Militarism in Thailand and Myanmar: A Role Reversal in the Making?

Militarism seems to be migrating from the latter to the former at a speedy rate. By Pavin Chachavalpongpun A role reversal for Myanmar and Thailand is starkly in the making, as concerns about militarism seem to continue to migrate from the former to the latter at a speedy rate. Recent developments towards democracy in Myanmar […]

New Myanmar government brings challenges for Tokyo

With Wednesday’s installation of a new government in Myanmar that will effectively be led by pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, the Southeast Asian nation has arrived at a crossroads in its relationship with Japan. After more than 50 years of military rule, Htin Kyaw, a key aide to Suu Kyi, took over the same […]

Myanmar Election Results Put Japan in Uncertain Spot

The victory of Aung San Suu Kyi’s party in Myanmar’s election leaves Japan and its companies facing some uncertainty in the country, in part because businesses and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe haven’t built close ties with Ms. Suu Kyi. Government officials said the National League for Democracy’s victory was within the range of their expectations–although […]

Japan to increase investment in Myanmar education

The Japan International Cooperation Association (JICA) office in Myanmar has announced that its association will pledge¥1.35 billion (around $13.5 million) towards the advancement of engineering subjects in two technology universities in Yangon and Mandalay. This project is a five-year endeavor that willbeginon 5 October 2013 and continue until 5 October 2018. Its major aim is […]