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For Nyunt Shwe's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Oct 18, 2011

Economic trouble in China

The decision of China’s sovereign wealth fund to buy shares of four of the country’s biggest banks is a warning signal. The move to prop up the plummeting value of those institutions is intended to boost confidence; instead, it has highlighted the many unknowns ...

Jun 9, 2011

China-Pakistan strategic ties deepen

After the daring U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden in his hideout next to Pakistan’s premier military academy, Islamabad has openly played its China card to caution Washington against pushing it too hard. And China has been more than eager to show itself ...

May 19, 2011

Tepco compensation plan

The government on May 13 decided on the overall framework of a scheme to help Tokyo Electric Power Co. compensate people who have suffered losses from the accidents at its Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. Compensation will be paid to those who were ...

Mar 6, 2011

Good outlook for English classes

Takahiro Fukada’s Feb. 26 article, “Are schools ready for English?,” accentuates elementary school teachers’ concerns about teaching English as a compulsory subject to fifth- and sixth-grade students from the beginning of the new academic year. University professors express anxiety about the number of classes, ...

Sep 4, 2010

The ICC snubbed

Kenya late last month launched a new constitution. The event was marked by a gala celebration in Nairobi that included other regional leaders and heads of state. Sadly, among the guests was Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir. His attendance, while no doubt intended to ...

May 2, 2010

Life or death for Suu Kyi's party?

The incumbent regime in Myanmar is asking all interest groups, until Thursday, to form political parties and register within 60 days. All unregistered parties will cease to exist under the new election laws. The National League for Democracy (NLD) party has openly boycotted the ...

Dec 27, 2008

'Unusual' budget response

The government has approved a record ¥88.548 trillion budget for fiscal 2009. Marking an increase of 6.6 percent from the initial fiscal 2008 budget, it represents an attempt to keep the Japanese economy from suffering the worst effects of the global financial crisis. Prime ...

Nov 29, 2004

A new dawn for Myanmar?

Many Myanmar watchers might have been surprised when they got news of the pending release of nearly 4,000 prisoners who had been inappropriately jailed by the notorious Military Intelligence (MI) wing of former Prime Minister Gen. Khin Nyunt’s regime. Khin Nyunt had been detained ...

Oct 28, 2004

Bleak outlook for Myanmar democracy

After days of speculation over the fate of Myanmar Prime Minister Gen. Khin Nyunt, the country’s official media announced that he was permitted to retire for health reasons. The reasons given were usual for someone who had been removed from the inner circle. Earlier ...

Aug 20, 2004

Broken promises a blot on Myanmar's regime

A s Myanmar’s government prepares to take over the chairmanship of ASEAN for 1996, opposition groups have stepped up their campaign for reform in the country by appealing to the bloc’s leaders, reminding them that the regime in Yangon has violated all its promises, ...