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  • Myanmar opens Thilawa SEZ to foreign insurers

    YANGON -- Myanmar is opening up its Thilawa special economic zone near Yangon to international insurance companies -- part of a market liberalization effort expected to gain momentum this year.The government does not allow foreign insurers to offer

    March 27, 2017 08:05 pm JST
  • Myanmar's stock exchange struggles a year after launch

    YANGON -- Housed in a stately colonial building at the heart of Myanmar's financial district sits the Yangon Stock Exchange, which amid great expectations opened its doors as the country's first bourse a year ago this month.Fast forward to today, an

    March 27, 2017 08:00 am JST
  • Cambodia's LGBT community struggles for identity

    PHNOM PENH -- Sou Sotheavy has been sitting for barely 30 minutes when she lights a third cigarette, apparently unconcerned about the recent heart problems she has suffered."In 1978, I was forced to get married to a woman," recalls 77-year-old Sothe

    March 26, 2017 06:15 pm JST
  • Microinsurance closes gaps in social safety nets

    TOKYO "I was very worried [about the hospital bill] because my father was in [intensive care] for a long time," said Sheryl Tan, recalling the two painful months leading up to her father's death last year. "So I was relieved when I heard that Medi

    March 26, 2017 04:30 pm JST
  • Insurers help to pay for Asia's infrastructure needs

    BANGKOK -- A recent $150 million refurbishment of two decades-old geothermal power plants on the Philippine island of Luzon may sound like just another project aimed at overcoming the country's severe electricity shortages. But, for Asia's insurance

    March 26, 2017 01:40 am JST
  • Tony Nash

    Keeping Myanmar's lights on

    Myanmar is one of the world's fastest growing economies, with projected annual growth of 7.8% in gross domestic product for the financial year to March 31 2017, according to the World Bank. Only those who have not spent time with its overwhelmingly

    March 25, 2017 07:30 pm JST
  • UN to look into alleged human rights violations in Myanmar

    UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations' Human Rights Council adopted a resolution Friday in Geneva to "urgently dispatch an independent international fact-finding mission" into alleged human rights violations in Myanmar.Passing without a vote, the doc

    March 25, 2017 06:38 am JST
  • Interest rate cap rattles Cambodia's microfinance industry

    PHNOM PENH -- A recent decision by the National Bank of Cambodia to impose an interest rate cap on loans provided by microfinance lenders has prompted fears that low-income Cambodians, who often depend on small borrowings to stay afloat, will be hit

    March 24, 2017 06:30 pm JST
  • Japan seeks out more global infrastructure projects

    TOKYO -- Japan's transport ministry is keeping an eye on 22 additional overseas projects, such as plans for an urban railway in Bangkok and a subway in Manila, for the next three to four years as part of its push to export infrastructure.The Japanes

    March 24, 2017 06:20 am JST
  • Michael Vatikiotis

    ASEAN at 50: Uncertain times call for smart diplomacy

    As the Association of Southeast Asian Nations celebrates its 50th anniversary, the complexity of the internal and external environment is severely testing its approach to cooperative security that rests, above all, on preserving the sovereignty of e

    March 23, 2017 09:40 pm JST
  • Myanmar President Htin Kyaw takes back-seat role

    YANGON -- State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi is increasingly wielding power in Myanmar, with President Htin Kyaw helping her behind the scenes.On Feb. 19, a helicopter carrying Htin Kyaw landed at the airport in the mountainous western state of Chin.

    March 23, 2017 06:40 pm JST
  • Insurance promises Asia much more than peace of mind

    TOKYO Trinh Pham, a 25-year-old office worker in Ho Chi Minh City, vividly remembers the day she decided to join an insurance program."My colleague suddenly passed away three months ago with colorectal cancer," she said. "I felt so sorry for him and

    March 23, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • ASEAN finds free trade a tougher sell in today's environment

    SINGAPORE -- People become aware of the divine power of a mantra only when they no longer hear it.People have been hearing world leaders inveigh against protectionism after official meetings for so long that they barely took notice. But the communiq

    March 23, 2017 11:30 am JST
  • Insurance promises Asia much more than peace of mind

    TOKYO Trinh Pham, a 25-year-old office worker in Ho Chi Minh City, vividly remembers the day she decided to join an insurance program."My colleague suddenly passed away three months ago with colorectal cancer," she said. "I felt so sorry for him and

    March 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Insurers help to pay for Asia's infrastructure needs

    BANGKOK A recent $150 million refurbishment of two decades-old geothermal power plants on the Philippine island of Luzon may sound like just another project aimed at overcoming the country's severe electricity shortages. But, for Asia's insurance co

    March 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Microinsurance closes gaps in social safety nets

    TOKYO "I was very worried [about the hospital bill] because my father was in [intensive care] for a long time," said Sheryl Tan, recalling the two painful months leading up to her father's death last year. "So I was relieved when I heard that Medi

    March 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • ASEAN finds free trade a tougher sell in today's environment

    SINGAPORE People become aware of the divine power of a mantra only when they no longer hear it.People have been hearing world leaders inveigh against protectionism after official meetings for so long that they barely took notice. But the communique

    March 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • A Yangon art festival points to the city's past -- and future

    YANGON It is almost impossible to walk through the streets of downtown Yangon without having one's aesthetic sensibilities stirred, at least a little.Many grand colonial buildings are crumbling relics of their former glory, and the golden glow of th

    March 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Noah Kittner and Kensuke Yamaguchi

    Hydropower threatens peace in Myanmar -- but it doesn't have to

    Myanmar faces a critical moment for investment decision-making. The Barack Obama administration's move to lift sanctions on the Southeast Asian country has opened up new opportunities. But the moves that are made today will send political and econom

    March 22, 2017 03:00 pm JST
  • Derek Mitchell

    Myanmar's government -- time for course correction?

    Myanmar at the end of March will mark the first anniversary of the historic ascension to power of the National League for Democracy under its leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Those who experienced the euphoria after the embattled opposition's landslide vict

    March 21, 2017 08:00 pm JST