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  • George Magnus: Greece will cast long political shadows

    If Greece were in Asia, it would be the seventh largest economy, of little geopolitical consequence and soon to be overtaken by Bangladesh and Vietnam. Greece's size, however, is not the right metric to use when gauging its significance in Europe's

    July 2, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Frederic Neumann: Greek turmoil is not without risks to Asia

    The coming weeks will prove critical for Greece's membership of the eurozone. For Asia, the immediate impact of a potential "Grexit" should be manageable. A powerful policy response by major central banks and comfortable reserve buffers in the regio

    July 2, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Yes or no to Europe?

    Greece's Tsipras calls referendum to break bailout deadlock

    ATHENS/BRUSSELS (Reuters) -- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called a referendum on austerity demands from foreign creditors on Saturday, rejecting an "ultimatum" from lenders and putting a deal that could determine Greece's future in Europe to

    June 27, 2015 12:16 pm JST
  • Universities vie for world's attention

    TOKYO/BANGKOK -- Roughly one in every three students who study abroad go to the U.S. or U.K., but there are a lot of other interesting, worthy destinations to choose from. Many countries are trying to attract international students, realizing that d

    June 18, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Where to put refugees?

    Controversy deepens around Australia's refugee policies

    PHNOM PENH -- Four asylum seekers refused entry to Australia are settling in to new lives in Cambodia after being brought to the capital in early June -- the first of hundreds of refugees that Australia hopes it can transfer to the Southeast Asian c

    June 16, 2015 12:20 pm JST
  • Combating climate change

    Weak plans mean world set to overshoot temperature goal, says IEA

    LONDON (Reuters) -- Countries' current pledges for greenhouse gas cuts will fail to achieve a peak in energy-related emissions by 2030 and likely result in a temperature rise of 2.6 degrees Celsius by the end of the century, the International Energy

    June 15, 2015 09:01 am JST
  • Yottabytes getting the jump on pirates

    TOKYO -- The year is 2050. An employee at Lloyd's of London is sitting at her desk observing real-time images from an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) the company deployed to follow a cargo ship it had insured. She picks up the phone and contacts the s

    June 11, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • The buzz about drones

    Drones can be used for a variety of purposes, from military to business and recreation. They are an exciting and increasingly affordable new technology, and many expect them to bring about an industrial revolution in the air. But the stealthy, unman

    June 11, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Michael Schrage: The uncharted territory between autonomy and ethics

    Few U.S. military assets inspire the executive-branch swagger that unmanned aerial vehicles -- also known as drones -- do. "If I'm president of the United States and you're thinking about joining al-Qaida or ISIL, I'm not going to call a judge,"

    June 11, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • James Coyne: Regulators race to keep up

    When a remotely piloted aircraft loaded with radioactive sand was found on the Japanese prime minister's office late April, it raised alarm over the security risks posed by the growing number of unmonitored drones buzzing around. When it comes t

    June 11, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Better fundamentals

    Long rates rising in Japan, US, Europe

    TOKYO -- Long-term interest rates are increasing in Japan, the U.S. and Europe amid improved economic fundamentals and tighter government bond supplies. The yield on newly issued 10-year Japanese government bonds climbed to 0.505% on Thursday, t

    June 5, 2015 03:50 am JST
  • National security debate

    Cyberattacks deserve more attention

    TOKYO -- The right to collective defense has stolen the show in the parliamentary debate on a government proposal to amend national security-related laws, but some believe that cyberattacks are an even more urgent matter than whether the Japan Self-

    May 29, 2015 11:24 pm JST
  • Oil prices

    Is the crude rebound for real?

    TOKYO -- Oil prices have rebounded to around $60 a barrel, from the $40 to $50 range earlier this year. Some experts say the market has bottomed out, but there are also signs that this assessment may be premature. By opting to maintain crude pr

    May 27, 2015 12:00 pm JST
  • Ben Simpfendorfer: A golden era for midsize companies

    Midsize companies are Asia's new champions. Big multinationals and local conglomerates used to be the kings of the region's consumer goods business. They were able to build up in a way that no midsize company could hope to replicate. But size is

    May 7, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • How safe are your medical records from viruses?

    TOKYO -- Hospitals have always had to be careful about the spread of infections. But in this modern era of networked healthcare, the danger of viruses has taken on new meaning. Threats from both opportunistic computer viruses and deliberate cyberatt

    April 30, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Ben Simpfendorfer

    A golden era for midsize companies

    Midsize companies are Asia's new champions. It used to be that big multinationals and local conglomerates were the region's biggest consumer goods success stories. They were able to build and scale in a way that no midsize company could hope to repl

    April 26, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Asia-Africa summit

    India's conspicuous absence amplifies undemocratic voices

    JAKARTA -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi sat out this week's Asia-Africa summit to prioritize commitments at home, ceding the limelight to countries less democratically inclined. Modi wrote Indonesian President Joko Widodo with regrets for

    April 23, 2015 05:17 am JST
  • Seeking common ground

    G-7 shows united front on China, Russia

    LUEBECK, Germany -- The Group of Seven foreign ministers sought to display their unity by reaching some consensus on China and Russia here Wednesday, while avoiding more contentious issues such as the new China-led development bank. G-7 members

    April 16, 2015 04:09 am JST
  • Joint declaration

    G-7 ministers speak out on Chinese maritime expansionism

    LUEBECK, Germany -- The Group of Seven foreign ministers issued their first joint declaration focusing on maritime issues Wednesday, prompted by Chinese expansionism in its neighboring waters. The G-7 countries will "continue to observe the situ

    April 16, 2015 02:40 am JST
  • Keith B. Richburg

    US deal with Iran is a game-changer for China

    U.S. President Barack Obama's tentative nuclear framework agreement with Iran -- if finalized in June and if it eventually leads to more normal relations between the two adversaries -- holds the potential to be a legacy foreign policy accomplishment

    April 9, 2015 12:00 am JST