Japanese pop culture fandom spreads in Myanmar

YANGON — Japanese pop culture is taking root in Myanmar, with big-name acts like AKB48 wowing crowds and manga styles influencing the comic scene. This is no accident. Active public-private cooperation is watering those roots. Japan’s government and companies have seen the success of South Korean dramas in the Southeast Asian country and are eager […]

Myanmar’s flagship industrial park ready for takeoff

YANGON — Myanmar’s first industrial park has grown into a thriving hub of foreign investment in its first two years, in a country seeking to catch up quickly with its more industrialized Southeast Asian peers. During the two years since it opened in September 2015, the Thilawa industrial park in a suburb of Yangon, the […]

Japan’s Acecook to start instant noodle production in Myanmar in 2017

OSAKA — Acecook plans to begin making instant noodles in Myanmar in summer 2017. By switching from imports to local production and offering soups more akin to local tastes, the Japanese company hopes to win a 10% share of Myanmar’s growing market for instant-noodle products by 2020, selling the equivalent of 100 million servings a […]

Thilawa SEZ expects 100 companies over the next five years

According to the National Planning and Economic Development Ministry, Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) expects about 100 companies to come and conduct business in Zone Aover the next five years. An official from the National Planning and Economic Development Ministry said that infrastructure projects were currently being implemented on a 400-hectare area in Thilawa SEZ […]