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  • Weaponizing the world

    Military spending in 2013 showed year-on-year growth worldwide in all regions except for the U.S., Europe and Oceania. Increases were particularly high in emerging economies. China has nearly tripled its military spending over a decade, and now acco

    July 24, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Bruce Stokes: Japan, China neck and neck in Asian popularity contest

    The rivalry between China and Japan is heating up. Recent confrontations in the East China Sea have only complicated the countries' long-standing economic competition, in which growing portions of the region's population see China, not Japan, as the

    July 17, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Gregory Poling: Asia's democratic growing pains

    Asia analysts have spent a considerable amount of time wringing their hands over the perceived retreat of democracy and its institutions in the region. Contested elections in Cambodia and Malaysia in 2013 fed this sense of gloom, and Thailand's mili

    July 17, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • India pushes ahead with Bhutan power play

    THIMPHU, Bhutan -- In June, Narendra Modi chose tiny Bhutan as his first foreign destination as India's prime minister. An old and trusted ally of India, the Himalayan kingdom laid out the red carpet for the visitors. Bhutan may be small, with ju

    July 17, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Mega Maldives takes its licks and keeps on flying

    MALE -- Most tourists in the Maldives relax on the pristine white sand beaches, dive the coral reefs, sip champagne on sunset dolphin cruises and forget the outside world. Photographs and memories tend to be the only souvenirs. When George Weinm

    July 16, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Nepal tourism hit hard by crises in mountaineering, casino industries

    KATHMANDU -- Temba Tsheri Sherpa, managing director of expedition operator Dreamers' Destination Treks and Expedition, was shocked when he heard reports of a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest's Khumbu Icefall, but confident that the April 18 disaste

    July 15, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Emerging Asia hungry for foreign investment

    DHAKA -- Less developed nations in Southeast and South Asia want foreign companies to come in and help their economies catch up with more advanced rivals. Bangladesh is promoting the Bay of Bengal Industrial Growth Belt plan, under which it aim

    July 14, 2014 02:00 pm JST
  • Growing economy darkens Sri Lanka's tea future

    NUWARA ELIYA, Sri Lanka -- K. Sagunthaladavi, 36, has spent half her life among the waist-high bushes that cover the verdurous slopes of Sri Lanka's tea country, plucking hundreds of thousands of the green leaves used to make one of the world's olde

    July 14, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Bangladesh's jute may solve the world's plastic problem

    DHAKA -- Long before Bangladesh became known for its low-end apparel sweatshops, it had a top-class jute industry. Fiber that grew best in the humid swamps of the Ganges delta was weaved into biodegradable rope, sacks and carpets, then sold around t

    July 11, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Nick Garcia: Rhino horns and global security

    Looking for a secondhand AK-47 and ammunition? Bring about $500 to the black market in northern Thailand. Short of cash? Try selling some rhinoceros horn. An easily pocketable 500-gram chunk could buy up to 90 of the automatic rifles and a few c

    July 10, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Growing economy darkens Sri Lanka's tea future

    NUWARA ELIYA, Sri Lanka -- K. Sagunthaladavi, 36, has spent half her life among the waist-high bushes that cover the verdurous slopes of Sri Lanka's tea country, plucking hundreds of thousands of the green leaves used to make one of the world's olde

    July 10, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Bangladesh's jute may solve the world's plastic problem

    DHAKA -- Long before Bangladesh became known for its low-end apparel sweatshops, it had a top-class jute industry. Fiber that grew best in the humid swamps of the Ganges delta was weaved into biodegradable rope, sacks and carpets, then sold around t

    July 10, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Pakistan still having trouble keeping lights on

    KARACHI -- Nawaz Sharif led his party to victory in Pakistan in May 2013, promising to ease the country's chronic power shortages. One year later, Sharif's government and the ruling Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) are claiming progress, but experts

    July 4, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • What Asia's love of rhino horn means for global security

    If you ever want to buy a secondhand AK-47 and ammunition, it will set you back about $500 on the black market in northern Thailand. Short of cash? Try selling some rhinoceros horn. Just a 500-gram chunk of rhino horn, easily carried in a trouse

    July 2, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Escaping the wage cage

    June 19, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Students studying abroad around the world top 4M

    TOKYO -- The number of students studying at institutions of higher education abroad has doubled over the past 12 years to top 4 million, according to Unesco. While students from Asian emerging economies, such as China, India and Vietnam, have in

    June 16, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • A difficult road ahead for domestic reconciliation

    DHAKA -- Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's sincerity is obvious. During her May 22 interview with The Nikkei at the prime minister's official residence, aides had prepared a list of anticipated questions and appropriate answers. She left

    June 12, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Bangladesh striving to develop economy: prime minister

    DHAKA -- Neighborly relations are difficult to maintain in global politics. But Bangladesh will always do its best to be friendly with all, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said. In a recent interview with The Nikkei, she stressed that Bangladesh ha

    June 12, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • More developing-world workers joining middle class

    GENEVA -- More than half the workers in developing nations will reach middle-class or higher income levels by 2018, predicts the International Labor Organization. The United Nations agency said in its recently released global employment trends r

    June 12, 2014 04:24 am JST
  • Pakistan cellphone services set to get faster

    ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan is ready for high-speed mobile Internet. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority held an auction for mobile telecom spectrum in April to pave the way for 3G and 4G services in the country. The long-awaited auction, fir

    June 12, 2014 12:00 am JST