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Reader Mail 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, ...

Editorials 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 ...

Commentary / World 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 ...

Editorials 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 Minister ...

Commentary / World 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 the ...

Commentary / World 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 the ...

Commentary / World 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, ...

Commentary / World Jun 28, 2004

People of Myanmar need Asia's help

Myanmar's stubborn military regime has decided to carry on with its controversial constitutional convention even as National League of Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her lieutenant, U Tin U, remain under house arrest. The last time a free and fair election was ...

Commentary / World Jan 4, 2004

Myanmar doesn't need new constitution

Myanmar (also known as Burma) is celebrating what could be the most auspicious anniversary in its 56 years of independence, which was declared at 4:20 a.m. on Jan. 4, 1948. Interestingly, the British government had agreed to grant independence on Jan. 1, but superstitious ...