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IIST e-MagazineIIST e-Magazine No.0254
April 28, 2016


Furiously Changing Yangon
Midday traffic jams and a mobile phone boom in Myanmar's biggest city


Hirotaka Yamakawa
Guest Researcher
Jiji Research Institute
JIJI Press

The number of cars in Yangon, Myanmar's biggest city, has skyrocketed, and there are now traffic jams even during the day. Mobile phone uptake has been huge, and retail stores and restaurants too continue to increase as Yangon undergoes a rapid transformation.
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The Tohoku Recovery Five Years On
Challenges to date and prospects ahead


Kazuhiro Morimoto
Director-General
Tohoku Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)

Five years on from the Great East Japan Earthquake, steady progress has been made toward developing infrastructure and rebuilding commerce and townscapes in the affected areas. METI Tohoku will continue to work with the relevant institutions toward the region's further recovery, focusing particularly on the 'soft' aspects of assistance.
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Cambodia's Economic Development and
Environmental and Energy Conservation Business Chances


Hirohito Ishige
Deputy General Manager
Tepia Corporation Japan
METI-Registered SME Management Consultant

In recent years, the development of a logistical network in Indochina and the advance of neighboring countries have drawn increasing attention to Cambodia. The possibilities for environmental and energy conservation business were surveyed as areas where economic development is expected to foster demand growth.
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* Articles are written by METI officials and specialists, economists, journalists, and experts in various fields. It should be noted, however, that views expressed do not represent the official position of the Japanese government or of IIST.

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