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  • Frederic Neumann: Asia does not have a dollar problem

    After a few false starts in recent years, the greenback is embarking on a relentless climb. Major swings in exchange rates force investors to reassess their positions, not just tactically but strategically. Global finance is thus in for a turbul

    December 18, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Yves Tiberghien: China-US axis takes center stage

    Who has the capacity to lead necessary adjustments in the global institutions that sustain the global economy? Does the apparent return of geopolitical confrontation spell doom for the global liberal regime? Advances in trade, finance and climat

    December 18, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Uber in Asia: Regulators chase the car-hailing venture

    KUALA LUMPUR/NEW DELHI/BANGKOK -- Uber Technologies kicks up a storm just about everywhere it takes its smartphone-based ride-hailing service. Having run afoul of regulators and incurred the wrath of old-guard taxi companies in the U.S. and Europe,

    December 18, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Vijay Sakhuja: India, China face off on long border

    It is winter now, the Himalays passes have closed, and the armies on either sides of the India-China border have retreated to their bunkers. Likewise, patrolling and probing by the troops has declined significantly, although the cross-border signals

    December 18, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Companies flock to India's liberalized defense sector

    TOKYO -- When India raised the upper limit on foreign ownership in the defense industry to 49% from 26% in August, it had three goals in mind: improve the current-account balance, introduce foreign military technologies, and set the stage for eventu

    December 18, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Investing in India

    SoftBank to buy into real estate portal operator

    TOKYO -- SoftBank on Tuesday announced that it will take a stake in Indian real estate Web portal operator Locon Solutions through a U.S. subsidiary. SoftBank Internet and Media will lead an investment of $90 million in the Indian company along

    December 17, 2014 05:38 am JST
  • Growing car market

    Elna to sell automotive circuit boards in India

    TOKYO -- Japan's Elna will enter the Indian market for automotive printed circuit boards through a partnership with trading house Sojitz Pla-Net, with an eye on fabricating the boards locally down the road. Elna intends to begin marketing and sa

    December 16, 2014 05:06 am JST
  • India's Act East

    Modi targets $100 billion in trade with ASEAN for 2015

    NEW DELHI -- India's trade with the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) currently stands at around $80 billion and could jump by a quarter in 2015. "We hope by 2015 it will touch $100 billion and [double] by 2022," said Comm

    December 15, 2014 10:43 pm JST
  • Brahma Chellaney

    From a nonaligned to multialigned India?

    When a country hosts Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Barack Obama in rapid succession for bilateral meetings, it demonstrates its ability to forge partnerships with rival powers and broker cooperativ

    December 15, 2014 05:30 pm JST
  • UN talks agree building blocks for new-style climate deal in 2015

    LIMA (Reuters) -- About 190 nations agreed on Sunday the building blocks of a new-style global deal due in 2015 to combat climate change amid warnings that far tougher action will be needed to limit increases in global temperatures. Under the de

    December 14, 2014 06:18 pm JST
  • Foreign investment in India

    Modi pitches business opportunities to global players

    NEW DELHI/MUMBAI -- India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been pitching business opportunities in the country to foreign and domestic players, in a bid to create more jobs. In October, Modi met Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg in the

    December 12, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Daniel Twining

    Asia should focus on its own 'pivot to Asia'

    Much has been made of the intensifying strategic competition between the U.S. and China, with Beijing working to edge America out of its Asian neighborhood even as Washington doubles down on its regional partnerships and presence. Less attention has

    December 12, 2014 10:00 am JST
  • Putin the salesman

    Russia to help build nuclear plants in India

    NEW DELHI -- Experiencing the economic sting of Western sanctions, Russian President Vladimir Putin has inked a deal on joint construction of at least a dozen nuclear reactors in India as part of an effort to deepen ties with the South Asian nation.

    December 12, 2014 06:28 am JST
  • Union Carbide got out cheaply

    Bhopal disaster still plagues India

    It has been 30 years since the Bhopal disaster, and many of the city's inhabitants continue to be hit by ill effects from the toxicity that has been left behind. The gas and chemicals that wafted through the city all those years ago have also made I

    December 11, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • India, Japan relations

    Japanese bureaucrat plays key role in Modi investment team

    TOKYO -- The man chosen to join "Japan Plus," a special management team established by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's administration to encourage greater Japanese investment in India, is a bureaucrat with a special connection to the Indian le

    December 11, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Indian politics

    Can Modi's 'Iron Man' outshine the Nehru-Gandhi legacy?

    TOKYO -- In what looks to be an effort to strengthen his grip on power, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi appears to be trying to dilute the popularity of two stars in India's political firmament, while working hard to elevate the reputation of hi

    December 11, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Uber under fire

    From Delhi, taxi app ban spreads to other cities

    NEW DELHI -- India's Home Ministry favors a nationwide ban on app-based ride-sharing services until the drivers secure a license for taxi operations. It made its position known after the reported rape of a 26-year-old female passenger, allegedly by

    December 11, 2014 10:07 am JST
  • Fighting for education

    Nobel Peace Prize shows need for progress on children's rights

    NEW DELHI -- The awarding of this year's Nobel Peace Prize to children's rights activists Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi illustrates the urgency of further improving conditions for young people and women around the world. The Taliban tig

    December 11, 2014 02:59 am JST
  • Takashi Shiraishi: The shape of Asia 25 years after the Cold War

    How has the world changed over the quarter century since the end of the Cold War, and what should Japan do to meet these changes? In pondering these questions, we should first look at shifts in the global and regional distribution of wealth and powe

    December 11, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Groceries have India going mad for e-commerce

    MUMBAI -- India is catching the e-tailing bug. A spate of new entries is going beyond the e-commerce basics of household appliances, clothing and books to offer fresh fruit and vegetables, jewelry, package tours and used electronic devices. In I

    December 11, 2014 12:00 am JST