Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar's Suu Kyi says "too early" to commit to 2015 election
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi talks to journalists during a press conference at the headquarters of her National League for Democracy (NLD) party Dec. 30 in Yangon. (Makoto Igarashi/ The Asahi Shimbun)
YANGON--Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi called on the government on Dec. 30 to hold a transparent election next year and said her party was waiting for a poll date...
Leading Myanmar activist demands military relinquish political...
Min Ko Naing, one of the most prominent pro-democracy leaders in Myanmar, during an interview with The Asahi Shimbun on Nov. 27 in Yangon (Makoto Igarashi)
YANGON--Min Ko Naing, a prominent pro-democracy leader in Myanmar, called for revisions to the nation's Constitution, which affords the military a virtual stranglehold on...
Aung San Suu Kyi’s visit to China shelved for time being
Aung San Suu Kyi (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
YANGON--Nobel laureate and pro-democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi said Nov. 27 that her planned visit to China in December has been postponed.
Obama, in Myanmar, criticizes rule preventing Suu Kyi run
U.S. President Barack Obama, left, stands with Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi at her home in Yangon, Myanmar, on Nov. 14 (AP Photo)
YANGON, Myanmar—U.S. President Barack Obama gave a blunt assessment on Nov. 14 of the need for further reform in Myanmar's move toward democracy, weighing into sensitive...
Aung San Suu Kyi to make first visit to China next month
Aung San Suu Kyi (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
YANGON--Myanmar democracy activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi will visit China for the first time since her release from house arrest four years ago, the...
Media under scrutiny in Myanmar's shift to democracy
A kiosk in Yangon sells a variety of newspapers in August 2014. (Makoto Igarashi)
YANGON--Recent arrests of reporters and editors here have raised concerns that Myanmar is taking a step backward in efforts to shift from a military dictatorship to a more...
Myanmar activists rally to call for amending constitution to allow ...
Supporters of Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi display placards during a protest march supporting her to become Myanmar’s president in Yangon, Myanmar, on Jan. 3. The placards read: "we don’t want article 59, section D and F" indicating the sections of the constitution that disqualifies Suu Kyi from becoming the president. (AP Photo)
YANGON, Myanmar--Several dozen activists rallied peacefully in Myanmar's biggest city on Jan. 3 to call for changing the constitution to allow pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu ...
Myanmar said set to release dozens of political prisoners
Myanmar political prisoners who were released from Insein prison walk away from the facility on May 17 in Yangon. (AP photo)
YANGON--Myanmar may release scores of political prisoners this month to fulfill a promise by its reformist president to free prisoners of conscience by the end of this year, a...
Aung San Suu Kyi: No democracy without constitutional revisions
Aung San Suu Kyi speaks in the Myanmar capital of Naypyidaw on Nov.4. (Makoto Igarashi)
NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar--Nobel Peace laureate and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has renewed her call for constitutional revisions to establish democracy in Myanmar.
Myanmar president: Nationwide ceasefire close at hand
Myanmar President Thein Sein during an interview in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei, on Oct. 11 (Ryosuke Ono)
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei--Myanmar’s president is “confident” that a nationwide ceasefire accord will be concluded as early as November, which would mark a key...
Thailand faces labor shortage as neighboring economies grow
Myanmar nationals work at a port in Mahachai, a center of Thailand’s seafood industry. (Shingo Kuzutani)
MAHACHAI, Thailand--A looming shortage of workers is threatening Thailand’s development as the economies of Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos are taking off and drawing their own...
Myanmar releases dozens of political prisoners
Chit Thura Ko Ko, a Myanmar political prisoner who was released from Insein Prison after receiving amnesty from Myanmar's President Thein Sein, talks to journalists outside the entrance of the prison on July 23, in Yangon, Myanmar. (AP Photo)
YANGON, Myanmar--Myanmar started releasing nearly 70 political prisoners on July 23, just days after the president promised during a European tour to free all who remain behind ...
Myanmar leader pledges prisoner release on visit to Britain
President of Myanmar Thein Sein, right, meets with British Prime Minister David Cameron as he arrives for a meeting at 10 Downing Street in London, on July 15. (AP Photo)
LONDON--President Thein Sein, the first leader of Myanmar to visit Britain in more than 25 years, promised to release all his country's political prisoners by the year's end...
Muslims trapped in ghetto after clashes in Myanmar
Men gather for prayers at Aung Mingalar's main mosque in Sittwe, northwestern Rakhine state, Myanmar, in May (AP file photo)
SITTWE, Myanmar--From inside the neighborhood that has become their prison, they can look over the walls and fences and into a living city.
Myanmar constitution likely to dash Suu Kyi's presidential hopes
Myanmar Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi greets supporters on a vehicle after she attended the ceremony to mark her 68th birthday at the headquarters of her National League for Democracy (NLD) party on June 19 in Yangon. (AP Photo)
YANGON--Her adoring compatriots believe democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi is destined to become Myanmar's next president. But don't bet on it.
Myanmar refugee returns to home country after 22 years
Myo Myint Swe relaxes in a park near his apartment in Tokyo’s Edogawa Ward on April 19. He often played futsal or spent time thinking there. (Miako Ichikawa)
Twenty-two years ago, Myo Myint Swe fled to Japan with a forged passport. A political refugee for half his life, he finally returned to his mother country of Myanmar in May.
Myanmar's Suu Kyi repeats wish to become president
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi attends a debate with Myanmar President's Office Minister Soe Thane on the second day of the three-day World Economic Forum on East Asia at Myanmar International Convention Center in Naypyitaw on  June 6. (AP Photo)
NAYPYITAW--In her clearest statement yet of her political ambitions, Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi told international business and political leaders on June 6 that ...
INSIGHT: How a Myanmar tycoon is profiting from change?
Myanmar business tycoon Zaw Zaw, right, who serves as the chairman of the Myanmar Football Federation, welcomes FIFA President Sepp Blatter during Blatter's visit to Myanmar to officially open FIFA's first soccer academy in the country in March 2011. (AP Photo)
YANGON--Zaw Zaw, one of Myanmar's most successful and notorious businessmen, likes to pick his way at odd hours around the hulking skeleton of his new hotel, rising beside...
Myanmar's pro-democracy activist inspired by Hiroshima's recovery
Ma Thida, left, meets with Keijiro Matsushima at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima on April 12. (Kenta Sujino)
HIROSHIMA--One of Myanmar's leading human rights activists who recently visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum for the first time said her nation can learn a lot from...
VOX POPULI: April the season of new beginnings
Jun Morita, left, and Nobuko Matsukawa in their classroom on April 8 at an elementary school on Heigunto island in Yamaguchi Prefecture (The Asahi Shimbun)
There is talk of moving the start of the school year from April to September. Personally, I prefer keeping it in April because that is the season of beginnings, with many new...