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  • 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
  • Honda's business jet spreads wings to Southeast Asia

    TOKYO -- Honda Motor will begin selling its business jet in several Southeast Asian markets to capitalize on the region's economic growth, the Japanese automaker said Monday.Honda tapped Thai Aerospace Services as its first-ever HondaJet dealer in S

    May 23, 2017 12:02 am JST
  • 16 Asia-Pacific nations agree to conclude free trade talks soon

    HANOI (Kyodo) -- Ministers from 16 Asia-Pacific countries agreed Monday in Hanoi to conclude a regional free trade deal swiftly, with their joint statement expressing their hope to strike a deal by the end of this year, which falls in the "milestone

    May 22, 2017 11:11 pm JST
  • Ashley South

    Divergent strategies behind Myanmar's peace process

    On May 24 the Myanmar government, led by State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy, will convene a third meeting of ethnic, military and government leaders under the banner of the Union Peace Conference in the capital, Naypyit

    May 22, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • Cambodian contemporary art comes of age

    PHNOM PENH -- Abstract expression, that nihilist art from 1950s New York, is alive and well -- in Cambodia. Crowds gather regularly in the provincial town of Battambang to witness "live painting" by students who fling colors, glitter, glue, paper sc

    May 21, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Cambodian parties begin election campaign amid crackdown

    PHNOM PENH (Reuters) -- Cambodian parties on Saturday launched campaigns for June 4 local elections against the backdrop of a political crackdown by Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has vowed to stay on after more than three decades in power.Hun Sen's ma

    May 20, 2017 05:15 pm JST
  • Asia-Pacific meeting puts Trump's trade turmoil center stage

    HANOI (Reuters) -- U.S. President Donald Trump's new trade representative held his first face-to-face meetings with some key partners on Saturday as the United States charts an "America First" policy that has upended the old global order and sparked

    May 20, 2017 03:30 pm JST
  • Mattis: North Korea military solution would be 'tragic on an unbelievable scale'

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday that any military solution to the North Korea crisis would be "tragic on an unbelievable scale" and said Washington was working internationally to find a diplomatic solution."W

    May 20, 2017 04:45 am JST
  • Cambodia names business school after AirAsia's Fernandes

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Tony Fernandes, group chief executive of budget carrier AirAsia, is known for naming jets after other people, branding them with their pictures. In the past, former Manchester United footballer Park Ji-sung, and more recently Anaz Ta

    May 19, 2017 09:42 pm JST
  • Shipping shortcuts put Southeast Asia in the express lane

    YANGON/BANGKOK -- New types of cross-border ground shipping services are emerging in Southeast Asia to support the growing multinational production networks here.Many Japanese automotive and electronics companies have supply chains spanning the Grea

    May 19, 2017 01:45 pm JST
  • Better living for Myanmar's gray giants

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

    May 18, 2017 06:00 pm JST
  • Japanese papermaker Oji dives into water treatment

    TOKYO -- Papermaker Oji Holdings is aiming to make a splash in water treatment operations with technology that can slash filtration plants' setup costs and multiply their efficiency, targeting tens of millions of dollars in annual sales across 40 lo

    May 18, 2017 05:50 am JST
  • Southeast Asian millennials confident about region's future

    SINGAPORE -- Southeast Asian millennials are showing strong consumer confidence due to growing affluence, rapid advances in technology and infrastructure, and increased access to education in the region, according to a recent study by Mastercard.The

    May 16, 2017 06:53 pm JST
  • Tiny Italian city hosts Asia's biggest cinema showcase in West

    UDINE, Italy -- Udine is one of northern Italy's most elegant cities, a sleepy charmer at the foot of the Alps with Renaissance arcades and cobblestone piazzas. Every spring it undergoes a transformation, as some of the biggest names in Asian cinema

    May 16, 2017 06:00 pm JST