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  • Karl Kaltenthaler

    Mullah Omar's death will set back peace

    On July 30, the Afghan Taliban officially confirmed the death of Mullah Mohammad Omar, the movement's reclusive leader. The confirmation comes two years after Mullah Omar died. According to Pakistani and Afghan news reports, Mullah Omar died of

    July 31, 2015 09:40 pm JST
  • Sovereign wealth funds step up property investments in Asia

    LONDON -- Sovereign wealth funds around the world are pouring money into Asian property to diversify their portfolios as real estate prices surge in major Western cities. The looming U.S. interest rate hike has prompted investors to shift from s

    July 30, 2015 12:00 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
  • Yutaka Harada

    Why does democracy lead to confusion?

    The series of democratic revolutions in Arab countries, collectively referred to as the Arab Spring, were supposed to bring about peace and happiness in these countries. That, however, did not happen. Some people even think that democracy brings abo

    July 27, 2015 01:00 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
  • Thinking long term

    Sovereign wealth funds step up property investments in Asia

    LONDON -- Sovereign wealth funds from around the world are pouring money into Asian property to diversify their portfolios as real estate prices surge in major Western cities. The looming U.S. interest rate hike has prompted investors to shift f

    July 23, 2015 01:00 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
  • Airtel finds tough going in Africa, unloads mobile towers

    NEW DELHI -- Bharti Airtel, an Indian telecommunications company, has sold off transmission towers in five countries in Africa for over $1.3 billion after racking up consistent losses on the continent. Airtel had over 12,500 tower assets in 13 A

    July 23, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • William J. Burns interview

    Alliances key to US leadership

    TOKYO -- The U.S. and China are vying for top spot in the world order. William J. Burns, former deputy secretary of state and currently president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington D.C., recently talked to The Nikkei abo

    July 21, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Chain reaction

    Iran sanctions relief to deepen oil glut

    TOKYO -- The deal between Iran and a U.S.-led group of six world powers may expand the global oil glut over the long term. The arrangement, finalized earlier this month, places a set of restrictions on Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for li

    July 21, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Suspected Islamic State bomber kills 30 in Turkish town

    SURUC, Turkey (Reuters) -- A suspected Islamic State suicide bomber killed at least 30 people, mostly young students, in an attack on a Turkish town near the Syrian border on Monday. Bodies lay beneath trees after the blast outside a cultural ce

    July 21, 2015 06:46 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
  • Iran nuclear deal

    US may rewrite its Middle East strategy

    WASHINGTON -- Iran and a U.S.-led group of six nations made history this month when they reached an agreement on Tehran's nuclear development. Washington's Middle East policy is now likely to be rewritten. The deal tightly limits Iran's nuclear

    July 16, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Vietnam oil refinery

    Idemitsu, partners in venture ponder doubling capacity

    NGHI SON, Vietnam -- The Nghi Son Refinery under construction in Vietnam is on track to begin operations in two years, but already Idemitsu Kosan and the three other companies involved in the venture are considering expanding the refinery's producti

    July 16, 2015 02:25 am 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
  • 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
  • Prototype problems

    Korea Electric's first overseas nuclear project facing challenges

    Korea Electric Power could be forced to pay penalties on its first overseas nuclear project due to an array of problems that have delayed the launch of a domestic prototype, a prospect that could undermine a national push to export South Korean nucl

    July 15, 2015 10:09 pm JST
  • New chapter for a region

    A nuclear deal that paves the way for Mideast stability

    TOKYO -- The nuclear deal reached between Iran and six world powers is a historic milestone that could bring the country back into the international community and help reverse the Middle East's descent into turmoil. With an agreement that will s

    July 15, 2015 12:32 am JST