Jan 16, 2014

Assist Myanmar's reform efforts

Nearly three years after its transition from military to civilian rule, Myanmar faces difficult challenges in its path to democratization and economic reform, including the infrastructure necessary to attract business investment and a military-centered constitution.

Jan 15, 2014

Myanmar nationals are issued multiple-entry visas

Japan has started issuing multiple-entry visas to Myanmar nationals as part of efforts to increase tourism and expand bilateral exchanges, the Foreign Ministry said. A multiple visa will be valid for up to three years, allowing a bearer to stay in Japan for up ...

Coach leads Myanmar's women's team higher

Dec 16, 2013

Coach leads Myanmar's women's team higher

by Hidenori Tajima

Manager Yoshinori Kumada has been leading the Myanmar women’s national soccer team for 2½ years, guiding the unheralded side gradually up the FIFA rankings with the goal of qualifying for the 2015 World Cup. “Try not to float the ball, but roll it steadily,” ...

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 ...

Yangon industrial complex on way

Dec 1, 2013

Yangon industrial complex on way

Construction on a joint venture industrial complex between Japanese and Myanmar companies has gotten under way in Yangon with an official ribbon-cutting and groundbreaking ceremony. Upon completion in 2015, the industrial complex in the Thilawa Special Economic Zone, about 20 km south of central ...

Myanmar's remaining independence fighter dies at 91

Nov 28, 2013

Myanmar's remaining independence fighter dies at 91

Ye Htut, the last member of the “Thirty Comrades,” the group that spearheaded Myanmar’s struggle against British colonial rule, has died. He was 91. Ye Htut died from health problems related to old age at a hospital in the main city of Yangon on ...

Myanmar's No. 2 peak may actually be highest

Nov 25, 2013

Myanmar's No. 2 peak may actually be highest

Myanmar may have a new tallest mountain, though so far it seems quite happy with the old one. A U.S.-Myanmar mountaineering team trekked through jungles crawling with cobras, made a brief, illegal detour through Chinese-controlled Tibet and survived a terrifying 180-meter fall on their ...