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  • Japanese entrepreneur finds potential aplenty in Cambodia

    TOKYO -- Founded by a young Japanese entrepreneur, T.A.G Service & Trading (TAG) may not be a household name in Japan yet, but the company is enjoying runaway success in fast-growing Cambodia. Expanding along with the Cambodian economy, which ha

    September 30, 2014 07:30 pm JST
  • Myanmar rice exports on track for threefold growth target

    YANGON -- Myanmar is well on its way to meeting the government's goal of tripling rice exports in five years, as improving diplomatic ties expand the country's export markets. The government aims to increase rice exports to about 4 million tons

    September 30, 2014 01:25 pm JST
  • David I. Steinberg: On power, morality and elections in Myanmar

    Sometimes, the interpretation of language -- or, specifically, of individual words -- can tell us more about a society than pages of analysis. Consider two vital words in the language of Myanmar. In contrast with English, in which we distinguish

    September 29, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Myanmar businesses hopeful US sanctions will end

    YANGON -- Local businesses here are increasingly optimistic that the U.S. will soon lift its economic sanctions against their country in light of growing calls from American companies operating in Myanmar. This summer, the American embassy in th

    September 26, 2014 01:17 am JST
  • Winning strategy

    YANGON -- A former winger with the University of Tokyo rugby team, Takashi Yanai is now in the scrum as Myanmar pushes for a share of the region's economic prosperity. Yanai became president of Myanmar Japan Thilawa Development in the spring and

    September 25, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • West's top brass eager to connect with Myanmar military

    YANGON -- After years of international criticism for cracking down on democracy activists, Myanmar's military is now hosting generals from other countries for talks on possible defense collaboration. These high-profile visits underscore how, three y

    September 25, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Satellite TV channel to promote Japan to audiences abroad

    TOKYO -- A satellite television channel that specializes in Japanese content will begin airing a program in November showcasing some of the country's attractions. The program, "Shiki-Oriori," will show townscapes, traditional culture and other i

    September 24, 2014 01:10 am JST
  • Lex Rieffel: What Myanmar does not need

    As if U.S. President Barak Obama does not have enough to worry about, the politics of traveling to Myanmar in early November for the East Asia Summit only becomes more complicated. Myanmar's transition to democratic governance got off to a good

    September 22, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Myanmar aims to pep up private sector with stock exchange

    YANGON -- For Myanmar, the planned opening of a stock exchange in the autumn of 2015 is a milestone in driving economic growth, led by the country's burgeoning private sector. Daiwa Securities Group, a big Japanese stockbroker, is helping set up

    September 22, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Head of zipper maker YKK sees the end of production shift in Asia

    TOKYO -- Manufacturers are moving production bases from country to country in search of lower labor costs, and the garment industry, which faces some of the world's stiffest price competition, is no exception. But while a growing number of cloth

    September 20, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • India, Asean enhance free trade agreement

    NEW DELHI -- Four years after a free trade agreement relating to goods came into effect between India and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the trade partners have gone a step further with a supplementary trade in services and investment a

    September 19, 2014 12:34 pm JST
  • Companies line up to help redevelop Yangon train station

    YANGON -- A large-scale renovation project is beginning at Yangon's main train station, drawing the interest of contractors and conglomerates from both home and abroad. The project involves a 250,000-sq.-meter area around Yangon Central Railway

    September 19, 2014 04:41 am JST
  • PTTEP gears up for Myanmar's energy needs

    BANGKOK -- Thailand's PTT Exploration and Production (PTTEP), the core subsidiary of state-owned energy conglomerate PTT, is stepping up its exploration budget in Myanmar for the next 5 years by 18%, compared to the previous plan, to $3.3 billion in

    September 18, 2014 08:27 pm JST
  • Japan's IIJ to sell power-saving data centers in Laos

    TOKYO -- Internet Initiative Japan will sell energy-efficient, low-cost data centers in Laos, with plans to expand the business to other parts of Asia. Asian emerging economies are in urgent need of information technology infrastructure. But oft

    September 18, 2014 02:00 am JST
  • Yangon property prices soar

    YANGON -- When Yangon's regional government made a surprise announcement in August that it had negotiated a massive urban expansion deal, land prices in Myanmar's business capital -- already high -- rose sharply. The $8 billion deal, which follo

    September 18, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • David Steinberg: Myanmar-US relations: Paternity and reality

    President Barack Obama claimed in a speech on May 28 that U.S. leadership helped bring Myanmar into the international community. Progress there "could be reversed," he admitted, though adding that if the country succeeds in its reformist drive, the

    September 18, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Planting local roots key to growth in Southeast Asia: Aeon chief

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Letting local personnel well-versed in Southeast Asian markets lead operations is crucial for Japanese retail chain Aeon's continued success in the region, President Motoya Okada stressed in an interview with The Nikkei. In the f

    September 17, 2014 03:45 am JST
  • Japan helping improve freight train efficiency in Myanmar

    TOKYO -- Japan's transport ministry will begin a field test in Myanmar on Sept. 25 aimed at increasing the efficiency of shipping freight by rail in the Southeast Asian nation. In the test, containers unloaded at the Port of Yangon will be loade

    September 17, 2014 03:36 am JST
  • Aeon aims to win over Southeast Asia by replicating Malaysia model

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Since entering Malaysia 30 years ago, Japanese retail giant Aeon has worked tirelessly to build a solid presence in this diverse market, offering products that suit the lifestyles of consumers with different religions and income leve

    September 17, 2014 03:04 am JST
  • Laotian entrepreneur aims to expand her self-made coffee empire

    BANGKOK -- Leuang Litdang is a Laotian entrepreneur who has worked hard all her life and built a major Laotian coffee company, Dao-Heuang Group, in one generation. Leuang, 66, is the founder and chairwoman of the group, she has ambitions to mark

    September 15, 2014 01:00 pm JST