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  • Japan to push green tech in Asia via fund

    TOKYO -- Japan is working with the Asian Development Bank to create a fund that will help get the nation's environmentally friendly technologies adopted in Asian infrastructure development. The Environment Ministry will contribute 1.8 billion ye

    April 21, 2014 01:33 am JST
  • Indian Ocean nations eye stronger 'blue economy'

    TOKYO -- Attempts to foster economic cooperation are gathering momentum among Indian Ocean nations. The Indian Ocean Rim Association is an organization made up of 20 countries with a combined population of over 2 billion people. It covers a vast

    April 17, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Stephen Grenville: IMF ignores its own data on emerging economies

    Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, told the Group of 20 summit in St. Petersburg last September: "Just as some advanced economies have begun to gather momentum, many emerging markets are slowing." With this warn

    April 15, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Pakistan prices $2B bond: Dealogic

    Pakistan on April 8 priced a $2 billion bond via bookrunners Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, Citi and Deutsche Bank.(Dealogic)Click the icons below for further details.

    April 14, 2014 05:46 pm JST
  • Nuclear reactors on the rise in Asia

    TOKYO -- Three years after the Fukushima disaster, the future role of nuclear power in Japan remains unclear, but in many other countries, the importance of atomic energy is only increasing. With no prospect of major new projects in the domestic

    April 14, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • Ajinomoto to pepper Pakistan with namesake MSG, other seasonings

    TOKYO/MUMBAI -- Ajinomoto will establish a subsidiary in Pakistan as early as next year to tempt the taste buds of the nation's nearly 200 million citizens with its namesake brand of monosodium glutamate flavoring and other seasonings. This repr

    April 11, 2014 05:06 am JST
  • Asean's 'unbanked' getting equipped with e-wallets

    SINGAPORE -- Talk of a cashless society may seem premature for much of Asia, where millions have yet to open their first bank accounts. But one Singaporean startup wants to usher the masses straight into the digital payment era. Numoni, founded

    April 10, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Bhutan's growing pains a lesson for others

    "Frozen," not "happy," was the word Bhutan's Minister of Finance Lyonpo Namgay Dorji used when asked to describe the state of his Himalayan kingdom's economy. Indeed, all is not well in Bhutan, despite its tourism mantra: "Happiness is a place."

    April 10, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • ASEAN finance ministers gather in Myanmar for annual meeting

    NAYPYITAW (Kyodo) -- The 18th meeting of the finance ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations opened in Myanmar's administrative capital Naypyitaw on Saturday to discuss the regional and global economic outlook, a post-2015 vision for

    April 5, 2014 03:30 pm JST
  • Japanese processor sees gold in Asian garbage

    TOKYO -- Japanese waste processing company Tsuneishi Kamtecs is expanding its presence in Asia outside Japan, homing in on such markets as Bangladesh, Vietnam and Thailand. By gaining a head start on waste processing demand, which has burgeoned

    April 4, 2014 04:55 am JST
  • Asian countries hoist the 'Students Wanted' sign

    TOKYO -- Enthusiasm for higher education in Asian countries is growing as more citizens find themselves being able to afford quality schooling for their children. Governments and institutions have noticed, and are competing to attract talented youth

    April 3, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Cashless microtransactions for 'unbanked' Asean

    SINGAPORE -- Talk of a cashless society may seem premature for much of Asia, where millions have yet to open their first bank account. But one Singaporean startup sees digital payments as a viable alternative. Numoni, founded two years ago by fo

    April 1, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • ADB predicts steady growth for developing Asia this year

    MANILA (Kyodo) -- The Asian Development Bank predicted Tuesday developing Asia will continue steady economic growth this year, projecting regional growth to edge up from 6.1 percent in 2013 to 6.2 percent in 2014 and 6.4 percent in 2015. "Risks

    April 1, 2014 10:40 am JST
  • Ex-Pakistani President Musharraf pleads not guilty to treason

    ISLAMABAD (Kyodo) -- Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf on Monday pleaded not guilty to five counts of treason after being indicted by a special court in the capital. "It is the people who looted the national wealth and emptied the nat

    March 31, 2014 05:07 pm JST
  • Woody Epstein: On the risk of becoming stupid

    In the 1980s, I used the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Network, or Darpanet, to collaborate with colleagues worldwide. Web browsers did not yet exist, but a text-based program called Lynx allowed us to use the Web programming language H

    March 27, 2014 10:00 am JST
  • On the risk of becoming stupid

    In the 1980s, I used the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Network, or Darpanet, to collaborate with colleagues worldwide. Web browsers did not yet exist, but a text-based program called Lynx allowed us to use the Web programming language H

    March 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Bansei Securities subsidiary to go public in Sri Lanka

    TOKYO -- Bansei Royal Resorts Hikkaduwa, a Sri Lankan hotel-operating subsidiary of Japan's Bansei Securities, is to make its debut on the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) on Thursday. The Bansei group will also donate to the CSE a bell to be rung b

    March 26, 2014 02:10 pm JST
  • Japan faces new competition for Asian environment market

    TOKYO -- Japanese firms are facing new challenges from South Korean and Chinese companies within Asia's expanding environmental protection market. A project to build a 318-km sewage pipe and related facilities financed by Japanese official devel

    March 18, 2014 12:00 pm JST
  • After Bangladesh tragedies, can the garment industry change its stripes?

    DHAKA -- Deaths and discord have brought international condemnation upon Bangladesh's $20 billion-a-year apparel industry -- the world's second largest. Now efforts are underway to solve some of the industry's problems, though there are lingering do

    March 13, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • India, Myanmar broaden cooperation in infrastructure, energy

    NAYPYITAW -- India and Myanmar are deepening their economic ties as part of a regional initiative encompassing seven Southeast and South Asian countries, creating an alliance that could serve as a counterweight to China's influence in the region.

    March 13, 2014 12:00 am JST