The Wartime Supply Road That Became Myanmar’s Thriving Trade Route

YANGON — As trucks barrel down the well-paved road between Mandalay and the southwest of China, few of the men working on the construction sites lining the road probably realize that it was once a vital wartime supply route. As Myanmar’s overland tradewith China expands, the roadis now being revived as a bustling trade artery between the two countries. In Mandalay, […]

Hanthawaddy Airport Agreement in Final Stage

RANGOON — A final concession agreement will be signed by the end of this year with the Japanese-Singapore consortium which won a tender to construct the Hanthawaddy International Airport north of Rangoon, according to a government minister. U Thant Sin Maung, Burma’s Minister for Transport and Communications, told lawmakers during the parliamentary session on Tuesday […]

Aeon brings Japanese sensibilities to Myanmar food shopping

YANGON — Japanese supermarket giant Aeon has become the first foreign retailer to enter Myanmar since the 2011 transition to civilian rule, a development that could herald change in a retail industry still dominated by traditional markets. Aeon signage, a familiar sight to Japanese consumers, made its Myanmar debut Friday in a largely middle-class area along a major […]

Wagyu beef hits Myanmar shelves

Finding quality cuts of beef in a Myanmar grocery store has long been a challenging endeavour. But as of August 26, authentic Japanese wagyu beef is appearing in IKON Marts for the first time – bringing the world’s most lauded breed of cow to the Golden Land. Yamaji Ryohei is the managing director of S […]

Car showrooms without permit to have actions taken

Car showrooms allegedly making sales without a permit will be dealt with through legal action, it is learnt. Although there are about 200 car sale centers with permits, some car sale centers are alleged to be making sales without a permit. Therefore, inspection teams will check automobile sale centers to see if if they obey […]

Aeon’s Myanmar bid highlights supermarket uncertainty

Japanese retail giant Aeon’s ambitions in Myanmar’s lucrative retail sector have highlighted uncertainty about what foreign firms are allowed to do as far as trading is concerned, with local industry heads calling for more clarity and a level playing field for domestic and international players. Aeon has provided most of the US$8.1 million in capital […]

Aeon’s Myanmar debut marks milestone in reform

August 14, 2016 7:00 am JST A new joint venture will take over Orange stores like this one in Yangon. YANGON — The approval of Japanese retailer Aeon to open up shop in Myanmar is a hallmark of the country’s economic reforms, a result of efforts by the new government overseen by Aung San Suu […]

Japan’s MHM merges with Thai firm in first tie-up of its kind

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto (MHM), one of Japan’s largest law firms, has acquired leading firm Chandler & Thong-ek (C&T) in Thailand as part of a push into South East Asia. The acquisition comes just over a year after the Japanese firm opened its third ASEAN office in Bangkok. The office is located in the same building […]

Big car opportunity in tiny Myanmar; can India drive home the advantage?

After half a century of isolation, Myanmar has finally opened up its market. It is a big country with a population of 51 million, strategically located between India, China and Thailand, with GDP growth of 8.7% in 2014—this growth is expected to be in a similar range until 2019. Since the formation of a new […]

Panasonic to expand smartphone business to Bangladesh, Myanmar

Panasonic will expand its smartphone business to Bangladesh and Myanmar in the next 3-4 months as the Japanese electronics major looks to cash in on the booming demand for mobility devices in the region. Panasonic will expand its smartphone business to Bangladesh and Myanmar in the next 3-4 months as the Japanese electronics major looks […]