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  • ADB scholarships help foster human resources

    TOKYO -- The Asian Development Bank -- which celebrated its fiftieth anniversary last year -- has provided investment and loans to help improve infrastructure in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as fostered human resources in member countries.Since

    April 3, 2017 08:00 am JST
  • Sujeev Shakya

    Hindu nationalism could hinder modern development

    On March 19, Nepal's Rastriya Prajatarntra Party, which represents former royalists in what used to be the world's only Hindu monarchy, offered an amendment to remove the word "secular" from the constitution. This came just two days after India's ru

    March 22, 2017 03:00 pm JST
  • H&M, Zara operator fashion aggressive global expansion

    GENEVA -- Two European apparel titans are aggressively expanding their store networks and introducing various brands to new markets, wielding the resources to support a well-rounded growth that rivals appear unable to match.Inditex, which operates t

    March 16, 2017 06:45 am JST
  • Jonathan Hillman

    Russia-India rail link could undermine Suez Canal's importance

    In early March, Iran and Azerbaijan inaugurated a short railway with far-reaching implications. A mere 10km long, the new link is one of the missing final pieces of a 17-year effort called the North-South Transport Corridor, which aims to connect Ru

    March 14, 2017 09:30 pm JST
  • Kazakhstan risks backlash over labor crackdown

    ALMATY -- Kazakhstan is facing the growing prospect of an international backlash over a crackdown on labor unions that has curtailed workers' rights and increased the likelihood of social unrest and political destabilization.In January, a court in t

    March 14, 2017 09:00 pm JST
  • Kyrgyzstan set for more unrest ahead of November elections

    BISHKEK -- Protests have rocked Kyrgyzstan after the controversial arrest and detention on Feb. 26 of Omurbek Tekebayev, leader of Ata Meken, the country's main opposition party.Observers say the move is intended to remove a key critic of President

    March 4, 2017 01:03 am JST
  • Mongolia's guardian dogs help preserve steppe ecology

    ULAANBAATAR Bruce Elfstrom got a firsthand look at the fragility of Mongolian nomads' existence while producing a documentary in 2004.Elfstrom, a biologist and outdoor adventurer, was camping with a film crew and some nomadic herder families on the

    March 2, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Hamish McDonald: Afghanistan's opium problem could also be a solution

    More than 15 years after the Western coalition ousted Afghanistan's Taliban regime, the scourge of illicit opium still dogs the country. At the same time, amid efforts to eradicate Afghanistan's opium industry, authorities in the U.S. and Australia

    March 2, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Traders help small producers beef up Japanese-food exports

    TOKYO -- Japanese trading houses and food wholesalers are bolstering efforts to cash in on the growing appetite for the country's cuisine worldwide, aiding smaller food processors that lack expertise in international business.General trader Kanemats

    March 1, 2017 05:00 am JST
  • China, Mongolia to extend currency swap agreement

    BEIJING -- The foreign ministers of China and Mongolia confirmed at a meeting here Monday that the two countries will extend a currency swap agreement that had been set to expire in August.Following the meeting with Mongolian Foreign Affairs Ministe

    February 21, 2017 05:00 am JST
  • Mongolia dodges bond default, agrees to bailout with IMF

    ULAANBAATAR -- The International Monetary Fund and the Mongolian government announced Saturday an agreement on a three-year bailout program that averts a default on a semi-sovereign bond maturing March 21.The government has agreed to fiscal and stru

    February 20, 2017 01:30 am JST
  • Asia's Standouts

    A Pakistani director tackles taboos

    NEW DELHI -- In eastern Pakistan, a 19-year-old girl was beaten and threatened at gunpoint because she wanted to marry the man she loved. When she stepped out of her home, her uncle caught her, shot her, put her in a bag and dumped her in a river.Th

    February 13, 2017 08:00 pm JST
  • Hamish McDonald

    Turning Afghan opium ills to good

    More than 15 years after the Western coalition ousted Afghanistan's Taliban regime, the scourge of illicit opium still dogs the country. At the same time, amid efforts to eradicate Afghanistan's opium industry, authorities in the U.S. and Australia

    February 13, 2017 07:00 pm JST
  • A Pakistani director tackles taboos

    NEW DELHI In eastern Pakistan, a 19-year-old girl was beaten and threatened at gunpoint because she wanted to marry the man she loved. When she stepped out of her home, her uncle caught her, shot her, put her in a bag and dumped her in a river.This

    February 9, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Goodbye volatility, hello steady growth, says Mongolia's finance chief

    ULAANBAATAR -- Mongolia is promoting macroeconomic policies aimed at producing years of stable annual growth of 6-8%, Finance Minister Choijilsuren Battogtokh told the Nikkei Asian Review.The Mongolian economy roared ahead at a world-beating 17.3% i

    February 3, 2017 01:10 pm JST
  • Battered Mongolia faces make-or-break moment

    The roller-coaster ride that was the commodity supercycle sent Mongolia's resource-driven economy pinwheeling from 17% growth in 2011 to an external debt crisis just a few years later. But with commodity prices rebounding and the IMF swooping in for

    February 2, 2017 01:40 pm JST
  • Jargalsaikhan Dambadarjaa: 'Parasites' turning Mongolian democracy into cash cow

    After the 1990 democratic revolution, we Mongolians thought we were successfully replacing a centrally planned economy governed by a single-party authoritarian regime with a functioning multiparty democracy and a fair market economy.But Mongolia tod

    February 2, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Mongolia's bumpy journey to independence

    HONG KONG Once the master of the Eurasian continent, controlling a fourth of the global land mass at its zenith, Mongolia was at the mercy of its powerful neighbors Russia and China in more recent times.Mongolia declared independence from its Qing d

    February 2, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Battered Mongolia faces make-or-break moment

    The roller-coaster ride that was the commodity supercycle sent Mongolia's resource-driven economy pinwheeling from 17% growth in 2011 to an external debt crisis just a few years later. But with commodity prices rebounding and the IMF swooping in for

    February 2, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Goodbye volatility, hello steady growth, says Mongolia's finance chief

    ULAANBAATAR Mongolia is promoting macroeconomic policies aimed at producing years of stable annual growth of 6-8%, Finance Minister Choijilsuren Battogtokh told the Nikkei Asian Review.The Mongolian economy roared ahead at a world-beating 17.3% in 2

    February 2, 2017 12:00 pm JST