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  • Japan, US affirm cooperation in fight against Islamic militants

    NEW YORK -- Japan's foreign minister on Tuesday expressed support for U.S.-led airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria, offering humanitarian aid to refugees fleeing the Sunni militants who have terrorized the region. In a meeting here wit

    September 24, 2014 03:40 am JST
  • Tourist hot spots

    The number of travelers going abroad reached 1.035 billion in 2012, surpassing 1 billion for the first time, according to the U.N. World Tourism Organization. In 2013, the number increased 5%, to 1.087 billion. Europe remains the most popular touris

    September 4, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Stephen Grenville: How to reboot world trade talks

    Expanding trade has been the lynchpin of globalization. Total world trade rose from 42% of global gross domestic product in 1980 to 62% in 2007, according to the International Monetary Fund. Trade slowed during the 2008 crisis and since then has bar

    September 2, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Russia rushes to diversify import sources amid tensions with West

    MOSCOW -- Russia is scrambling to diversify the sources of its imports in response to the recent round of tit-for-tat sanctions between Moscow and the West. The U.S. and European countries imposed sanctions on Russia over the crisis in Ukraine a

    August 21, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Weaponizing the world

    Military spending in 2013 showed year-on-year growth worldwide in all regions except for the U.S., Europe and Oceania. Increases were particularly high in emerging economies. China has nearly tripled its military spending over a decade, and now acco

    July 24, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • China rocks boat with push for infrastructure bank

    BEIJING -- While the U.S. and China will try to highlight their economic cooperation at high-level talks here this week, their increasingly intense contest for hegemony over Asia's seas lurks just below the surface. A Chinese effort to create a

    July 8, 2014 04:10 am JST
  • Asian teams' poor World Cup results bode ill for soccer in region

    FORTALEZA, Brazil -- All four Asian national teams that made it to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil were eliminated in the first-round group stage. The last time no member of the Asian Football Confederation made it to the second stage was at the 2

    July 5, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Spherical science

    TOKYO -- It's that time again: the monthlong period every four years when soccer fanatics park themselves in front of their TVs. The first whistle will blow at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil in about a week. Representing the Asian qualifying zone will

    June 7, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Spherical science

    TOKYO -- It's that time again: the monthlong period every four years when soccer fanatics park themselves in front of their TVs. The first whistle will blow at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil in about a week. Representing the Asian qualifying zone will

    June 5, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Region's rising powers may find hegemony isn't all it's cracked up to be

    DALIAN, China -- When top members of the Saudi royal family travel, they are accompanied by a secretary, a doctor, a squad of bodyguards and a man who irons their kaffiyeh. Keepers of the traditional Middle Eastern headdresses, when filling out hote

    May 8, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • DP World diving headlong into emerging-market ports

    DUBAI -- DP World, the global marine terminal operator based in the United Arab Emirates, is ramping up investments in emerging economies to capture the growing distribution demand in these areas. The company is on track to pour $3.7 billion int

    April 21, 2014 01:31 am JST
  • Indian Ocean nations eye stronger 'blue economy'

    TOKYO -- Attempts to foster economic cooperation are gathering momentum among Indian Ocean nations. The Indian Ocean Rim Association is an organization made up of 20 countries with a combined population of over 2 billion people. It covers a vast

    April 17, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Stephen Grenville: IMF ignores its own data on emerging economies

    Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, told the Group of 20 summit in St. Petersburg last September: "Just as some advanced economies have begun to gather momentum, many emerging markets are slowing." With this warn

    April 15, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Nuclear reactors on the rise in Asia

    TOKYO -- Three years after the Fukushima disaster, the future role of nuclear power in Japan remains unclear, but in many other countries, the importance of atomic energy is only increasing. With no prospect of major new projects in the domestic

    April 14, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • The lure of Asian hegemony, and the trap of attrition

    DALIAN, China -- In the beginning of March, as pro-Russian forces were taking over Crimea building by building, the Ukrainian government hurriedly arranged for the delivery of an uncompleted hovercraft from the Feodosiya Shipyard. The Zubr hovercraf

    April 7, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Woody Epstein: Probabilities and possibilities

    We have more than our share of extreme natural disasters in Asia. Earthquakes and tsunamis, volcanic eruptions and typhoons. The severity and costs are impossible to predict. Drawing up effective emergency plans is a Sisyphean task. How should w

    March 7, 2014 03:30 pm JST
  • Probabilities and possibilities

    We have more than our share of extreme natural disasters in Asia. Earthquakes and tsunamis, volcanic eruptions and typhoons. The severity and costs are impossible to predict. Drawing up effective emergency plans is a Sisyphean task. How should w

    March 6, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • China's rolling stock makers focus on emerging nations

    DALIAN, China -- China's two biggest rolling stock manufacturers are looking to emerging economies to boost business, particularly to Asia and Africa. China CNR and CSR produce locomotives, cars and subways. Most of their technologies are based

    March 6, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • China's rolling stock makers focus on emerging nations

    DALIAN -- China's two biggest rolling stock manufacturers are looking emerging economies to boost business, particularly to Asia and Africa. China CNR and CSR produce locomotives, cars and subways. Most of their technologies are based on those a

    March 3, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • Iran-Saudi Arabia war of nerves sharpens in OPEC

    TEHRAN -- With the U.S. and five other major world powers agreeing in November to partially lift economic sanctions against Iran in exchange for a deal to cap the country's nuclear program, Tehran has moved to resume oil exports. Iran is eager

    December 15, 2013 01:00 pm JST