Suga voices concerns over Myanmar in talks with Laos PM

National Apr 7, 2021

Suga voices concerns over Myanmar in talks with Laos PM

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Wednesday voiced grave concerns over the situation in Myanmar, where security forces continue their violent crackdown on protestors against February's military coup, in phone talks with his Laotian counterpart Phankham Viphavanh. Suga vowed to continue pushing Myanmar's military to immediately ...

Japan and Laos to relax coronavirus travel restrictions

National Aug 23, 2020

Japan and Laos to relax coronavirus travel restrictions

Japan and Laos agreed Sunday to allow expatriates to resume traveling as early as September, provided they stay home for 14 days after entering their respective countries as part of measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. The plan was agreed to by ...

Water wars: Mekong River another front in U.S.-China rivalry

Asia Pacific | FOCUS Jul 25, 2020

Water wars: Mekong River another front in U.S.-China rivalry

The Mekong River has become a new front in the U.S.-China rivalry, environmentalists and officials say, with Beijing overtaking Washington in both spending and influence over downstream countries at the mercy of its control of the river's waters. It's a confrontation in which the administration ...

Chinese dams held back Mekong waters during drought, study finds

Asia Pacific Apr 14, 2020

Chinese dams held back Mekong waters during drought, study finds

China's Mekong River dams held back large amounts of water during a damaging drought in downstream countries last year despite China having higher-than-average water levels upstream, a U.S. research company said in a study. China's government disputed the findings, saying there was low rainfall during ...

Lao Airlines to launch Vientiane-Kumamoto service in November

Business Jul 26, 2019

Lao Airlines to launch Vientiane-Kumamoto service in November

Lao Airlines said Thursday it is planning to launch regular flights in November connecting the Laotian capital of Vientiane and the resort town of Luang Prabang with Kumamoto in Kyushu. The route will offer the first regular flights connecting Japan and Laos. Lao Airlines President ...