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  • Cambodian politics

    Hun Sen maneuvers for power as younger voters rise

    PHNOM PENH -- In various spots around this dynamic capital, one can see posters depicting Cambodia's three key leaders -- Prime Minister Hun Sen in the center, with Senate president Chea Sim on his left and National Assembly president Heng Samrin on

    January 30, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Purisima calls for APEC financial integration

    Philippines to accelerate goods trade

    MANILA -- The Philippines will implement a "single window" system to simplify and speed up processing of exports and imports by year end, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima said Friday. Speaking at a forum organized by Nikkei Asian Review, Purisim

    January 30, 2015 05:36 pm JST
  • Democratizing Myanmar

    US, Japan to help strengthen labor laws

    TOKYO -- As part of efforts to aid Myanmar's democratization, the U.S. and Japan will work together to help update the country's archaic labor laws and better safeguard workers' rights. Myanmar currently has about 20 laws covering minimum wages,

    January 30, 2015 02:31 am JST
  • Nowhere in Naypyitaw

    Ghost-town capital reflects Myanmar's political history, reality

    YANGON -- Myanmar is developing at a rapid clip, but its capital, Naypyitaw, may be one of the quietest and most forlorn in the world. Despite its state-of-the-art airport, built with financial assistance from China, there are few cars on the street

    January 29, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • More blocks expected to be auctioned

    Myanmar's offshore gas fields beckon energy majors

    YANGON -- Major energy companies are in a rush to develop Myanmar's offshore gas fields. The Myanmar government last spring opened more of the fields to foreign investors in the hope of boosting natural gas exports to neighboring countries, incl

    January 29, 2015 02:35 pm JST
  • ASEAN synchronicity

    Regional grouping ponders common time zone

    KOTA KINABALU, Malaysia -- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is considering the adoption of a common time zone as the ten-member regional grouping moves towards closer economic integration. ASEAN synchronization, which was

    January 28, 2015 08:20 pm JST
  • Simon Makinson

    Three years on, Myanmar is a country on the rise

    Much has happened in Myanmar since early 2012, when the country started to re-engage with the international community after a long period of isolation. Multinationals such as Coca-Cola, Ford, Samsung and Unilever have since entered the country in an

    January 28, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Myanmar's civil war

    End to conflict remains elusive as peace talks falter

    YANGON -- Hard bargaining is under way in Myanmar to end a civil war that has lasted more than 50 years, but a peaceful resolution remains out of reach. In 2011 the government began holding peace talks with the armed forces of various ethnic min

    January 28, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Lina Baechtiger

    The dark undercurrent of freer trade flows

    The global proliferation of free trade zones has been one of the most important developments for international business in recent years. These zones offer companies significant advantages in shipping products, and in Asia, we have some of the world'

    January 27, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Nicholas Farrelly

    Don't overlook Myanmar's urban-rural divide

    Until recently, much of what we knew -- or thought we knew -- about Myanmar was refracted through the borderlands the country shares with Thailand. The region's prolonged humanitarian crisis, with countless stories of dislocation and despair, shaped

    January 26, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Gems trade

    Jade exports to China generating millionaires and concerns in Myanmar

    MANDALAY, Myanmar -- Surging exports of jade to China have produced a number of millionaires in Myanmar and provoked concerns about the neighboring country's overwhelming influence on the economy. Mandalay, the nation's jade trade center, swarms

    January 25, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Myanmar women engineering interns

    Infrastructure development spurs youthful interest in Japanese know-how

    TOKYO -- Three women from Myanmar recently joined a JFE Engineering internship to develop skills to take back to their homeland. The program for Southeast Asian university students held in Japan has been running since 2013. It aims to share knowledg

    January 24, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Fast-developing Myanmar

    Competition heating up for skilled workers

    TOKYO -- In recent years, there has been a growing rush of Japanese companies making inroads into Myanmar ever since the country opened its doors to the outside world. Japan and Myanmar are jointly building a special economic zone and businesses

    January 23, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Myanmar politics

    Constitutional talks become numbers game ahead of elections

    YANGON, Myanmar -- Myanmar President Thein Sein has rejected six-party talks on constitutional amendments, arguing that such discussions should include a wider range of participants. But opponents accuse him of intentionally muddying the waters with

    January 23, 2015 11:45 am JST
  • Opening up

    Myanmar to OK first foreign insurer soon

    TOKYO -- Myanmar intends to issue its first business license to a foreign insurance provider as early as this month, Deputy Finance Minister Maung Maung Thein told The Nikkei here in an interview Thursday. Foreign insurers could operate only in

    January 23, 2015 07:42 am JST
  • OCBC's synergy strategy

    In China and Myanmar, bank sees a match made in heaven

    SINGAPORE -- As its name suggests, Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp. has leveraged the wealth and business activities of the Chinese diaspora. This has been the Singaporean institution's raison d'etre since the founding of its predecessor, Oversea-Chine

    January 22, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Nehru, Tang: Malaysia's big chance to help shape ASEAN's new era

    By the end of 2015, the ASEAN Economic Community is to be born -- and as the current chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Malaysia will be its presiding midwife. Using an elaborate scorecard, each of ASEAN's 10 members has been asked

    January 22, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • In China and Myanmar, OCBC sees a banking match made in heaven

    SINGAPORE -- As its name suggests, Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp. has leveraged the wealth and business activities of the Chinese diaspora. This has been the Singaporean institution's raison d'etre since the founding of its predecessor, Oversea-Chine

    January 22, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Stephen Grenville: Low oil prices provide a fleeting chance for reform

    If the global price of oil had jumped by 50%, there is little doubt that economic commentators would be calling it a disaster for world growth. The price has in fact fallen by more than 50% since last June, but this ray of good news has not yet pier

    January 22, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Myanmar cellphone market

    Competition stiffens after doors open to foreign rivals

    YANGON -- Competition has been heating up for cellphone operators in Myanmar ever since overseas telecommunication operators were allowed into the former military dictatorship. The new mobile playing field means better rates being offered to attract

    January 20, 2015 07:00 pm JST