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  • Rakhine conflict changes Myanmar's game

    SITTWE/YANGON, Myanmar In an unusual display of diplomatic outreach, Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi called a special "informal" meeting of regional foreign ministers in Yangon on Dec. 19 to discuss the deteriorating security situation in

    December 22, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Fast Retailing to name suppliers, allaying labor concerns

    TOKYO -- Uniqlo operator Fast Retailing will release information on its contract clothing manufacturers in such places as China and Bangladesh, appealing to shoppers concerned about labor conditions in those countries.A list of contractors is being

    December 21, 2016 02:00 am JST
  • Spanish soccer sets goal of doubling Asian fan base

    TOKYO -- Spain's top professional soccer league aims to double its Asian viewership by 2020 with a series of media and internet partnerships to reach fans in the region, President Javier Tebas said.The chief of the Liga de Futbol Profesional, known

    December 20, 2016 02:50 am JST
  • Rakhine conflict changes Myanmar's game

    SITTWE, Myanmar -- The escalating military crackdown on Rohingya Muslims in northern Rakhine State, on Myanmar's western border with Bangladesh, signifies the first major crisis for the fledgling government of de facto leader and State Counsellor Au

    December 19, 2016 09:20 pm JST
  • Turkish airport operator branches out

    ISTANBUL -- Turkey's leading airport operator is poised to pick up projects in Cuba and Asian nations as part of a worldwide expansion meant to help offset turnover in the home market.TAV Airports Holding, together with France's Aeroports de Paris G

    December 19, 2016 05:00 am JST
  • Christianity's rise tests Nepal's new secularism

    KATHMANDU Saturday is the one day off in Nepal's working week and therefore has become the holy day for Nepal's growing Christian community. At the Nepal Isai Mandali-Gyaneshwor Church in Kathmandu, about 300 Christians gather every Saturday to pray

    December 15, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Trade, foreign investment key to Asia's growth, says ADB

    TOKYO -- Attracting more foreign direct investment and strengthening regional trade links in the face of rising protectionism around the world will help keep Asia's economic growth going, according to a recent report by the Asian Development Bank.A

    December 13, 2016 09:49 pm JST
  • Sri Lanka to sell port to Chinese company

    MUMBAI -- Sri Lanka plans to offload a majority stake in a significant port to a Chinese company, as the island nation faces swelling interest payments and government debt.The deal was confirmed on Friday in a statement released by the minister over

    December 10, 2016 04:30 am JST
  • Pakistan bourse to take final bids for 40% stake

    KARACHI -- The Pakistan Stock Exchange will soon solicit final bids for a 40% stake, the head of the bourse said."The final bidding will take place next week ... or the [following] week of December," PSX Managing Director Nadeem Naqvi told The Nikke

    December 9, 2016 12:05 am JST
  • Christianity's rise tests Nepal's new secularism

    KATHMANDU -- Saturday is the one day off in Nepal's working week and therefore has become the holy day for Nepal's growing Christian community. At the Nepal Isai Mandali-Gyaneshwor Church in Kathmandu about 300 Christians gather every Saturday to pr

    December 4, 2016 01:00 pm JST
  • Sri Lankan auto-parts maker rides global demand wave

    BIYAGAMA, Sri Lanka -- Across a brightly-lit factory floor in a free trade zone in Biyagama, a commercial town on the eastern fringes of the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, workers in white baseball caps are hunched over long tables, methodically threa

    December 1, 2016 06:40 pm JST
  • No long-term stagnation for Asia, ADB president says

    TOKYO -- Asia is enjoying solid economic growth and is not at risk of long-term stagnation, Takehiko Nakao, president of the Asian Development Bank, said Thursday, citing rosy forecasts for India and other emerging economies."Asian growth has been s

    December 1, 2016 02:30 pm JST
  • Pakistan presses ahead with LNG

    TOKYO -- As the country strives for economic growth, securing oil and gas supplies is crucial for energy-hungry Pakistan. With gas making up more than half the country's primary energy source, Islamabad has committed to dozens of liquefied natural g

    November 30, 2016 04:00 pm JST
  • Bangladesh Bank chasing stolen funds in Philippines

    MANILA -- Bangladesh Bank wants Rizal Commercial Banking (RCBC) in the Philippines to return the balance of $81 million stolen from the central bank's account in New York early this year.Bangladeshi Law Minister Anisul Huq led a high-level delegatio

    November 30, 2016 01:00 am JST
  • Stuck with India's old notes, Nepalese struggle with losses

    KATHMANDU -- At 70 years old, Radha Gautam was set for the trip of a lifetime. She and 20 fellow residents in a home for the elderly in Netraganj, a hamlet in southeastern Nepal, were excited about a trip to religious sites in India. Devout Hindus b

    November 30, 2016 12:50 am JST
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    Digital detox, anyone?

    Electronic gadgets have been invading our lives for years, but it may be time to reflect on their long-term impact -- if you can find a few moments of solitude to think about it. Once, the problem was confined to hardware, advertised in magazines an

    November 27, 2016 01:15 am JST
  • Myanmar's Rohingya crisis stirs regional protests

    JAKARTA -- The spiraling humanitarian crisis in Myanmar's western Rakhine State is prompting anger among Muslims across Asia. Last week, thousands of protestors in several regional capitals slammed Myanmar's treatment of its Muslim Rohingya minorit

    November 26, 2016 11:35 pm JST
  • Chinese aid does not bode well for Pakistan's Uighur community

    ISLAMABAD "If you need to be accompanied by our security, please do let us know," a police officer said politely at the hotel counter in Lahore, Pakistan's second-largest city, having mistaken me for a Chinese businessman.With unprecedented levels o

    November 24, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Digital detox, anyone?

    Electronic gadgets have been invading our lives for years, but it may be time to reflect on their long-term impact -- if you can find a few moments of solitude to think about it. Once, the problem was confined to hardware, advertised in magazines an

    November 24, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Uighurs wary as China's vast aid influences Pakistan

    ISLAMABAD -- China is extending its sway across swaths of Pakistan's underdeveloped economy through massive development aid, weaving its influence into the fabric of the South Asian country's society -- including its military.In a sign of Beijing's

    November 16, 2016 07:00 pm JST