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  • Shangri-La Dialogue focuses on terrorism in SE Asia

    SINGAPORE -- In the wake of the Manchester and London attacks, pipe bombs in Bangkok, suicide bombings in Jakarta, and a besieged city in the southern Philippines, Southeast Asian nations harbor few doubts about the likelihood of more terrorism ahea

    June 4, 2017 09:13 pm JST
  • Sake boom lands in Southeast Asia

    BANGKOK/YANGON -- Japanese sake is increasingly going global, and it is now catching on in Southeast Asia, prompting one midsize brewer to launch a new operation base in Thailand's capital. Akana Sake Brewing, based in the town of Iinan in the weste

    June 4, 2017 09:00 am JST
  • Mobile money flourishing in Myanmar

    YANGON -- For a population used to carrying wads of cash stuffed in pockets, purses and wallets, mobile money has the potential in Myanmar to dislodge paper as the main means to make payments and remittances. Mobile money is a fintech service that e

    June 4, 2017 08:00 am JST
  • Phnom Penh sees huge final campaign rallies ahead of crucial elections

    PHNOM PENH -- Hundreds of thousands of Cambodians braved scorching sun in the capital on Friday to cheer Prime Minister Hun Sen and opposition leader Kem Sokha on the final day of campaigning ahead of Sunday (June 4) when strongly contested commune,

    June 4, 2017 12:36 am JST
  • ASEAN PMI falls to 50.5 in May

    TOKYO -- The Nikkei ASEAN Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, fell to 50.5 in May from 51.1 in April.A reading above 50 indicates economic expansion, while a reading below 50 points toward contraction.Latest data indicated that only fo

    June 2, 2017 09:30 am JST
  • Myanmar manufacturing PMI falls to 52.0 in May

    TOKYO -- The Nikkei Myanmar Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, fell to 52.0 in May from 52.9 in April.A reading above 50 indicates economic expansion, while a reading below 50 points toward contraction. The latest figure marked the fi

    June 1, 2017 09:30 am JST
  • Richard Horsey

    Myanmar's peace conference leaves talks on uncertain path

    By most standards -- and against very low expectations ahead of the event -- Myanmar's latest round of peace talks between May 24 and 29 made good progress. Following a deal brokered by China on the eve of the conference, many more armed groups came

    May 31, 2017 09:23 pm JST
  • Big 4G push to drive Myanmar's smartphone use

    YANGON -- Smartphone use in Myanmar is getting a major boost as the country's largest mobile carrier has bumped up the wireless data transmission speed in major cities, paving the way for more fluid video viewing.The government-affiliated Myanma Pos

    May 31, 2017 03:00 pm JST
  • Cambodia's local elections seen as national test run

    PHNOM KROM, Cambodia -- Cambodians will vote on June 4 in municipal, or commune, elections widely seen as a gauge for how the both the ruling and opposition parties will fare in national elections scheduled for next year.Twelve parties are vying for

    May 31, 2017 02:30 pm JST
  • Myanmar's AYA Bank lowers barrier to Visa card

    YANGON -- Myanmar's Ayeyarwady Bank, also known as AYA Bank, announced on Tuesday that it will start issuing Visa cards to a wider customer base.The bank will issue three types of credit cards -- silver, gold and platinum. The most accessible card r

    May 31, 2017 12:16 pm JST
  • Myanmar faces onslaught of social media fake news

    YANGON -- Deliberate distribution of false news is hardly a problem only in the developed world. As government agencies and corporations widely use Facebook as their official information channel here, fake posts present even a bigger challenge for t

    May 30, 2017 03:12 pm JST
  • Myanmar ethnic groups partially agree on federal state principles

    NAYPYITAW -- Representatives from the Myanmar government, military and eight armed ethnic groups reached agreements on various matters of contention, including the basic principles for establishing a democratic federal system that would give the gro

    May 30, 2017 12:24 am JST
  • New recipe for Cambodia's restaurants

    PHNOM PENH -- It is one of Asia's most unusual commutes. Once a week, Titi Vuthi drives his small "La Fattoria" refrigerated truck nearly five hours each way from Siem Reap to the Thai border, often waiting through the night for the customs office t

    May 28, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • Myanmar sends mixed message to foreign investors

    TOKYO -- Myanmar may be courting foreign businesses by asking them to set up shop in its special economic zone, but its broader reforms have disappointed some outside observers.The Thilawa Special Economic Zone is Myanmar's sole free trade district.

    May 27, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • Suu Kyi meets with ethnic armed group, hoping to break deadlock in talks

    NAYPYIDAW -- State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, the de facto leader of Myanmar, met with representatives of seven ethnic minority groups at her official residence here on Friday. The meeting was described as "personal" by Zaw Htay, a spokesman for th

    May 27, 2017 12:16 am JST
  • East Asian workers remarkably disengaged

    TOKYO -- Workers in East Asia are much less engaged in their jobs than their counterparts in the rest of the world, a recent survey by Gallup shows. Experts say East Asian companies need to alter their management styles before disengaged workforces

    May 25, 2017 10:40 pm JST
  • Booming Southeast Asian vehicle sales drive urban congestion

    JAKARTA -- Vehicle sales in Southeast Asia are set to outpace all other regions of the world during 2017, according to industry research, highlighting surging economic expansion in some parts of the region.But the growing number of new cars and truc

    May 25, 2017 05:00 pm JST
  • Myanmar's monument to myth

    Amid the fertile landscape of Bagan stands the Nan Myint tower, home to a restaurant and viewing platform for travelers to one of Myanmar's most popular tourist destinations. From its apex, it is possible to survey scores of temples left by the Paga

    May 25, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Tea Leaves

    Myanmar's monument to myth

    Amid the fertile landscape of Bagan stands the Nan Myint tower, home to a restaurant and viewing platform for travelers to one of Myanmar's most popular tourist destinations. From its apex, it is possible to survey scores of temples left by the Paga

    May 25, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • KFC seeks second serving in Myanmar with Mandalay expansion

    YANGON -- U.S. chicken chain KFC will bring its sizzle to a second city in Myanmar, adding Mandalay to its 12 locations here as fast-food culture spreads, especially among the nation's young people.KFC, operated in Myanmar by the conglomerate Yoma S

    May 24, 2017 12:30 am JST