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  • Bilahari Kausikan: A counterintuitive proposal on Korean reunification

    Is it really in any country's interest to see the Korean Peninsula reunified? I am skeptical. The Democratic People's Republic of Korea is very bad, but it is not mad. It may adhere to the cold and vicious logic of gangsters, but it is nonethele

    July 30, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Thitinan Pongsudhirak

    Greek drama presents moral lesson for developing Asia

    The Greek crisis highlights the emerging reality that established international institutions and power structures dating back to the second half of the 20th century are no longer capable of dealing with global demands and expectations. For Asia, thi

    July 29, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Parliamentary debate on defense

    Abe's ruling party plays up potential threats in security debate

    TOKYO -- The Japanese parliament's upper house started deliberating national security bills that would let the country's troops fight in conflicts overseas. A wide gap between the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and the main opposition Democratic Pa

    July 29, 2015 04:12 am JST
  • U.S. upgrades Malaysia, Cuba in trafficking report

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The United States upgraded Malaysia in an annual report on human trafficking on Monday despite calls by human rights groups and nearly 180 U.S. lawmakers to keep the Southeast Asian country on a list of worst offenders in fai

    July 27, 2015 10:20 pm JST
  • WTO members seal trillion-dollar IT trade deal

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- World Trade Organization (WTO) members finalized a deal on Friday to cut tariffs on $1 trillion worth of information technology products in a boost for producers of goods ranging from video games to medical equipment. The

    July 24, 2015 01:12 pm JST
  • Hot, dry and desperate

    El Nino should have faded out in spring, but it now looks like the world's most formidable "little boy" will hang around his Pacific playground through autumn. The weather phenomenon is causing deadly heat waves in South Asia, while Southeast As

    July 23, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Brahma Chellaney: Water (problems), water (problems) everywhere

    The centrality of water is a recurring theme in various religions. The Bible -- largely written amid water scarcity -- associates drought with the wrath of God. "By means of water," says the Quran, "we give life to everything." Hindu gods and goddes

    July 23, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Keith B. Richburg: US allies in Asia should welcome Iran deal

    Most Asian countries surely welcomed the landmark July 14 deal between Iran and a U.S.-led coalition to halt Tehran's nuclear development program. For those nations, the deal will allow swift normalization of business ties with a big and potentially

    July 23, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Daniel Twining: 'Persian pivot' is far from Nixon's 'China moment'

    Defending the latest nuclear deal with Iran, President Barack Obama likened his outreach to Tehran to President Richard Nixon's opening to Beijing in 1972. But China then was a weak and defensive power, seeking an alliance against a stronger Soviet

    July 23, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Focus on China, North Korea

    Paper highlights threats to Japan as defense bills await passage

    TOKYO -- The security environment has worsened to the point where Japan will have trouble handling it alone, a Ministry of Defense white paper released Tuesday argues, hinting at the need to quickly pass security legislation before the Diet. As

    July 22, 2015 02:05 am JST
  • Bad omens

    Global market turbulence is a wake-up call

    TOKYO -- "I can't sell my stocks even if I want to, damn it!" Liu Guang Kun, a 60-year-old man, cut a desperate figure as he ranted July 10 at a brokerage in China's northeastern city of Dalian, Liaoning Province. Trading in the stocks Liu h

    July 19, 2015 09:30 pm JST
  • S. Korea hands over stolen Buddhist statue to Japan

    DAEJEON, South Korea (Kyodo) -- South Korea on Friday handed over to Japan one of two ancient Buddhist statues that were stolen in 2012 by South Korean thieves from religious facilities in southwestern Japan, informed sources said. A bronze stan

    July 17, 2015 03:12 pm JST
  • Finance-oriented startups set to rattle old-fashioned banking

    TOKYO -- Startups providing financial services via the Internet have achieved strong growth in the U.S. and around the world in recent years. Many believe this emerging industry, recently referred to as fintech, will go on to become a major provider

    July 16, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Storm clouds on the economic horizon

    Uncertainty has engulfed the global financial markets. After stocks plunged in Shanghai and Shenzhen, Chinese authorities are taking drastic -- some say ill-advised -- measures to reinflate prices. The eurozone remains exposed to grave risks st

    July 16, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Central bankers find their hands tied

    BANGKOK -- In the wake of China's sell-offs, the former Thai general did not hide his fear. "I am worried because all the economies are in the same chain," Prayuth Chan-ocha, who became Thailand's prime minister after leading a military coup la

    July 16, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Little to cheer in the global economy

    TOKYO -- "I can't sell my stocks even if I want to, damn it!" Liu Guang Kun, a 60-year-old man, cut a desperate figure as he ranted July 10 at a brokerage in China's northeastern city of Dalian, Liaoning Province. Trading in the stocks Liu h

    July 16, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • JPMorgan chief sees better times ahead for world economy

    NEW YORK -- After seven years of subpar growth since the global financial crisis, the world economy appears poised to shake off its lethargy, according to Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase. Dimon sat down recently with The Nikkei to share his insig

    July 9, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Jamie Dimon interview

    JPMorgan chief sees better times ahead for world economy

    NEW YORK -- After seven years of subpar growth since the global financial crisis, the world economy appears poised to shake off its lethargy, according to Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase. Dimon sat down recently with the Nikkei to share his insig

    July 8, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Bilahari Kausikan

    A counterintuitive proposal on Korean reunification

    Is it really in any country's interest to see the Korean Peninsula reunified? I am skeptical. The Democratic People's Republic of Korea is very bad, but it is not mad. It may adhere to the cold and vicious logic of gangsters, but it is nonethele

    July 8, 2015 12:20 pm JST
  • Keeping channels open

    Japan unlikely to boost Pyongyang sanctions amid abduction probe

    TOKYO -- The Japanese government intends to forgo stronger sanctions on North Korea for now as Tokyo seeks to maintain communications while Pyongyang continues an investigation into Japanese nationals abducted by the North decades ago. On Thursd

    July 4, 2015 01:30 am JST