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  • Infrastructure development

    Urban rail contracts up for grabs in emerging Asia

    BANGKOK -- Emerging Asian countries are launching a slew of urban rail projects, creating business opportunities for companies with advanced expertise and a willingness to shoulder some risk. Thailand plans to solicit bids for four new lines in

    February 8, 2016 07:00 am JST
  • Japan's negative rates could be a bigger blessing for its neighbors

    Central banks across the world may be running low on ammunition, but the Bank of Japan has shown it may still have a few bullets left in its belts. BOJ Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda surprised markets again on Jan. 29 by pushing the deposit rate into negative

    February 4, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Japan's used eco-cars find new life in Sri Lanka

    COLOMBO These days, visitors to Sri Lanka's largest city are in for an unexpected juxtaposition of old and new: On the one hand, colonial-era architecture and other vestiges of British rule; on the other, an abundance of shiny Japanese hybrids cru

    February 4, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Adm. James Stavridis: Transparency and collaboration will reduce military tension in Asia

    We are at the start of a dangerous arms race in Asia as nations in the region respond to rising and more assertive military power in China and growing instability on the Korean Peninsula. And the American "Pacific pivot" is failing to gain traction

    February 4, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Auto industry

    Why Sri Lanka is snapping up Japan's used eco cars

    COLOMBO -- These days, visitors to Sri Lanka's largest city are in for an unexpected juxtaposition of old and new: On the one hand, colonial-era architecture and other vestiges of British rule; on the other, an abundance of shiny Japanese hybrids cr

    February 3, 2016 12:30 pm JST
  • Nepal economy

    Reviving tourism battered by quakes, blockades

    NEW DELHI -- With its rich cultural and natural endowments, Nepal is struggling to revive an economy set back by a devastating earthquake in April 2015 and a protracted trade blockade along its southern border with India. Nestled between China a

    February 3, 2016 10:20 am JST
  • Pakistan International Airlines privatization

    Armed forces kill two in clash with PIA protesters

    ISLAMABAD/KARACHI -- Two people were killed in clashes between security forces and the employees of Pakistan International Airlines who were protesting the privatization of the country's flagship carrier on Tuesday. Heavily armed security forces

    February 3, 2016 12:30 am JST
  • Power industry

    Sojitz buys Sri Lankan power plant to develop expertise

    TOKYO -- Sojitz has acquired a fossil-fuel power plant in Sri Lanka with an eye on expanding its presence in the field in emerging markets. The Japanese trading house purchased 90% of the stock in the plant's operator from U.S. energy company AE

    February 2, 2016 02:30 am JST
  • Frederic Neumann

    Kuroda's helping hand to Asia

    Central banks across the world may be running low on ammunition, but the Bank of Japan has shown that they may still have a few bullets left in their belts. BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda surprised markets again on Jan. 30 by pushing the deposit rate

    February 1, 2016 09:00 pm JST
  • James Stavridis

    Defense transparency and collaboration will help Asia avoid war

    We are at the start of a dangerous arms race in Asia as nations in the region respond to rising and more assertive military power in China and growing instability on the Korea Peninsula. And the American "Pacific pivot" is failing to gain traction i

    February 1, 2016 07:00 am JST
  • Terrorism in South Asia

    With latest Pakistan attack, peace becomes even more elusive

    NEW DELHI -- The shocking terror attack on Jan. 20 on a university in northern Pakistan and other moves within militant groups, such as splintering into breakaway factions, signal that the fight against terrorism in South Asia will grow more complic

    January 30, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • South Asia relations

    Restarting India-Pakistan dialogue fraught with challenges in terror-infested region

    NEW DELHI/ISLAMABAD -- The year 2015 ended on a surprisingly positive note for India and Pakistan, with the not-so-friendly South Asian neighbors deciding to resume their structured talks after a gap of several years. As in the past, this time a

    January 29, 2016 01:26 pm JST
  • With latest Pakistan attack, peace in South Asia becomes even more elusive

    NEW DELHI The shocking terror attack on Jan. 20 on a university in northern Pakistan and other moves within militant groups, such as splintering into breakaway factions, signal that the fight against terrorism in South Asia will grow more complica

    January 28, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Plunging indexes mark ominous start for 2016

    Markets around the world are in a tailspin. The perfect storm of a U.S. interest rate hike, a Chinese slowdown and plummeting crude oil prices means the outlook for the world economy is dismal. If investor fears continue to grow, the global economy

    January 28, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • The real risk behind the ongoing market volatility

    The annual meeting of the world's political and business elite in Davos, Switzerland, through Jan. 23 had a rather macabre backdrop. The slide in global stock markets in the first weeks of this year means that major markets have fallen by 20% or mor

    January 28, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • As China slows, Southeast Asia takes stock

    HO CHI MINH CITY/SINGAPORE The 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations collectively do more business with China than with any other country, with bilateral trade between the two sides growing by an annual 8.3% in 2014 to

    January 28, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Recovery risks

    Plunging indexes mark ominous start for 2016

    Markets around the world are in a tailspin. The perfect storm of a U.S. interest rate hike, a Chinese slowdown and plummeting crude oil prices means the outlook for the world economy is dismal. If investor fears continue to grow, the global economy

    January 27, 2016 05:30 pm JST
  • China slowdown

    Southeast Asia's varied economies take stock

    HO CHI MINH CITY/SINGAPORE -- The 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations collectively do more business with China than with any other country, with bilateral trade between the two sides growing by an annual 8.3% in 2014 t

    January 27, 2016 10:30 am JST
  • Nepal amends Constitution in bid to end protests by Madhesis

    KATHMANDU (Kyodo) -- Amid sloganeering by Madhesi lawmakers, Nepal's parliament amended late Saturday the country's Constitution to meet two major demands of the Madhesis who have protested against the new supreme law and, with Indian help, choked s

    January 24, 2016 03:35 pm JST
  • Cosmetics industry

    Skin care products empowering rural Bangladeshi women

    TOKYO -- Japanese cosmetics giant Shiseido has been seeking ways to link corporate social responsibility, particularly in developing countries, with its business operations. With the help of a local nongovernmental organization, the company has

    January 24, 2016 01:00 pm JST