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  • Japan must move toward long-term friendship with South Asia

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recently visited Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. This was the first time in 24 and 14 years, respectively, that a Japanese prime minister had visited these South Asian countries. Japan should make the most of the results

    September 18, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Honda eyes building motorbike plant in Bangladesh

    NEW DELHI -- Honda is considering setting up a new motorbike plant in Bangladesh amid prospects of accelerated infrastructure development in the country and demand growth fueled by rising incomes. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Bangl

    September 17, 2014 03:21 am JST
  • China taking steady steps toward Indian Ocean sea lane

    BEIJING -- China is steadily advancing efforts to create a sea lane through the Indian Ocean by actively investing in port facilities of South Asian countries. Under its "string of pearls" strategy, China wants to build a network of port and log

    September 15, 2014 02:52 am JST
  • Steve Vickers: Companies thought they understood risk -- they didn't

    The attacks in New York on Sept. 11, 2001, ended an era in which companies and individuals felt immune from threats, forcing them to reappraise their vulnerabilities and broaden their conceptions of risk. The nature of the 9/11 attacks -- on proper

    September 11, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Terrorism looms over South Asian economies

    TOKYO -- The threat of terrorism still looms over South Asia, despite decades of efforts to stamp it out. India and Pakistan, as well as Afghanistan, where the Taliban Islamic fundamentalist group is resuming its activities, have yet to rid themselv

    September 11, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • The shadow of 9/11

    Following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks by al-Qaida, the U.S. launched a "war on terror," eventually destroying the militant Islamic group's stronghold in Afghanistan and killing its leader, Osama bin Laden. But this did little to halt the rise in

    September 11, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Sri Lankan infrastructure opportunities beckon Japan Inc.

    COLOMBO -- The heads of some of Japan's biggest companies see rich prospects in infrastructure building in Sri Lanka. Trading house Mitsubishi Corp. is looking to enter the electric power sector, President Ken Kobayashi said here Sunday at a bus

    September 9, 2014 12:30 am JST
  • Abe pushes Japanese interests in Bangladesh

    DHAKA -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gave a big push to Japan Inc. in Bangladesh during his visit to the emerging economy Saturday. As the first Japanese leader to visit Bangladesh in 14 years, Abe also won the country's nod of approval f

    September 8, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Japan, Sri Lanka leaders agree on maritime security cooperation

    COLOMBO (Kyodo) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa agreed Sunday to strengthen cooperation on maritime security at a time when China is expanding its influence in the Indian Ocean country. According

    September 7, 2014 08:30 pm JST
  • Japan, Sri Lanka expected to agree on maritime security cooperation

    COLOMBO (Kyodo) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa held talks Sunday in a bid to strengthen cooperation on maritime security at a time when China is expanding its influence in the Indian Ocean country.

    September 7, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Bangladesh withdraws to back Japan's bid for nonpermanent UNSC seat

    DHAKA (Kyodo) -- Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said Saturday that Bangladesh will abandon its bid for a nonpermanent seat on the U.N. Security Council for the 2016-2017 term and support Japan's candidacy. Hasina announced the change a

    September 6, 2014 11:30 pm JST
  • Sri Lanka's old friendship with Japan may bring vast potential

    NEW DELHI -- Sri Lanka's historic role in opposing the break up of Japan following World War II is a little known fact about the Indian Ocean nation now undergoing rapid growth. Immediately after the end of the Pacific War, some allied nations

    September 6, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Abe readying for trip to Bangladesh, Sri Lanka

    TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will embark on a tour of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka on Saturday to strengthen economic and security ties with the two countries. He will announce Japanese assistance in building an industrial zone in Ban

    September 6, 2014 12:54 am JST
  • Tourist hot spots

    The number of travelers going abroad reached 1.035 billion in 2012, surpassing 1 billion for the first time, according to the U.N. World Tourism Organization. In 2013, the number increased 5%, to 1.087 billion. Europe remains the most popular touris

    September 4, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Stephen Grenville: How to reboot world trade talks

    Expanding trade has been the lynchpin of globalization. Total world trade rose from 42% of global gross domestic product in 1980 to 62% in 2007, according to the International Monetary Fund. Trade slowed during the 2008 crisis and since then has bar

    September 2, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Abe to swing by Bangladesh, Sri Lanka

    TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Bangladesh and Sri Lanka this month to strengthen security and economic ties as well as help Japanese businesses tap growing demand for infrastructure in the countries. Executives from about

    September 2, 2014 12:50 am JST
  • 3 protesters killed, over 400 injured in clashes with police in Pakistan

    ISLAMABAD (Kyodo) -- At least three people died and more than 400 were injured in clashes with police late Saturday as protesters calling for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's resignation tried to march to his official residence, hospital officials and

    August 31, 2014 09:30 pm JST
  • Indian, Sri Lankan stocks rising on hopes for economic reform

    TOKYO -- Indian and Sri Lankan stocks are riding high, buoyed by expectations that stable governments in both countries will spur economic growth. Sri Lanka's Colombo Stock Exchange All-Share Index has risen nearly 20% this year, and was hoverin

    August 30, 2014 12:46 am JST
  • China, India spar for Sri Lanka influence

    COLOMBO -- China's state-run companies are aggressively investing in massive infrastructure projects in Sri Lanka. The move is part of Beijing's geopolitical strategy to secure vital sea lanes in the Indian Ocean and ensure reliable flows of energy.

    August 28, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Sri Lanka aims to be hub for pan-Indian Ocean trade

    COLOMBO -- Sri Lanka is becoming the destination of choice among businesses looking to tap the vast opportunities in the emerging economic zone surrounding the Indian Ocean. The region consists mostly of demographically young nations, and their

    August 28, 2014 12:00 am JST