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  • 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
  • Promises and pitfalls in Cambodia's online business world

    PHNOM PENH -- As he described his search for funding for Khmerload, a digital media company touted as Cambodia's version of BuzzFeed, chief executive Vichet In recounted an arduous struggle. "We sent an email to 10 [venture capitalists] -- no reply.

    June 24, 2017 10:13 pm JST
  • Tracking how China is turning Asia red

    TOKYO -- Since the end of World War II, the U.S., a self-styled missionary of democracy, has held sway in Asia. But now, on the economic front, the U.S.-led regional order is unraveling in the face of China's rapid rise, and the communist country is

    June 24, 2017 05:00 pm JST
  • Asia's financial safety net is a work in progress

    TOKYO -- In early May, the Asian Development Bank celebrated its 50th anniversary at its annual meeting in Yokohama, a port city south of Tokyo. Finance ministers and central bankers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, China, Japan and

    June 24, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • ASEAN pushing for direct yen trading

    TOKYO -- Japanese authorities have long dreamed of the yen becoming a global currency. Now the yen may be on the cusp of at least becoming an Asian currency.Much of the rest of Asia is clamoring for a monetary regime to be strengthened with a vehicl

    June 23, 2017 10:47 am JST
  • Asia's financial safety net is a work in progress

    TOKYO In early May, the Asian Development Bank celebrated its 50th anniversary at its annual meeting in Yokohama, a port city south of Tokyo. Finance ministers and central bankers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, China, Japan and Sou

    June 22, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Obesity in Asia reaches 'epidemic level'

    TOKYO Economic growth has resulted in a significant rise in living standards in much of Asia. But the newfound prosperity and associated lifestyle changes have brought with them an unwanted side effect.A study released by the Asian Development Bank

    June 22, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Phnom Penh shows signs of building fatigue

    PHNOM PENH -- Not so long ago, the backdrop in any photo of Phnom Penh landmarks such as the Royal Palace or Independence Monument would have been a low-rise panoply of four- and five-story townhouses.But in one of Southeast Asia's more visually tra

    June 21, 2017 04:23 pm JST
  • Michael Vatikiotis

    Southeast Asia's democracy deficit erodes bottom line

    Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen is Southeast Asia's longest-serving elected leader. He recently warned there could be civil war if his ruling Cambodian People's Party lost national elections scheduled for mid-next year. "If war happens, let it be,"

    June 20, 2017 09:00 am JST
  • Myanmar opening airwaves to more voices with new channels

    YANGON -- Myanmar is bringing the tide of democratization to its airwaves, adding new free-to-air channels and opening the country to more news and entertainment choices.Starting as early as next year, five new digital channels will broadcast free-t

    June 19, 2017 11:53 am JST
  • Remote 'off' switch applied to Cambodia taxis

    TOKYO -- When you stop paying your gas bill, you can expect the supply to be turned off. Now, a Japanese startup is applying the same concept to cars leased out to taxi drivers.The technology developed by Global Mobility Service takes the risk out o

    June 18, 2017 07:51 pm JST
  • Circus shows temple tourists another side of Cambodia

    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 read

    June 17, 2017 05:45 pm JST
  • Thant Myint-U

    Myanmar, an unfinished nation

    Almost exactly 80 years ago, Burma, now Myanmar, was separated from India. It is an anniversary that has passed virtually unnoticed, even though separation was one of the most important turning points in the country's history.In 1935 the U.K. parlia

    June 17, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • UN launches second round of nuclear ban talks

    UNITED NATIONS -- Delegates from more than 80 countries kicked off a second and possibly final round of negotiations Thursday on an international treaty to ban nuclear weapons, seeking to adopt a final text by the July 7 end of the conference."As we

    June 16, 2017 05:30 am JST
  • AIIB future rests on shedding Beijing influence

    TOKYO -- The China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank will hold its second annual general meeting between June 16-18 on South Korea's Jeju Island. The bank, which has stuck to careful driving in its first year, looks ready to gain speed in yea

    June 15, 2017 02:19 pm JST
  • Ryuichi Kaga

    Asia faces challenges attracting infrastructure investment

    Asia just doesn't seem to have enough money to pay its infrastructure bills. And as demand for infrastructure development soars, governments are looking to the private sector for funding, but are having a tough time finding takers.Infrastructure inv

    June 15, 2017 01:55 pm JST
  • Top 100 companies in Asia300 ranking of power performers

    RankCompany nameCountry/regionSectorIndexed based on top company as 1001Largan PrecisionTaiwanElectronic parts100.02HCL TechnologiesIndiaInformation technology95.43Zee Entertainment EnterprisesIndiaEntertainment95.34Tata Consultancy ServicesIndiaInf

    June 15, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Myanmar's Thaung Tun: Naypyitaw making headway on peace, China ties, Rohingya

    Myanmar has made significant progress on peace negotiations with ethnic armed groups, broadening diplomatic ties and addressing the problems of the Rohingya Muslim minority, Thaung Tun, the country's national security adviser, said in an interview.H

    June 15, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Regional luminaries push back against protectionism

    Protectionist and anti-globalist attitudes are taking root in the U.S. and Europe. So how should Asian countries -- which have built their economies through trade -- respond? This was the pressing question at Nikkei's 23rd International Conference o

    June 15, 2017 10:00 am JST