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    Three Asian destinations where adventure is on the agenda

    Today's Asian traveler is increasingly venturing off the beaten path and seeking out more immersive and adventure-packed experiences. Here are three destinations that will take you out of the tour bus and into a world of exploration.Underground allu

    July 24, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • EU boost not enough to revive Sri Lanka garment industry

    COLOMBO -- Despite a recent move by the European Union to restore Sri Lanka to its highly favorable Generalized System of Preferences Plus program, the country will find it hard to catch up with Bangladesh, which has powered ahead in textile and app

    July 24, 2017 08:00 am JST
  • Bangladesh tax reform stalls amid tough opposition

    DHAKA -- On the day that neighboring India launched its biggest tax reform in 70 years, the stage was set for Bangladesh to do the same, introducing a new value added tax system.But in the face of strong opposition from business and political lobbyi

    July 21, 2017 10:24 pm JST
  • Three Asian destinations where adventure is on the agenda

    Today's Asian traveler is increasingly venturing off the beaten path and seeking out more immersive and adventure-packed experiences. Here are three destinations that will take you out of the tour bus and into a world of exploration.Underground allu

    July 20, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Beijing's Belt and Road ambitions rekindle Sino-Indian row

    NEW DELHI -- The latest armed border standoff between India and China, now entering its second month, traces its roots to tensions over the latter's Belt and Road infrastructure initiative.Starting in mid-June, both sides have deployed troops on the

    July 20, 2017 07:02 am JST
  • Philippines, Pakistan help motorcycle makers avoid the skids

    TOKYO/MANILA -- The Philippines and Pakistan have become bright spots in Asia's motorcycle market, helping to offset slowdowns in other key countries.Despite a population of 100 million, the Philippines' motorbike market is less than half that of Vi

    July 14, 2017 02:15 pm JST
  • Kawasaki Heavy, Mitsubishi seen landing Dhaka train deals

    TOKYO -- Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Mitsubishi Corp. are expected to win orders for train cars and related equipment in Bangladesh as part of the Japanese government's official development assistance program.The contracts for just over 100 rail c

    July 13, 2017 06:21 am JST
  • Brahma Chellaney

    China's Bhutan land grab aims at bigger target

    China honed its "salami slicing" strategy in the Himalayan borderlands with India in the 1950s, when it grabbed the Switzerland-sized Aksai Chin plateau by surreptitiously building a strategic highway through that unguarded region.Aksai Chin, part o

    July 11, 2017 02:57 pm JST
  • Nepal seeks unity from its first local elections in 20 years

    BIRATNAGAR, Nepal Nearly 200 men and women stood in line outside a high school in the eastern city of Biratnagar at 6:50 a.m. on June 28, waiting for the start of voting in Nepal's first local elections since 1997."I have wanted to choose local lead

    July 6, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Nepali tea producer soaks up new interest from Europe

    KATHMANDU -- The political unrest halting tea production since June in India's Darjeeling region has European buyers looking toward Himalayan Shangri-La Tea Producers, a company in neighboring Nepal."French and British tea buyers have visited us to

    July 4, 2017 12:56 am JST
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    Philanthro-capitalism sprouts in South Korea

    TOKYO -- Mezzanine I-Pack is a South Korean company located within a 10-minute drive from the Demilitarized Zone on the Korean Peninsula. It is based in the city of Paju and faces the heavily fortified border with North Korea, and when I recently vi

    July 2, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • Fujifilm, Terumo train future customers in emerging markets

    TOKYO -- Japanese medical device suppliers like Fujifilm and Ship Healthcare Holdings are training medical professionals in emerging markets to handle equipment they hope to sell in greater numbers.Fujifilm is active in the Middle East, educating do

    June 30, 2017 05:05 am JST
  • Nepal seeks unity from first local election in 20 years

    BIRATNAGAR, Nepal -- Nearly 100 men and 100 women stood in their lines outside a higher secondary school in this eastern city at 6:50 a.m. Wednesday, just 10 minutes before the start of voting hours in Nepal's first local elections since 1997."I had

    June 29, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • Kunda Dixit

    Nepal harnesses politics of inclusion

    Visitors shocked by Kathmandu's squalid urban sprawl, decrepit roads and chaotic traffic may be surprised to hear that Nepal is on the cusp of a major political and economic transformation.Judging by headlines in the media, Nepal does not seem to ha

    June 27, 2017 06:00 pm JST
  • Oil tanker explosion kills more than 123 in Pakistan

    LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) -- An overturned oil tanker exploded killing at least 123 people in Pakistan on Sunday, as most of the victims had gathered round when spilt fuel from the stricken vehicle ignited, officials said.The tanker overturned afte

    June 25, 2017 03:31 pm JST
  • Labor shortage hits Sri Lanka's cinnamon industry

    NEGOMBO, Sri Lanka -- Along Sri Lanka's west coast, towns like Negombo have abundant green cinnamon farms that keep peelers of the bushes' fragrant inner bark busy. Pesthathanthri Sumathipala, a seasoned peeler, is up at dawn to lead a small crew of

    June 21, 2017 09:43 am JST
  • UN launches second round of nuclear ban talks

    UNITED NATIONS -- Delegates from more than 80 countries kicked off a second and possibly final round of negotiations Thursday on an international treaty to ban nuclear weapons, seeking to adopt a final text by the July 7 end of the conference."As we

    June 16, 2017 05:30 am JST
  • Swarming visitors are a boon and a bane for an Asian Shangri-La

    I enjoy my travels to Bhutan. The country's capital, Thimphu, reminds me of my school days in Kalimpong, a town in West Bengal that has since fallen victim to development. But am I also starting to see the same thing in Thimphu? Its streets are now

    June 15, 2017 02:45 pm JST
  • AIIB future rests on shedding Beijing influence

    TOKYO -- The China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank will hold its second annual general meeting between June 16-18 on South Korea's Jeju Island. The bank, which has stuck to careful driving in its first year, looks ready to gain speed in yea

    June 15, 2017 02:19 pm JST
  • Anthony Couse

    Belt and Road's potential real estate boost

    Since the announcement of the Belt and Road Initiative by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013, the project has been perceived by many as a one-sided, Chinese ambition. Some have seen it as a massive enterprise to jump-start the Chinese economy befo

    June 15, 2017 12:00 pm JST