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  • Tejraj M. Aminabhavi: Eating our way to a healthier world

    A balanced diet is essential for not only providing energy and nutrients but also preventing disease. Changes in lifestyles and what we eat have greatly influenced human health, resulting in higher risks of noncommunicable diseases such as cancer, d

    February 26, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Manasi Pritam and Maihan Saeedi

    India risks marginalization in Afghanistan

    As the U.S. and its NATO allies pull out of Afghanistan, regional powers Pakistan and China are seeking a wider role in the troubled state. This presents a strategic challenge to the new governments in Kabul and New Delhi. Afghanistan is seen

    February 23, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • South Korean, Japanese cargo wanted

    New Silk Road taking shape with freight train from Yellow Sea to Kazakhstan

    LIANYUNGANG, China -- China on Wednesday will begin twice-weekly freight service along a 5,600km railway between Lianyungang, Jiangsu Province, and resource-rich Kazakhstan. The new transport corridor is part of Chinese President Xi Jinping's Silk R

    February 22, 2015 07:00 am JST
  • Ellen Bork

    How a tougher US line on Dalai Lama could help China, and Tibet

    U.S. President Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama were together in the same Washington hotel ballroom in early February. They were not alone. Thousands of other people were also present, participating in the National Prayer Breakfast, an annual event h

    February 17, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Japan, Mongolia set to sign free trade deal

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Mongolian counterpart Chimed Saikhanbileg are expected to sign a free trade agreement during a summit slated for Tuesday, aiming to further boost bilateral economic ties, government officia

    February 9, 2015 09:45 pm JST
  • Satoshi Ikeuchi

    Spread of radical Islamic ideology cannot be stopped by force

    The question of how to understand the Muslim world is taking on greater importance at the national, social and individual levels. The terrorist attack on the French newspaper Charlie Hebdo, the rise of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and the milita

    February 5, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Satoshi Ikeuchi: Spread of radical Islamic ideology cannot be stopped by force

    The question of how to understand the Muslim world is taking on greater importance at the national, social and individual levels. The terrorist attack on the French newspaper Charlie Hebdo, the rise of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and the milita

    February 5, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Giri Jadeja

    Green lending -- a new growth model for Asia and beyond

    China is no stranger to the perils of rapid economic development. According to research by the World Bank and the Chinese State Council's Development Research Center, health problems caused by air pollution cost China as much as $300 billion a y

    January 26, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Stephen Grenville: Low oil prices provide a fleeting chance for reform

    If the global price of oil had jumped by 50%, there is little doubt that economic commentators would be calling it a disaster for world growth. The price has in fact fallen by more than 50% since last June, but this ray of good news has not yet pier

    January 22, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Richard Ghiasy

    Afghanistan's new cabinet may spell trouble ahead

    Forty-five days at most. That is how long Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, government chief executive -- a post newly created after their fiercely contested election -- had planned to form a new cabinet in 2014. They took more th

    January 21, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Executive women in Asia

    Philippines leads the region with its women in management

    SINGAPORE -- The Philippines is leading Asia with its high percentage of women in management positions, according to a recent report by the International Labor Organization. A ranking complied by the ILO shows the Philippines to be the only Asian co

    January 19, 2015 07:30 pm JST
  • Expanding the roster

    China-led Asian infrastructure bank picks up new members

    BEIJING -- The multilateral development bank proposed by China is gaining more signatories from the Middle East and Central Asia, making Beijing likely to enjoy stronger power in Asia. Saudi Arabia and Tajikistan have decided to sign up for the

    January 15, 2015 05:43 am JST
  • Unity government

    Afghanistan unveils cabinet after months of bickering

    NEW DELHI -- Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has announced his new cabinet three and a half months after he was sworn in, finally reaching an agreement with his rival. The process of forming a government was delayed because Abdullah Abdullah, who

    January 15, 2015 04:08 am JST
  • Living with terror: In South Asia, say 'Je suis Charlie' at your own risk

    Attacks on staff at Charlie Hebdo and shoppers at a kosher supermarket in Paris this month have left Europe stunned and uneasy. Many felt, while they mourned, that this type of attack could happen again. Then it did. Only two days after the sati

    January 15, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Journalists in the crosshairs

    In South Asia, say 'Je suis Charlie' at your own risk

    Attacks on staff at Charlie Hebdo and shoppers at a kosher supermarket in Paris this month have left Europe stunned and uneasy. Many felt, while they mourned, that this type of attack could happen again. Then it did. Only two days after the sati

    January 14, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Natural gas

    Turkmenistan faces competition from Russia as China's largest supplier

    ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- Once known mainly for its remoteness and belligerent tribesmen, Turkmenistan has emerged as a major natural gas producer -- and China's largest supplier. Only five years after a 1,818km pipeline between the two countries opened

    January 14, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Asia-Pacific economy

    ESCAP forecasts 5.8% regional growth in 2015

    BANGKOK -- Asia Pacific countries are set for 5.8% growth in gross domestic production in 2015, slightly more than the 5.6% estimated for 2014, according to a survey released by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Paci

    January 13, 2015 11:00 pm JST
  • Order for energy

    Toshiba to supply nuclear power equipment to China

    TOKYO -- Toshiba is set to receive a roughly 200 billion yen ($1.65 billion) order to supply equipment for six to eight nuclear reactors in China. Details of the deal are being finalized. Through its American subsidiary Westinghouse, the Japanes

    January 4, 2015 02:00 am JST
  • Emerging global risks

    Ebola, terrorism and the return on capital

    In 2014, Russo-U.S. ties soured, the extremist Islamic State group turned terrorism uglier, and Ebola killed thousands and frightened millions. These and other threats appeared quickly and sent ripples far and wide. Russia is heavily involved in

    December 31, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Afghan conflict

    US wraps up campaign even as Taliban regroup

    NEW DELHI/WASHINGTON -- A U.S.-led international force in Afghanistan is ending its combat mission, yet concerns linger that security there may deteriorate as Taliban insurgents regain their footing. The International Security Assistance Force h

    December 29, 2014 03:58 am JST