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  • Shangri-La Dialogue focuses on terrorism in SE Asia

    SINGAPORE -- In the wake of the Manchester and London attacks, pipe bombs in Bangkok, suicide bombings in Jakarta, and a besieged city in the southern Philippines, Southeast Asian nations harbor few doubts about the likelihood of more terrorism ahea

    June 4, 2017 09:13 pm JST
  • Nikkei Asia Prizes 2017

    Indian entrepreneur, Taiwanese virologist, Pakistani foundation honored

    TOKYO -- The architect of India's biometric national identification system, a Taiwanese virologist and Pakistan's social and welfare foundation were recipients of the annual Nikkei Asia Prizes in Tokyo on Sunday.Now in the 22nd year, the awards are

    June 4, 2017 02:30 pm JST
  • Death toll in Sri Lanka flooding, landslides surpasses 200

    NEW DELHI (Kyodo) -- The death toll in Sri Lanka from flooding and landslides caused by torrential monsoons last week has risen to 203 as of Wednesday, with 96 others missing, local media reported.The Disaster Management Center said about 630,000 pe

    June 1, 2017 11:41 am JST
  • GE, McDonald's show how to make money, not enemies

    TOKYO -- What a shift a year has brought to the economic views of prominent investor Jim Rogers. His optimism has been replaced by pessimism.Rogers has traveled around the world by motorbike. He is known for his broad perspective on global matters a

    May 29, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • At least 146 killed by flooding and landslides in Sri Lanka

    NEW DELHI (Kyodo) -- Flooding and landslides caused by torrential monsoon rains have killed at least 146 people in Sri Lanka, according to local media reports issued Sunday.Another 112 people are missing.The flood damage, particularly in the western

    May 29, 2017 12:05 am JST
  • East Asian workers remarkably disengaged

    TOKYO -- Workers in East Asia are much less engaged in their jobs than their counterparts in the rest of the world, a recent survey by Gallup shows. Experts say East Asian companies need to alter their management styles before disengaged workforces

    May 25, 2017 10:40 pm JST
  • Social media presents dilemmas and opportunities in Asian tourism boom

    NEGOMBO, Sri Lanka -- Two bare-chested Russian tourists sporting orange swimming shorts play frisbee on the beachfront of a popular hotel in Negombo, a resort town on Sri Lanka's western coast. A short distance away, Greek holidaymakers sip coconut

    May 25, 2017 07:45 pm JST
  • Everest deaths pile pressure on Nepal

    KATHMANDU -- As news of a successful ascent of Everest by a rope-fixing team spread around Nepal's capital on May 14, Khem Raj Aryal, a junior officer at the Department of Tourism, was assessing an application for a permit to climb the 8,848-meter p

    May 24, 2017 10:50 pm JST
  • Creativity rises from the rubble of Nepal's 2015 earthquake

    KATHMANDU On April 25, 2015, about 50 people had gathered in the centuries-old Kasthamandap Temple in central Kathmandu to donate blood. The blood donation camp, organized by Nimbus Savings and Credit Co-operative, was about to wrap up. But just bef

    May 18, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Pakistan's finance minister paints a bright economic picture

    YOKOHAMA, Japan Pakistan is determined to funnel more money toward infrastructure, small businesses and the poor, and the government has found an array of international partners to make it happen.Finance Minister Ishaq Dar recently spoke with The Ni

    May 18, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Asian neighbors still leery of China's Belt and Road initiative

    BEIJING/NEW DELHI -- Many Asian countries, notably India, remain leery of throwing their support behind China's Belt and Road initiative, fearing that the efforts by Beijing to create a new sphere of economic influence in Asia could erode their own

    May 16, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Breaking the poverty trap through education

    TOKYO -- Despite the rise of many Asian economies over the past few decades, poverty levels remain an uncomfortable reminder of lingering inequality in the region. According to Asian Development Bank estimates, which use a region-specific poverty li

    May 16, 2017 10:10 am JST
  • Interview

    China-Pakistan project encroaches on Indian territory, minister says

    NEW DELHI -- A critical piece of China's Belt and Road initiative violates India's claim to Kashmir, the South Asian nation's commerce and industry minister said, explaining New Delhi's reluctance to support Beijing's massive infrastructure-building

    May 16, 2017 03:40 am JST
  • China pledges $124bn for new Silk Road, says open to everyone

    BEIJING (Reuters) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged $124 billion on Sunday for his ambitious new Silk Road plan to forge a path of peace, inclusiveness and free trade, and called for the abandonment of old models based on rivalry and diplomati

    May 14, 2017 01:03 pm JST
  • Pakistan signs nearly $500m in China deals at Silk Road summit

    ISLAMABAD (Reuters) -- Pakistan signed new deals with China on Saturday worth nearly $500 million ahead of Beijing's international forum on its "Silk Road" trade and infrastructure initiative for Asia, Africa and Europe, the Pakistani government sai

    May 14, 2017 11:52 am JST
  • Nepal joins China's Silk Road initiative, possibly irking India

    KATHMANDU (Kyodo) -- Nepal on Friday signed an agreement to be part of Chinese President Xi Jinping's ambitious plan to build a new Silk Road linking Asia, Africa and Europe, a move that could alarm India, which jostles with China for influence in K

    May 12, 2017 03:25 pm JST
  • SriLankan Airlines' search for a new partner turns desperate

    COLOMBO Sri Lankan officials are getting increasingly desperate to find a private-sector partner to share the burden of rehabilitating flag carrier SriLankan Airlines.The airline, which for a decade was managed and partly owned by Emirates, saw its

    May 11, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Japan, World Bank team on funding for developing nations

    TOKYO -- The Japan International Cooperation Agency signed a preliminary agreement Monday with a World Bank affiliate geared toward investing and lending $3 billion over five years in the developing world.JICA and the International Finance Corp. aim

    May 9, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • SriLankan's search for new partner getting desperate

    COLOMBO -- Sri Lankan officials are getting increasingly desperate to find a private-sector partner to share the burden of rehabilitating flag carrier SriLankan Airlines.The airline, which for a decade was managed and part-owned by Emirates, saw its

    May 8, 2017 07:15 pm JST
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    Financing partnerships paving way forward for Pakistan -- Ishaq Dar

    YOKOHAMA -- Pakistan is determined to funnel more money toward infrastructure, small businesses and the poor, and the government has found an array of international partners to make it happen. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar recently spoke with The Nikke

    May 8, 2017 07:00 pm JST