency to buy stake in Myanmar industrial park developer

    YANGON -- Japan's government-affiliated aid organization will acquire roughly 10% of the Myanmar developer managing the nation's first modern industrial park in May, sources close to the matter told The Nikkei Wednesday. The Japan International

    April 23, 2014 02:00 pm JST
  • Ayala to pour $800M into power, transportation infrastructure

    MANILA -- Philippine conglomerate Ayala is stepping up investment in domestic power and transportation infrastructure projects, with plans to spend $800 million by 2016. The company, which has specialized in real estate and financial businesses,

    April 22, 2014 04:22 am JST
  • Japan's big worry over Crimea situation -- China's ambitions

    TOKYO -- Broadly speaking, there are two types of diplomatic talks involving government leaders -- well-prepared meetings with conclusions decided in advance, and earnest talks without any prepared endgame. Leaders from the Group of Seven major

    April 21, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Japan to push green tech in Asia via fund

    TOKYO -- Japan is working with the Asian Development Bank to create a fund that will help get the nation's environmentally friendly technologies adopted in Asian infrastructure development. The Environment Ministry will contribute 1.8 billion ye

    April 21, 2014 01:33 am JST
  • Japan to fund cancer-screening ventures in Asia, South America

    TOKYO -- The Japanese government will provide funding and other support for domestic companies looking to sell preventive health care equipment and services in emerging markets. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry will select seven proje

    April 19, 2014 05:44 am JST
  • Japan to become catalyst for Myanmar stock exchange project

    TOKYO -- Japan Exchange Group and Daiwa Securities Group will invest several billion yen in a stock exchange being planned in Myanmar, providing broad support for creating capital markets in that country. The duo is working with the Myanmar gove

    April 18, 2014 02:00 am JST
  • Suzuki aims for car that gets 40km per liter

    TOKYO -- Suzuki Motor says it will create cars that can run for 40km per liter of gasoline by improving its existing technologies. The moves comes as Suzuki seeks to reinforce its presence in emerging economies, where demand for efficient cars i

    April 17, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • 'Fragile Five' currencies rally on waning US interest rate fears

    TOKYO -- Emerging-market currencies are rebounding as concerns subside regarding U.S. monetary tightening in the near term. Currencies of the so-called Fragile Five nations -- Turkey, South Africa, India, Brazil and Indonesia, had fallen prey to

    April 16, 2014 03:23 am JST
  • Newer Asean members' revenues pinched by free trade zone

    HANOI -- Less-developed members of Asean are struggling to replace tax revenues being lost as they move to reduce tariffs in line with the Southeast Asian bloc's plans for regional economic integration. To promote free trade across the region, m

    April 16, 2014 02:10 am JST
  • 'Tonkotsu' ramen bowling over Asia

    TOKYO -- Japanese ramen has a lot of fans throughout Asia, but one variety of this noodle dish -- tonkotsu style -- is proving especially popular, especially among the region's Chinese populace. Tonkotsu, which literally means "pork bones," ref

    April 15, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Stephen Grenville: IMF ignores its own data on emerging economies

    Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, told the Group of 20 summit in St. Petersburg last September: "Just as some advanced economies have begun to gather momentum, many emerging markets are slowing." With this warn

    April 15, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Japan to insure 1st Myanmar infrastructure project in 12 years

    TOKYO -- Nippon Export and Investment Insurance will underwrite trade insurance for major infrastructure projects in Myanmar by a Japanese company for the first time in 12 years, a development that may encourage others to make inroads into the rapid

    April 15, 2014 02:18 am JST
  • Singapore's Wilmar enters Myanmar's sugar market via joint venture

    SINGAPORE -- Major Singaporean palm oil producer Wilmar International announced Monday that it will form a joint venture with Myanmar's Great Wall Food Stuff Industry as it seeks to gain access to the country's sugar market. Wilmar will hold a 5

    April 15, 2014 12:07 am JST
  • There's more to Japan than Tokyo, foreign dignitaries find

    TOKYO -- More and more foreign dignitaries are venturing out of Tokyo when they visit Japan. Popular destinations include Kinkakuji Temple in Kyoto and the ancient capital of Kamakura, which U.S. President Barack Obama visited when he was here. But

    April 14, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • New films expose repressed histories in Asia

    TOKYO -- Japan's filmgoers have the opportunity this spring and summer to view several films from Asia that illuminate terrible, long-buried events from modern history. By telling the stories of nations butchering their own citizens, these masterful

    April 12, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Myanmar developer building luxury residences for natives

    YANGON -- Yoma Strategic Holdings, a Myanmar-based real estate company, is accelerating development projects here targeting the country's growing middle class. Yoma, which is listed on the Singapore stock market, is developing Star City, a luxur

    April 11, 2014 04:36 am JST
  • Mitsubishi Materials to build factory in Laos

    TOKYO -- Mitsubishi Materials said Wednesday that it plans to invest about 600 million yen ($5.83 million) to build an air-conditioner-component plant in the Laotian capital of Vientiane. The factory, which will make temperature sensors, is slat

    April 10, 2014 01:10 am JST
  • Kicking its Chinese investment habit

    NAYPYITAW -- In a marked departure from recent years, Myanmar has drastically slashed its dependence on investment from China, even as the burgeoning democracy opens its arms to a flood of funds from other nations in Asia. Overall, foreign direc

    April 10, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Myanmar's (not quite) free media

    YANGON -- After five decades of strict censorship and official suppression, Myanmar's media are, ironically, now considered freer than their counterparts in neighboring Malaysia, Laos, Vietnam and the Philippines, according to media watchdog organiz

    April 10, 2014 12:00 am JST