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  • Cafe culture sprouting in Myanmar

    YANGON -- A recent wave of foreign coffee chains opening shops in Myanmar is changing the local food culture, giving many in the Southeast Asian country a new look at the brew. And for some, cafes are more than just a place to get a cup of joe.In Ma

    April 30, 2016 01:00 pm JST
  • Oji, Sumitomo Forestry complete Myanmar sawmill

    MAWLAMYINE, Myanmar -- Oji Holdings and Sumitomo Forestry held a ceremony Friday to mark the completion of a lumber mill here, reportedly the first investment in Myanmar's lumber industry by a Japanese company since the country started undergoing de

    April 30, 2016 02:44 am JST
  • Myanmar industrial park developer to list on local bourse in May

    YANGON -- The developer of Myanmar's Thilawa Special Economic Zone is on track to become the second company to go public on the nation's new stock exchange in late May.Myanmar Thilawa SEZ Holdings was established in 2013 by nine local companies, inc

    April 29, 2016 01:40 am JST
  • Commentary

    Brahma Chellaney: Policymakers must come to grips with Asia's looming water crisis

    The record drought that is ravaging large parts of Asia will end when the annual monsoon rains come in June. This will bring much-needed relief to those suffering in parched lands -- from the millions who live in Vietnam's Mekong Delta to more than

    April 28, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Water shortages spread misery along the Mekong

    KHON KAEN, Thailand -- Trucks packed with sugar cane raise clouds of dust as they cross a flat, parched field in northeast Thailand. The stout brown stalks they carry are among the last to be harvested outside Khon Kaen, the region's largest city. B

    April 28, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Water shortages spread misery along the Mekong

    KHON KAEN, Thailand Trucks packed with sugar cane raise clouds of dust as they cross a flat, parched field in northeast Thailand. The stout brown stalks they carry are among the last to be harvested outside Khon Kaen, the region's largest city. Bu

    April 28, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Brahma Chellaney: Policymakers must come to grips with Asia's looming water crisis

    The record drought that is ravaging large parts of Asia will end when the annual monsoon rains come in June. This will bring much-needed relief to those suffering in parched lands -- from the millions who live in Vietnam's Mekong Delta to more than

    April 28, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Eugene K B Tan: For Myanmar, national unity is not optional

    With its first democratically elected government having taken over the reins of power on April 1, Myanmar's political transition can be likened to its rebirth as a nation-state. The choices made at this critical juncture will significantly impact th

    April 28, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Widodo in 'host mode' affirms Jakarta's ASEAN commitment

    JAKARTA -- Indonesian President Joko Widodo was in a jovial mood on April 26 as he greeted a group of senior editors from Association of Southeast Asian Nations countries at his presidential palace and ushered them in to lunch. The buffet "worki

    April 27, 2016 03:00 pm JST
  • For investors, Myanmar is still for the brave

    YANGON, Myanmar -- The dust has settled in Naypyitaw, where a government led by the National League for Democracy has replaced the quasi-democratic, military-backed regime of President Thein Sein. With some of the political uncertainty about the cou

    April 27, 2016 02:09 pm JST
  • Commentary

    David I. Steinberg: Aung San Suu Kyi's sanctions conundrum

    The United States maintains certain sanctions in Myanmar against many individuals, military-led institutions, and other organizations for their involvement in the Southeast Asian nation's unpleasant past. Although the most basic sanctions have been

    April 25, 2016 07:00 pm JST
  • Commentary

    Kavi Chongkittavorn: New Lao leader in ASEAN driving seat

    The emergence of Thongloun Sisoulith as the new leader of the People's Democratic Republic of Laos augurs well for the country's chairmanship of the 10-country Association of Southeast Asian Nations this year. Thongloun, who was elected prime mi

    April 25, 2016 07:00 pm JST
  • China praises Cambodia's position on South China Sea

    PHNOM PENH(Kyodo) -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Friday praised Cambodia's position on the issue of South China Sea disputes involving China and four other Southwest Asian countries, while thanking it for "understanding and supporting" China

    April 22, 2016 10:18 pm JST
  • China's footprint kicks up concerns in tiny Laos

    TON PHEUNG, Laos -- The Kings Romans Casino stands out in this remote corner of northwestern Laos, its giant illuminated neon crown towering over a landscape of banana plantations and jungle-clad mountains. Inside, a statue of King Neptune presides

    April 21, 2016 07:30 pm JST
  • In Cambodia, North Korea taps its artistic side for cash

    PHNOM PENH -- Nearly three months after conducting its latest nuclear test, economic sanctions are making it harder for North Korea to sell everything from coal to cold noodles. A recent trip to Cambodia revealed how the regime of Kim Jong Un, d

    April 21, 2016 12:00 pm JST
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    The new 'explorers'

    In June 1866, six Frenchmen departed from Ho Chi Minh City on a dangerous mission up the mighty Mekong River. Travelling in two "minuscule steam-driven gunboats" along with an "inordinate quantity of liquor, flour, guns and trade goods," as historia

    April 21, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • In Cambodia, North Korea taps its artistic side for cash

    PHNOM PENH Nearly three months after conducting its latest nuclear test, economic sanctions are making it harder for North Korea to sell everything from coal to cold noodles. A recent trip to Cambodia revealed how the regime of Kim Jong Un, de

    April 21, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • The new 'explorers'

    In June 1866, six Frenchmen departed from Ho Chi Minh City on a dangerous mission up the mighty Mekong River. Travelling in two "minuscule steam-driven gunboats" along with an "inordinate quantity of liquor, flour, guns and trade goods," as historia

    April 21, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Japan foreign minister looking to meet Suu Kyi in Myanmar

    TOKYO -- Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida plans to visit Myanmar within the next few weeks to meet with counterpart Aung San Suu Kyi, hoping to deepen ties with the rapidly growing Southeast Asian nation. At the meeting, Kishida plans to invite

    April 21, 2016 02:00 am JST
  • Profile: Laos' new president is last of old guard

    VIENTIANE -- Laos' new president is a military man to his core -- and the only first-generation revolutionary now in government. Born in Savannakhet Province, an area that has seen an influx of Japanese investment, Bounnhang Vorachit plunged int

    April 21, 2016 02:00 am JST