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  • 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 in

    July 6, 2017 10:00 am 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 history.

    July 6, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • ASEAN manufacturing snaps 5-month growth streak

    HONG KONG -- Southeast Asian factory activity snapped a five-month streak of expansion in June, with the Nikkei ASEAN Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index standing at 50 -- right on the boom-or-bust line.Indonesia, Myanmar, and Malaysia experien

    July 5, 2017 02:00 pm JST
  • Acecook presses for tenfold surge in Myanmar noodle sales

    YANGON -- Japan's Acecook aims to sell around 3 million servings of instant noodles monthly in Myanmar by March, hoping a new factory in the country will multiply previous figures by 10 or more.The manufacturer began turning out instant noodles in A

    July 5, 2017 07:08 am JST
  • ASEAN PMI falls to 50.0 in June

    TOKYO -- The Nikkei ASEAN Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, fell to 50.0 in June from 50.5 in May.A reading above 50 indicates economic expansion, while a reading below 50 points toward contraction. The latest reading is the first ti

    July 3, 2017 09:30 am JST
  • Myanmar's PMI retreats into contraction in June

    TOKYO -- The Nikkei Myanmar Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, showed that the country's economy has retreated into contraction for the first time since December.The composite indicator of manufacturing performance fell to 49.4 in Jun

    July 3, 2017 09:30 am JST
  • Volleyball gives Myanmar girls a sporting chance

    YANGON -- Urban Myanmar may be changing fast. But across the country on Saturday mornings most teenage girls will be at home, helping their families with household chores and doing what is expected of them by wider society -- keeping quiet in the ba

    July 2, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • US human trafficking report gets mixed Asian reception

    BANGKOK -- The annual Trafficking in Persons report by the U.S. State Department released on Tuesday has drawn mixed reactions in Southeast Asia, where human trafficking and forced labor have long been sensitive issues, while China bristled at the i

    June 29, 2017 11:38 pm JST
  • Tea Leaves

    Myanmar speaks out through TEDx

    In a crowded Yangon teashop one recent afternoon, some local commentators spoke bitterly about government "backsliding" on promised political and economic reforms. Beyond domestic frustrations, there is a parallel chorus of international criticism o

    June 29, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Myanmar speaks out through TEDx

    In a crowded Yangon teashop one recent afternoon, some local commentators spoke bitterly about government "backsliding" on promised reforms. Beyond domestic frustrations, there is a parallel chorus of international criticism of the government's trea

    June 29, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Cambodian performers celebrate life under the big top

    SIEM REAP, Cambodia It is a stiflingly hot Friday evening in Siem Reap, western Cambodia. The big top is packed, and there is an air of excitement as 300 or so spectators squeeze onto narrow wooden benches. Backstage, the artists are getting ready.T

    June 29, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Sumitomo begins direct imports of Hino vehicles to Myanmar

    YANGON -- Japanese trading company Sumitomo Corp. is now bringing commercial vehicles made by Hino Motors into Myanmar, aiming to capitalize on growing demand for dump trucks and other products for infrastructure construction.Summit SPA Motors, a jo

    June 29, 2017 12:50 am JST
  • New Toyota sales pioneer dives into Myanmar

    TOKYO -- NEZAS Holdings has become the first Toyota Motor-related sales company in Japan to make a foray into Myanmar, with plans to market the brand’s new cars in the country’s biggest city of Yangon.NEZAS, which is based in Utsunomiya just north o

    June 28, 2017 07:03 pm JST
  • Myanmar transforms post boxes into money-making billboards

    YANGON -- Myanmar's state-owned postal service has begun renting out advertising space on public mailboxes in a Japanese-supported effort to cover the cost of setting up and maintaining the mail collection network.Myanma Posts and Telecommunications

    June 28, 2017 04:04 am JST
  • China among worst human trafficking offenders, US says

    NEW YORK -- China has been demoted to a list of countries failing to meet minimum standards for the prevention of human trafficking, according to an annual report released Tuesday by the U.S. State Department.This year's downgrade follows three cons

    June 28, 2017 03:20 am JST
  • Mobile World opens first shop abroad in Cambodia

    HO CHI MINH CITY -- Mobile World Investment(MWG) has opened its first BigPhone store outside Vietnam's saturated market in Cambodia with its young population of 15 million.The new outlet in Phnom Penh carries the distinctive branding of MWG's The Gi

    June 28, 2017 01:32 am JST
  • Cambodia's Hun Sen alarmed by opposition's electoral gains

    PHNOM PENH -- At first glance, Cambodia's main opposition party had a poor showing in so-called commune elections early this month. The Cambodia National Rescue Party, or CNRP, won 30% of the country's 1,646 communes. A deeper look, though, shows th

    June 27, 2017 09:05 pm JST
  • Suu Kyi turns to unlikely allies in peace process

    YANGON -- More than a year after Aung San Suu Kyi led Myanmar's shift to democratic rule, the country's de facto leader has found herself turning to two unlikely allies in her attempts to resolve ongoing internal ethnic conflict and press ahead with

    June 27, 2017 07:00 pm JST
  • Japan's Daiwa to buy into Myanmar internet provider

    TOKYO -- Daiwa Securities Group will invest nearly 700 million yen ($6.26 million) in Myanmar internet service provider Frontiir with the hope of cashing in on abundant growth potential.Daiwa PI Partners will purchase newly issued shares, obtaining

    June 27, 2017 05:27 am JST
  • Cambodia ruling party big winner in local elections

    PHNOM PENH (Kyodo) -- Cambodia's ruling party of Prime Minister Hun Sen won over two-thirds of the commune chief posts in this month's nationwide local elections, according to official results released Sunday by the National Election Committee.In th

    June 25, 2017 06:53 pm JST