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  • The Asian-American community reacts

    Donald Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric and sweeping proposals have stirred reactions from the Asian-American community. Here is what experts are saying.Aamina AhmedRaised in both the U.S. and Pakistan, Aamina Ahmed worries about the consequences of

    March 30, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Nepal Maoists roll out red carpet for foreign investors

    KATHMANDU -- When Nepalese Maoists launched an armed insurgency in 1996, one of their targets was Pepsi, a multinational brand owned by PepsiCo of the U.S. On Feb. 16 that year, party members detonated a petrol bomb at a Pepsi plant on the outskirts

    March 28, 2017 08:20 pm JST
  • Pakistan wrestles with growing 'Chinese corridor' debt

    ISLAMABAD -- Two international lending institutions and Pakistan's central bank have raised concerns about the debt burden of a huge China-led infrastructure program on the country's improving but fragile finances.Surging Chinese imports for the ini

    March 27, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • Cross-border Labor Race

    Japan moves gingerly toward accepting immigrants

    TOKYO -- When a Bangladeshi man Hakim Md. Nasirul and his friends turned a house they had bought in a residential area in the city of Chiba into a mosque four years ago, it raised eyebrows in the neighborhood.Faced with these suspicions, the 48-year

    March 26, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • Sujeev Shakya

    Hindu nationalism could hinder modern development

    On March 19, Nepal's Rastriya Prajatarntra Party, which represents former royalists in what used to be the world's only Hindu monarchy, offered an amendment to remove the word "secular" from the constitution. This came just two days after India's ru

    March 22, 2017 03:00 pm JST
  • Sri Lanka finance minister pledges fiscal discipline

    HONG KONG -- After a warning from the International Monetary Fund about its thin foreign-currency reserves, the Sri Lankan government has pledged its commitment to strong fiscal discipline in line with conditions stipulated for a bailout by the Wash

    March 17, 2017 01:30 am JST
  • Maldives' sovereign bond offer tests economic prospects

    COLOMBO -- In an apartment block facing Colombo's coast, members of the large Maldivian diaspora in the Sri Lankan capital are discussing economic developments at home. The latest topic: a decision by the government of President Abdulla Yameen to fl

    March 16, 2017 03:50 pm JST
  • Interview

    The 'Asian Netflix' takes on the pirates

    SINGAPORE -- Patrick Grove, chairman and co-founder of Sngapore-based internet-TV startup iflix, has developed a straightforward way to see what Asian consumers want to watch, but are not able to: Just look at what they are stealing."[Piracy happens

    March 7, 2017 02:45 pm JST
  • Japan's YKK to take on Chinese rivals in low-end zipper segment

    TOKYO -- In a stark contrast to most Japanese companies' modus operandi, zipper behemoth YKK is looking to expand into the low-end market segment to compete with Chinese rivals head on.Chairman and CEO Tadahiro Yoshida revealed the goal of spending

    March 3, 2017 06:30 am JST
  • Sri Lanka and its cheap labor pool

    When it comes to labor costs, Sri Lanka is a bargain, considering the size of its economy, according to statistics from the Japanese trade promotion organization known as JETRO.Since the island's civil war ended in 2009, Sri Lanka's economy has been

    March 2, 2017 05:10 pm JST
  • India's Bharti Airtel snaps up Telenor's local unit

    NEW DELHI Bharti Airtel, India's largest telecom operator, has agreed to buy the Indian operations of Norway's Telenor, a move that will bolster its position in the face of stiff competition from Reliance Industries' newly launched wireless venture.

    March 2, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Bangladesh to pour $2 billion of reserves into infrastructure fund

    DHAKA Bangladesh is moving to put $2 billion from its foreign reserves into a new sovereign wealth fund to finance infrastructure development, but experts fear political maneuvering may soak up public resources.The government of Prime Minister Sheik

    March 2, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Uniqlo operator publicizes nearly 150 suppliers

    TOKYO -- Fast Retailing on Tuesday disclosed the 146 garment factories that supply its Uniqlo clothing chain, following the lead of Western peers in responding to growing human-rights concerns.The Japanese casual clothing retailer released the names

    March 1, 2017 06:54 am JST
  • Sri Lanka's new information law puts corrupt officials in crosshairs

    COLOMBO -- Since November 2012, the students of St. Joseph's College, an all-male secondary school in Colombo, have watched a landmark tower rising over their backyard. The construction work rattled some of the classrooms closest to the Lotus Tower,

    February 27, 2017 06:10 pm JST
  • Japan seeks balance with China in seas around Sri Lanka

    COLOMBO -- Japan and Sri Lanka are celebrating 65 years of diplomatic relations this year, but their bilateral ties have rarely seemed more important -- especially in relation to maritime security in the Indian Ocean.The two countries launched a dia

    February 27, 2017 07:00 am JST
  • India's Bharti Airtel to buy Telenor's local business

    NEW DELHI/BANGKOK -- Bharti Airtel, India's largest telecom operator, on Thursday announced it has reached an agreement to buy the Indian operations of Norway's Telenor, a move that will bolster Airtel's position in the face of stiff competition fro

    February 23, 2017 11:15 pm JST
  • Asia's cities must not lose their heads in the clouds

    Walking through the capital of the remote Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, I was struck not by the panoramic view of distant mountain peaks but by the growing thicket of bamboo scaffolding and multistory buildings within the city.Unlike many Asian citie

    February 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Tea Leaves

    Asia's cities must not lose their heads in the clouds

    Walking through the capital of the remote Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, I was struck not by the panoramic view of distant mountain peaks but by the growing thicket of bamboo scaffolding and multistory buildings within the city.Unlike many Asian citie

    February 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Bangladesh moves forward on sovereign infrastructure fund

    DHAKA -- Bangladesh is moving to put $2 billion from its foreign reserves into a new sovereign wealth fund to finance infrastructure development, but experts fear political maneuvering may soak up public resources.The government of Prime Minister Sh

    February 23, 2017 02:30 am JST
  • Protectionist trend a 'negative sign': Nobel laureate Yunus

    TOKYO -- Muhammad Yunus, founder of Bangladeshi microfinance organization Grameen Bank and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, says the global trend toward protectionism is among the "negative signs" he sees worldwide and that changing the financial sy

    February 21, 2017 08:00 pm JST