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  • Cambodian PM rejects law providing immunity after leaving office

    PHNOM PENH (Kyodo) -- Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen rejected Saturday a proposed law guaranteeing him blanket immunity from prosecution after leaving office.In an interview with Fresh News, Hun Sen, the longest serving leader in Asia, dismissed t

    July 16, 2017 07:04 pm JST
  • A dream garden blooms in Luang Prabang

    LUANG PRABANG, Laos -- What do you do when your pet elephant enters his period of hormonal frenzy, or musth? One answer might be to pay a quick visit to the Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden in Luang Prabang, the ancient royal capital of Laos, for some ad

    July 15, 2017 06:37 pm JST
  • IMF: ASEAN incentives risk 'race to the bottom' on tax revenue

    JAKARTA -- Competition among Southeast Asian countries to attract foreign investment through tax exemptions and incentives has proven "damaging" to their national revenues, the International Monetary Fund says.Sluggish global growth and this investm

    July 14, 2017 10:58 am JST
  • Tea Leaves

    As a city, Yangon is still searching for its mojo

    At the end of a muddy lane traversed by motorbikes and the occasional duck, Naing Linn Htun lives in a two-room wooden shack with his wife, daughter and the tools of his trade -- dozens of 6-volt battery packs and smartphone charging stations.The la

    July 13, 2017 03:00 pm JST
  • As a city, Yangon is still searching for its mojo

    At the end of a muddy lane traversed by motorbikes and the occasional duck, Naing Linn Htun lives in a two-room wooden shack with his wife, daughter and the tools of his trade -- dozens of 6-volt battery packs and smartphone charging stations.The la

    July 13, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Joseph Chinyong Liow

    Southeast Asia views Trump administration with unease

    Since the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Vietnam in 1973, the tendency among American foreign policy decision makers has been to pay relatively little attention to Southeast Asia compared to other regions, with the exception of counter-terrorism sin

    July 13, 2017 09:00 am JST
  • Cambodian casino operator NagaCorp pins down growth plans

    HONG KONG -- Cambodian casino operator NagaCorp plans to open its new Phnom Penh gaming floor in October, capitalizing on a surge in high-roller betting.The Naga2 complex will include more gambling machines and fewer hotel rooms than previously indi

    July 11, 2017 07:10 pm JST
  • FT Confidential Research

    Shine comes off Asean consumer confidence

    Political risk in Thailand and inflation concerns in Indonesia contributed to a fall in the FTCR Asean Economic Sentiment Index to 59.3 in the second quarter, from 61.9 in the first. Those worries and a dip in confidence in the Philippines were enou

    July 11, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • Hitachi president lays tracks to 60% gain in Asian sales

    YANGON -- Hitachi aims to capture demand for rail and other infrastructure in an effort to lift sales 60% in Asian markets outside of China and Japan by fiscal 2021, the head of the Japanese technology group said Monday.The group targets 1.5 trillio

    July 11, 2017 06:12 am JST
  • Japan to help emerging nations develop health care systems

    TOKYO -- Japan will team with global organizations to set up health care and insurance systems resembling its own in emerging nations, assisting with tasks such as collection of key health data, creation of medication transport networks and administ

    July 11, 2017 03:31 am JST
  • Cambodia changes election law ahead of 2018 vote

    PHNOM PENH (Reuters) -- Cambodia's parliament on Monday amended the law to ban people from associating with anyone convicted of a criminal offence, a move the opposition says aims to hobble rivals of Prime Minister Hun Sen ahead of a general electio

    July 10, 2017 03:28 pm JST
  • Business services sector leads Asian growth in June PMI

    TOKYO -- The Nikkei Asia Sector Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, for June showed output growth in 15 of the 19 sectors monitored.Commercial & professional services (55.8) marked the sharpest growth, followed by beverages & food (55.0) and insuran

    July 10, 2017 09:30 am JST
  • Indonesia -- Mitsubishi Corp.'s second 'homeland'

    BEKASI REGENCY, Indonesia -- Japan's Mitsubishi Corp. has come up with a business model to sidestep the country's shrinking population -- export Japanese consumption habits to Indonesia.The trading company has asked Japanese food and daily goods mak

    July 8, 2017 01:09 pm JST
  • Myanmar refugees find a foothold in North Carolina

    CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina -- It has been 20 years since Lupu last saw his hometown, a small village in the hills of eastern Myanmar. One day in 1997, he and his family fled after the Myanmar military arrived on an operation against ethnic rebels f

    July 8, 2017 01:09 pm JST
  • Two Southeast Asian exhibitions open in Tokyo

    TOKYO -- Two groundbreaking exhibitions of Southeast Asian art opened in the Japanese capital in early July. One tells the story of the immense changes the region has experienced over the past few decades; the other focuses on Thailand's long histor

    July 8, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • MUFG leads Japan megabanks' charge into SE Asia

    TOKYO -- Japan's three megabank groups are strengthening ties with Southeast Asian banks in an effort to broaden their customer base and expand the types of services offered.Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group's Southeast Asian lending balance rose 9% in

    July 7, 2017 10:01 am JST
  • Mitsubishi Chemical to market drinking water systems in Myanmar

    YANGON -- Japan's Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings will begin selling a river water treatment system to the private and public sectors in Myanmar, where economic growth is expected to drive demand for safe drinking water.Tokyo-based Wellthy, a Mitsubish

    July 6, 2017 10:25 am JST
  • Rules alone won't ensure good governance in Asia

    BANGKOK -- The world is moving toward standardized regulations and codes of conduct for corporate governance. But while the rules themselves may be increasingly similar, their effects vary from one market to another, reflecting differences not only

    July 6, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • ASEAN's manufacturing index comes in flat as demand wanes

    HONG KONG After five months of expansion, Southeast Asia's manufacturing activity turned flat in June, with the Nikkei ASEAN Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index standing at the boom-or-bust line of 50.Indonesia, Myanmar and Malaysia experienc

    July 6, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • US human trafficking report draws mixed reactions in Asia

    BANGKOK The annual Trafficking in Persons Report by the U.S. State Department has drawn mixed reactions in Southeast Asia, where human trafficking and forced labor have long been sensitive issues, while China bristled at the intrusion on its "intern

    July 6, 2017 10:00 am JST