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  • Yangon developer looks to cash in on loop line improvements

    YANGON -- The Japanese trains trundling along the line that loops around Myanmar's commercial capital, Yangon, are a throwback to an earlier era and a far cry from the modern carriages that whiz through Tokyo.But improvements to the Yangon Circular

    January 21, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • Coal backlash creates energy dilemma in Southeast Asia

    BANGKOK -- Southeast Asian governments are finding themselves caught between pressure to meet regional power demands and backlash from citizens fearing the environmental effects of coal-fired electrical plants.How these growing economies will resolv

    January 19, 2018 07:00 am JST
  • Thailand's PTT, Shell chase 49% of Vietnamese distributor PV Oil

    HO CHI MINH CITY -- PetroVietnam Oil, the distribution arm of Vietnam National Oil and Gas Group, is to debut 20% of its outstanding shares on the Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange on Jan. 25, with Anglo-Dutch concern Shell and Thailand's PTT among po

    January 19, 2018 01:06 am JST
  • Russia courts Southeast Asian leaders with authoritarian streaks

    BANGKOK A quarter of a century after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia is back in Southeast Asia, where creeping authoritarianism is giving Moscow room to maneuver.A prime example is Cambodia, where the biggest opposition party has been force

    January 18, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • Appreciating the best of Cambodia, and hoping for better

    Cambodia's tourism ministry likes to describe the country as the "kingdom of wonder." As a resident, living and experiencing Cambodia daily, it is a slogan that resonates with more meaning than the ministry might suspect.There are many Cambodian "wo

    January 18, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • Robert Templer: The Rohingya refugee crisis is taking its toll on Bangladesh's poorest

    From any vantage point in the Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh, a landscape of human misery stretches to the horizon. Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya are now packed into bamboo and plastic shacks in one of the world's largest refugee camps --

    January 18, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • Tea Leaves

    Appreciating the best of Cambodia, and hoping for better

    Cambodia's tourism ministry likes to describe the country as the "kingdom of wonder." As a resident, living and experiencing Cambodia daily, it is a slogan that resonates with more meaning than the ministry might suspect.There are many Cambodian "wo

    January 18, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • Myanmar and Bangladesh set 2-year goal for Rohingya return

    YANGON -- Myanmar and Bangladesh seek to repatriate the Rohingya villagers who have fled the Southeast Asian country within two years, the two governments agreed Tuesday, marking the first firm goal agreed to for resolving the refugee crisis.A state

    January 17, 2018 03:14 am JST
  • Japan stands by Myanmar, lest China gain favor

    TOKYO -- Japan has continued plying Myanmar with economic aid even as the Southeast Asian nation's treatment of its Rohingya Muslim minority has stirred international backlash, choosing the threat of condemnation over the risk of China taking over a

    January 16, 2018 02:54 pm JST
  • Asia Insight

    Russia courts Southeast Asian partners with authoritarian streaks

    BANGKOK/TOKYO -- A quarter of a century after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia is back in Southeast Asia, where creeping authoritarianism is giving Moscow room to maneuver.A prime example is Cambodia, where the biggest opposition party has b

    January 16, 2018 01:15 pm JST
  • Made-in Japan cake exports satisfy Southeast Asia's sweet tooth

    A weekend afternoon at Chateraise, a pastry shop located in a Singapore shopping center, brings the usual stream of customers. "Which cake do you want? The new ones look delicious, too." People stare at the glass display case, trying to decide which

    January 16, 2018 12:10 pm JST
  • Simon Tay and Cheryl Tan

    Singapore goes for quiet ASEAN diplomacy

    Singapore is settling into its one-year rotating chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations at a time when the region's economic growth is outperforming the world. But the possibility of unpredictable political and economic changes b

    January 16, 2018 11:47 am JST
  • Asian philanthropists can potentially give twice as much as US

    TOKYO -- Thanks to rapid economic growth, personal wealth in Asia is at an all-time high, with more billionaires in the region now than anywhere else in the world. But have charitable donations grown proportionally to the region's wealth? The answer

    January 16, 2018 08:00 am JST
  • Myanmar steps up preparations for return of Rohingya refugees

    MAUNGDAW, Myanmar -- There was plenty of evidence of chaos and destruction on a recent visit to the village of Pan Taw Pyin in Maungdaw district, in Myanmar's northern Rakhine State. Heaps of smashed wood and ash lay scattered all around. Little mor

    January 15, 2018 09:09 pm JST
  • Philippines shuts down news site critical of Duterte

    MANILA -- The Philippine securities regulator has shut down online news website Rappler for what it claimed to be a breach of foreign ownership laws, but the portal called the move "pure and simple harassment."The Securities and Exchange Commission,

    January 15, 2018 08:44 pm JST
  • Lauren Compere

    Socially responsible Asian companies are a better bet

    Asia's leading economies were in the grip of the worst financial crisis in decades 20 years ago, with stock markets in the four so-called Tiger economies in freefall. At around the same time, investors elsewhere were taking the first steps to integr

    January 15, 2018 11:30 am JST
  • Japan's foreign minister visits Myanmar Rohingya villages

    RAKHINE, Myanmar -- Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono visited Myanmar's Rakhine state on Saturday after meeting with the country's de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, in the capital of Naypyitaw a day earlier.About 650,000 Rohingya have fled the wes

    January 14, 2018 01:30 am JST
  • Japan offers $23m in fresh aid for Rohingya refugees

    YANGON -- The Japanese government will provide an additional $23 million to help repatriate Rohingya Muslims who have fled Myanmar, Foreign Minister Taro Kono said Friday in a meeting with Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi.Kono and Suu Kyi,

    January 13, 2018 02:53 am JST
  • Lex Rieffel

    Myanmar economy grows despite refugee crisis

    For people in the West, Myanmar appears to be a mess. Yet, for many in Asia, it still beckons as a land of opportunity.Western media remain focused on the ethnic cleansing operation against the Muslim Rohingya community launched by the government's

    January 12, 2018 12:34 pm JST
  • Flashing cash, China spearheads Mekong economic integration

    BANGKOK -- Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang used a visit to Cambodia this week to strengthen China-led economic integration across mainland Southeast Asia.Li celebrated his embrace of multilateralism with an op-ed penned specially for a Cambodian n

    January 12, 2018 11:30 am JST