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  • GMR vs. Maldives

    Indian construction major seeks $803M over scrapped airport deal

    NEW DELHI -- Indian developer GMR Infrastructure is claiming $803 million in damages from the Maldivian government for "wrongful repudiation" of an agreement to develop Male International Airport after the project was re-awarded to a company from Ch

    November 27, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Takashi Kurosaki: In fighting child labor, education pays

    Ending child labor and increasing children's access to education in developing countries will require economic incentives. What can we do to provide them? Many children around the world work outside the home, particularly in developing countries

    November 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Axiata profits swell

    Malaysia telecom leader benefits from divesting Samart

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Axiata Group, the leader in Malaysian mobile communications, said on Monday that profits for the July-September quarter swelled 118% to 757 million ringgit ($226 million) year on year due to a one-off gain from a major divestment.

    November 24, 2014 07:07 pm JST
  • Garment industry shift

    Vietnam emerges as next big factory floor

    TOKYO/YANGON -- Cost-sensitive garment businesses around the world increasingly regard Vietnam as a top choice for production, in anticipation of a trans-Pacific trade deal that would eliminate tariffs on clothes entering the U.S. A factory esta

    November 22, 2014 06:41 am JST
  • Karl Kaltenthaler

    Islamic State 'outbidding' al-Qaida in South Asia

    The landscape of violent extremist Islamism is changing in Asia. Al-Qaida, once a growing and potent threat, particularly in Afghanistan and Pakistan, is now a shadow of its former self. In the late 1990s, al-Qaida co-ran Afghanistan with the Ta

    November 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Karl Kaltenthaler: Islamic State 'outbidding' al-Qaida in South Asia

    The landscape of violent extremist Islamism is changing in Asia. Al-Qaida, once a growing and potent threat, particularly in Afghanistan and Pakistan, is now a shadow of its former self. In the late 1990s, al-Qaida co-ran Afghanistan with the Ta

    November 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Islamic State: The new face of terror

    In its quest to acquire manpower and support for its operations in Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State militant group is making deep inroads into Asia -- and achieving a level of success that al-Qaida could only have dreamed of. The growing presence o

    November 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Kamal Alam: Syria offers clues to Islamic State's future in Asia

    One of the more remarkable documents found in the Osama bin Laden compound included a letter to the Islamic State group of Iraq and Syria cautioning Abu Musab al-Zarqawi over his group's extreme violence. The insurgency in Fallujah and Tal Afar

    November 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Japan's currency technology makes world's pockets jingle

    TOKYO -- Meet the 2-taka coin. It's one of Bangladesh's newest bits of money, but it wasn't made there. Worth about 3 cents, the coin was produced in Japan by the Ministry of Finance and the Japan Mint. "Japan won an international bid in 2012 he

    November 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Industrial sewing machines

    Pegasus to boost high-end machine output in China as labor costs there rise

    OSAKA -- Pegasus Sewing Machine Mfg. will sharply raise production of high-end sewing machines in China to meet growing demand from the local apparel industry for automated machines amid rising labor costs. The move is expected to increase Japan

    November 17, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Japan health care company woos Asian markets

    TOKYO -- Ship Healthcare Holdings, a Japanese medical service provider, is marketing a hospital remodeling package that covers most aspects of facility operations across Asia. Parami Hospital in Yangon, Myanmar, on Nov. 8 opened a center for art

    November 17, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • Keith B. Richburg: Facing 'pathological hatred' at home, Obama may find he can still lead during his Asia tour

    U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Asia this week a damaged leader, weakened at home after midterm elections saw his Democratic Party rejected across the board and, most crucially, his Republican opponents take control of the Senate for the firs

    November 13, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Takashi Kurosaki: In fighting child labor, education pays

    In awarding the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize to children's rights advocates Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India, the Norwegian Nobel Committee cited "their struggle against the oppression of children and young people, and for the r

    November 11, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Beijing has $40 billion for Silk Road nations

    BEIJING -- The Chinese government said Saturday that it would establish a $40 billion fund for infrastructure development in what it calls Silk Road Economic Belt nations. With the plan, China hopes to gain clout in neighboring countries. In tha

    November 9, 2014 02:00 am JST
  • Keith B. Richburg: Asia provides refuge from 'Obama derangement syndrome' -- but then what?

    U.S. President Barack Obama arrives in Asia in the coming days a damaged leader, weakened at home after midterm elections saw his Democratic Party rejected across the board and, most crucially, his Republican opponents take control of the U.S. Senat

    November 7, 2014 07:30 pm JST
  • Bangladesh a test bed for Honda's emerging-market strategy

    TOKYO -- The world's largest motorcycle maker is launching a marketing offensive in one of the poorest countries in Asia. Honda Motor sells 30% of the world's motorcycles but has a market share of only 5% in Bangladesh. Although successful in ma

    November 6, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • An Asian post-election checklist for Obama

    Just days after the Nov. 4 midterm election transformed the U.S. political landscape by handing control of Congress to Republicans, President Barack Obama will land in Asia for a series of summits with regional and world leaders. The timing is signi

    November 5, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Yves Tiberghien: Should the world yawn, cheer or fear November's summits?

    For a week in November, an unusual cluster of globally significant economic summits will take place in the Asia-Pacific region: the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Beijing (Nov. 10-11), the East Asia Summit and the Association of

    November 4, 2014 09:00 pm JST
  • At least 54 killed in suicide attack after Pakistan border parade

    ISLAMABAD (Kyodo) -- At least 54 people were killed and more than 100 injured Sunday night in a suicide attack on a checkpoint near Pakistan's eastern border with India, the Associated Press reported. An eye witness and police said the suicide b

    November 3, 2014 03:00 pm JST
  • Kamal Alam: How to keep Islamic State from spreading beyond Mesopotamia

    The famed Pakistani poet Allama Iqbal once said that as long as Afghanistan burns Asia would burn, and that for the stability of Asia, the mountains of Afghanistan have to be peaceful. Today, as Syria and Iraq are engulfed by the Islamic State, one

    October 30, 2014 12:00 am JST