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  • David I. Steinberg: Myanmar's improbable ascendance: Proceeding at its own pace

    At a recent discussion among Southeast Asian specialists in Washington, one astute observer remarked that Myanmar "is now the most liberal political regime on the Southeast Asian mainland." Even a few years ago, such a statement would have drawn

    July 4, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Luxury car brands charging into Myanmar

    YANGON -- The first Jaguar showroom in Myanmar opened last month on the heels of Mercedes-Benz's debut as the world's automakers look to cash in on the Southeast Asian nation's luxury car market. British automaker Jaguar Land Rover built the 1,0

    July 4, 2014 03:16 am JST
  • Curtain rises in Cambodia for Major Cineplex

    BANGKOK -- Major Cineplex Group has opened its first cinema outside Thailand in the Cambodian capital, and has expansion plans for Myanmar and Laos ahead of the Asean Economic Community at the end of 2015. Valued at 150 million baht ($4.71 milli

    July 3, 2014 07:40 pm JST
  • Aeon will forge own supply chain in Southeast Asia: president

    PHNOM PENH -- As it settles new frontiers of retail in Southeast Asia, Aeon will build a logistics network to compete with rivals on price and selection, President Motoya Okada told The Nikkei. The Japanese group is accelerating its drive into t

    July 3, 2014 02:27 am JST
  • Myanmar telecom bonanza spurs delight, dread

    YANGON -- From remote mountain villages to ramshackle country towns, wireless towers are rising rapidly across Myanmar as the country's new mobile telecommunications system takes shape. But just off bustling Banyar Dala Street in central Yangon, Ma

    July 3, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • China's growing image problem in Myanmar

    YANGON -- When protesters against a copper mine in central Myanmar recently took two Chinese contractors hostage, the incident sparked reports about growing anti-China sentiment in a country long reliant on investment from its giant neighbor. So

    July 3, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Tensions high in Myanmar over constitutional revision

    YANGON -- Political tensions are rising in Myanmar with ruling and opposition forces locked in a fierce dispute over constitutional revision. The largest opposition National League for Democracy has collected signatures from 3.3 million people c

    July 2, 2014 02:10 pm JST
  • What Asia's love of rhino horn means for global security

    If you ever want to buy a secondhand AK-47 and ammunition, it will set you back about $500 on the black market in northern Thailand. Short of cash? Try selling some rhinoceros horn. Just a 500-gram chunk of rhino horn, easily carried in a trouse

    July 2, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Aeon brings the modern mall to Cambodia

    PHNOM PENH -- Japanese retailer Aeon has entered the Cambodian retail market with the launch of a giant shopping mall in a city with little international competition. Aeon Mall Phnom Penh officially opened on June 30. Cambodian Prime Minister Hu

    July 2, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Cambodia's rising middle class meets at country's first mega-mall

    PHNOM PENH -- On a recent Friday afternoon, Cambodian businessman So Raingsey walked through the ground floor of the country's first mega-shopping center, Aeon Mall. At 1 p.m. on the day of the center's "soft launch," curious customers were just

    June 29, 2014 01:00 am JST
  • Japanese companies playing catch-up in Cambodia

    TOKYO -- Visitors to Cambodia are often struck by how time seems to move slowly. A blue sky and the breeze from a three-wheeled tuk-tuk taxi offer an exotic twist on the daily commute. But amid the "lost world" charm, change is afoot in Cambodia

    June 28, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Thai budget airline Nok Air to launch Japan service: CEO

    BANGKOK -- Nok Airlines plans to start offering flights between Bangkok and Tokyo's Narita Airport as early as November, the head of the Thai low-cost carrier told The Nikkei in a recent interview. Plans call for seven round trips a week, said C

    June 28, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Saha Group bullish on basics in Myanmar

    BANGKOK -- Thailand's consumer goods conglomerate Saha Group has formed Tiger Distribution & Logistics (Myanmar), a 50-50 joint venture with Myanmar's MK Group, to improve transportation of consumer goods between the two countries. Boonsithi Cho

    June 26, 2014 10:25 pm JST
  • Microfinance raising consumption in Cambodia's cities

    HANOI -- Microfinance is spreading in Cambodia, sparking hopes it will fuel consumption. Previously, these tiny loans were mostly seen as a tool to help the rural poor in the Southeast Asian country, but they are also taking root among city-dwel

    June 26, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Gap seeks to bridge Myanmar's investment divide

    YANGON -- Clothing brand Gap announced June 7 that it has become the first major U.S. garment retailer to start production in Myanmar since Washington eased sanctions against the country in July 2012. Local industry leaders welcomed the move as a si

    June 26, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Japan's auto giants push luxury over price

    YANGON -- While Chinese automakers are touting low prices to win over Myanmar's frugal drivers, Japanese competitors are aiming for fatter wallets. Toyota Motor and Nissan Motor have both opened showrooms in Yangon, while Mazda Motor has launche

    June 26, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Chinese carmakers see opportunity in Myanmar

    YANGON -- Chinese automakers hope low prices can strengthen their presence in Myanmar's growing new-car market, angling for a foothold in a region that has long been dominated by Japanese brands. In February, Dongfeng Motor opened its first deal

    June 26, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Myanmar promoting development of Thilawa special economic zone

    TOKYO -- The development of an industrial complex having an international level of infrastructure services is underway on a huge lot about a 50 minute drive from Yangon, the economic center of Myanmar. It is the first such project to be built in the

    June 25, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Yangon offices ranked Southeast Asia's priciest

    TOKYO -- Companies looking to rent office space in Myanmar should expect to pay far more than they would elsewhere in Southeast Asia, a new survey shows. The Japan External Trade Organization, the nation's trade promotion body, spent two months

    June 25, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Myanmar telecoms bonanza spurs delight, dread

    YANGON -- From remote mountain villages to ramshackle country towns, wireless towers are rising rapidly across Myanmar as the country's new mobile telecommunications system takes shape. But just off bustling Banyar Dala Street in central Yangon, Ma

    June 24, 2014 07:00 pm JST