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Japanese beer company probing if donations went to Myanmar forces

Japanese beer company Kirin is investigating whether its donations went to Myanmar’s military, accused of brutal attacks against Rohingya Muslims. Amnesty International has urged Japanese authorities to look into donations Kirin’s subsidiary Myanmar Brewery made in September and October last year. A televised ceremony for a US$6,000 donation showed the commander of Myanmar’s military. Tokyo-based […]

Boozy battle-ground: a turf war brews in Myanmar

At a beer station on Bogyoke Aung San Road, servers traipse from table to table, handing mugs of Myanmar Beer to cheroot-smoking men in longyis. Another beer station in Sanchaung township looks almost exactly the same, but with Dagon Beer decorations and brew dripping from the taps. All over Myanmar, domestic brands such as Myanmar […]

Arbitration on tap for Myanmar Brewery owner

The Myanmar Brewery ownership dispute has further escalated after Singaporean company Fraser and Neave said it received a Notice of Arbitration from its local partner last week. Military-owned partner Union of Myanma Economic Holdings Limited (UMEHL) is seeking to force the foreign firm to sell its majority stake to UMEHL over an alleged breach of […]