Education always a major focus for Japan’s bilateral cooperation with Myanmar

Myanmar and Japan enjoy a long-standing strong bilateral relationship across a wide range of political, economic, social and cultural spheres. Reflecting this, Japan’s economic cooperation to Myanmar dates back to as early as 1954. Throughout the history of the bilateral cooperation, education has always been a major area of focus, as Japan sees it as […]

Myanmar officials say work on Dawei SEZ could restart

Plodding progress is being made on the long-delayed Dawei Special Economic Zone, according to Tanintharyi Region government officials, who are hoping the project will restart soon. Regional government officials visited Japan last month to discuss that country’s potential participation in the SEZ and reported strong interest, the Myanmar Times reported on Thursday. Tanintharyi Region chief […]

‘Credible’ Plan for Electricity Supply Among Changes Needed to Boost Investment, Japanese Businesses Tell Suu Kyi

​​ A Japanese busi­nesses delega­tion has outlined a number of measures needed for Myanmar to foster more Japanese investment in a meet­ing with State Counsel­lor Aung San Suu Kyi in Napyitaw, state media reported. The proposal, put forth by the Japanese Cham­ber of Commerce and In­dustry (JCCI), led by its chairman Akio Mimura, emphasized the […]

Tanintharyi Officials say Work on Dawei SEZ Could Restart

​​ Plodding progress is being made on the long-delayed Dawei Special Economic Zone, according to Tanintharyi Region government officials, who are hoping the project will restart soon. Regional government officials visited Japan last month to discuss that country’s potential participation in the SEZ and reported strong interest. Tanintharyi Region Chief Minister Daw Lae Lae Maw […]

Japan Competes With China for Myanmar Influence With 800 Billion Yen Aid Deal

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Photo: Kyodo Japan will provide aid worth 800 billion yen (US$7.73 billion) to Myanmar over five years as it competes for regional influence with the country’s biggest trading partner China. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made the announcement at a joint news […]

The Land Rush in Myanmar

After decades of military rule, Myanmar at last has a democratically elected government. Longtime opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party took charge in March, with her ally Htin Kyaw becoming president and the Nobel laureate herself serving as foreign affairs minister. In response, the U.S. last month announced a partial rollback of economic sanctions […]

JICA proposes underground railway

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will invest US$250 million to upgrade Yangon’s circular railway and has also proposed building two underground railway lines, as well as a light rapid transit system to improve the flow of traffic around the city. Such large-scale infrastructure investment is necessary, as Yangon’s population is projected to double from 5.1 […]

U Thin Sein Pushes Economic Ties, Dawei Support

President U Thein Sein looked to strengthen business ties with regional economic heavyweights at the 25th ASEAN Summit, including pushing for international support for an ambitious Dawei special economic zone plan. The president discussed promoting measures for economic growth with his Japanese, Indian and Indonesian counterparts on the sidelines of the event, which was held […]

U Thein Sein pushes economic ties, Dawei support

President U Thein Sein looked to strengthen business ties with regional economic heavyweights at the 25th ASEAN Summit, including pushing for international support for an ambitious Dawei special economic zone plan. The president discussed promoting measures for economic growth with his Japanese, Indian and Indonesian counterparts on the sidelines of the event, which was held […]

Abe offers Myanmar loan for Thilawa

NAY PYI TAW — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday offered Myanmar a 25.8 billion yen (7.35 billion baht) loan to help development and called for a nationwide settlement of conflicts with ethnic minority rebels, Japanese officials said. Mr Abe made the offer in a meeting with Myanmar President Thein Sein soon after he […]