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  • Over a billion people tune in for India-Pakistan duel

    NEW DELHI -- The eagerly awaited match between archrivals India and Pakistan at this year's Cricket World Cup, which brought life to a virtual standstill on the Asian subcontinent, was watched by an estimated 1 billion people around the world on Feb

    February 26, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Cricket World Cup is a dream for global brands

    NEW DELHI -- Every four years cricket's biggest extravaganza -- the ICC Cricket World Cup -- enthralls millions of fans across the globe. Big international brands, too, see it as an opportunity to reach out to consumers the world over. Hoping to

    February 26, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Yoshino, Morgan, Wignaraja: Why Asia needs more financial education

    In the aftermath of the global financial crisis of 2007-2008, financial literacy and financial education are gaining more attention around the world. There were sobering lessons, for example, in how the misselling of financial products contributed d

    February 26, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Tejraj M. Aminabhavi: Eating our way to a healthier world

    A balanced diet is essential for not only providing energy and nutrients but also preventing disease. Changes in lifestyles and what we eat have greatly influenced human health, resulting in higher risks of noncommunicable diseases such as cancer, d

    February 26, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • 70 killed in Bangladesh ferry accident

    NEW DELHI -- Nearly 70 people, many of them women and children, died in a ferry accident in Bangladesh after a crowded passenger boat was hit by a cargo vessel on a river near the capital, Dhaka. The accident, which occurred on Sunday, is the la

    February 24, 2015 06:15 pm JST
  • China's growing sway

    Beijing builds infrastructure and influence in Asia

    MANILA -- Looking to up its influence in the region, China is using its growing financial clout to fund infrastructure development throughout Asia. "This is a transit hub for automobile trade," said a port official at Hambantota, a southern port

    February 22, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Chilling effects

    Press freedom deteriorates across Asia

    BANGKOK -- Press freedom is deteriorating globally and Asia is no exception. In the latest report by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), 22 out of 26 countries and areas in the region saw their evaluation drop from the year before. There were a few bri

    February 20, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Drug-resistant malaria

    Experts warn of disease's deadly spread in Asia

    As virulent, drug-resistant strains of malaria spread in Asia, governments in the Asia-Pacific region must redouble their efforts to eradicate the disease, amid the growing risk that these new forms will spread to South Asia, China and Africa, accor

    February 20, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Cricket World Cup 2015

    India-Pakistan match brings life to halt in subcontinent

    NEW DELHI -- If there is one thing that can bring life to a virtual standstill in the Asian subcontinent, it is undoubtedly a cricket match between arch-rivals India and Pakistan. So it was not unusual for streets, shops, and bus and train stations

    February 17, 2015 06:00 pm JST
  • Yoshino, Morgan and Wignaraja

    Why Asia needs more financial education

    In the aftermath of the global financial crisis of 2007-2008, financial literacy and financial education are gaining more attention around the world. There were sobering lessons, for example, in how the mis-selling of financial products contributed

    February 17, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • South Asia pact

    India and Sri Lanka ink civil nuclear agreement

    NEW DELHI -- India and Sri Lanka have signed a civil nuclear cooperation agreement during a four-day visit by Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka's new president. After toppling Mahinda Rajapaksa in last month's presidential elections, Sirisena chos

    February 16, 2015 10:33 pm JST
  • Saving a gastronomic tradition

    Authentic Bhutanese cuisine fights for survival

    THIMPHU -- The remote, mountainous kingdom of Bhutan might be famed for its gross national happiness paradigm, but it is not renowned for happiness-inspiring cuisine -- at least, not among the estimated 50,000 international tourists who pay a steep

    February 4, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Airport management

    Japanese hub operators chase Nepal, Indonesia contracts

    TOKYO -- The operator of Japanese gateway Narita International Airport plans to acquire the management rights for an airport in Nepal, in collaboration with trading house Mitsubishi Corp. The company that runs Tokyo's Haneda Airport, meanwhile, is s

    February 1, 2015 02:00 am JST
  • Vatican head visits new 'frontier'

    BANGKOK -- Pope Francis, the leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, hoped to put his stamp on Asia during his recent six-day visit to Sri Lanka and the Philippines. Of Asia's 140 million Catholics, an estimated 73 million are Filipino. Eas

    January 22, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Pakistan seeks growth while fighting terrorists who 'do not have religion'

    TOKYO -- The cabinet of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, formed in June 2013, is attempting to spark economic growth while dealing with extremists within and around the nation's borders. In two conversations with The Nikkei, Finance Minister I

    January 22, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Stephen Grenville: Low oil prices provide a fleeting chance for reform

    If the global price of oil had jumped by 50%, there is little doubt that economic commentators would be calling it a disaster for world growth. The price has in fact fallen by more than 50% since last June, but this ray of good news has not yet pier

    January 22, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Executive women in Asia

    Philippines leads the region with its women in management

    SINGAPORE -- The Philippines is leading Asia with its high percentage of women in management positions, according to a recent report by the International Labor Organization. A ranking complied by the ILO shows the Philippines to be the only Asian co

    January 19, 2015 07:30 pm JST
  • Healing divisions

    Pope's jungle foray a sign of peace

    MADHU, Sri Lanka -- As the helicopter carrying Pope Francis hovered Wednesday over a small Catholic church located deep inside a thick forest in northwest Sri Lanka, thousands of devotees who had packed into an open field in front of the cream-color

    January 19, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • China's rising global influence

    Japan in a pickle over Beijing-led AIIB

    TOKYO -- Japan will soon have to make up its mind about joining China's efforts to get the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank up and running. "Why is there no plan to set up a board?" a high ranking official of Japan's Ministry of Finance aske

    January 19, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Pope Francis in Asia

    Vatican head visits 'new frontier'

    BANGKOK -- Pope Francis, the leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, this week hopes to put his stamp on Asia. The pope's six-day trip to Sri Lanka and the Philippines aims to convey the church's message to billions of potential converts. A

    January 16, 2015 07:00 pm JST