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  • Suu Kyi's silence on Muslim adviser's murder raises eyebrows

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    YANGON -- The conspicuous silence by Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi on the murder of a key Muslim adviser has raised questions about her willingness to address the country's religious divisions and stand up to the nation's powerful milit

    February 6, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • Exclusive

    China and Japan set for another high-speed railway fight

    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.Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, Thailand's transport minister, to

    February 6, 2017 01:00 am JST
  • It will be many tomorrows before Myanmar can listen to yesterday

    SHAN, Myanmar -- Driving through rural areas of Myanmar's northeastern state of Shan, one sees a number of stupas, each about 10 meters high. The Kakku Pagodas -- some 2,500 towers standing close together in long rows on a square field -- are becomi

    February 5, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • Transparency not what Yangon's property market ordered

    The real estate market is stagnating here in Yangon, dragged down by market saturation and a government that got temporarily stingy with building permits.The Yankin Township, north of Yangon, is one of the country's most developed areas. In 2015, a

    February 4, 2017 04:00 pm JST
  • Saving the historic Excelsior tops the bill in Yangon

    Hollywood star Douglas Fairbanks was accustomed to adulation, but even he was overwhelmed by the reception when he arrived in Yangon, then called Rangoon, in March 1931.Fairbanks, who was on a tour through Asia, was in Burma, now Myanmar, on his way

    February 3, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • Protectionism could hurt Asia, warns IMF official

    TOKYO -- Rising protectionism among developed countries is a threat to prosperity in Asia, a deputy managing director of the International Monetary Fund warned Thursday.Mitsuhiro Furusawa spoke at an international conference hosted here by the IMF a

    February 3, 2017 07:05 am JST
  • Nay Yan Oo

    How the US could leverage Myanmar ties

    For those who hailed Washington's recent Myanmar policy a success, the fate of U.S. relations with the former pariah state became a pressing question with the advent of the Trump administration. Some now wonder if the positive aspects of U.S. engage

    February 3, 2017 12:20 am JST
  • As America retreats, Asia is the last hope for free trade

    TOKYO Fukunari Kimura, a professor at Keio University and an expert in Asian trade, indicated in a Nikkei interview that the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, a proposed free trade agreement, should be a stronghold of free trade, since th

    February 2, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • The attractive niche of Yangon's heritage buildings

    YANGON Scott Hostel, on 31st Street in downtown Yangon, offers arguably one of the best deals in Myanmar these days. Prices at the nine-room establishment range from $10 to $15 a night, with free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, and a bar and rooftop smoking

    February 2, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • ASEAN PMI rises to 50.0 in January

    TOKYO -- The Nikkei ASEAN Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, marked 50.0 in January, showing manufacturing operating conditions were unchanged from a month ago. December's PMI was 49.4.A reading above 50 indicates economic expansion,

    February 2, 2017 09:30 am JST
  • Myanmar PMI returns to growth in January

    TOKYO -- The Nikkei Myanmar Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, rose to 51.7 in January from 49.4 in December, marking the highest reading in 12 months.A reading above 50 indicates economic expansion, while a reading below 50 points to

    February 1, 2017 09:30 am JST
  • ADB eyes greater role in Myanmar road, port projects

    MANILA -- The Asian Development Bank will help Myanmar modernize its transportation infrastructure, such as roads and ports, seeing public-private partnerships as key to promoting projects.The Manila-based multilateral lender will serve as an advise

    February 1, 2017 07:00 am JST
  • Nobuko Kobayashi

    What happens when Asia's low labor cost model is disrupted?

    At the recent World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, there was an undeniable sense of unease despite the bright sunshine and ever-flowing champagne.The 3,000 or so business and political elites gathered in the Alpine splendor had to not only fa

    January 31, 2017 03:00 pm JST
  • Southeast Asia reforms customs rules to boost trade

    BANGKOK -- Southeast Asian countries are working to reform customs systems in a bid to boost trade.Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are mostly ranked low in the latest global ranking of logistics efficiency by the World Bank, ba

    January 30, 2017 03:10 pm JST
  • Prominent ruling party lawyer shot dead at Yangon airport

    CHIANG MAI, Thailand -- A prominent lawyer and legal adviser to Myanmar's ruling party was shot dead along with a taxi driver outside Yangon's international airport on Sunday, just after returning from a government-sponsored visit to Indonesia. The

    January 30, 2017 05:05 am JST
  • Myanmar ruling party lawyer shot dead at Yangon airport

    YANGON (Reuters) -- A legal adviser for Myanmar's ruling National League for Democracy was shot dead outside the country's busiest airport on Sunday after returning from a government-led trip to Indonesia.An unidentified lone gunman killed the veter

    January 29, 2017 09:57 pm JST
  • Tea Leaves

    Paradise lost: Is Asia destroying its cultural heritage?

    On a recent return to Phnom Penh after several years' absence, I lapsed into moments of extreme disorientation. Where was the city I had known and loved, even amid the tragedy of the Cambodian war that I covered as a journalist in the 1970s? Where w

    January 27, 2017 01:30 pm JST
  • Rohingya crisis is another headache for ASEAN

    KUALA LUMPUR Diplomatic spats are rare in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations; member states tend to refrain from commenting on one another's internal affairs.But the recent clash between Malaysia and Myanmar over the Rohingya issue has chall

    January 26, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Paradise lost: Is Asia destroying its cultural heritage?

    On a recent return to Phnom Penh after several years' absence, I lapsed into moments of extreme disorientation. Where was the city I had known and loved, even amid the tragedy of the Cambodian war that I covered as a journalist in the 1970s? Where w

    January 26, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Chit Win

    On the buses in Yangon, problems reflect transition issues

    After the excitement of Myanmar's 2015 general election, when Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy won a sweeping victory, the fledgling government stepped up efforts to transform Myanmar from autocratic military rule to democratic accou

    January 25, 2017 08:32 pm JST