National Aug 30, 2018

Bridge built with Japanese aid opens in Yangon, easing traffic jams

Japan-funded Dawbon Bridge is now open in central Yangon, easing traffic congestion in Myanmar's commercial capital. The new bridge officially opened last Saturday over a branch of the Bago River in commemoration of Japan-Myanmar Friendship Day. Tokyo and Japanese contractors contributed ¥4.2 billion ($38 million) ...

National Feb 26, 2018

Myanmar taps Japanese ODA to upgrade Yangon's circular railway

Myanmar has begun upgrading the six-decade-old railway loop in its former capital Yangon with official development assistance from Japan. Tokyo will provide $207 million for the $301 million project, which is designed to shorten the round-trip travel time to two hours from three. More commuters ...

Myanmar's military chief asks Abe to continue SDF support

National / Politics Aug 5, 2017

Myanmar's military chief asks Abe to continue SDF support

Myanmar's visiting military chief, Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, has asked Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to ensure the Self-Defense Forces continue to provide "capacity-building assistance" to Myanmar's national forces. During a meeting at the Prime Minister's Office on Friday, Abe expressed hope that stability and ...

Japan helps Myanmar set up 250 revenue-generating postboxes

Business Jun 28, 2017

Japan helps Myanmar set up 250 revenue-generating postboxes

Myanmar will get help from Japan to replace postboxes in three major cities with new designs that offer advertisement space to reform the nation's aging postal system. The project, which will also help finance the cost of building the new units, covers a total of ...

Business / Corporate May 1, 2017

Japan's IHI inaugurates heavy concrete factory joint venture in Myanmar

IHI Corp. held an opening ceremony Sunday for its heavy concrete factory in Myanmar, becoming the first Japanese plant producing pre-stressed concrete products in Southeast Asia's newest emerging market. The Tokyo-based heavy industry company, in partnership with Myanmar's Construction Ministry, opened the $12.2 million facility ...

Business / Corporate Feb 4, 2017

Heavy equipment manufacturer Kubota opens facility in Myanmar

Heavy equipment manufacturer Kubota Corp. has opened an import and sales facility in Myanmar, vowing to support its growing farm machinery market and expand dealer networks by providing access to quality products. Located in the Japanese government-backed Thilawa Special Economic Zone on the outskirts of ...

Business Jan 28, 2017

Japanese chamber makes proposals to Suu Kyi to promote investment

A visiting Japanese business delegation proposed policy measures to address major challenges impeding Japanese investment into Myanmar in a meeting Friday with the country's leader Aung San Suu Kyi, state media reported Saturday. During the meeting in the capital Naypyitaw, the delegation of the Japan ...

Yangon rail system to get upgrade

Business Dec 31, 2016

Yangon rail system to get upgrade

by Jordan Allen

Tourists visiting Myanmar's largest city, Yangon, could lose one of the star attractions of the former capital after the railway that encircles the city is upgraded with the help of Japanese investment. While the responsibility for upgrading the 46 km (28.5 miles) of track that ...

Business / Corporate Dec 16, 2016

Myanmar-Japan venture targets role in improving infrastructure

A joint venture between Myanmar's leading heavy machinery distributor, Myanmar Kaido Co., and Japanese trading giant Mitsubishi Corp. aims to capitalize on Myanmar's rapid development of urban infrastructure through the rental of construction and other equipment. An opening ceremony for the joint venture, Diamond Rental ...