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  • Myanmar online

    Wireless players turning to chat apps to lure customers

    YANGON -- Chat applications are rapidly gaining popularity in Myanmar's budding wireless communications market, emerging as powerful marketing tools for mobile service providers. Since the cellular service market was opened to foreign carriers l

    October 10, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Myanmar election

    Ethnic parties, conservative Buddhists obstruct Suu Kyi's path to victory

    YANGON -- With just one month remaining until Myanmar's Nov. 8 general election, the opposition National League for Democracy faces two tough hurdles: ethnic minority parties siphoning support, and attacks from an influential Buddhist group. Spe

    October 10, 2015 04:04 am JST
  • From sadness to wow

    Facebook launches reaction buttons beyond like

    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) -- Like it or not, Facebook Inc's trademark "like" button is set to get more expressive. Users will soon be able to do more than "like" posts. They will be able to love them and express sympathy, anger or sadness with ani

    October 9, 2015 09:06 am JST
  • World-wide PC shipments continue to slump

    World-wide personal computer shipments dropped in the September quarter as PC makers didn't receive much of a boost from Microsoft Corp.'s new operating system, Windows 10, according to a pair of data trackers Thursday. International Data Corp.

    October 9, 2015 08:57 am JST
  • Budding capital market

    Japan's Daiwa among first to gain Myanmar securities license

    YANGON -- Myanmar's financial authorities have decided to grant securities licenses to about 10 companies, including a local Daiwa Securities Group affiliate, as the Southeast Asian nation gets ready to open its stock market in December. Local f

    October 8, 2015 04:26 am JST
  • TPP

    Deal signals emergence of a new global order

    ATLANTA -- Akira Amari, Japan's economy minister, was fuming. "This is no time for playing games," he told U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman. "We must make the greatest possible concessions to sort out our differences. Otherwise, we'll ne

    October 8, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Aung Naing Oo: Myanmar's ethnic armed groups serve complex 'alphabet soup'

    Myanmar, also known as Burma, has experienced many armed insurrections in the nearly 70 years of civil war since the country gained independence from Britain in 1948. Triggered by communist and ethnic Karen revolts, the mushrooming of ethnic and

    October 8, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Agreed at last

    It took more than five years of negotiations and concessions all around, but a basic agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership has been reached. This brings the creation of the world's largest free trade zone one step closer. The 12 TPP members

    October 8, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • TPP signals emergence of a new global order

    ATLANTA -- Akira Amari, Japan's economy minister, was fuming. "This is no time for playing games," he told U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman. "We must make the greatest possible concessions to sort out our differences. Otherwise, we'll ne

    October 8, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Nikkei PMI

    Software and services rises highest in September

    HONG KONG -- The Nikkei Asia Sector Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, for September showed increased business activity in 10 out of the 19 industries monitored. The software and services sector saw the sharpest output growth in all industries,

    October 7, 2015 11:00 am JST
  • World Bank report

    Developing Asia growth to slow to 6.5% as China chill settles in

    SINGAPORE -- The World Bank expects the slowdown of the Chinese economy, though gradual, to continue to weigh on the growth of developing Asia in coming years. In its "East Asia and Pacific Economic Update" report issued Oct. 5, the bank lowered

    October 6, 2015 12:44 pm JST
  • TPP

    Partnership could be a blow and opportunity for Japanese farmers

    TOKYO -- Japanese farmers will probably find both new opportunities and new threats under the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, with rice and livestock as two crucial areas that will see major impacts. Japan currently caps tariff-free rice im

    October 6, 2015 04:04 am JST
  • World Bank cuts East Asia forecasts, cites China, US rate risks

    SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The World Bank cut its 2015 and 2016 growth forecasts for developing East Asia and Pacific, and said the outlook was clouded by the risk of a sharp slowdown in China and possible spillovers from expected increases in U.S. inter

    October 5, 2015 11:22 am JST
  • Myanmar development

    Backyard oil barons pursue riches in jungle

    MINHLA, Myanmar -- Deep inside Myanmar's jungles lie dark secrets. The illegal oil camp of Da Hut Bin, tucked away in the forests of Minhla, in Magway Region, is a well-hidden one. It is a phenomenon best seen at night: From the top of a mountain vi

    October 4, 2015 12:35 am JST
  • Don't leave home without it

    China UnionPay seeks to turn its bank cards into international force

    TOKYO -- China UnionPay is racing to make its bank cards acceptable everywhere it wants to be around the globe. In Thailand, 70% of retail stores accept UnionPay cards. Though that makes it convenient for Chinese tourists, the company is seeking

    October 3, 2015 05:00 am JST
  • Metro Pacific

    CEO of Philippine group urges more foreign ownership in ASEAN

    MANILA -- Southeast Asia's economic integration, which will formally kick off by the end of the year in the form of the ASEAN Economic Community, should pave the way for greater participation in the region's development by foreign investors, the CEO

    October 2, 2015 11:00 pm JST
  • Satire, Myanmar-style

    Political cartoonists test limits of newfound freedom

    YANGON -- With a few deft strokes of Beruma's pen, a jowly likeness appears on the blank page: a caricature of Senior Gen. Than Shwe, Myanmar's former dictator. A few more lines and his successor, President Thein Sein, materializes. A slight, bespec

    October 2, 2015 12:00 pm JST
  • Sembcorp Industries

    Investing in Bangladesh to meet growing power demand

    SINGAPORE -- Sembcorp Industries, Singapore's state-linked infrastructure firm, is increasing its foothold as a major power generation player in emerging Asia. The company announced on Sept. 28 that it has clinched a deal to develop and operate a po

    September 30, 2015 08:35 pm JST
  • Myanmar industrial park

    Thilawa kicks off region's manufacturing transformation

    YANGON -- The first modern industrial park in Myanmar has begun partial operations. Forty seven companies from Japan, the U.S., China and 10 other countries have decided to operate in the Thilawa industrial park on the outskirts of Yangon. Koyo

    September 28, 2015 07:00 am JST
  • After the Goodyear breakup

    Sumitomo Rubber to lift Thai tire output capacity

    BANGKOK -- Sumitomo Rubber Industries will boost auto tire production capacity at a key site in Thailand by 9% on strong exports to the U.S. and anticipated sales growth in Southeast Asia. The Japanese maker of Dunlop tires will raise capacity a

    September 28, 2015 12:22 am JST