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  • Asia's war on 'fake news' raises real fears for free speech

    JAKARTA -- With nothing more than a WhatsApp message, Indonesia's government in early May made its position on "fake news" clear: zero tolerance.For a few days, media reports had been circulating about a decision to issue visas to Israelis, citing t

    May 22, 2018 02:00 pm JST
  • Phnom Penh Post's new owner denies government links

    PHNOM PENH -- The new owner of The Phnom Penh Post denied any past or present association with strongman Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday, though his strategy behind the purchase of the illustrious Cambodian newspaper remained a mystery as he failed

    May 19, 2018 01:14 am JST
  • Japan Inc. pours cash into Myanmar despite Rohingya crisis

    YANGON -- Japanese companies are investing aggressively in Myanmar with help from Tokyo, even as their European and American counterparts shy away while hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims flee the country to escape persecution.Japan's busines

    May 17, 2018 02:15 pm JST
  • Japan to host RCEP ministerial meeting in Tokyo on July 1

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Ministers from 16 Asia-Pacific countries negotiating a regional trade deal will meet in Tokyo on July 1, the Japanese government said Tuesday.It will be the first time a country outside the Association of Southeast Asian Nations has

    May 15, 2018 12:35 pm JST
  • Japan welcomes return of Malaysia's Mahathir

    TOKYO -- Mahathir Mohamad's return to power in Malaysia has come as a welcome surprise for the Japanese government when China's increasing clout in Southeast Asia is eclipsing the influence of Japan and Western nations.Although diplomats are hesitan

    May 14, 2018 04:49 pm JST
  • Cambodia's first contemporary dance company pushes boundaries

    SIEM REAP, Cambodia -- Inside the dancers' dressing room, between racks of colorful costumes, a wooden Buddha is turned to face the wall. "We turned him around because we get changed in here," says Sros Sreynoch, one of the dancers.She picks up the

    May 12, 2018 04:40 pm JST
  • Myanmar allows full foreign ownership in retail and wholesale

    YANGON -- Foreign companies are now allowed to invest in Myanmar's retailers and wholesalers, including holding 100% stakes, as the country makes efforts to lift foreign investment amid the Rohingya refugee crisis.The Ministry of Commerce announced

    May 12, 2018 07:49 am JST
  • Speculation swirls over fate of Vietnamese president

    HANOI -- Political insiders in Vietnam are abuzz over the fate of President Tran Dai Quang, with some speculating that he may have resigned or been ousted.The Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam kicked off a six-day general assembly

    May 11, 2018 06:12 pm JST
  • Phnom Penh Post sale another nail in coffin for press freedom

    PHNOM PENH -- Inside the office of the Phnom Penh Post, one of the last remaining independent media outlets in Cambodia, staffers embraced editor-in-chief Kay Kimsong as he left the building for the last time on Monday.Sacked by the paper's new owne

    May 11, 2018 12:05 pm JST
  • Malaysia's opposition win shakes up Southeast Asia

    TOKYO -- The election victory by Malaysia's opposition coalition, led by former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, has resulted in the country's first transfer of power since its independence in 1957, sending shockwaves through Southeast Asia.Wednesda

    May 10, 2018 09:05 pm JST
  • Manufacturing rises across Asia despite wage pressures

    KUALA LUMPUR Already under pressure from rising materials costs, manufacturers in Asia are now facing another cost-related worry -- rising minimum wages, which weigh on employers and have led to some job cuts, according to the latest monthly Nikkei

    May 10, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • Facebook's uphill battle against fake news in Asia

    TOKYO Facebook is taking its battle against fake news to Asia, where misleading information is increasingly dividing local communities.But the initiative, centered on partnerships with third-party fact-checking organizations, faces an uphill challen

    May 10, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • Are Kathmandu's quake-hit temples getting a shoddy makeover?

    KATHMANDU Just inside the entrance to Kathmandu's iconic Durbar Square, an exhibition explains the reconstruction work that has been going on since 2015's devastating earthquake.Close by, an array of Chinese and Nepalese flags marks a Chinese govern

    May 10, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • With Southeast Asia in sight, KDDI sets aside $2bn for investment

    TOKYO -- Japanese telecom carrier KDDI is ready to spend 200 billion yen ($1.82 billion) on investments including overseas operations and acquisitions during the current fiscal year, viewing Southeast Asia as an especially promising market."It would

    May 10, 2018 07:03 am JST
  • Thousands flee Myanmar's ethnic conflict in Kachin

    YANGON -- The Myanmar military's escalating battle with armed ethnic groups has driven thousands of residents in northern Kachin State from their homes, the United Nations reports, creating new refugees for a country already under criticism for the

    May 10, 2018 03:39 am JST
  • Alibaba buys Pakistani online marketplace

    SHANGHAI -- Alibaba Group Holding has acquired Pakistani peer Daraz Group, a move that will help the top Chinese e-commerce platform expand its reach in Asia.Alibaba did not disclose the financial terms of the deal in Tuesday's announcement. Daraz w

    May 10, 2018 02:37 am JST
  • Asian exports get boost from Trump tax cuts, IMF says

    HONG KONG -- The U.S. is set to take in more goods from Asia this year as tax cuts and deficit spending stimulate domestic demand even as President Donald Trump aggressively raises barriers to Chinese exports as well as to steel and aluminum inflows

    May 9, 2018 08:01 pm JST
  • Mekong River nations face the hidden costs of China's dams

    STUNG TRENG, Cambodia -- Sam In, a 48-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia's northeastern province of Stung Treng, never knew that people paid for water until he was forced to move out of his home on the banks of a Mekong River tributary two years ago

    May 9, 2018 01:16 pm JST
  • Investment floods into Mekong Delta

    BANGKOK -- The Mekong Delta once sheltered Viet Cong guerrillas as they battled U.S. forces during the Vietnam War. Today the area is the country's "rice bowl," providing half of the national rice supply. It is also becoming an increasingly attracti

    May 9, 2018 01:16 pm JST
  • Asian manufacturing expands in April but wage pressures grow

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Already under pressure from rising materials costs such as crude oil, manufacturers in Asia are now facing another cost-related worry -- rising minimum wages, which weigh on employers and have led to some job cuts, according to the l

    May 9, 2018 11:15 am JST