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  • Japan importing more clothes from Asean, less from China

    TOKYO -- Japan is importing a smaller percentage of clothing from China as Japanese manufacturers shift more production to lower-cost countries in Southeast Asia. Made-in-China products accounted for 75.6% of the total value of Japanese clothing

    February 27, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Mitsubishi Fuso to offer Indian-made trucks in 15 markets

    TOKYO -- Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus will bring five strategic trucks built in India to Bangladesh, Indonesia and around a dozen other countries by the end of the year. The trucks have been developed and produced in cooperation with German par

    February 22, 2014 12:51 am JST
  • Shuja Nawaz: Time for tough love for Bangladesh?

    In early January, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Awami League won another term in power, by a landslide, thanks largely to the move by the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, led by Begum Khaleda Zia, to boycott the polls. The

    February 18, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • China's cancer rates exploding

    DALIAN, China -- China could see 1 million new cases of lung cancer each year by 2025, according to a report from the World Health Organization citing the country's high smoking rate and poor air quality. According to the World Cancer Report rel

    February 13, 2014 02:00 pm JST
  • Asia-Pacific to be biggest aircraft market by 2032: Airbus

    PARIS -- The Asia-Pacific region will be the world's largest aircraft market by 2032, Airbus said in a report released Thursday. The European aircraft maker said airlines in the region will likely require a total of 10,940 new planes over the tw

    February 13, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • From hostage to honcho: Noritake exec gives Sri Lanka another shot

    MATALE, Sri Lanka -- Yoshinari Shimaya is resolved to accomplish what he failed to do 20 years ago, when he was given the task of leading the Sri Lankan subsidiary of Japanese tableware maker Noritake. The unit, Noritake Lanka Porcelai

    February 13, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Time for tough love for Bangladesh?

    In early January, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Awami League won another term in power, by a landslide, thanks largely to the move by the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, led by Begum Khaleda Zia, to boycott the polls. The

    February 13, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Japan brokers take aim at individual investors in emerging Asia

    TOKYO -- Two Japanese securities firms will start offering new services targeting individual investors in emerging Asian economies as rising income levels are fueling the growth of individual investors in the region. SBI Securities will launch o

    February 7, 2014 12:24 pm JST
  • Sri Lanka hopes tourists come for the sun, stay for the slots

    COLOMBO -- Sri Lanka has great beaches, wild elephants and ancient temples. But Australian gambling boss James Packer thinks the island nation needs something else if it is to reach the government's ambitious tourism goals: better casinos. Packe

    February 6, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Sri Lanka hopes tourists come for the sun, stay for the slots

    COLOMBO -- Sri Lanka has great beaches, wild elephants and ancient temples. But Australian gambling boss James Packer thinks the island nation needs something else if it is to reach the government's ambitious tourism goals: better casinos. Packe

    February 5, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Foreign firms eye South Asia's growing baby goods market

    TOKYO -- Global leaders in baby products are expanding beyond China and Southeast Asia to markets such as India and Pakistan, where they see a golden opportunity amid exploding birth rates and rising incomes. According to the State of the World'

    February 5, 2014 04:57 am JST
  • Andrew Sheng: Protecting trade finance from US tapering

    As we approach Chinese New Year, moves by the U.S. Federal Reserve to prepare to taper its bond purchases have put a damper on the festive mood. An official with China's commerce ministry recently remarked that the outlook for the country's foreign

    February 3, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • Protecting trade finance from US tapering

    As we approach Chinese New Year, moves by the U.S. Federal Reserve to prepare to taper its bond purchases have put a damper on the festive mood. An official with China's commerce ministry recently remarked that the outlook for the country's foreign

    January 30, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Reflections on New Year's predictions

    Haiti on Jan. 12 marked the fourth anniversary of the magnitude-7.0 earthquake that left between 100,000 and 200,000 dead. The nation's government estimated that 250,000 residences and 30,000 commercial buildings collapsed or were severely damaged.

    January 23, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Reflections on New Year's predictions

    Haiti on Jan. 12 marked the fourth anniversary of the magnitude-7.0 earthquake that left between 100,000 and 200,000 dead. The nation's government estimated that 250,000 residences and 30,000 commercial buildings collapsed or were severely damaged.

    January 23, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Japan, India to map out plans for Asian transport network

    NEW DELHI -- The Japanese and Indian governments will flesh out the details for an Asian economic corridor, a network of roads and ports linking South Asia with Asean economies. With the Association of Southeast Asian Nations slated to integrate

    January 20, 2014 02:11 am JST
  • Picking up the pieces

    NEW DELHI -- Nawaz Sharif, 64, who became prime minister of Pakistan for the third time in June, will try to finish two big jobs with both hands tied behind his back: rebuilding an ailing economy and improving a deteriorating security situation.

    January 16, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Where to?

    Property bubbles, regional trade tie-ups, territorial disputes -- Asian countries face these challenges and more this year. Wage-hike pressures continue to mount, and the dreaded "middle-income trap" is beginning to ensnare many countries. India and

    January 16, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Sri Lanka: Asia's up-and-coming economic hub

    TOKYO -- If you're over 40, you probably have a different image of Sri Lanka than those younger than you. For the older set, the country that used to be known as Ceylon might conjure images of tea plantations, jewelry and beautiful beaches. Youn

    January 15, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Nepal's newly elected assembly to convene Jan. 22

    KATHMANDU -- Nepal's second Constituent Assembly, which was mired in political and procedural hurdles immediately after being elected on Nov. 19, is finally convening on Jan. 22, the prime minister's office said Sunday. President Ram Baran Yadav

    January 12, 2014 06:00 pm JST