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  • Myanmar leaders, opposition discuss future of constitution

    YANGON -- President Thein Sein met with military and opposition leaders Friday in the capital, Naypyitaw, to tackle such issues as revising the constitution and ending armed conflict involving ethnic minorities. This marked the first gathering o

    November 1, 2014 05:31 am JST
  • ANZ expanding branch network in Southeast Asia

    SYDNEY -- Australia and New Zealand Banking Group is accelerating its push into Southeast Asia as part of a "super-regional strategy" that has the financial institution focused squarely on Asia. "With the phase of high investment in Asia largely

    November 1, 2014 04:02 am JST
  • Japan, Asean to coordinate disaster response medical teams

    TOKYO -- Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will create a system for managing joint medical teams in the event of major natural disasters around the region. Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe will attend a summit with Asean memb

    October 31, 2014 04:10 pm JST
  • Recyclers eye Southeast Asia's rising piles of junked cars

    HANOI -- The motorization of Southeast Asia is clogging the streets with more cars and filling the air with more exhaust. But there is also another problem looming in the form of illegally junked cars and car parts. Roughly 1 million cars will b

    October 31, 2014 04:52 am JST
  • Brahma Chellaney: A broken international system?

    Three upcoming summits -- the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Beijing, the annual East Asia Summit in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, and the G-20 summit in Brisbane, Australia -- will bring together a host of world leaders, including U.S. Presiden

    October 30, 2014 06:00 pm JST
  • Ex-Asean head warns of 'slow' economic integration

    BANGKOK -- Progress toward economic integration of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will likely be slow due to a lack of strong leadership, according to Surin Pitsuwan, former secretary general of Asean and one of the architects of its pla

    October 30, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Nurturing orchestral youth

    TOKYO -- Japanese conductors are investing time and energy in orchestras in Myanmar, Vietnam, Indonesia and across the region. The goal is to help make classical music more popular. Conductor Yunosuke Yamamoto gives lessons to Myanmar's Yangon-b

    October 30, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Cambodia, Laos bourses languish despite economic growth

    TOKYO -- Cambodia and Laos are both struggling to attract companies ready -- or willing -- to list on their stock exchanges, more than three years after they were established. With the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations slated

    October 30, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Kamal Alam: How to keep Islamic State from spreading beyond Mesopotamia

    The famed Pakistani poet Allama Iqbal once said that as long as Afghanistan burns Asia would burn, and that for the stability of Asia, the mountains of Afghanistan have to be peaceful. Today, as Syria and Iraq are engulfed by the Islamic State, one

    October 30, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Japan's drugmakers look beyond China for Chinese medicine

    YANGON/TOKYO -- Pinched by rising prices in China, Japanese drugmakers are turning to Southeast and Central Asia to grow the plants used in Chinese herbal medicine. In Hpa-An, the capital city of Myanmar's eastern Kayin State, Japanese drugmaker

    October 29, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • JGC closer to winning Myanmar airport order

    YANGON -- A consortium including Japanese engineering company JGC has been granted priority negotiating rights to an airport construction project in Myanmar. With tourism on the rise since the 2011 start of democratization, the government wants

    October 29, 2014 05:53 am JST
  • How to keep Islamic State from spreading beyond Mesopotamia

    The famed Pakistani poet Allama Iqbal once said that as long as Afghanistan burns Asia would burn, and that for the stability of Asia, the mountains of Afghanistan have to be peaceful. Today, as Syria and Iraq are engulfed by the Islamic State, one

    October 28, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • KDDI wants to open up Myanmar's mobile market by thinking customer-first

    TOKYO -- The Japanese telecommunications service provider KDDI has entered Myanmar, teaming up with the state-run Myanma Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) with the aim of being major player in the country's rapidly growing mobile market. KDDI,

    October 28, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Thais scratch gambling itch in Cambodia

    POIPET, Cambodia -- Hundreds of people have streamed over the Thai border each day into neighboring Cambodia since a military junta seized power at home in May. Invariably though, they return home in a matter of days or less, their wallets usual

    October 28, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Explaining Myanmar's love for Japanese banks

    TOKYO/YANGON -- Of the nine banking licenses that Myanmar recently awarded to foreign financial institutions, a third went to Japan's three biggest banks. The Japanese financial industry is surprised by its good fortune and delighted to have a crack

    October 28, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Myanmar opposition party to set up agricultural bank

    TOKYO -- The opposition Myanmar Farmers' Development Party will work with Thailand's government-backed Krung Thai Bank to set up a bank specializing in the agricultural business, the party's leader told The Nikkei in Tokyo. The plan is to open t

    October 25, 2014 06:00 am JST
  • 21 nations sign accord for China-led development bank

    BEIJING -- A total of 21 countries signed a memorandum of understanding in Beijing on Friday for the establishment of a China-led multinational bank. Representatives from Southeast Asia and the Middle East, as well as China, India and Mongolia,

    October 24, 2014 02:00 pm JST
  • Japanese damaged-car dealer to triple exports to Myanmar

    TOKYO -- Tau, a Japanese company that buys and resells damaged cars, aims to increase its exports to Myanmar by more than 200% next year, setting up a marketing beachhead in the city of Yangon. The Yangon site will open as early as December, wit

    October 24, 2014 12:44 am JST
  • Cambodia, Laos bourses languish despite economic growth

    PHNOM PENH -- More than three years after establishing their respective stock exchanges, Cambodia and Laos are both struggling to attract companies ready -- or willing -- to list on them. With the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Na

    October 23, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Religious strife hits home in Southeast Asia

    World leaders, including U.S. President Barack Obama, are calling for international cooperation to fight Islamic State militants in the Middle East. But conflicts with such extremists are not confined to this region. Southeast Asia is home to roughl

    October 23, 2014 12:00 am JST