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  • 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
  • Opinion & Analysis

    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
  • 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