Boat with 70 Muslim Rohingya sinks off Myanmar

Nov 3, 2013

Boat with 70 Muslim Rohingya sinks off Myanmar

A boat carrying 70 ethnic minority Muslim Rohingya capsized Sunday off the western coast of Myanmar, an aid worker said. Only eight survivors have been found. The boat was in the Bay of Bengal and headed for Bangladesh when it went down early Sunday, ...

Envoy backs Myanmar's nation-building bid

Nov 3, 2013

Envoy backs Myanmar's nation-building bid

by Hidenori Tajima

Mikio Numata, Japan’s ambassador to Myanmar, said he will support the people’s efforts to build their own nation. “I would respect whatever future Myanmar people envision,” said Numata, who assumed his post last November. Numata, 63, said he realized that Myanmar had changed dramatically ...

Firms giving refugees jobs instead of charity

Oct 25, 2013

Firms giving refugees jobs instead of charity

by Megumi Iizuka

With applications for refugee status reaching record levels, a number of Japanese businesses are providing employment and training to people forced to flee their home country due to war and persecution, with emphasis on genuine vocational opportunities rather than charity. Mohammad Mawaheb Seraj Eddin, ...

Oct 17, 2013

Bomb blasts in eastern Myanmar kill one

Three small bombs went off in eastern Myanmar, killing one person and wounding six, the latest in a series of unexplained explosions in a country that had seen few such attacks since an elected government took over two years ago. The blasts in Namkham, ...

Oct 15, 2013

Myanmar police urge vigilance after bomb blasts in Yangon

Police urged vigilance after several small bombs exploded in and around Myanmar’s largest city in recent days, reportedly killing two people and injuring three others. No one claimed responsibility for the blasts and it was not immediately clear if they were related. Small explosions ...

MSDF ships make first port call in Myanmar

Oct 1, 2013

MSDF ships make first port call in Myanmar

Maritime Self-Defense Force training vessels on a round-the-world voyage arrive in Myanmar on Monday for a five-day mission, marking the first-ever port call by an MSDF vessel to the country.

Myanmar refugees arrive via U.N. resettlement plan

Sep 28, 2013

Myanmar refugees arrive via U.N. resettlement plan

Four families from Myanmar arrived Friday night in Tokyo on a pilot U.N. refugee resettlement program introduced in fiscal 2010. The families are from ethnic minorities in Myanmar and had been living in a refugee camp in Thailand, across the border. After a 180-day ...

NPO offers medical services to Myanmar

Sep 16, 2013

NPO offers medical services to Myanmar

by Hiroko Harima

A group of doctors, nurses and volunteers from Japan are providing medical services in Sagaing, Myanmar. Japan Heart is a nonprofit organization that offers medical services at a hospital set up by a local Buddhist monk to treat the poor more than 20 years ...

Sep 15, 2013

Bubble trouble hits sales of jade in Hong Kong

Prized as a magical imperial stone, jade is a status symbol of the superrich in Asia, but rocketing prices in the top-end of the market have left traders in Hong Kong struggling to find buyers. With the cost of high-quality raw jade and jade ...