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  • Cambodian local elections point to a tight parliamentary race

    PHNOM PENH Preliminary results in Cambodia's June 4 local, or commune, elections indicate a narrow win for Prime Minister Hun Sen's Cambodian People's Party.The CPP took 51% of the popular vote, giving it control of around 1,100 of the country's 1,6

    June 15, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Japan and China tussle over Asian ports

    TOKYO Japan and China are snapping up rights in key Asian ports as they vie for control over a shipping route that is crucial to both their nations' interests.Sihanoukville Autonomous Port, a Cambodian port operator, floated 25% of its shares on the

    June 15, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Cambodia's JC International Air launches Phnom Penh-Kuala Lumpur route

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Cambodia's JC International Air on Tuesday opened a new route linking the country's capital of Phnom Penh and the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur twice a week.The new flights come in addition to twice-daily services offered for the

    June 14, 2017 05:33 pm JST
  • Japan to help ASEAN chill out in food distribution

    TOKYO -- Japan's transport ministry will assist in the development of refrigerated-distribution networks in Southeast Asia to enable the region to meet growing demand for fresh foods, ultimately enhancing opportunities for Japanese businesses.Transp

    June 14, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Japan wants 10,000 Asian elderly care workers in 3 years

    TOKYO -- Japan aims to attract 10,000 Asian interns to its nursing care sector over the next three years to help address the growing labor shortage. The first arrivals will come in November from Vietnam.Last year, the government added nursing care s

    June 13, 2017 07:47 pm JST
  • Duncan McCargo

    Local poll leaves Hun Sen looking vulnerable in 2018 election

    The preliminary results of Cambodia's June 4 local elections for its commune councils offer ambiguous signals for an all-important general election scheduled for July 2018.Much depends on the choice of benchmark. In the 2012 elections for commune co

    June 8, 2017 07:15 pm JST
  • Japan races China to secure Asian port rights

    TOKYO -- Japan and China are snapping up rights in key Asian ports as they vie for control over a shipping route that is crucial to both of their national interests.Sihanoukville Autonomous Port, a major Cambodian port operator, is floating 25% of i

    June 8, 2017 04:30 pm JST
  • Debris from missing Myanmar military aircraft found

    YANGON -- Parts of a Myanmar military aircraft that had been missing since Wednesday afternoon were found in the sea along with 10 bodies, the country's Ministry of Defense said Thursday.The debris and bodies, apparently passengers on the plane, wer

    June 8, 2017 03:59 pm JST
  • Asia manufacturing turns soft as China's construction loses steam

    HONG KONG The recovery of Asian manufacturing proved to be short-lived. Of the 12 economies tracked by The Nikkei across the region, seven registered slower growth and three saw contractions in May. Analysts noted that the downturn has much to do wi

    June 8, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Myanmar looks to ecotourism to employ jobless elephants

    PATHEIN, Myanmar "So, do you want to buy an elephant?" Soe Naing was laughing, but not entirely joking. He owns one of the 2,000 or so elephants facing redundancy since the Myanmar government clamped down last year on the logging industry, in which

    June 8, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Myanmar readies reforms to liberalize insurance market

    NAYPYITAW -- Myanmar intends to release within three months a blueprint for insurance market reforms that include allowing foreign insurers to underwrite and sell policies, the head of state-run Myanma Insurance said here Wednesday.Managing Director

    June 8, 2017 12:53 am JST
  • Insurance grows fastest in May's Asia sector PMI

    TOKYO -- The Nikkei Asia Sector Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, for May showed output growth in 15 of the 19 sectors monitored.Insurance (54.5) marked the sharpest growth, followed by machinery and equipment (54.1), commercial and professional s

    June 7, 2017 09:30 am JST
  • Asia manufacturing turns soft as China's construction loses steam

    HONG KONG -- The recovery of Asian manufacturing proved to be short-lived. Of the 12 economies tracked by The Nikkei across the region, seven registered slower growth and three saw contractions in May. Analysts noted that the downturn has much to do

    June 6, 2017 12:35 pm JST
  • The Future of Asia 2017

    World Bank's Levy calls for new type of globalism

    TOKYO -- Asia should champion a new form of globalism, such as one that facilitates cross-border infrastructure investments, World Bank Managing Director Joaquim Levy said in a speech at the 23rd International Conference on the Future of Asia on Tue

    June 6, 2017 12:21 pm JST
  • The Future of Asia 2017

    South China Sea agreement expected in November: official

    TOKYO -- Asian countries will likely agree on a code of conduct for the South China Sea when regional leaders meet for a summit in November, Philippine Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Policy Enrique Manalo said Monday.Manalo spoke at a panel on t

    June 6, 2017 09:01 am JST
  • Cambodian opposition makes gains in local elections

    PHNOM PENH (Reuters) -- Cambodia's opposition made significant gains in local elections against the ruling party of authoritarian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday, according to the first results.The election for more than 1,600 communes would not me

    June 6, 2017 01:23 am JST
  • The Future of Asia 2017

    Myanmar 'making progress' on peace talks, Rohingya, China ties

    TOKYO -- Myanmar has made significant progress on peace negotiations with ethnic armed groups, and is addressing the problems of the Rohingya Muslim minority, Thaung Tun, the country's national security advisor, told the Nikkei Asian Review on Monda

    June 6, 2017 12:50 am JST
  • Nehginpao Kipgen

    Federalism, peace process on Suu Kyi's Canada agenda

    At the invitation of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Myanmar's State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi is making her first trip to Canada as her country's de facto leader, from June 5 to 9. The two leaders plan to meet on June 7.The meeting is sign

    June 6, 2017 12:41 am JST
  • The Future of Asia 2017

    ASEAN, Beijing building 'good momentum' on South China Sea issue

    TOKYO -- China and the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are making progress on easing territorial tensions in the South China Sea, Laotian Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith said in an interview on Monday.Backed by heavy Chinese

    June 5, 2017 06:39 pm JST
  • The Future of Asia 2017

    Threats to free trade 'cannot be taken lightly,' ASEAN chief warns

    TOKYO -- The chief of Southeast Asia's regional bloc on Monday pushed back against the emerging anti-globalization mood, stressing a commitment to continued economic integration and open trade.Le Luong Minh, a veteran Vietnamese diplomat who became

    June 5, 2017 04:22 pm JST