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  • Renaud Egreteau

    Myanmar's legislative agenda slowed by parliamentary schedule

    A key element of Myanmar's emergence from decades of military rule has been the need for new or revised legislation. Yet, sessions of Myanmar's national Union parliament have been interrupted at least four times since April 1 last year by holidays a

    May 6, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • ASEAN summit underscores dearth of leadership

    MANILA -- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations observed its 50th anniversary with a summit that failed to yield a united front against Beijing on the South China Sea territorial disputes, a comedown for an organization once steered by strong f

    May 6, 2017 04:10 am JST
  • The case for a truly international Asian infrastructure summit

    TOKYO -- The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the Asian Development Bank are widely seen as competitors in shaping a new world order. The former, sponsored by China, has already outstripped the membership of the latter, backed by Japan and t

    May 5, 2017 05:00 pm JST
  • Myanmar manufacturing PMI down to 52.9 in April

    TOKYO -- The Nikkei Myanmar Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, fell marginally to 52.9 in April from March's 53.1, which was the highest reading since the survey began in December 2015.A reading above 50 indicates economic expansion,

    May 5, 2017 09:30 am JST
  • ASEAN PMI rises to 51.1 in April

    TOKYO -- The Nikkei ASEAN Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, rose to 51.1 in April from 50.9 in March. The rate of improvement was the quickest recorded in 33 months.A reading above 50 indicates economic expansion, while a reading bel

    May 5, 2017 09:30 am JST
  • ADB guides Vietnam, Cambodia to greater growth

    The Asian Development Bank funds physical infrastructure across the region, but unlocking a country's growth potential takes more than roads and railways. That's why in developing countries, the lender also focuses on education and job training, as

    May 4, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • The case for a truly international Asian infrastructure summit

    The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the Asian Development Bank are widely seen as competitors in shaping a new world order. The former, sponsored by China, has already outstripped the membership of the latter, backed by Japan and the U.S. B

    May 4, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • ADB guides Vietnam, Cambodia to greater growth

    The Asian Development Bank funds physical infrastructure across the region, but unlocking a country's growth potential takes more than roads and railways. That's why in developing countries, the lender also focuses on education and job training, as

    May 4, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • ADB chief sees 'even bigger role' for multilateral lenders

    MANILA Asian Development Bank President Takehiko Nakao sees three key ways in which the institution has paved the way for the region's economic emergence. He sat down with The Nikkei to talk about the lender's five-decade track record and what the f

    May 4, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • The ADB faces up to new challenges

    Asia has seen remarkable growth in recent decades, but it still needs to improve power grids, roads, waterworks and other infrastructure, both to sustain that growth and as a result of it. Asian economies also need to attract private-sector capital

    May 4, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Kavi Chongkittavorn: Global disruptions test a soul-searching ASEAN

    The slogan of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations for 2017 -- "Partnering for Change, Engaging the World" -- is telling. It suggests that after 50 years of existence, the group will continue to do what it has always done best: soul-searching.

    May 4, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Southeast Asian summit statement packs less of a punch on China

    MANILA The Association of Southeast Asian Nations is celebrating 50 years of togetherness this year, but the focus at its latest summit was how the bloc would handle an issue that divides its members: territorial friction with Beijing in the South C

    May 4, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Metawater to help save electricity at Cambodian water plant

    TOKYO -- Metawater will provide its power-saving inverter technology to a water treatment plant in Cambodia's capital through an arrangement that will help the Japanese government earn carbon reduction credits.The inverter equipment, which controls

    May 4, 2017 05:21 am JST
  • Anthony Davis

    Glimmers of hope amid southern Thailand violence

    Fresh waves of insurgent mayhem have been roiling the border provinces of southern Thailand in recent weeks, refocusing national attention on the chronically troubled region and embarrassing the country's military-led government. But amid the explos

    May 3, 2017 08:00 pm JST
  • ADB to launch infrastructure project referee program

    MANILA -- The Asian Development Bank plans to start a program to mediate conflicts between public and private sector entities in Asia's infrastructure developments. The bank will announce the program at its annual meeting, which starts Thursday in Y

    May 3, 2017 04:00 pm JST
  • The ADB faces up to new challenges

    TOKYO -- Asia has seen remarkable growth in recent decades, but it still needs to improve power grids, roads, waterworks and other infrastructure, both to sustain that growth and as a result of it. Asian economies also need to attract private-sector

    May 3, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • Interview

    ADB chief sees 'even bigger role' for multilateral lenders

    MANILA -- Asian Development Bank President Takehiko Nakao sees three key ways in which the institution has paved the way for the region's economic emergence. He sat down with The Nikkei to talk about the lender's five-decade track record and what th

    May 3, 2017 12:20 pm JST
  • Aeon plans wave of store openings in emerging Asia

    TOKYO -- Japanese retailer Aeon is preparing to open more small grocery stores in burgeoning Asian economies such as Cambodia and Vietnam, which have been growing at a 6%-plus clip in recent years. The company plans to open 30 stores in Cambodia, i

    May 1, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • ASEAN makes concession to China

    MANILA -- In a nod to Beijing's lobbying, Southeast Asian leaders concluded a summit here on Saturday by avoiding references to China's island-building in the South China Sea and to a landmark arbitration ruling that rendered such projects illegal.T

    April 30, 2017 12:15 pm JST
  • ASEAN summit opens with concerns over threats to peace, stability

    MANILA (Kyodo) -- Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations kicked off their summit Saturday with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte expressing concerns over threats to regional peace and stability, while also stressing the need to tac

    April 29, 2017 04:08 pm JST