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  • Islamic State: The new face of terror

    In its quest to acquire manpower and support for its operations in Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State militant group is making deep inroads into Asia -- and achieving a level of success that al-Qaida could only have dreamed of. The growing presence o

    November 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Kamal Alam: Syria offers clues to Islamic State's future in Asia

    One of the more remarkable documents found in the Osama bin Laden compound included a letter to the Islamic State group of Iraq and Syria cautioning Abu Musab al-Zarqawi over his group's extreme violence. The insurgency in Fallujah and Tal Afar

    November 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Redeye flights finding favor at Tokyo airport

    TOKYO -- Airlines are increasingly offering overnight flights from Haneda Airport here as travelers seek to pack their weekend trips with more daylight hours for less money. All Nippon Airways is set to launch a flight departing from Haneda afte

    November 15, 2014 07:12 am JST
  • Keith B. Richburg: Facing 'pathological hatred' at home, Obama may find he can still lead during his Asia tour

    U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Asia this week a damaged leader, weakened at home after midterm elections saw his Democratic Party rejected across the board and, most crucially, his Republican opponents take control of the Senate for the firs

    November 13, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Kamal Alam: Turkey looks east over Damascus

    As Kemal Ataturk, Turkey's first president, returned from the Syrian front in November 1918 and then escaped from Istanbul into the heartland of Anatolia to reorganize the Ottoman army, he famously said, "geldikleri gibi giderler," which roughly tra

    November 11, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Keith B. Richburg: Asia provides refuge from 'Obama derangement syndrome' -- but then what?

    U.S. President Barack Obama arrives in Asia in the coming days a damaged leader, weakened at home after midterm elections saw his Democratic Party rejected across the board and, most crucially, his Republican opponents take control of the U.S. Senat

    November 7, 2014 07:30 pm JST
  • Selective investors to emerging markets: Show us reforms

    SINGAPORE -- Global investors are becoming increasingly selective when investing in emerging economies. Stock markets in many emerging countries have been hit by moves to wind up easing by the U.S. Federal Reserve and weak economic performances in C

    November 6, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • An Asian post-election checklist for Obama

    Just days after the Nov. 4 midterm election transformed the U.S. political landscape by handing control of Congress to Republicans, President Barack Obama will land in Asia for a series of summits with regional and world leaders. The timing is signi

    November 5, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Yves Tiberghien: Should the world yawn, cheer or fear November's summits?

    For a week in November, an unusual cluster of globally significant economic summits will take place in the Asia-Pacific region: the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Beijing (Nov. 10-11), the East Asia Summit and the Association of

    November 4, 2014 09:00 pm JST
  • Japanese government, companies join to boost ties with Turkey

    TOKYO -- The Japanese government will establish a public-private joint committee to coordinate the expansion of investment, trade, and cultural exchange with Turkey. Japanese companies are increasingly expanding to Turkey, in such sectors as fin

    October 30, 2014 05:57 am JST
  • Currencies of emerging economies face uncertain future

    Speculators are becoming cautious about buying high-yield, emerging-market currencies as the U.S. prepares to end its quantitative easing program. Buying of these currencies, which had been popular among individual investors in the rich world, a

    October 30, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Daniel Twining: Upending the new global order

    The world has a new G-7. The Group of Seven once comprised the world's leading industrialized economies -- in North America, Europe and Japan. Now, the International Monetary Fund calculates the combined gross domestic product of the seven biggest e

    October 30, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • IHI keen to build world's longest suspension bridge in Turkey

    ISTANBUL -- Turkey is aiming to build the world's longest suspension bridge and Japan's IHI wants to help. Spanning the Dardanelles, the Canakkale Suspension Bridge, as it will be called, will form part of a highway connecting Istanbul with Izmir, t

    October 28, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Daniel Twining: Upending the new global order

    The world has a new G-7. The Group of Seven once comprised the world's leading industrialized economies -- in North America, Europe and Japan. Now, the International Monetary Fund calculates that the combined gross domestic product of the seven bigg

    October 17, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Islamic State damaging Turkey trade

    HABUR, Turkey -- Turkey's trade with Arabic nations is suffering because of the expansion of the Islamic State. Intensifying battles and the worsening law and order situation are making key land transportation routes too dangerous to drive through.

    October 16, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Charles King: Making sense of 'messy' modern geopolitics

    "The world has always been messy," President Barack Obama said recently. "In part, we're just noticing now because of social media and our capacity to see in intimate detail the hardships that people are going through." This was an instance in

    October 9, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Central banks, governments in tug-of-war in emerging markets

    MUMBAI -- Concerns about central banks' ability to keep the global economy on an even keel are rising, both in big emerging-markets, where monetary authorities' independence is under pressure, and in advanced economies, which are facing a difficult

    September 29, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Global gold coin sales slide amid sagging gold prices

    TOKYO -- Gold coin sales declined around the globe in the first half of this year, as gold prices moved only slightly due to mixed buying on concern about geopolitical risks, such as the unpredictable situation in Ukraine and selling on speculation

    September 29, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Long tenure may be a big ask for Turkey's new president

    ISTANBUL -- Any dreams newly elected Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan may have about a long tenure at the top are set to collide with tough realities at home and abroad that may undermine his rule. One of those challenges could come from c

    September 29, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • Panasonic buys Turkey's Viko for Africa, Russia step housing-related business expansion

    ISTANBUL -- Panasonic is stepping up its presence in Turkey, viewing the nation as a gateway to Africa and Russia for its housing-related business. The Japanese company aims to lift sales of housing-related business to 2 trillion yen ($18.6 bill

    September 18, 2014 12:00 am JST