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  • 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
  • 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