Myanmar's first census in 30 years extended amid controversy

Apr 12, 2014

Myanmar's first census in 30 years extended amid controversy

A group of women dressed in green sarong-like longyis and simple white blouses stand around a table piled with census forms, entering neat notations on spreadsheets by hand. The women will have to go through 37,579 family census forms, according to officials, using calculators ...

Apr 9, 2014

ODA spending up 11.1% in 2013

Japan disbursed $11.786 billion in real terms under its official development assistance program in 2013, up 11.1 percent from the year before, according to data released Tuesday by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Japan’s net ODA amount with repaid yen loans deducted ...

Logging, blast fishing hit Myanmar's 'paper parks'

Apr 6, 2014

Logging, blast fishing hit Myanmar's 'paper parks'

Off a remote, glimmering beach backed by a lush tropical forest, Julia Tedesco skims the crystalline waters with mask and fins, looking for coral and fish. “There is almost nothing left down there,” the environmental project manager said, wading toward a sign on the ...

Mar 24, 2014

Kishida announces fresh loans for Myanmar

Japan will provide about a ¥24 billion in new loans to Myanmar to help build power transmission grids, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida told President Thein Sein on Monday in the capital city of Naypyitaw. Kishida, who flew into Yangon on Sunday, also met with ...

Myanmar relents, says Doctors Without Borders can stay

Mar 2, 2014

Myanmar relents, says Doctors Without Borders can stay

A day after Doctors Without Borders announced its expulsion from Myanmar, the government backpedaled, saying the aid organization would be allowed to resume operations everywhere but Rakhine, a state plagued by bloody bouts of sectarian violence. The Nobel Peace Prize-winning group expressed grave concern ...

Japanese cars face fight in Myanmar

Feb 6, 2014

Japanese cars face fight in Myanmar

Used Japanese cars are flooding Myanmar, thanks to duty reductions and deregulation since President Thein Sein’s government was inaugurated in 2011 in a shift to civilian rule. The trend, however, will likely be challenged by increased competition from European and U.S. carmakers that are ...

Jan 31, 2014

More airlines to serve Myanmar

Japan and Myanmar have agreed to revise a bilateral aviation accord to allow more than one air carrier from each country to offer flights, the Foreign Ministry said. Japanese Ambassador to Myanmar Mikio Numata and Tin Naing Tun, director general of the Department of ...

Jan 24, 2014

U.N. urges Myanmar to probe sectarian killings

The United Nations has called on Myanmar to investigate reports that dozens of men, women and children were killed in attacks on Rohingya Muslims with the alleged involvement of police. The U.N. said it had received “credible information” of a series of attacks in ...

Jan 18, 2014

Myanmar denies Buddhist mob killed Muslim villagers

Myanmar’s government denied that security forces and a Buddhist mob attacked a village in an isolated corner of the country this past week and killed Muslim women and children. A rights group said more than a dozen people may have died and that hundreds ...