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  • 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
  • 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 28, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Bangladesh smugglers trade gold for cows

    DHAKA -- Almost every week, officials at international airports in Bangladesh find gold hidden in passengers' clothing and belongings, or stashed in the toilets and other nooks and crannies of incoming aircraft. Much of the smuggled metal is des

    October 27, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Honda looks to Bangladesh as model motorcycle market

    TOKYO -- The world's largest motorcycle maker is launching a marketing offensive in one of the poorest countries in Asia. Honda Motor has a global motorcycle market share of 30%, but only 5% of the Bangladeshi market. Though successful in many e

    October 27, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • NEC to build smart-card system for mass transit in Bangladesh

    TOKYO -- NEC will construct a system in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka to let people ride buses or trains with a single smart card. The company has received a 320 million yen ($2.93 million) order for the project from the Japan International C

    October 25, 2014 02:39 am JST
  • Bye-bye to the tuk-tuk? Three-wheelers lose luster in Asia

    MUMBAI/JAKARTA -- Three-wheeled vehicle production appears to be on the wane in Asia as four-wheeled cars and motorcycles become the rides of choice, and because of environmental concerns. India's Crisil Research projects that sales of cargo-car

    October 22, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Bhutan weighs value of tourist income against disruption

    THIMPHU -- Bhutan, the small Himalayan kingdom often described as the world's last unspoiled travel destination, is considering the easing of regulations that limit visitor numbers. But it is divided over whether the costs of this liberalization cou

    October 18, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Old science can solve problems in developing countries

    TOKYO -- Japanese companies will have to pursue new business models if they want to take advantage of the opportunities presented by developing and emerging markets. According to the World Bank, 1.2 billion people were living on less than $1.25

    October 16, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Peace prize spotlights children's rights

    NEW DELHI -- This year's Nobel Peace Prize went to children's rights activists from Pakistan and India, bringing home the need for the world to tackle religious extremism, child labor and other threats that keep many away from school. The award co

    October 16, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Malala Yousafzai risked death for girls' right to schooling

    LONDON -- Malala Yousafzai, the youngest-ever Nobel laureate, defied even an attack on her life to continue her fight for girls' access to education. Yousafzai first came into the public eye for a BBC Urdu blog describing life under Taliban rule

    October 11, 2014 04:48 am JST
  • Peace prize winners help shine light on children's rights

    NEW DELHI -- This year's Nobel Peace Prize went to two tireless fighters for children's rights, bringing into sharp relief the need for the world to tackle religious extremism, child labor and other threats that keep many away from school. Malal

    October 11, 2014 03:41 am JST
  • Pakistani teenager Malala wins Nobel Peace Prize

    LONDON -- A Pakistani teenage activist shot in the head by the Taliban for her advocacy of girls' education won this year's Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, along with an Indian children's rights advocate. Malala Yousafzai, 17, is the youngest Nobel

    October 11, 2014 01:05 am JST
  • Japanese companies work on new approaches in developing countries

    TOKYO -- If Japanese companies want to take advantage of the full business opportunities presented by developing and emerging markets, it is becoming apparent that they will have to pursue new business models. According to the World Bank, there

    October 7, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Honda sees no-frills motorcycle plant in Bangladesh as model

    TOKYO -- Situated amid lush fields an hour's drive from Dhaka, Honda's motorcycle assembly plant in Bangladesh is a study in simplicity. There are no expensive air compressors or power-driven conveyor belts here. Instead, workers use electric po

    October 3, 2014 05:16 am JST
  • Brahma Chellaney: Tibet is the real source of Sino-Indian friction

    The sprawling, mountainous country of Tibet was annexed by China in the 1950s, eliminating a historical buffer with India. Today, the region remains at the heart of Sino-Indian problems, including territorial disputes, border tensions and water feud

    October 2, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Brahma Chellaney: Tibet is the real source of Sino-Indian friction

    The sprawling, mountainous country of Tibet was annexed by China in the 1950s, eliminating a historical buffer with India. Today, the region remains at the heart of Sino-Indian problems, including territorial disputes, border tensions and water feud

    September 26, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Malaysia, Bangladesh sign $1.8B power plant pact

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia and Bangladesh signed a memorandum of understanding on Monday to jointly develop a 1,320-megawatt power plant in Maheshkali, east of Bangladesh. Under the deal between Malaysia state-linked companies Tenaga Nasional and

    September 24, 2014 01:08 pm JST
  • Komaihaltec gets tailwind from midsize turbine business

    TOKYO -- Bridge and steel frame manufacturer Komaihaltec has caught wind of a new market opportunity, selling midsize wind turbines for use in mountainous regions, remote islands and other areas where power supplies are inadequate. The co

    September 23, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Head of zipper maker YKK sees the end of production shift in Asia

    TOKYO -- Manufacturers are moving production bases from country to country in search of lower labor costs, and the garment industry, which faces some of the world's stiffest price competition, is no exception. But while a growing number of cloth

    September 20, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • 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