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  • Vladimir Miklashevsky

    Troubled former Soviet republics may face further currency turmoil

    Weak commodity prices caused by the ending of the U.S. Federal Reserve's quantitative easing program and China's economic slowdown are dramatically reshaping emerging markets. For the former republics of the Soviet Union, forced to adjust to rising

    February 8, 2016 09:15 pm JST
  • Andreas Kolbe

    Collapsing crude prices are hurting emerging-market debt

    Investors in emerging-market debt might have hoped for a different start to the New Year. As oil prices have fallen to new lows, markets have demanded ever-larger premiums for buying emerging-market debt. Risk premiums for such debt are now at their

    February 5, 2016 01:00 pm 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Migration

    Japan sees 50% jump in refugee applications in 2015, admits 27

    TOKYO -- Applications by foreigners seeking recognition as refugees in Japan rose by half in 2015, climbing to a new record for a fifth straight year, the Immigration Bureau reported Saturday. Of a total of 7,586 applications, 27 were approved i

    January 23, 2016 06:00 am JST
  • Interactive graphics

    Corralling billion-dollar 'unicorns'

    A few years back, yet-to-be-listed tech startups valued at $1 billion or more were so rare they were dubbed "unicorns" in the U.S., after the mythical creatures. Now these pricey startups are becoming more and more common. The graphic below show

    January 21, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Corralling billion-dollar 'unicorns'

    A few years back, yet-to-be-listed tech startups valued at $1 billion or more were so rare they were dubbed "unicorns" in the U.S., after the mythical creatures. Now these pricey startups are becoming more and more common. The graphic below show

    January 21, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Partnering up to put eyes in Asia's skies

    TOKYO Eight Asian countries will work with two Japanese universities to build a network of small satellites that will watch over the region. Hokkaido University and Tohoku University will lead the project, which is to produce up to 50 microsa

    January 21, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Asian Financial Forum

    Central bankers call for transparency amid uncertainty

    HONG KONG -- To better cope with the declining global investment appetite amid growing economic uncertainty, emerging markets should aim for a stable macroeconomy and well-communicated monetary policy, Bank Indonesia Deputy Gov. Hendar told the Asia

    January 19, 2016 08:17 pm JST
  • One Belt, One Road

    Chinese companies look west for growth

    SHANGHAI/BEIJING -- Kashgar, where Shandong Ruyi Science & Technology Group has chosen to build a new textile mill, lies on China's western reaches, about 300km from the border with Pakistan. But the unforgiving desert environment does not detract f

    January 16, 2016 07:25 am JST
  • Interactive graphics

    An Asian century, illustrated

    Asia is producing a huge amount of talent. One reason for that is the sheer size of its population: China has nearly 1.4 billion people, India 1.3 billion and Southeast Asia more than 600 million. Those numbers, combined with the region's ascendant

    January 14, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • An Asian century, illustrated

    Asia is producing a huge amount of talent. One reason for that is the sheer size of its population: China has nearly 1.4 billion people, India 1.3 billion and Southeast Asia more than 600 million. Those numbers, combined with the region's ascendant

    January 14, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Reaping the fruits of diversity

    BANGKOK If you want to foster innovation and creativity in your organization, the key is diversity. This according to Clayton Christensen, the Harvard Business School guru of innovation studies, who recommended that any organization -- from projec

    January 14, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Japanese space industry

    Universities, Asian nations plan surveillance satellite network

    TOKYO -- Eight Asian nations will team with two Japanese universities to build a network of microsatellites aimed at monitoring the region for natural disasters and other developments. Hokkaido University and Tohoku University will lead the crea

    January 13, 2016 07:30 am JST
  • Daniel Twining

    Unhappy New Year -- 10 geopolitical risks in 2016

    The world is staring at turbulence in 2016. Rising populism, great-power revanchism, the continued specter of terrorism, disputes over "cyber-sovereignty," intensified regional turmoil, and dramatic shifts in the global economy presage unsettled tim

    January 4, 2016 07:00 am JST