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  • 'Fragile Five' currencies rally on waning US interest rate fears

    TOKYO -- Emerging-market currencies are rebounding as concerns subside regarding U.S. monetary tightening in the near term. Currencies of the so-called Fragile Five nations -- Turkey, South Africa, India, Brazil and Indonesia, had fallen prey to

    April 16, 2014 03:23 am JST
  • Newer Asean members' revenues pinched by free trade zone

    HANOI -- Less-developed members of Asean are struggling to replace tax revenues being lost as they move to reduce tariffs in line with the Southeast Asian bloc's plans for regional economic integration. To promote free trade across the region, m

    April 16, 2014 02:10 am JST
  • 'Tonkotsu' ramen bowling over Asia

    TOKYO -- Japanese ramen has a lot of fans throughout Asia, but one variety of this noodle dish -- tonkotsu style -- is proving especially popular, especially among the region's Chinese populace. Tonkotsu, which literally means "pork bones," ref

    April 15, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Stephen Grenville: IMF ignores its own data on emerging economies

    Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, told the Group of 20 summit in St. Petersburg last September: "Just as some advanced economies have begun to gather momentum, many emerging markets are slowing." With this warn

    April 15, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Japan to insure 1st Myanmar infrastructure project in 12 years

    TOKYO -- Nippon Export and Investment Insurance will underwrite trade insurance for major infrastructure projects in Myanmar by a Japanese company for the first time in 12 years, a development that may encourage others to make inroads into the rapid

    April 15, 2014 02:18 am JST
  • Singapore's Wilmar enters Myanmar's sugar market via joint venture

    SINGAPORE -- Major Singaporean palm oil producer Wilmar International announced Monday that it will form a joint venture with Myanmar's Great Wall Food Stuff Industry as it seeks to gain access to the country's sugar market. Wilmar will hold a 5

    April 15, 2014 12:07 am JST
  • There's more to Japan than Tokyo, foreign dignitaries find

    TOKYO -- More and more foreign dignitaries are venturing out of Tokyo when they visit Japan. Popular destinations include Kinkakuji Temple in Kyoto and the ancient capital of Kamakura, which U.S. President Barack Obama visited when he was here. But

    April 14, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • New films expose repressed histories in Asia

    TOKYO -- Japan's filmgoers have the opportunity this spring and summer to view several films from Asia that illuminate terrible, long-buried events from modern history. By telling the stories of nations butchering their own citizens, these masterful

    April 12, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Myanmar developer building luxury residences for natives

    YANGON -- Yoma Strategic Holdings, a Myanmar-based real estate company, is accelerating development projects here targeting the country's growing middle class. Yoma, which is listed on the Singapore stock market, is developing Star City, a luxur

    April 11, 2014 04:36 am JST
  • Mitsubishi Materials to build factory in Laos

    TOKYO -- Mitsubishi Materials said Wednesday that it plans to invest about 600 million yen ($5.83 million) to build an air-conditioner-component plant in the Laotian capital of Vientiane. The factory, which will make temperature sensors, is slat

    April 10, 2014 01:10 am JST
  • Kicking its Chinese investment habit

    NAYPYITAW -- In a marked departure from recent years, Myanmar has drastically slashed its dependence on investment from China, even as the burgeoning democracy opens its arms to a flood of funds from other nations in Asia. Overall, foreign direc

    April 10, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Myanmar's (not quite) free media

    YANGON -- After five decades of strict censorship and official suppression, Myanmar's media are, ironically, now considered freer than their counterparts in neighboring Malaysia, Laos, Vietnam and the Philippines, according to media watchdog organiz

    April 10, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Thailand's Betagro hatches Japanese egg-and-rice plan

    BANGKOK -- Thai agriculture business conglomerate Betagro is bringing Japanese omu-raisu -- eggs stuffed with fried rice -- to the Southeast Asian nation. It will work with the Japanese restaurant chain operator Pomme Food on the launch of a new omu

    April 9, 2014 04:31 pm JST
  • Air China adds direct service to Yangon

    BEIJING -- Air China has started direct flights to Yangon, Myanmar's largest city. Four flights per week have been added between Beijing and Yangon, while a route between Chengdu and Yangon with a stop in Kunming will be serviced daily. Many

    April 9, 2014 05:54 am JST
  • Apparel maker Teijin Frontier to lift Southeast Asian output

    TOKYO -- Clothing and textile company Teijin Frontier will step up apparel production in Southeast Asia, with plans to open a new facility in Myanmar by March 2015. Amid rising production costs in China, the company is shifting focus to Southeas

    April 8, 2014 12:17 am JST
  • Mitsui & Co. to build Malaysian coal-fired power plant

    YANGON, Myanmar -- Japanese trading house Mitsui & Co. plans to build an advanced coal-fired power plant in Malaysia that uses ultra-supercritical pressure technology. Mitsui will oversee construction and operation of two coal-fired generators t

    April 6, 2014 02:00 am JST
  • Emerging Asia's money: a treasure trove untouched

    SINGAPORE -- After buying the Cardiff City Football Club in 2010, Malaysian tycoon Vincent Tan decided to rebrand the U.K. soccer team with a bit of inspiration drawn from his Chinese roots. Jerseys were changed from the time-honored blue to red and

    April 5, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • Myanmar's (not quite) free media

    YANGON -- After five decades of strict censorship and official suppression, Myanmar's media are, ironically, now considered freer than their counterparts in neighboring Malaysia, Laos, Vietnam and the Philippines, according to media watchdog organiz

    April 4, 2014 08:20 pm JST
  • Manila Water eyes Myanmar market

    MANILA -- Manila Water wants to take its water distribution services to Myanmar. Philippine companies have a growing interest in Myanmar, which is rebuilding after decades of isolation. The Yangon City Development Committee, the infrastructure a

    April 4, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Springtime appears over for Myanmar newspapers

    YANGON -- The Myanmar Freedom Daily, a privately owned English-language newspaper, has suspended operations, revealing the dire state of journalism in the Southeast Asian nation. The Myanmar Freedom Daily has been a leading pro-democracy newspa

    April 4, 2014 01:00 pm JST