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  • Future of Asia

    How Southeast Asia can fund its infrastructure needs

    TOKYO -- Southeast Asian countries should dip into their foreign exchange reserves to finance infrastructure improvements, a former head of the regional bloc told a conference in Tokyo on Tuesday. During a panel discussion, participants also called

    May 31, 2016 04:07 pm JST
  • Cambodia's ruling lawmakers OK actions against opposition leader

    PHNOM PENH (Kyodo) -- Cambodia's ruling lawmakers on Monday approved a motion to allow all related authorities, including the court, to continue taking legal action against deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha in connection with his sex scandal.The 68

    May 30, 2016 07:38 pm JST
  • Future of Asia

    Steady growth hinges on economic integration -- Cambodia minister

    TOKYO -- Integrating Asian economies through a proposed regional partnership and other trade deals is vital for achieving sustainable growth, Cambodia's public works minister said on Monday. Asian economies, which grew at an average combined rate of

    May 30, 2016 05:48 pm JST
  • Commentary

    Luc de Waegh -- Investors beware of Myanmar's 100-day push

    Having lived and worked in Myanmar for the best part of the last 23 years, I have often had difficulty reconciling the international media headlines with the reality on the ground. For so many years, I was living in a pariah state, a place to be shu

    May 30, 2016 04:00 pm JST
  • Future of Asia

    ASEAN plans fresh wave of market liberalization

    TOKYO -- The 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are working on further steps to ensure the free flow of goods and services within the region and with the rest of the world, following the launch of the ASEAN Economic Community a

    May 30, 2016 03:33 pm JST
  • Future of Asia

    Regionwide free trade pact key for development -- Laos commerce minister

    TOKYO -- A regionwide free trade deal would benefit Asia by expanding market access, promoting specialization and expanding economies of scale, Laos' commerce minister told a conference here on Monday."China, Japan, and [South] Korea, as large econo

    May 30, 2016 03:30 pm JST
  • Commentary

    David I. Steinberg -- US moves on Vietnam and Myanmar highlight glaring discrepancies

    On his just completed trip to Asia, President Barack Obama announced in Hanoi that he was ending the decades-old embargo on U.S. arms sales to Vietnam, one of the last regional policy relics of the Cold War.Although he denied that the shift was part

    May 29, 2016 07:51 pm JST
  • Laos urges bilateral talks on South China Sea rows

    TOKYO -- Echoing China's stance, Laotian Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith on Saturday called for South China Sea disputes to be resolved through bilateral talks between the countries concerned.Thongloun said in an interview with The Nikkei that he

    May 29, 2016 01:15 am JST
  • Abe to visit Laos in September for ASEAN summit talks

    NAGOYA (Kyodo) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Saturday he is planning to visit Laos in September for summit meetings involving the Association of Southeast Asian Nations."I would like to pay an official visit to your country in September

    May 28, 2016 06:27 pm JST
  • New leaders can stem tide of democratic recession

    BANGKOK -- Amid a resurgence of autocratic regimes and the erosion of free speech in various parts of the world, civil society in Southeast Asia finds itself at a crossroads. The new leaders of Myanmar and the Philippines could hold the key to shapi

    May 27, 2016 04:10 pm JST
  • Yangon's restoration gathers pace

    YANGON -- Yangon is often portrayed in the media as a city of crumbling colonial buildings, decaying after half a century of military misrule and the government's abrupt transfer to the shiny, new purpose-built capital, Naypyitaw, a decade ago.But e

    May 27, 2016 01:00 pm JST
  • Tea Leaves

    Lessons in diversity from the 'Land of Smiles'

    People around the world have been shocked to see the ruthless treatment by some European nations of refugees and immigrants, who cling onto wire fences or climb over concrete walls, palms bleeding, as they try to escape war and poverty.National boun

    May 26, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Lessons in diversity from the 'Land of Smiles'

    People around the world have been shocked to see the ruthless treatment by some European nations of refugees and immigrants, who cling onto wire fences or climb over concrete walls, palms bleeding, as they try to escape war and poverty.National boun

    May 26, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Guntur Sugiyarto: Professional mobility is the biggest challenge facing

    The launch of the ASEAN Economic Community at the end of 2015 marked a major milestone for the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. The AEC envisions the establishment of a single market and production base that should create be

    May 26, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Washington lifts some Myanmar sanctions, but doubts remain

    NAYPYITAW A milestone week in Myanmar's rapidly evolving relationship with the West brought mixed news for de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and deepened uncertainty for investors in the emerging Southeast Asian economy. Conflicting signals from the

    May 26, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • ASEAN defense talks on South China Sea subdued by terrorism concerns

    VIENTIANE -- Regional defense ministers on Wednesday spoke of the importance of freedom of marine and air traffic in the South China Sea, which is increasingly becoming a potential hotspot of conflict."[The ministers] reiterate the importance of mai

    May 26, 2016 02:55 am JST
  • Commentary

    Jeff Opperman -- Myanmar can show the way in better hydropower

    Asian countries lead the world today in hydropower generation, with more growth projected in coming years. Indeed, the International Energy Agency estimates that global hydropower capacity will double between now and 2040, with half of that new deve

    May 24, 2016 01:00 pm JST
  • Marubeni, Italy's Enel team on Asian power plants

    TOKYO -- Japanese trading house Marubeni and Italian energy producer Enel Group have agreed to jointly develop power plants in Asia.The two companies inked a memorandum of understanding and aim to win two orders by 2018. They plan to construct and o

    May 24, 2016 02:30 am JST
  • Commentary

    Nicholas Farrelly -- The saddest borderlands in Asia

    As foreign minister, Aung San Suu Kyi is ultimately responsible for Myanmar's international affairs. Nobody pretends that this job is straightforward. It requires careful attention to a long list of problems, old and new, both at home and abroad. Su

    May 22, 2016 09:05 pm JST
  • US Secretary of State Kerry urges further reforms in Myanmar

    NAYPYITAW (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday urged Myanmar's new civilian-led government to complete the Southeast Asian nation's transition to democracy by implementing further reforms to enshrine free markets, development and hum

    May 22, 2016 05:58 pm JST