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  • Vietnam Kowil Fashion

    Apparel company expanding into neighboring countries

    HANOI -- Vietnam Kowil Fashion is poised to expand its operations into neighboring countries. The major Vietnamese apparel company aims to capitalize on scheduled regional economic integration and a pending trade pact. As a first move, Kowil wil

    August 28, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Amit Jain

    Myanmar needs inclusion before liberalization

    As Myanmar holds its first post-junta general elections in November, it is seeing a growing stream of foreign direct investment and seeking its first credit rating. The country's military chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, recently told internat

    August 28, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Logistics hub

    Itochu to begin repair services for Isuzu trucks in Myanmar

    TOKYO -- Trading house Itochu will start truck repair services on behalf of Isuzu Motors in Myanmar, a market where demand for commercial vehicles is expected to grow as the country becomes a logistics hub with the launch of the ASEAN Economic Commu

    August 28, 2015 02:00 am JST
  • Priscilla Clapp

    Myanmar's 'palace coup' will not stymie its reform program

    An Aug. 12 shake-up in the leadership of Myanmar's governing Union Solidarity and Development Party has prompted speculation about whether Parliamentary Speaker Shwe Mann is a spent force and what that might mean for the country's reform program aft

    August 27, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Curtis S. Chin and Jose B. Collazo

    Is Southeast Asia equal to the opportunity challenge?

    It is perhaps not surprising that the issue of inequality gained little attention at the just-concluded 47th ASEAN Economic Ministers' meeting in Malaysia's capital. After all, relative to economic troubles elsewhere in the world, Southeast Asia's r

    August 27, 2015 05:00 pm JST
  • Party coup

    Military makes clear who is in charge in Myanmar

    YANGON -- For those who had any doubt, the recent dismissal of the head of Myanmar's ruling party has made it clear that the military remains firmly in control of the country, even after four years on the path to democracy. Shwe Mann, the former

    August 27, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Kirin Holdings Singapore

    Fraser and Neave bought out of Myanmar Brewery

    YANGON -- Japan's Kirin Holdings Singapore has bought 55% of Myanmar Brewery Limited for $560 million from Singaporean beverage company Fraser and Neave (F&N), which had been locked in a legal dispute with its local partner, the military-owned Union

    August 27, 2015 01:15 am JST
  • Electric trikes

    Goodbye, nasty 'tuk-tuk'; hello, clean, green machine

    TOKYO -- The ancient city of Luang Prabang in northern Laos, with its countless Buddhist temples, is wrapped in silence at 5:30 a.m. Suddenly, the calm is shattered by a roar of three-wheeled tuk-tuk taxi bringing tourists for a look at the monks ou

    August 27, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Kirin gains Southeast Asia foothold by buying top Myanmar brewer

    TOKYO -- Kirin Holdings purchased a controlling stake in Myanmar Brewery, it announced Aug. 19. By buying Myanmar's biggest brewer, the major Japanese beer company aims to increase its Southeast Asian presence. Myanmar Brewery commands 80% of its ho

    August 27, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Goodbye, nasty 'tuk-tuk'; hello, clean, green machine

    TOKYO -- The ancient city of Luang Prabang in northern Laos, with its countless Buddhist temples, is wrapped in silence at 5:30 a.m. Suddenly, the calm is shattered by a roar of three-wheeled tuk-tuk taxi bringing tourists for a look at the monks ou

    August 27, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Crisis takes its toll on currencies

    BANGKOK -- Knee-jerk reactions to Chinese moves in equity markets are currently grabbing headlines. But a longer-term perspective looking at the currency market shows just how deeply connected China has become with the global economy. The Nikkei

    August 27, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • How 'Black Monday' unfolded

    BANGKOK -- The global commentariat has dubbed Aug. 24, 2015, another "Black Monday." The original one -- Oct. 19, 1987 -- was a global equity collapse that culminated in a 22.6% drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Substantial U.S. trade and fi

    August 27, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • International cooperation will be essential

    TOKYO -- The unrest rippling through global markets will test policymakers' ability to work together, calm investors and maintain economic momentum. Fears of slowing Chinese growth have cast a pall over the global economy and investors are scram

    August 27, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • 5 reasons to bet on Myanmar

    From a youthful population to rich natural resources, Myanmar has five main advantages to offer foreign companies, Maung Maung Thein, the country's deputy finance minister, told a recent seminar in Yangon. The theme of the event, organized by Ni

    August 27, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Khmer Rouge 'first lady,' charged with genocide, dies at 83

    PHNOM PENH -- Ieng Thirith, the highest-ranking woman in the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime, has died in Cambodia after a long illness, according to a United Nations-backed tribunal that is trying former regime leaders in Phnom Penh. A statement r

    August 27, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Growth focus

    Kirin aims to double Myanmar Brewery's sales in 5 years

    YANGON -- Kirin Holdings intends to double sales and profit at its newly acquired Myanmar Brewery Ltd. by bolstering capacity to capture soaring demand. Hiroshi Fujikawa, managing director of Kirin Holdings Singapore, which oversees Kirin's Sout

    August 26, 2015 10:00 pm JST
  • From Shanghai to the world

    How 'Black Monday' unfolded

    BANGKOK -- The global commentariat has dubbed Aug. 24, 2015, another "Black Monday." The original one -- Oct. 19, 1987 -- was a global equity collapse that culminated in a 22.6% drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Substantial U.S. trade and fi

    August 26, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Tied to China

    Crisis takes toll on currencies

    BANGKOK -- Knee-jerk reactions to Chinese moves in equity markets are currently grabbing headlines. But a longer-term perspective looking at the currency market shows just how deeply connected China has become with the global economy. The Nikkei

    August 26, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Batten down the hatches

    China brews a global economic storm

    TOKYO -- Market participants are rereading a year-old International Monetary Fund paper that took up the question of the global consequences of slower Chinese growth. China's economic ties with the rest of Asia have deepened not only in terms of

    August 26, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • International schisms

    Western leaders pass on China's WWII commemorations

    BEIJING -- Leaders of major Western nations will not attend China's events commemorating the end of World War II, a sign of security and economic rifts between the two sides. "So far, a total of 49 countries have confirmed presence at China's Se

    August 26, 2015 02:03 am JST