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  • 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
  • Myanmar tech professors accepting Japanese way of teaching

    YANGON -- Japanese professors are coaching their Myanmar counterparts on how to teach science, engineering and other technical subjects. In late May, the government-affiliated Japan International Cooperation Agency dispatched to Myanmar 11 profe

    August 21, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Old stronghold of Khmer Rouge slowly becoming a revived land

    PAILIN, Cambodia -- Pailin Province in western Cambodia has vast stretches of farmland, and a new forest of casino hotels. It is getting ever harder to find signs that this area was not too long ago the last stronghold of the Khmer Rouge. But pe

    August 20, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Japan's Foster Electric to turn out car speakers in Myanmar

    TOKYO -- Foster Electric plans to construct an automotive speaker factory in Myanmar in 2017, partly to reduce the exposure to geopolitical risks involved in producing most of its speakers in China. The new plant is expected to have a monthly pr

    August 20, 2014 12:28 am JST
  • Miss Myanmar helps shape a society in transition

    When 18-year-old Khin Wai Phyo Han was crowned Miss International Myanmar at a gala ceremony in Yangon on Aug. 17 to represent her country at the Miss International 2014 contest in November in Japan, it generated far more attention than a beauty pag

    August 19, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Digital terrestrial broadcasting spreads through SE Asia

    BANGKOK -- Digital terrestrial broadcasting is spreading across Southeast Asia, creating lucrative business opportunities for consumer electronics makers and growth opportunities for the TV content industry. Southeast Asia, home to 600 million p

    August 18, 2014 01:50 pm JST
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Banking buying into Cambodia's top bank

    TOKYO -- Sumitomo Mitsui Banking will acquire more than 12% of Cambodia's Acleda Bank as early as next month, providing a foothold for expanding Southeast Asian operations. The Japanese bank will purchase a 12.25% stake from International Financ

    August 18, 2014 02:00 am JST