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  • Vietnam's mobile leader charges into developing economies

    HANOI -- Vietnamese consumers, riding the country's wave of economic growth, have embraced smartphones and other mobile handsets. Now Viettel group, a telecom company run by Vietnam's defense ministry, is looking to use that growth as a springboard

    March 6, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Do you feel lucky?

    YANGON -- Foreign entrepreneurs are flocking to Myanmar as its doors open to outside investors. But while the country may be seeking to modernize, traditional practices endure. Newcomers can quickly find themselves drawn into a world of soothsayers

    March 6, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • India, Myanmar broaden cooperation in infrastructure, energy

    NAYPYIDAW -- India and Myanmar are deepening their economic ties as part of a regional initiative encompassing seven Southeast and South Asian countries, creating an alliance that could serve as a counterweight to China's influence in the country.

    March 5, 2014 05:33 am JST
  • Manufacturers leading foreign investment charge in Myanmar

    YANGON -- Foreign direct investment in Myanmar in the year through March 2014 is forecast to nearly triple from the year before to around $4 billion, with money from foreign investors expected to lift economic growth. Overseas investment in fis

    March 3, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Myanmar expanding ties with Europe to reduce dependence on China

    YANGON -- Myanmar is expanding the scope of its diplomatic outreach in a cautious, well-calculated shift away from its traditional foreign policy focused on relations with China. In seeking to raise its diplomatic profile, Myanmar is capitalizin

    March 2, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • Japan to send 3,000 Japanese language-teaching assistants to ASEAN

    TOKYO -- The Japanese government plans to send at least 3,000 Japanese-language teaching assistants to the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) by 2020. The planned dispatch of Japanese people to Japanese-language educational

    March 1, 2014 08:00 pm JST
  • Shinnihonseiyaku plans medicinal herb production in Myanmar

    TOKYO -- Japanese pharmaceutical company Shinnihonseiyaku will start producing ingredients for Chinese herbal medicines in Myanmar starting in March. The plan is to reduce the growing cost of purchasing such herbs from China and to contribute to Mya

    February 28, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Japan's Recruit Holdings to bring Asian talent to US, Europe

    TOKYO -- Japanese staffing agency Recruit Holdings will start referring Asian personnel to European and American companies next year. The Tokyo-based firm has focused on finding local personnel for Japanese businesses operating in other Asian co

    February 28, 2014 05:31 am JST
  • NTT Data to build account system for Myanmar's central bank

    TOKYO -- The Central Bank of Myanmar has entrusted NTT Data with developing and constructing an account settlement system slated to go into operation late next year. The company concluded a development contract with the bank Thursday as one aspe

    February 28, 2014 03:40 am JST
  • Brahma Chellaney: Energy challenges test water-stressed Asia

    Asia is attracting more attention than ever before, in large part because of its re-emergence after a two-century decline. Amid the world's ever-growing energy focus, Asia's serious energy challenges have driven sharpening oil-and-gas competition th

    February 27, 2014 02:00 pm JST
  • Japan importing more clothes from Asean, less from China

    TOKYO -- Japan is importing a smaller percentage of clothing from China as Japanese manufacturers shift more production to lower-cost countries in Southeast Asia. Made-in-China products accounted for 75.6% of the total value of Japanese clothing

    February 27, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Toyota to enter Myanmar auto market

    YANGON -- Toyota Motor will start selling new vehicles in Myanmar next month, following peers Mitsubishi Motors and Mazda into a market dominated by used cars. The automaker plans to display large sport utility vehicles, such as the Prado, at a

    February 27, 2014 06:43 am JST
  • Myanmar's opening and Japan's resurgence

    Kanreki is the auspicious Japanese term for the 60-year cycle of life. As Japan enters this memorable anniversary of economic assistance to Myanmar that began with war reparations in 1954, the vicissitudes of that relationship, its peaks and troughs

    February 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Energy challenges test water-stressed Asia

    Asia is attracting more attention than ever before, in large part because of its re-emergence after a two-century decline. Amid the world's ever-growing energy focus, Asia's serious energy challenges have driven sharpening oil-and-gas competition th

    February 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Asia's 4G future starts now

    BANGKOK -- Starting this year, millions more people in Myanmar will begin to leapfrog the fixed Internet age. Many will make their first voice call or use the Internet for the first time on mobile devices. At present, Myanmar has a government-co

    February 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Japan, US to bolster ties in assisting Myanmar

    WASHINGTON -- The Japanese and U.S. governments plan to strengthen cooperation in supporting Myanmar to fuel the Southeast Asian nation's economy through official development assistance and to take advantage of the resulting growth. Myanmar is d

    February 26, 2014 02:00 pm JST
  • Japan helping Myanmar reduce blackouts

    YANGON -- Myanmar is getting financial and technical support from Japan to make its creaking power grid more reliable. The power distribution authority here in Myanmar's most populous city has installed blackout-limiting equipment made by Kyoto-

    February 24, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • Vietnam's mobile leader roaming far afield for growth

    HANOI -- Vietnamese consumers, riding the country's wave of economic growth, have embraced smartphones and other mobile handsets with a passion. Now Viettel group, a telecom company run by Vietnam's defense ministry, is looking to use that growth as

    February 24, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • Fading Japan

    TOKYO -- Time was when Japan was so much more economically powerful than any other Asian nation that many reports on the region's economy excluded the Land of the Rising Sun. This was the only way to ensure accurate analyses. But the term "Asia exce

    February 23, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Fading Japan

    TOKYO -- Time was when Japan was so much more economically powerful than any other Asian nation that many reports on the region's economy excluded the Land of the Rising Sun. This was the only way to ensure accurate analyses. But the term "Asia exce

    February 20, 2014 12:00 am JST