Feb 21, 2014

ODA serves as an investment in ASEAN: white paper

The nation’s official development assistance to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations has been an effective “investment in the future” for the 10-nation region and Japan, bolstering development and prosperity for both, according to a government paper released Friday. The ODA White Paper for ...

| Jan 6, 2014

Tokyo job fair to help students from Southeast Asia

A job fair for students from Southeast Asian countries seeking employment in Japan will be held Sunday in Tokyo. Recruiters from various industries, such as manufacturing, travel, transportation and retail, will be in attendance. Jointly organized by ASEAN Youth Network in Japan and Intelligence, ...

Dec 16, 2013

U.S. boosts maritime security aid to Vietnam, other ASEAN members

The United States will boost maritime security assistance to China’s smaller neighbors amid rising tensions over disputed territories in the South China Sea, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced Monday during a visit to Vietnam, where he also pressed the communist government on ...

Japanese businesses view Southeast Asia as key to growth

Dec 14, 2013

Japanese businesses view Southeast Asia as key to growth

Japanese corporate leaders Saturday emphasized the importance of Southeast Asian markets for the growth of the country’s companies during a meeting with leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. “Japan’s economic circles will continue to deepen economic exchanges with ASEAN,” Hiromasa Yonekura, chairman ...

Japan, ASEAN tie up on flight rights

Dec 14, 2013

Japan, ASEAN tie up on flight rights

by Mizuho Aoki

Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations agreed Saturday to bolster cooperation on ensuring “the freedom of overflight and civil aviation safety,” alluding to the risks posed by China’s new air defense identification zone over the East China Sea. In a joint statement ...

Myanmar's capital less of a ghost town

Dec 14, 2013

Myanmar's capital less of a ghost town

by Denis D. Gray

Watched around the clock, pampered and bathed twice a day, five white elephants are munching on choice greenery in Myanmar’s vast, remote and surreal capital. Above them soars a shimmering gold-plated pagoda. From ancient times, Myanmar’s rulers regarded these rare albino animals as sacred ...

Dec 13, 2013

Japan to announce ¥20 billion for ASEAN cultural exchanges

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will announce at a regional summit this weekend that Japan will extend ¥20 billion in official development assistance to promote cultural exchanges ASEAN, a government source said. Abe will unveil the aid during the summit with the Association of Southeast ...