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  • Thai prime minister cancels Japan trip

    BANGKOK -- Anti-government protests in Thailand, which show little sign of abatement, are taking a toll on the nation's diplomacy, forcing Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to call off her visit to Japan as planned next week. The government on

    December 7, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • Does Myanmar need new laws?

    Investors arriving in Myanmar are finding not just opportunities but also an antiquated legal system and a chronic lack of local lawyers with any experience acting for international businesses. This has created bottlenecks that are slowing down the

    December 5, 2013 01:00 pm JST
  • JFE to bring Japanese know-how to Myanmar water projects

    TOKYO -- Japan's JFE Holdings is looking to dive headlong into Myanmar's infrastructure development boom by joining hands with local companies to build water and sewage treatment facilities. Unshackled from the tight grip of the military ju

    December 5, 2013 04:26 am JST
  • Myanmar to allow foreign banks to set up wholly owned operations

    YANGON -- Myanmar is moving to allow the first group of foreign banks to set up wholly owned subsidiaries in the country. This could take place as soon as the first quarter of 2014, ahead of the markets' expectations. Banking regulators are preparin

    December 5, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Does Myanmar need new laws?

    Investors arriving in Myanmar are finding not just opportunities but also an antiquated legal system and a chronic lack of local lawyers with any experience acting for international businesses. This has created bottlenecks that are slowing down the

    December 5, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Robust funding demand from foreign firms spurs Myanmar's bank reforms

    YANGON -- Myanmar's plan to allow a handful of foreign banks to set up 100% local subsidiaries will present major opportunities for Japanese and other institutions, with funding demand set to surge from overseas companies entering the rising Southea

    December 4, 2013 02:00 am JST
  • Myanmar to allow foreign banks to set up wholly owned operations

    YANGON -- Myanmar is moving to allow the first group of foreign banks to set up wholly owned subsidiaries in the country. This could take place as soon as the first quarter of 2014, ahead of the markets' expectations. Banking regulators are preparin

    December 3, 2013 08:00 pm JST
  • Differences between Asean states could help bring them together

    As Southeast Asia moves toward economic integration, the region's diversity is generally considered an obstacle. There is another way to look at it: The varying levels of affluence, economic maturity and manpower competitiveness within the Associati

    December 2, 2013 07:00 pm JST
  • Japan ODA to help upgrade Myanmar's main railroad

    TOKYO -- Myanmar and Japan plan to give the main railroad connecting Yangon and the central city of Mandalay a complete makeover. The Japanese government and business community intend to help upgrade about 600km of rail line between largest city Yan

    December 2, 2013 02:00 pm JST
  • Myanmar gives Japan Inc. urban development advantage

    YANGON, Myanmar -- The Myanmar government will set up a joint venture with a Tokyo bank to help Japanese-led urban development projects in the Southeast Asian nation, sources told the Nikkei. The new company, which will be created next spring, w

    December 1, 2013 02:00 am JST
  • Asia can withstand an early Fed taper

    The U.S. economy is holding up better than expected. Job growth has accelerated in recent months, and GDP expanded impressively in the third quarter. The Fed may thus decide to ease up on quantitative easing in the coming months. True, inflation is

    November 28, 2013 01:00 pm JST
  • Myanmar dilemma

    YANGON -- On November 22, the day after the Nikkei Asian Review rolled off the presses in Tokyo, we hosted a seminar and reception event in Yangon to mark the launch of the new English-language, pan-Asian website and journal. After dealing with the

    November 28, 2013 01:00 pm JST
  • Resource crisis threatens Asia's rise

    Asian economies facing a domestic resource crunch are being forced increasingly to rely on imported mineral ores, timber and fossil fuels, bringing international supplies under pressure and triggering price volatility. Yet Asia, paradoxically, is th

    November 28, 2013 01:00 pm JST
  • Myanmar tycoon Serge Pun sees blue skies ahead

    As the largest company group in Myanmar's private sector, Serge Pun & Associates (SPA Group) is a driving force behind the country's economic growth. The group has about 30 firms under its wing -- including a real estate developer, a bank and an air

    November 28, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Myanmar dilemma

    On November 22, the day after the Nikkei Asian Review rolled off the presses in Tokyo, we hosted a seminar and reception event in Yangon to mark the launch of the new English-language, pan-Asian website and journal. After dealing with the inevitable

    November 28, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Asia can withstand an early Fed taper

    The U.S. economy is holding up better than expected. Job growth has accelerated in recent months, and GDP expanded impressively in the third quarter. The Fed may thus decide to ease up on quantitative easing in the coming months. True, inflation is

    November 28, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Resource crisis threatens Asia's rise

    Asian economies facing a domestic resource crunch are being forced increasingly to rely on imported mineral ores, timber and fossil fuels, bringing international supplies under pressure and triggering price volatility. Yet Asia, paradoxically, is th

    November 28, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Aeon looks beyond Japan for promising leaders

    TOKYO -- Aeon has high hopes for employees like In Chandara. As the retail giant looks to accelerate its Asia-centered growth, it is recruiting and nurturing more non-Japanese talent with an eye toward grooming them for leadership positions. Cha

    November 26, 2013 01:00 pm JST
  • Toray 'sewing' seeds of growth in Asia, Brazil

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- Leading Japanese synthetic fiber maker Toray Industries is expanding its overseas sewing operations to capitalize on growing demand for clothing in emerging economies. The company will build new plants in Myanmar and other coun

    November 25, 2013 01:00 pm JST
  • Panelists tout Myanmar, Japan as partners in growth

    YANGON (Nikkei) -- More partnerships between Myanmar and corporate Japan could help one of Asia's most promising economies come into its own as a driver of regional growth, speakers at an event organized by Nikkei Inc. said Friday. The seminar,

    November 23, 2013 07:00 am JST