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  • Michael Vatikiotis

    Time for Southeast Asia to embrace ethnic and religious diversity

    Southeast Asia has a long history and tradition of moderation. For centuries, people of different faiths and races have lived together in relative peace and harmony. Most of the region's modern nations recognize this fundamental state of pluralism a

    July 3, 2015 09:15 am JST
  • ASEAN emergency meeting

    Trust fund set up to tackle human trafficking

    KUALA LUMPUR -- A regional trust fund will be established to support the humanitarian and relief efforts aimed at tackling human trafficking, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations said on Thursday. ASEAN ministers in charge of transnational

    July 2, 2015 09:32 pm JST
  • Aung Naing Oo

    For Myanmar, is partial peace better than no peace at all?

    The peace process in Myanmar has entered a highly contentious period. All eyes are on a planned meeting on July 3 and 4 in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand, between representatives of the Myanmar government and the ethnic armed groups it is fighting in

    July 2, 2015 04:00 pm JST
  • Regional relations

    Myanmar, India see new warmth in old ties

    YANGON -- Twice a month, the container ship SCI-Kamal sets off from the Yangon waterfront bound for the port of Chennai, in India's Tamil Nadu province, carrying dried beans, wood products and other wares. It returns two weeks later bearing machiner

    July 2, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Startups and the economy

    Southeast Asia catches eye of venture capitalists

    BANGKOK -- It was a long time coming, but Southeast Asia is finally attracting investments from top-tier global venture capital firms. Until the turn of the century, the conventional wisdom among Silicon Valley venture capitalists was to avoid i

    July 2, 2015 10:00 am JST
  • George Magnus: Greece will cast long political shadows

    If Greece were in Asia, it would be the seventh largest economy, of little geopolitical consequence and soon to be overtaken by Bangladesh and Vietnam. Greece's size, however, is not the right metric to use when gauging its significance in Europe's

    July 2, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Frederic Neumann: Greek turmoil is not without risks to Asia

    The coming weeks will prove critical for Greece's membership of the eurozone. For Asia, the immediate impact of a potential "Grexit" should be manageable. A powerful policy response by major central banks and comfortable reserve buffers in the regio

    July 2, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Suu Kyi's party faces election-year identity crisis

    YANGON -- Aung San Suu Kyi's path to the presidency of Myanmar remains blocked, after parliament nixed crucial constitutional amendments. Inside the country and abroad, many are wondering what is next for the Nobel peace laureate and her opposition

    July 2, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Southeast Asia catches eye of venture capitalists

    BANGKOK -- It was a long time coming, but Southeast Asia is finally attracting investments from top-tier global venture capital firms. Until the turn of the century, the conventional wisdom among Silicon Valley venture capitalists was to avoid i

    July 2, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Entrepreneurial engines

    Startups are finding fertile ground in Asia -- Southeast Asia in particular. Populations are getting wealthier, smartphones are ubiquitous and governments are holding out carrots for innovators. Homegrown ventures are sniffing out opportunities far

    July 2, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Constitutional blocks

    Suu Kyi's party faces election-year identity crisis

    YANGON -- Aung San Suu Kyi's path to the presidency of Myanmar remains blocked, after parliament nixed crucial constitutional amendments. Inside the country and abroad, many are wondering what is next for the Nobel peace laureate and her opposition

    July 1, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Frederic Neumann

    Greek turmoil is not without risks to Asia

    The coming weeks will prove critical for Greece's membership of the eurozone. For Asia, the immediate impact of a potential "Grexit" should be manageable. A powerful policy response by major central banks and comfortable reserve buffers in the regio

    July 1, 2015 04:00 pm JST
  • Vijay Sakhuja

    How Asia's 'boat people' exposed maritime weaknesses

    The controversy over the exodus of tens of thousands of stateless Rohingya from Myanmar and Bangladeshi migrants in rickety vessels has exposed chinks in the armor of regional maritime security forces. Over just two months this year, an estimate

    July 1, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Geoff Cook

    Asia's wealthy show their social conscience

    As Asia's middle class is going through a generational shift in wealth, there is also a shift in how that wealth is being used to influence society. More than any other region globally, the wealthiest of the Asia-Pacific are now placing more importa

    June 30, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Google

    Android One smartphone arrives in Myanmar

    JAKARTA/YANGON -- Google on Saturday launched its Android One smartphone designed especially for emerging markets in Myanmar, where mobile phone penetration is rapidly expanding. Myanmar is the eighth country where Google has launched the produc

    June 29, 2015 05:39 pm JST
  • Growing pains

    Yangon infrastructure lacking

    "It was a year too late to start my own business, but a year too early to be dispatched by my company." Mr. Kondo, 49, edits a community magazine for Japanese nationals living in Yangon. He soon departs Yangon after a six-month term there. Yango

    June 28, 2015 05:55 pm JST
  • Doing business abroad

    International lawyer network helping smaller companies

    HANOI -- Companies face a number of unexpected challenges when doing business overseas, particularly in emerging Asian countries. Japanese small and midsized companies are no exception. In January, the Cambodian government suddenly imposed a 10%

    June 28, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Yes or no to Europe?

    Greece's Tsipras calls referendum to break bailout deadlock

    ATHENS/BRUSSELS (Reuters) -- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called a referendum on austerity demands from foreign creditors on Saturday, rejecting an "ultimatum" from lenders and putting a deal that could determine Greece's future in Europe to

    June 27, 2015 12:16 pm JST
  • On the right track

    JR East, Sumitomo to provide railway training in Myanmar

    YANGON -- Sumitomo and JR East, the main railway operator in eastern Japan, will train Myanmar's state-run railway on track maintenance. The companies will teach the railway how to fix warped rails and strengthen them, thereby speeding up servi

    June 27, 2015 01:54 am JST
  • Guy Dinmore

    The mystery of Myanmar's gyrating kyat

    Whenever Myanmar's progress with reforms appears to falter or is challenged by events on the ground, the mantra adopted by the government -- and supported by more than a few analysts -- is there will be no backsliding, that the country has gone too

    June 26, 2015 02:34 pm JST