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  • Modi rolls out 'red carpet' for Japanese manufacturers

    TOKYO -- Japanese manufacturers, consider yourselves invited to India. "There is one thing I can promise to you," Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told a symposium in Tokyo on Tuesday. "If you want to look abroad, there is no need for you to

    September 2, 2014 07:30 pm JST
  • Stephen Grenville: How to reboot world trade talks

    Expanding trade has been the lynchpin of globalization. Total world trade rose from 42% of global gross domestic product in 1980 to 62% in 2007, according to the International Monetary Fund. Trade slowed during the 2008 crisis and since then has bar

    September 2, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Myanmar census yields surprises, mixed reactions

    YANGON -- A surprise downward revision to Myanmar's population count could force economists and government planners to revise key economic indicators. More significantly, say analysts, the change highlights the wider problem of unreliable data for c

    September 1, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Myanmar's population 10M less than estimated

    YANGON (Kyodo) -- Myanmar's population is roughly 10 million less than previously estimated, at around 51.41 million, according to preliminary data from a census conducted earlier this year. The Central Census Commission released the figure in a

    August 30, 2014 07:47 pm JST
  • Southeast Asian transportation network taking form

    BANGKOK -- Efforts to build a modern cross-border transportation network are underway in Southeast Asia, where regional economic integration is scheduled by the end of 2015. These projects are attracting Japanese companies seeking to contribute

    August 30, 2014 01:55 am JST
  • Myanmar opens doors wider to foreign capital

    NAYPYITAW -- The government here has halved the number of industries with restrictions on investment from abroad, fully opening up retailing and other areas in what could prove a watershed moment for Myanmar's long-isolated economy. The move is

    August 29, 2014 12:38 am JST
  • Myanmar seen licensing multiple Japanese banks

    YANGON -- Myanmar will issue licenses to foreign banks for the first time since the 2011 transition to a civilian government, and multiple Japanese banks are expected to get the nod thanks to their sizable client bases and global prominence. Wit

    August 28, 2014 04:22 am JST
  • East Asian free-trade talks stumble over tariff rates

    TOKYO -- Sixteen Asia-Pacific nations negotiating a free-trade pact were unable to settle on a common target for tariff elimination at a ministerial meeting Wednesday in Naypyitaw, making a conclusion by the end of next year unlikely. This marke

    August 28, 2014 03:50 am JST
  • Korn Chatikavanij: Prescriptions for Asean and Thailand: Better governance, stronger institutions

    Looking at the ongoing tragedy in Ukraine, it has become apparent that the conflict there is happening because of the weakened geopolitical positions of both the U.S. and Europe. This phenomenon is creating power vacuums in pockets around the world.

    August 28, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • A new era for Cambodia after political deal

    BANGKOK -- The release from prison of three Cambodian opposition activists has reinforced an unprecedented compromise deal between opposition leaders and the ruling Cambodian People's Party of Prime Minister Hun Sen, ending a 12-month deadlock over

    August 28, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Malaysia's Axiata April-June net profit tumbles 44%

    KUALA LUMPUR -- The Axiata Group's net profit for the April-June quarter fell 44% year-on-year, to 393 million ringgit ($125 million). The group, which includes cellular service companies in Southeast and South Asia, attributed the decline to lower

    August 27, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Myanmar attracts Western hotel operators

    YANGON -- Western hotel chains are betting big that Myanmar will emerge as Asia's next major tourist destination. The U.S. started easing economic sanctions against Myanmar in 2012, opening the floodgates to Western investment in the country and

    August 27, 2014 02:00 pm JST
  • David I. Steinberg: Myanmar -- foreign policy success, paternity and reality

    President Barack Obama claimed in a speech at West Point Military Academy 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 succee

    August 26, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Asean discusses disparity ahead of economic integration

    NAYPYITAW -- Economic ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations pledged Monday to eliminate nontariff barriers and bridge the gap between member countries in light of the planned economic integration in 2015. The member nations a

    August 26, 2014 12:25 am JST
  • A new era for Cambodia after political deal

    BANGKOK -- The release from prison of three Cambodian opposition activists has reinforced an unprecedented compromise deal between opposition leaders and the ruling Cambodian People's Party of Prime Minister Hun Sen. The deal ended a 12-month deadlo

    August 25, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Japan's medical services look for growth by going abroad

    TOKYO -- Japanese hospital operators are increasingly exporting their services and facilities to emerging economies, helped in great part by the Japanese government's growth strategy and the general need for more health care around the world. Th

    August 25, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • West Africa's Ebola crisis stimulates hygiene awareness in Southeast Asia

    PHNOM PENH -- The outbreak of deadly Ebola hemorrhagic fever in West Africa has raised hygiene awareness in Southeast Asia. Some 120 medical experts from around Asean gathered in Cambodia on Tuesday for a conference on preventing disease transmissio

    August 21, 2014 10:00 pm JST
  • Robert Taylor: What would Ne Win have thought of today's Myanmar?

    If he were alive today, what would General Ne Win, the dictator of Burma from 1962 to 1988, think of the regime that succeeded his brand of one-party socialist autarky? President Thein Sein and the multi-party politics that in 2011 replaced the Stat

    August 21, 2014 09:50 pm JST
  • Southeast Asia telecom prepares for smartphone age

    SINGAPORE -- Commuters in Singapore stare at smartphone and tablet screens on their packed morning commutes. The age of the feature phone feels finished. This may not be the case in other Southeast Asian cities, but few doubt the smartphone era is c

    August 21, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Keeping Beijing's South China Sea incursions in check

    In early August, Southeast Asia's political and trade bloc held a series of meetings in Myanmar. Its focus? How to halt China's moves to extend sovereignty over parts of the South China Sea. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations largely fai

    August 21, 2014 12:00 am JST