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  • Mongolia's green power pioneers keep Asian Super Grid dream alive

    ULAN BATOR -- There is another name for Mongolia: Land of the Eternal Blue Sky. Take the country's many hours of sunshine and add its wild, windswept steppes, and you would think it is a renewable energy paradise. In reality, 95% of Mongolia's p

    April 24, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Malaysia's Khazanah Nasional dips deeper into Turkey

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia's state-owned investment fund, Khazanah Nasional, has increased its investment in Turkey to over $2 billion, it said in a statement. Khazanah has spent $1.4 billion since 2008 through companies under its holding through inve

    April 22, 2014 12:00 pm JST
  • Afghan youth vote, smartphones in hand

    Despite a cellphone ban in polling centers during Afghanistan's April 5 election, photos of smiling Afghans with inked fingers have popped up all over the country's social media. The "voter selfies" are one of many signs that the nation's youth are

    April 17, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Stephen Grenville: IMF ignores its own data on emerging economies

    Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, told the Group of 20 summit in St. Petersburg last September: "Just as some advanced economies have begun to gather momentum, many emerging markets are slowing." With this warn

    April 15, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Winning his own way

    TOKYO -- Just days after winning the 2014 spring sumo tournament in Osaka, Kakuryu was promoted to yokozuna, the sport's top rank. The Mongolian wrestler, who joins two of his fellow countrymen on sumo's highest echelon, is not letting success go to

    April 10, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Mongolia works to get back in foreign investors' good graces

    A new investment law came into force in Mongolia on Nov. 1 of last year that eased restrictions on inflows of foreign capital. This change, along with vast mineral resources, including coal and copper, bodes well for the central Asian country's econ

    April 9, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • New sumo grand champion Kakuryu wins his own way

    TOKYO -- Just days after winning the 2014 spring sumo tournament championship in Osaka, Kakuryu received his promotion to yokozuna, the sport's highest rank. But the Mongolian wrestler isn't letting success go to his head. Asked what kind of grand c

    March 30, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Russia tightens hold on Kyrgyzstan

    BISHKEK -- As the U.S. prepares to close its sole military base in Central Asia in July, Russia is making sure the Americans won't be coming back. Russian state-owned oil company Rosneft inked a preliminary deal Feb. 19 with the Kyrgyz governmen

    March 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Afghan security fears, power shift rattle investors

    KABUL -- Afghanistan is known as the place where empires go to die. Foreign invaders -- from the British in the 19th century to the Soviet troops in the 1980s to the U.S.-led forces that entered nearly 13 years ago -- have suffered legendary defeats

    March 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Ex-Soviet states need, fear Russian trade ties

    Politics is rarely far from business in Central Asia, and Russia's trade and investment in the region is no exception. As reflected in guarded official reactions, Russia's lightning seizure and annexation of Crimea has sent jitters through the r

    March 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Russia tightens hold on Kyrgyzstan

    BISHKEK -- As the U.S. prepares to close its sole military base in Central Asia in July, Russia is making sure the Americans won't be coming back. Russian state-owned oil company Rosneft inked a preliminary deal Feb. 19 with the Kyrgyz governmen

    March 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Afghan security fears, power shift rattle investors

    KABUL -- Afghanistan is known as the place where empires go to die. Foreign invaders -- from the British in the 19th century to the Soviet troops in the 1980s to the U.S.-led forces that entered nearly 13 years ago -- have suffered legendary defeats

    March 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Nagoya University weaves an Asiawide web

    NAGOYA -- Nagoya University is branching out far beyond its home base in central Japan. You could say the school wants to be an Asiawide institution, and it is putting new plans in motion to achieve that. The university has made a point of forgi

    March 23, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Sojitz, Capital Medica pitch support services to hospitals across Asia

    TOKYO -- Sojitz, a major Japanese trading house, is entering Asia's hospital management support business. The trader has formed a tie-up with Tokyo-based Capital Medica, which provides assistance in running hospitals. Sojitz recently purchased 7

    March 23, 2014 02:00 am JST
  • Kazakhstan's banks not yet back on solid ground

    Kazakh bankers have been on a rocky ride this past decade. The country's banks emerged from the 1990s as regional standouts. Professionally managed, highly capitalized and smartly regulated, they were rock-steady institutions in a Wild East reso

    March 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • The best of bad options for Afghanistan

    Last May, U.S. President Barack Obama recalled the warning of James Madison -- America's fourth president -- that "no nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare." Yet even as he aims to end the longest war in his country's h

    March 19, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Mongolia's property boom set to cool

    ULAN BATOR -- Dozens of dusty residential and retail construction sites greet travelers along the road connecting Chinggis Khaan International Airport with downtown Ulan Bator. As the surrounding steppe gives way to the city, new condo towers poke o

    March 17, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Japan Inc salivates over prospect of $3 trillion Asian eco-market

    TOKYO -- Backed by subsidies from their government, Japanese companies are pitching their advanced environmental technologies in emerging Asia, where economic expansion and population growth are sharply boosting demand for all things green. The

    March 14, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Mongolia's property boom set to cool

    ULAN BATOR -- Dozens of dusty residential and retail construction sites greet travelers along the road connecting Chinggis Khaan International Airport with downtown Ulan Bator. As the surrounding steppe gives way to the city, new condo towers poke o

    March 13, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Woody Epstein: Probabilities and possibilities

    We have more than our share of extreme natural disasters in Asia. Earthquakes and tsunamis, volcanic eruptions and typhoons. The severity and costs are impossible to predict. Drawing up effective emergency plans is a Sisyphean task. How should w

    March 7, 2014 03:30 pm JST