The plans are the clearest indication yet of Japan's ambition to become a regional power as a military build-up by China and a resurgent Russia puts pressure on its US ally.
The reclusive former strongman continues to see a political role for himself and the military, which still takes cues from him.
The military-run ministry vets all proposed parties to make sure the applicants have no ties to terrorists or outlawed groups.
Ongoing setbacks leave observers wondering if the peace process will have achieved anything by 2020.
Taiwan vowed in 2011 to phase out conscription to cut costs and boost the professionalism of its forces as it tries to better deter the Chinese threat.
Following two months in detention, Nang Mo Hom reflects on the situation surrounding her arrest by the TNLA upon her release.
Two-day summit ends with statement on seven common goals
Firebrand monk says he will take up arms if Myanmar’s military leadership is charged at the International Criminal Court.
The ethnic armed group accused Nang Mo Hom of informing on two TNLA fighters who were extorting money from businesses in northern Shan State.
The Myanmar military shut down the Myayeik Nyo high-rise project in Yangon after the developer breached the memorandum of understanding signed between the two sides.
U Thawbita, accused of likening Snr-Gen. Min Aung Hlaing to a cow on Facebook and suggesting he orchestrated a prison break in Karen State, denies any wrongdoing.
On the 11th anniversary of the Saffron Revolution, we revisit this story from October 2007, in which the editor explained why Burma’s generals fear the influence of the Sangha.
This week, The Irrawaddy discusses how and when the military might be persuaded to relinquish its role in politics.
At a meeting in Laiza, signatories and non-signatories to the nationwide ceasefire agreement discussed how all groups could participate in the country’s peace deal.
A UN fact-finding mission has given the military a list of recommendations to address the Rohingya crisis. The burning question is how open it is to reform.