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  • 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 02:28 pm 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
  • 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 reforms. Beyond domestic frustrations, there is a parallel chorus of international criticism of the government's trea

    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
  • 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