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  • Japan's trade ministry, J. League team up to tap Asian markets

    TOKYO -- The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is bringing its "Cool Japan" cultural campaign to the world of soccer with plans to help the Japan Professional Football League, better known as J. League, break into other Asian markets. The

    June 6, 2014 02:00 pm JST
  • Kramer, Jelsma: Repressive policies only stoking Asean's drug problem

    The strategy of Asean's 10 member countries to become "drug free" by 2015 is failing dramatically. In the last decade, opium cultivation in the region has doubled, drug use -- especially of methamphetamines, a powerful synthetic stimulant -- has inc

    June 6, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Myanmar's industrial hub gets autoparts maker as first tenant

    YANGON -- Koyo Radiator will set up a factory in what is to be Myanmar's first modern industrial park, committing to occupancy before any other company. The Japanese autoparts maker has reached a basic agreement to lease some 3 hectares from Mya

    June 5, 2014 03:05 am JST
  • Thai instability to impact region

    The events unfolding in Thailand are likely to have an impact on regional integration, said Asean Secretary-General Le Luong Minh. "We are in the process of building the Asean Economic Community," Minh said on the second day of the conference. "

    June 5, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Myanmar opening banking sector, stepping up political reforms

    Myanmar will step up crucial reforms, including boosting efforts to attract investment and create jobs as well as deepening its nascent democracy, according to Soe Thane, the country's key economic minister. Soe Thane told the conference on May

    June 5, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Infrastructure, cross-border connectivity vital to development

    Asia needs stability, or at least the perception of stability, to continue its economic growth, said Surin Pitsuwan, former secretary-general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. He stressed his belief that shared expansion throughout East

    June 5, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • In politics, big gains, many pains

    BANGKOK -- More than a few women have ascended to lead Southeast Asian countries, but many have come from powerful families. Unable to fully exhibit their true potential, they have tended to become caught within power struggles. "I served with p

    June 5, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Myanmar moving to beef up rice exports with new warehouse

    YANGON -- Myanmar Agribusiness Public Corp., the nation's biggest rice provider, is building a large export base near this major city as part of efforts to once again make rice shipments a key economic activity. The facility is slated for comple

    June 2, 2014 02:56 am JST
  • Apple, Google, Samsung steal Asian hearts

    TOKYO -- Sony and Honda Motor were the only Japanese companies highly ranked in the Brand Asia 2014 survey, in which smartphone and Internet companies stole the show. Nikkei BP Consulting -- like The Nikkei Asian Review part of the Nikkei group

    June 1, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Marubeni to help run power plant in Cambodia

    TOKYO -- Trading house Marubeni will become the first Japanese company to enter the power generation business in Cambodia by acquiring a 20% interest in a local utility. Marubeni will invest in holding company Leader Infrastructure, whose subsid

    May 31, 2014 03:02 am JST
  • Thailand's Asiasoft targets 300 million Asean gamers

    BANGKOK -- Thailand's online game producer Asiasoft is seeking to grab 300 million subscribers in the coming three to five years in Asean countries, more than double the current customer base and about half of the region's entire population. Chief E

    May 30, 2014 03:00 pm JST
  • Daiwa Institute to set up server for Myanmar central bank

    TOKYO -- Japan's Daiwa Institute of Research agreed Thursday to configure the server necessary for building the core information technology network of the Central Bank of Myanmar. The bank is urgently working to establish the network, which will

    May 30, 2014 04:59 am JST
  • The fight for Myanmar's constitution

    YANGON -- The Lady wants to be President. The constitution says otherwise. Roughly 18 months from national elections that will determine Myanmar's next president, opposition leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi does not have much time to seek

    May 29, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Meidensha to supply small hydropower systems in Laos

    TOKYO -- Japanese infrastructure and industrial products producer Meidensha will offer small hydraulic power systems to enhance the energy-generating efficiency in emerging markets. The company has won an order to work with a Japanese government

    May 29, 2014 04:34 am JST
  • Japanese companies flocking to Myanmar industrial park

    YANGON -- Dozens of Japanese and other foreign companies have expressed interest in what is to be Myanmar's first modern industrial park, scheduled to go onstream in the summer of 2015. With the sale of lots having begun this spring, 45 companie

    May 29, 2014 12:24 am JST
  • Logical dilemmas: the US and Myanmar

    A logical but highly arcane reason exists for the recent juxtaposition of seemingly contradictory U.S. actions related to Myanmar, although few observers, including Americans, would understand their relationship, and especially their timing. This is

    May 29, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Aeon to open 5 malls in Indonesia within 3 years

    TOKYO -- Aeon plans to open five large shopping centers in Indonesia by the end of fiscal 2016, looking to capitalize on increasing demand in Southeast Asia's most-populous country as its middle class grows. The Japanese retailer set up a local

    May 28, 2014 11:51 pm JST
  • Next hot market for luxury car brands: Cambodia

    HANOI -- Premium automobile manufacturers from Europe are racing to enter Cambodia, where used cars have traditionally dominated the auto market. Rising incomes are encouraging consumers there to buy new cars, particularly those costing around $

    May 28, 2014 04:41 am JST
  • Mideast telecom giants pushing into Africa, Asia for growth

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Leading telecommunications companies in oil-exporting Persian Gulf countries are stretching their reach to Asia and Africa, where they see opportunities in emerging markets with large populations. Etisalat, the ind

    May 27, 2014 12:16 am JST
  • Itochu making plastic garbage bags in Myanmar

    TOKYO -- Itochu has begun producing polyethylene shopping and garbage bags in Myanmar in partnership with a local synthetic resin materials vendor. The Japanese trading house aims to turn out 20,000 tons of bags in three years. The bags are bein

    May 24, 2014 02:18 am JST