Japanese companies flock to Myanmar

Japanese companies are trying to court Myanmar’s growing middle class. On Dec. 29, Honda Motor opened its 115th motorcycle dealership in the country, in Myitkyina, the capital of the state of Kachin. The Japanese company opened five dealerships in Myanmar in December alone — all in smaller cities. The total number was up 40% from […]

Myanmar manufacturing set for takeoff

With the end to economic sanctions triggering an investment boom and an abundance of low-cost labor, Myanmar’s nascent manufacturing industries look set for major growth. In the space of less than two years, Japanese clothing retailer Honeys has increased the number of production lines at its second factory in Myanmar from five to 34. The […]

Through reclusive Wa, China’s reach extends into Suu Kyi’s Myanmar

China is extending its sway over an autonomous enclave run by Myanmar’s most powerful ethnic armed group, sources in the region told Reuters, bolstering Beijing’s role in the peace process that is the signature policy of Aung San Suu Kyi. The “foreign policy” of the self-proclaimed Wa State is closely monitored by Beijing, senior officials […]

Myanmar’s Fans of Right-Hand Cars Feel Wronged by State Ban

YANGON, Myanmar—Driving a car here is like waiting for an accident to happen. More than nine out of 10 cars in Myanmar are right-hand drive, as they are in Britain and Japan, but the cars drive on the right-hand side of the road as they do in the U.S. That combination occurs as in few […]

ANA Plans to Start Flights From Myanmar

​​ TOKYO – ANA Holdings Inc has invested in a new airline venture in Myanmar that aims to start international flights in 2018 as the Japanese carrier seeks to capture demand in Asia’s fastest-growing economy. ANA has a 49% stake and a local company holds the remainder, Shinya Katanozaka, chief executive officer of Japan’s largest […]

Animosity in a Burmese Hub Deepens as Chinese Get Richer

MANDALAY, Myanmar — From damp and drizzly London, the siren of British imperialism, Rudyard Kipling, wrote a poem that captured the palm trees, pagodas and temple bells of Burma during colonial rule. The romance of that verse, “Mandalay,” became a refrain for the exotic East, and of this city, in particular, once a royal capital […]

Mitsubishi Consortium to Build Yangon Complex

TOKYO — A Japanese consortium that includes developer Mitsubishi Estate and trading company Mitsubishi Corp. will build a commercial complex in Yangon in partnership with local developers. The project, in a country often referred to as Asia’s last frontier, includes two office buildings, condominiums and a hotel and services unit on a 4-hectare site in […]

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 […]