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  • Southeast Asian companies find ideal partners -- each other

    JAKARTA With their bright red and yellow signage, the Alfamart convenience stores sprouting up in Manila and other Philippine cities are hard to miss. But what really sets them apart is their parentage: In a market dominated by Japanese brands like

    July 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Carmakers helped foster ASEAN's growth: Ex-Nissan COO

    TOKYO In the 1980s, fewer than 500,000 cars were sold in the ASEAN region annually. In 2016, the figure was more than six times higher, at 3.2 million. The initially modest size of the auto market in Southeast Asia led to a unique division of labor

    July 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Myanmar's civilian leaders soft-pedal Rohingya abuses

    YANGON Violence against Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim ethnic minority by the military continues despite international calls to end persecution against the group, underscoring the sway the armed forces still hold in the country despite the transition to

    July 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Girls in Myanmar get a chance to try their hand at sports

    YANGON Urban Myanmar may be changing fast, but across the country on Saturday mornings most teenage girls will be at home doing what they usually do: helping with family chores, quietly and in the background, which is where they are expected to be.T

    July 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • ASEAN AT 50

    ASEAN integration evolved with auto industry's value chain: Nissan ex-COO

    TOKYO -- Automobiles have become a key industry among members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, with over 3 million new cars sold in 2016. Behind this expansion in the past decades has been the region's efficient division of labor. In a

    July 26, 2017 08:00 pm JST
  • Oppression of Muslim minority continues in Myanmar

    YANGON -- Violence against the Rohingya Muslim ethnic minority by Myanmar's military continues despite international calls to end persecution, a sign that the armed forces still hold great sway even under a civilian government."I am disappointed to

    July 25, 2017 04:57 am JST
  • Hashtag Travelers

    Three Asian destinations where adventure is on the agenda

    Today's Asian traveler is increasingly venturing off the beaten path and seeking out more immersive and adventure-packed experiences. Here are three destinations that will take you out of the tour bus and into a world of exploration.Underground allu

    July 24, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • 'Mini grids' coming to light up rural Myanmar

    YANGON -- With the nationwide power supply network far from reaching small localities across Myanmar, projects to set up "mini grids" for villages are gaining traction.The unplugged areasMany parts of Myanmar are still not connected to power grids.

    July 24, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • Inside Bangladesh's methamphetamine problem

    COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh -- Methamphetamine has become an increasingly corrosive influence in Bangladesh, with the number of pills seized by the authorities spiralling from the thousands into the tens of millions in just a few years.Local authorities

    July 23, 2017 02:00 pm JST
  • Prospects fade for ASEAN migrant worker deal

    JAKARTA -- Official crackdowns on emigrants in Malaysia and Thailand have cast further doubt on over prospects that member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations can finalize a long discussed deal on migrant workers' rights.In June

    July 22, 2017 02:00 pm JST
  • Yangon's home of murdered dreams and fragile hopes

    YANGON -- "The place has been dead for so long. It is great to see it alive again," said Hnin Yee Htun as she watched the growing queue of thousands that had been snaking its way around Myanmar's most historic secular building since 6 a.m. on July 1

    July 22, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • Myanmar's meddling in Rohingya probe 'unacceptable': UN envoy

    YANGON -- Myanmar's attempts to disrupt an investigation into human rights abuses against the country's Rohingya Muslim minority are "unacceptable," the United Nations' special rapporteur on the matter said Friday.Yanghee Lee spoke to media here abo

    July 22, 2017 06:39 am JST
  • ADB upgrades emerging Asia's growth outlook to 5.9%

    MANILA -- The Asian Development Bank on Thursday upgraded its outlook for emerging Asia's gross domestic product growth rate for this year to 5.9% from the previous figure of 5.7%, citing stronger-than-estimated economic growth in China and some oth

    July 20, 2017 11:44 am JST
  • Hashtag Travelers

    Asian millennials are booking their own adventures

    BANGKOK -- What brought Somsri Sukumpantanasan, a 54-year-old office worker from Bangkok, all the way to Kojima, a remote coastal town in southwestern Japan, was simple: It was where her 17-year-old son's favorite pair of jeans came from."He wanted

    July 20, 2017 10:01 am JST
  • Three Asian destinations where adventure is on the agenda

    Today's Asian traveler is increasingly venturing off the beaten path and seeking out more immersive and adventure-packed experiences. Here are three destinations that will take you out of the tour bus and into a world of exploration.Underground allu

    July 20, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Asian millennials are booking their own adventures

    BANGKOK What brought Somsri Sukumpantanasan, a 54-year-old office worker from Bangkok, all the way to Kojima, a remote coastal town in southwestern Japan, was simple: It was where her 17-year-old son's favorite pair of jeans came from."He wanted to

    July 20, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Fintech factor key to Southeast Asian banks' growth

    BANGKOK Southeast Asia's banking industry must embrace the digital revolution, including the rise of fintech, to seize opportunities to cater to the region's growing middle class, business leaders said at a panel session of the forum.One of the keys

    July 20, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Asia a bright spot in an uncertain world, say ASEAN business leaders

    BANGKOK Growing protectionist sentiment in the West and a volatile security situation in the Middle East have made Asia into a relative bright spot in an otherwise bleak global environment, according to participants at a business forum in the Thai c

    July 20, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Remembering modern Myanmar's founding father

    YANGON -- Car horns blared in the streets of Myanmar's most populous city at 10:37 a.m. Wednesday, 70 years to the day that independence leader Gen. Aung San was gunned down as the nation stood on the brink of achieving his dream.The Southeast Asian

    July 20, 2017 01:55 am JST
  • Race to the bottom for region's sand miners

    JAKARTA -- As Asia's economies grow and its cities modernize, the region's voracious appetite for construction materials has driven demand for sand -- alongside illegal trade of the commodity -- to unprecedented levels. With rapid urbanization and i

    July 19, 2017 07:04 pm JST