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  • Tiger tourism: Cambodia's newest cash ploy

    PHNOM PENH -- Just 20 years ago, Cambodia was a country that many travelers to Southeast Asia skipped over to get to Thailand, Vietnam and other regional rivals. These days, they are flocking to see the country's pristine beaches, picturesque pagoda

    December 15, 2017 12:30 pm JST
  • Rohingya death toll in Myanmar attacks tops 6,700, aid group says

    NEW YORK -- More than 6,700 Rohingya Muslims were killed from Aug. 25 through Sept. 24 during the Myanmar military's attacks in northern Rakhine State, the medical nonprofit Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres estimates in a report Thur

    December 15, 2017 07:31 am JST
  • Aid group says at least 6,700 Rohingya killed in Myanmar

    YANGON (Kyodo) -- An international aid group estimates that at least 6,700 Rohingya Muslims were killed in Myanmar's Rakhine State in violence that broke out there in late August, according to a statement made available Thursday.Medecins Sans Fronti

    December 15, 2017 01:53 am JST
  • Japan pursues economic ties with Myanmar, avoids Rohingya criticism

    TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a summit meeting with Myanmar President Htin Kyaw in Tokyo on Thursday, at which the two leaders agreed to cooperate in the areas of urban development, transportation and power infrastructure in the S

    December 14, 2017 10:32 pm JST
  • Global trade uptick boosts Asian manufacturing

    HONG KONG Strengthening economies on both sides of the Pacific are lifting global trade, as well as Asia's manufacturing sector. Seven of the 12 economies surveyed by The Nikkei -- Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, India, Malaysia, Singapore and the Phili

    December 14, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • The Cambodian city that went from war zone to manufacturing hub

    POIPET, Cambodia Once ravaged by war, the city of Poipet on Cambodia's western border with Thailand is reinventing itself as a manufacturing center, leveraging its cheap labor costs and strategic location in the regional supply chain.Techno Park Poi

    December 14, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Chinese cash fuels a gambling boom in a Cambodian backwater

    SIHANOUKVILLE, Cambodia Once a sleepy backwater, this southern coastal city is now ringing with the sound of construction.Casinos have multiplied over the past year, towering awkwardly behind Sihanoukville's cheap hostels and burger vans, and more a

    December 14, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Malaysian festival puts Asian literature in the spotlight

    PENANG, Malaysia In a beautifully refurbished colonial building next to George Town's coastal thoroughfare, a tight-knit yet diverse crowd is hungry for answers. A microphone is passed around, and people rock nervously in their chairs as they wait t

    December 14, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Two Reuters journalists arrested in Myanmar - government

    YANGON (Reuters) -- Two Reuters journalists were arrested on Tuesday evening in Myanmar's main city, Yangon, a government spokesman said."Yes it is correct that they were arrested," spokesman Zaw Htay said. "Not only your reporters, but also the pol

    December 13, 2017 10:34 pm JST
  • Sagawa's IPO success could deliver a big long-run payoff

    TOKYO -- SG Holdings, the parent company of Japanese parcel delivery specialist Sagawa Express, is basking in the glow of its successful initial public offering, a move that turns the page for a company that was in crisis not so long ago.Its shares,

    December 13, 2017 10:21 pm JST
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    Religious extremism poses threat to ASEAN's growth

    YANGON/JAKARTA -- With Mt. Agung billowing volcanic ash into the sky above his home in Bali, Khairy Susanto was unsure if he could fly back after joining tens of thousands of fellow Indonesian Islamists at a rally near the presidential palace in Jak

    December 13, 2017 03:14 pm JST
  • Ugly social media wars fueling intolerance in Asia

    JAKARTA/YANGON -- An ugly new campaign against Muslims in Myanmar began around 2012 via social media, led by Buddhist supremacists and other anti-Muslim groups employing highly targeted attacks. One tactic involved posting photographs and addresses

    December 13, 2017 03:14 pm JST
  • UN official urges accountability for Rohingya 'ethnic cleansing'

    UNITED NATIONS -- The international community must take "swift and serious action" in response to the "ethnic cleansing" of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims, the U.N. envoy on sexual violence in conflict told Security Council members Tuesday."Over the cou

    December 13, 2017 07:30 am JST
  • Asia-Pacific leaders vow a doubling of water security investment

    YANGON -- Asia-Pacific leaders made a move against flooding in the region at a summit here Tuesday, committing to double investment in infrastructure related to water security as climate change exacerbates the threat to the region.The roughly 600 at

    December 13, 2017 03:08 am JST
  • Southeast Asia ready to embrace blockchain

    Southeast Asian central banks have a cautious stance on the rise of cryptocurrencies but adoption of the underlying technology, blockchain, appears inevitable.Speculative investment in cryptocurrencies doesn't pose systemic risks but greater regulat

    December 12, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • Japan's Kubota lands major Myanmar waterworks project

    OSAKA -- Japanese construction equipment maker Kubota has won an order to build waterworks for Yangon, Myanmar's commercial capital.Partnering with South Korean company Posco Engineering & Construction, the Japanese company will build a water purifi

    December 12, 2017 03:42 am JST
  • Water demand, sanitation top agenda at Myanmar summit

    YANGON -- The slow pace of water infrastructure development in the Asia-Pacific region that has failed to keep up with urbanization is among the issues national representatives are expected to discuss at a summit here."Water is essential for economi

    December 12, 2017 02:43 am JST
  • Former Cambodian war zone transformed into industrial hub

    POIPET, Cambodia -- Once ravaged by war, the city of Poipet on Cambodia's western border with Thailand is reinventing itself as a manufacturing center, leveraging its cheap labor costs and strategic location in the regional supply chain.Techno Park

    December 10, 2017 04:30 pm JST
  • UN head pledges 'every possible effort' toward dialogue with North Korea

    NEW YORK -- The decision to send the U.N. undersecretary general for political affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, on a five-day trip to North Korea to pursue dialogue over tensions on the Korean peninsula was a "necessary step," and "our duty to do it," said

    December 9, 2017 01:50 pm JST
  • Japan logistics firms tap Southeast Asia's rising global trade

    TOKYO -- Japanese cargo carriers look to cultivate the growing international trade around Southeast Asia, expanding service within and from the region as domestic volume stalls.Logistics company Sankyu plans a pilot program to combine apparel made i

    December 9, 2017 07:58 am JST