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  • Cambodia passes law enabling dissolution of political parties

    PHNOM PENH -- Cambodia's national assembly approved Monday a legislative amendment enabling the dissolution of any party deemed to be a threat to national security -- without a clear definition of what might constitute such a threat.Only 66 members

    February 21, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • Soe Thane

    Myanmar needs policy continuity to succeed

    Democracy means that governments may change. Policies may change. But as we have learned in Myanmar, a good degree of policy continuity is essential if economies are to develop and new democracies are to become stable.If we look back over recent dec

    February 20, 2017 05:00 pm JST
  • ASEAN prepares to gauge the Trump effect

    BORACAY ISLAND, Philippines -- The first major meeting of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) ministers this year will provide a window on the regional reaction to shifts expected in U.S. foreign policy following President Donald Trump's

    February 19, 2017 10:35 pm JST
  • Jolie premieres film on Khmer Rouge horrors

    SIEM REAP, Cambodia - Hollywood actress-turned-director Angeline Jolie launched her new film portraying the horrors of the Khmer Rouge regime on Saturday night amid the ancient temples of Angkor, western Cambodia. For Jolie, 41, it capped a personal

    February 19, 2017 04:30 pm JST
  • Vietnam to legalize gambling by locals next month

    HANOI -- Vietnam will lift its ban on gambling next month, allowing citizens to stake their fortunes at casinos and bet on soccer games, horse races, dog races and other sports.The move is aimed at stemming a massive outflow of money through oversea

    February 17, 2017 05:00 pm JST
  • Myanmar by-elections test government support

    YANGON -- Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy government are gearing up for their first electoral test since taking power last year, with April 1 by-elections looming for a small number of parliamentary s

    February 17, 2017 04:00 pm JST
  • Ground broken on massive mixed-use complex in Yangon

    YANGON -- Construction began here Thursday on a roughly $700 million project led by Myanmar real estate developer Yoma Strategic Holdings and Japanese trading house Mitsubishi Corp.The commercial-residential complex will be the largest real estate i

    February 17, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • Bringing the joy of reading in rural Laos

    LUANG PRABANG, Laos "'Lao people don't read,' that's what people said," said Khamla Panyasouk, commenting on the reaction of his countrymen back in 2006 when he started a publishing venture aimed at taking children's books to rural villages.A Januar

    February 16, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Japan and China battle for rail projects in Southeast Asia

    BANGKOK Thailand and Malaysia are set to start talks on the construction of a 1,500km high-speed railway that would connect the two countries' capitals and enhance regional connectivity. If it goes forward, the project would also set the stage for a

    February 16, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • New Myanmar telecom plans 5,000 base stations by 2018 debut

    YANGON -- Myanmar's new cellphone carrier will install a network of 5,000 base stations before it commences service in early 2018, the company's chief external relations officer has told The Nikkei.Zaw Min Oo said Myanmar National Tele & Communicati

    February 16, 2017 03:19 am JST
  • Sompo Japan makes foray into Laos

    BANGKOK -- Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance has entered into a comprehensive partnership with Lao-Viet Insurance, Laos' second-largest nonlife insurer.Lao-Viet is a joint business of two state-backed banks: the Bank for Investment and Development of

    February 14, 2017 07:01 am JST
  • Kirin to exit Brazil, sell business to Heineken

    TOKYO -- Kirin Holdings has agreed to sell its struggling Brazilian beer and soft drink business to Heineken International for about 77 billion yen ($676 million), the Japanese company said Monday.The Dutch company's local subsidiary Bavaria will ta

    February 14, 2017 05:55 am JST
  • Interview

    Cambodia's Sam Rainsy throws politics into disarray

    MELBOURNE -- Cambodia's longtime opposition leader Sam Rainsy said his snap weekend decision to resign was made in secret so it would serve as a pre-emptive blow to government plans to use his leadership as a pretext to dissolve his party.The Cambod

    February 13, 2017 08:08 pm JST
  • Asia's Standouts

    From rapper to Myanmar lawmaker

    YANGON -- Myanmar's parliament building, constructed by the former military junta in capital city Naypyitaw, is so gorgeous it could be mistaken for a palace. The lawmakers attending sessions there have become more diverse along with progress in dem

    February 13, 2017 08:00 pm JST
  • Rohingya Crisis -- Dark New Dimensions

    Chilling developments in Rohingya crisis put Myanmar in hot seat

    SITTWE, Myanmar -- Before dawn on Oct. 9, several hundred Muslim men gathered in northern Rakhine State to wage attacks on police posts near the border with Bangladesh. Armed with crude weapons and about 30 ageing firearms, they raided three posts a

    February 11, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • Exclusive

    Kirin to drink up another Myanmar brewery

    TOKYO -- Kirin Holdings plans to buy Mandalay Brewery of Myanmar for an estimated several hundred million yen in its latest push to strengthen its presence in the Asia-Oceania region.Mandalay Brewery, based in the northern city of Mandalay, is the c

    February 11, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • Joshua Kurlantzick

    Troubling legacy of a forgotten war haunts Laos

    In 1961, with virtually no public notice, the U.S. government launched Operation Momentum, which would become the largest covert paramilitary campaign in U.S. history. It was initially a plan to arm and train anti-communist irregulars, mostly ethnic

    February 10, 2017 07:47 pm JST
  • Peninsula hotel operator presses onward to new frontiers

    HONG KONG -- The operator of Peninsula luxury hotels is set to expand into Myanmar and Turkey, sticking with its signature formula of operating in the best of the best locations.Thanks to this strategy, Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels has managed to ke

    February 10, 2017 05:00 pm JST
  • Cambodian casino operator raises bet on Chinese market

    HONG KONG -- NagaCorp, which holds a casino monopoly in Phnom Penh, is doubling down on the Chinese market, despite that country's slowing economy and continuing corruption crackdown."Ultimately what we would love to do is control all Chinese visita

    February 9, 2017 10:39 pm JST
  • Rohingya Crisis -- Dark New Dimensions

    Embattled Suu Kyi crafts a 'fightback' strategy

    YANGON -- Stung by international criticism of military abuses in Rakhine State and by domestic complaints over the slow pace of reform, Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi is crafting what could be termed a "fightback" strategy. Among the ste

    February 9, 2017 07:00 pm JST