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  • Yangon smartens up

    KURAHIRO SEGUCHI,
    Nikkei staff photographer
    One sign of Myanmar's transformation since 2011 has been the emergence of smartphones in Yangon. Now, like in any other major Asian city, the burg's inhabitants are constantly checking out what's happening in the palms of their hands, often with inexpensive handsets from China.

  • A hub of global trade

    KURAHIRO SEGUCHI, Nikkei staff photographer Singapore is a maritime logistics hub that connects the Indian and Pacific oceans. The port's container-handling capacity in 2013 was 32.58 million 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs). It is the world's second largest port after Shanghai, and there are plans to increase total capacity to around 50 million TEUs.

  • A vision of health in India

    TAKUYA IMAI, Nikkei staff photographer
    Dr. Devi Shetty, a renowned Indian heart surgeon, has a vision: He wants people to have access to quality health care, whether they are rich or poor. To achieve this, he founded the Narayana Health group. The group's core hospital in Bangalore, which opened in 2001, conducts numerous operations every day. More recently, in the southern city of Mysore, Narayana Health established the country's first "low-cost multispecialty hospital."

  • Nonstop business

    KEN KOBAYASHI, Nikkei staff photographer To keep pace with demand for air travel, the Asia-Pacific region will need to find 192,300 new pilots and 215,300 maintenance personnel over the next 20 years, according to U.S. aircraft maker Boeing. Airline companies are scrambling to expand and develop their human resources.

  • Clothing maker to the world

    YUMI KOTANI, Nikkei staff photographer The world's most successful apparel brands, including H&M, Uniqlo and Zara, all produce clothing in Bangladesh. And production in Bangladesh continues to grow, making it the second-largest garment exporter after China.


  • Fashion mashup in Bangladesh

    YUMI KOTANI, Nikkei staff photographer Bangladeshi women are changing their style. Many people in the Muslim country believe that women should not wear garments that emphasize their body lines. But things are loosening up a bit – traditional clothing paired with current styles such as skintight jeans are gradually appearing in the capital Dhaka.

  • Getting there in India

    TAKUYA IMAI, Nikkei staff photographer India is on a mission to make its rail network one of the largest and most advanced in the world. A project is under way to lay 65,000km of railroads across the country of 1.2 billion people. This would give India the world's fourth-largest rail system. The need to increase India's railways can be readily seen in its major cities, where traffic congestion and air pollution continue to worsen.

  • In pursuit of the dong in Vietnam

    KAZUMI SAITO, Nikkei staff photographer
    All sorts of companies want to dip into Vietnamese wallets these days. It is easy to see why: Last year, the nation's population topped 90 million, while per-capita gross domestic product was just shy of $1,900, up from about $1,230 in 2009. With the economy continuing to expand -- it grew more than 5% in 2013, according to government data -- stores are opening left and right.

  • Bridal wave

    YUMI KOTANI, Nikkei staff photographer
    India's wedding industry has experienced rapid growth in recent years. A number of businesses have emerged to cater to the newlyweds-to-be, including hall operators, clothing retailers, jewelry stores and TV programs that specialize in wedding matters. The market is estimated at around $30 billion. (Second in a two-part series)