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Title: The Myanmar–Japan Bilateral Investment Treaty
Date of publication: 12 September 2014
Description/subject: "...This note examines some of the key legal and policy implications of the Myanmar–Japan Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT). This treaty was signed on December 15, 2013 but, at the time of writing, does not appear to have entered into force. Although Myanmar is already a party to a handful of bilateral and multilateral investment treaties, the Myanmar–Japan BIT is particularly significant for two reasons. The first is that it is the first investment treaty to be negotiated and signed by the transitional government that took power in 2011. As such, it provides insights into how the current Government might approach other investment treaty negotiations over the coming years. The second reason is that the Myanmar–Japan BIT differs significantly from recent ASEAN investment treaty practice (to which Myanmar is a party). For one, the investment protection provisions of the Myanmar–Japan BIT use older- style language, thereby leaving leeway for investment tribunals to limit Myanmar’s policy space in a manner that would not be possible under the ASEAN investment treaties. Myanmar also appears to provide more extensive pre-establishment rights to Japan than it provides to ASEAN member states under the ASEAN Comprehensive Investment Agreement (ASEAN CIA), and it could be argued that the rights granted to Japanese investors must now also be extended to investors of the other nine ASEAN states..."
Author/creator: Jonathan Bonnitcha
Language: English
Source/publisher: International Institute for Sustainable Development
Format/size: pdf (919K-reduced version; 1.63MB-original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.iisd.org/sites/default/files/publications/myanmar-japan-bilateral-investment-treaty.pdf
Date of entry/update: 23 September 2014


Title: Mitsubishi to Invest $70 Million in Yetagun
Date of publication: July 2000
Description/subject: Japanese trading company Mitsubishi Corporation has announced that it will provide US $70 million to build a floating storage offloading FSO facility for the Yetagun offshore oil and natural gas project in Burma by the end of July. [Nippon Oil, holder of 20% in Yetagun, merged with Mitsubishi Oil in April 1999 to form Japan's biggest oil company, the Nippon-Mitsubishi Oil Corporation(NMOC) known also as Nisseki Mitsubishi Oil Corp.]
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy", Vol. 8. No. 7
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Gambling on Japan
Date of publication: April 2000
Description/subject: In recent years Japan has attempted to assert itself as a major player on the Asian political stage, only to have its efforts rebuffed by its neighbors and its major strategic partner, the United States. But, writes Neil Lawrence, Asian countries struggling out of a major economic crisis may finally be ready to give Japan the leading role it has long coveted. But doubts remain about Japan's political values.
Author/creator: Neil Lawrence
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy", Vol. 8. No. 4-5
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: "Greedy" Regime Stuns Japanese
Date of publication: February 2000
Description/subject: Officials in Japan, historically Burma's largest creditor, have been left shaking their heads over the SPDC's latest efforts to tap into the wealth of Asia's richest nation.
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy", Vol. 8. No. 2 (Business section)
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: "One Trip to Myanmar and Everyone Would Love the Country"
Date of publication: December 1998
Description/subject: Burma-Japan relations go back to before World War II, and the opinions of Japan's "old Burma hands" are often better informed about internal conditions than those of Western observers, even if one doesn't entirely agree with them. But a new Japanese perspective on Burma has emerged, which could be described as "Aung San Suu Kyi-bashing" or "hitching one's wagon to the star of Asian values."
Author/creator: Donald Seekins
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Burma Debate", Vol. V No 1
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Panel Set to Examine EC's Complaint Against US Tax Treatment for FSCs
Date of publication: 29 October 1998
Description/subject: The Dispute Settlement Body (DSB), on 21 October, established a panel to examine complaints by the European Communities and Japan that a Massachusetts law had violated provisions of the plurilateral Agreement on Government Procurement..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: WTO NEWS
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 18 August 2010


Title: Japan Seeks Respect - But from Whom?
Date of publication: April 1998
Description/subject: Japan's resumption of ODA to Burma's junta begs questions about its motives and what its political values really are.
Author/creator: LJN
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy", Vol. 6. No. 2
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003