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  • ASEAN summit

    Southeast Asian leaders to discuss South China Sea situation

    KUALA LUMPUR -- ASEAN leaders want to hasten talks on what to do about the situation in the South China Sea. Malaysia, the rotating chair of this year's meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, will bring up the matter when the le

    April 24, 2015 08:30 pm JST
  • Myanmar finance

    Foreign banks return after half a century

    YANGON -- After foreign banks were chased out of the country in the 1960s, three have finally opened branches in Yangon, the former capital: Singapore's Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp.; and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and The Bank of Tokyo Mit

    April 23, 2015 10:53 pm JST
  • Thai-Cambodia border

    Ancient cliff-top temple finds peace, for now

    PREAH VIHEAR, Cambodia -- Every morning, pickup trucks and motorbikes begin hauling people up a steep road at the northern fringe of Cambodia. It is an unsettling ascent of hairpin turns and shuddering engines -- more than a few passengers wish they

    April 23, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Asia-Africa summit

    India's conspicuous absence amplifies undemocratic voices

    JAKARTA -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi sat out this week's Asia-Africa summit to prioritize commitments at home, ceding the limelight to countries less democratically inclined. Modi wrote Indonesian President Joko Widodo with regrets for

    April 23, 2015 05:17 am JST
  • Asia-Africa summit

    Indonesia's Widodo urges break from Western-led order

    JAKARTA -- Indonesian President Joko Widodo staked out a new, more prominent role for his country among developing economies in opening remarks at the Asia-Africa summit, where he called on emerging nations to break away from the Western economic or

    April 23, 2015 04:48 am JST
  • First to market

    Japan's BTMU opens Myanmar branch

    YANGON -- Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ launched a branch here Wednesday, with plans to provide loans and other services to foreign companies operating in the Southeast Asian nation. This marks the first opening of a foreign bank branch since the

    April 23, 2015 03:05 am JST
  • Borroz, Marston: Despite appearances, Thailand and Myanmar are not 'trading in' allies

    Slowly and steadily, some 21st-century power struggles are shifting to Southeast Asia. Noticeable rifts have emerged between the U.S. and Thailand on the one hand, and China and Myanmar on the other. These diplomatic spats, however, are unlikely to

    April 23, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • 40 years from 'Year Zero': Cambodia's young wrestle with dark past

    TAKEO, Cambodia -- On April 17, 1975, the communist Khmer Rouge marched into Phnom Penh and seized power. As a 13-year-old boy, Rithy Panh, now an internationally acclaimed filmmaker, recalls the unease that settled over the city as the black-clad p

    April 23, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Myanmar minister highlights potential peace dividends

    TOKYO -- Myanmar's protracted peace process is entering a new phase that could ultimately see the focus shift from cease-fire to economic development, foreign investment and job creation in ethnic states, according to the country's minister in charg

    April 23, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Opinion & Analysis

    Low prices aren't a food security panacea

    For many, the recent slide in global food prices has eased concerns about food insecurity. After all, lack of economic access to food is one of the key reasons for global malnourishment. When food is cheaper, not only can more people afford to eat,

    April 22, 2015 11:00 pm JST
  • Opinion & Analysis

    Myanmar's military - velvet glove, iron fist?

    In any international debate about Myanmar, it is apparent that much of the Western world tends to view the country -- both its past and future -- in stark, unshaded silhouettes. That dualism so prevalent in Western thought can be summed up in one qu

    April 22, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Ensuring a steady supply

    Japan to share oil reserve know-how with ASEAN

    TOKYO -- Japan's industry ministry plans to help the Association of Southeast Asian Nations introduce oil reserve systems like Japan's, hoping to create a more favorable environment for Japanese companies expanding into the region. The Internati

    April 22, 2015 04:30 am JST
  • 'China, Thailand Plus One'

    Japanese, South Korean, Chinese companies flocking to Mekong region

    TOKYO -- The economic zone in the basin of the Mekong River is starting to thrive as a key location for businesses pursuing so-called "China or Thailand Plus One" strategies. Japanese, Chinese and South Korean companies are flocking to the area

    April 21, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Frederic Neumann

    Asia's new economic order

    It is easy to despair at the progress of reform -- or lack thereof -- in Asia. Lofty ambitions forcefully proclaimed in recent years from Japan to India, from China to Indonesia, have yet to be fully implemented, let alone deliver their intended lif

    April 21, 2015 05:00 pm JST
  • KPMG's Tham Sai Choy

    'We're at the start of the Asian Pacific century'

    TOKYO -- Are your headquarters in the right place? If you are based in New York, London or Paris, you might want to start thinking about moving east, says Tham Sai Choy, Asia Pacific chairman of global auditor KPMG. The place to be is Asia, and the

    April 21, 2015 04:45 pm JST
  • Five-year low

    Global tin prices plunge on Myanmar supply glut

    TOKYO -- Tin prices are languishing at their lowest in roughly five and a half years on increased supply from Myanmar coupled with sluggish demand. The benchmark futures prices at the London Metal Exchange have slid 9% over the last four session

    April 21, 2015 03:13 am JST
  • World Economic Forum

    Widodo '100% confident' of Indonesia's economic reforms

    JAKARTA -- Calling for more foreign investment in Indonesia, President Joko Widodo said Monday he is "100% confident" of overcoming challenges and bringing economic reform to the country. Widodo was among the political leaders from the Associati

    April 21, 2015 01:39 am JST
  • Going where the action is

    Aeon Mall to move Southeast Asian headquarters to Vietnam

    TOKYO -- Aeon Mall will relocate the head office for its Southeast Asian operations to Vietnam as the Japanese shopping center developer steps up openings in the region. The roughly 20-employee office that develops malls and brings in tenants wi

    April 21, 2015 01:17 am JST
  • Acroquest Technology

    Japan software developer's app surveys flow of people in Myanmar

    TOKYO -- A host of Japanese companies are entering Myanmar. Japanese software developer Acroquest Technology in 2012 set up a branch in the country, which is often called Asia's last frontier. The company surveyed the flow of people according to

    April 20, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Kokang snubbed

    How China helped along Myanmar peace

    YANGON -- Myanmar is close to peace after decades of internal strife. Government representatives met at the end of March with more than a dozen ethnic armed groups and agreed on a draft ceasefire. The Kachin Independence Organization, the la

    April 19, 2015 07:00 am JST