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  • Opinion & Analysis

    A golden era for midsize companies

    Midsize companies are Asia's new champions. It used to be that big multinationals and local conglomerates were the region's biggest consumer goods success stories. They were able to build and scale in a way that no midsize company could hope to repl

    April 26, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Kazakhstan votes

    Nazarbayev awaits re-election amid economic uncertainty

    ASTANA -- On the left bank of the Ishim River, where steppe land once prevailed, the Bayterek tower soars 97 meters into the blue sky. Its slender, spiky metal structure embodies the "tree of life," a symbol from an old myth that Kazakh tribes borro

    April 23, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Bypassing Russia

    Central Asian nations warming to Beijing

    MOSCOW -- Central Asian nations, whose economies are rapidly deteriorating due to cheaper energy prices and Russia's business slump, are increasingly looking to China to boost their growth. Kazakhstan's approach was rewarded when Prime Minister

    April 20, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Afghanistan

    First Lady wants superior 1975 values restored

    NEW DELHI -- Named on Thursday as one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people, Afghanistan's First Lady Rula Ghani says she favors a return to 40 years ago when as a student she first met her husband, Ashraf Ghani, and traditional Afghan valu

    April 17, 2015 11:40 pm JST
  • Menenberg, Rodriguez: Japan grapples with the age of terrorism

    As Japan grappled with the notion it had become a target for the extremist group Islamic State following the hostage crisis earlier this year, the country's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida outlined a strategy for dealing with Islamic terrorism. In a

    April 16, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • World Bank outlook

    Developing East Asia and Pacific slowing

    SINGAPORE -- Despite low oil prices, the World Bank predicts that growth in the developing economies of East Asia and the Pacific will slow to 6.7% because of China's weaker economy and uneven recovery in more developed economies. The Washington

    April 14, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Collectors get aggressive as governments seek revenue

    DALIAN, China -- Last December, an envelope arrived at Nanjing Sharp Electronics, the Chinese TV production arm of Japanese electronics company Sharp. Enclosed was a tax bill for around $85 million. The bill was assessed for alleged manipulation

    April 9, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Resource diplomacy

    Abe weighs Central Asian trip

    TOKYO -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is looking to visit Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and possibly other parts of Central Asia later this year, aiming to forge stronger links between the energy-rich region and resource-poor Japan. Abe has tried to exten

    April 8, 2015 02:35 am JST
  • Stemming terrorism

    Japan to help Central Asia beef up border controls

    TOKYO -- Japan will help Central Asian countries tighten their border controls to prevent terrorists and weapons from neighboring Afghanistan, a hotbed of Islamic extremist activity, from slipping through. According to government sources, Japan

    April 6, 2015 01:10 pm JST
  • Born in the USA

    Honda hopes to get mojo working with all-American Civic

    NEW YORK -- Honda Motor used the New York International Auto Show to unveil the new model Civic, revealing a car that was completely designed and developed in the U.S. and which will also be manufactured in America. This is the first complete ma

    April 3, 2015 02:12 am JST
  • President seeks renewed mandate

    Kazakh oil towns face up to boom's end

    AKTAU, Kazakhstan -- The statue of Kashagan Kurzhimanuly in the center of this western Kazakh city holds its steady gaze at the glittering Caspian Sea a few blocks away. The government made the 19th-century Kazakh poet and singer a symbol of the

    April 2, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Uzbekistan votes, to extend leader's reign to over three decades

    ALMATY (Reuters) -- Uzbekistan on Sunday voted in a presidential election, in which veteran leader Islam Karimov runs virtually unopposed to extend his autocratic reign to more than three decades. Critics say the regime Karimov installed in his ma

    March 29, 2015 04:47 pm JST
  • Aaron Menenberg, Stephen Rodriguez

    Japan grapples with the age of terrorism

    As Japan grappled with the notion that it had become a target for the extremist group Islamic State following the hostage crisis earlier this year, the country's foreign minister Fumio Kishida outlined a strategy for dealing with Islamic terrorism.

    March 29, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Central Asian currencies

    Dollar tightens grip in region as ruble collapses

    ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- A combination of falling oil prices and the collapse of the Russian ruble has triggered a crisis of confidence in Central Asian currencies. Throughout the region, central banks have grown increasingly inept at reining in mounti

    March 27, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Afghan angle

    US gets cozy with China, leaving Japan officials flabbergasted

    TOKYO -- U.S. President Barack Obama often, from a Japanese point of view, seems to go too far in paying compliments to China. This behavior is incomprehensible for some government officials in Tokyo. For example, when Obama held a joint press c

    March 17, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • New chemical plants

    Mitsubishi close to nailing 2 Turkmenistan jobs

    TOKYO -- Mitsubishi Corp. is on track to participate in construction of two large chemical plants in Turkmenistan in cooperation with Turkish conglomerate Calik Holding, in a deal thought to be worth around 500 billion yen ($4.08 billion). The J

    March 14, 2015 03:16 am JST
  • Unsafe haven

    Russia's rating gets worse in R&I's country risk poll

    TOKYO -- The risk of investing in Russia has risen sharply, according to a report by Rating and Investment Information, a Japanese credit rating agency. A plunge in the value of the ruble and the toll of Western sanctions imposed on Russia in re

    March 5, 2015 06:20 am JST
  • Carmen M. Reinhart

    Are negative real interest rates the 'new normal'?

    Some questions can only be answered by examining the broad sweep of history. Over the past 150 years, "world" real interest rates have ventured into negative territory (yielding less than the rate of inflation) on a sustained basis on only four occa

    March 5, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Carmen M. Reinhart: Are negative real interest rates the 'new normal'?

    Some questions can only be answered by examining the broad sweep of history. Over the past 150 years, "world" real interest rates have ventured into negative territory (yielding less than the rate of inflation) on a sustained basis on only four occa

    March 5, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • 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