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  • The ADB faces up to new challenges

    TOKYO -- Asia has seen remarkable growth in recent decades, but it still needs to improve power grids, roads, waterworks and other infrastructure, both to sustain that growth and as a result of it. Asian economies also need to attract private-sector

    May 3, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • Sri Lanka faces trade, human rights link

    BATTICALOA, Sri Lanka -- The pain of Sri Lanka's civil war, which ended in May 2009, continues to haunt residents in the eastern coastal town of Batticaloa and its surrounding villages. Punyamurthi Jeyatheepa, a 32-year-old social worker, is still s

    May 1, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • Nikkei Asia Prizes 2017

    Pakistan's Edhi Foundation looks forward to becoming dispensable

    Edhi Foundation, Pakistan -- Winner for culture and communityRepresentative: Faisal Edhi, Managing TrusteeKARACHI -- Gently, with his fingertips, Faisal Edhi held the coin engraved with a portrait of his late father. "Abdul Sattar Edhi - an era of h

    May 1, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • Nikkei Asia Prizes 2017

    Health and welfare innovators garner annual honors

    TOKYO -- The man behind the creation of India's biometric national ID system, a Taiwanese virologist whose discoveries helped contain SARS, and a Pakistani nonprofit foundation that provides emergency services have been awarded this year's Nikkei As

    May 1, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • Guy de Jonquieres

    Beijing's Belt and Road summit invites caution in the West

    On May 14 and 15, at least 28 heads of government and a bevy of other foreign dignitaries will attend a lavish coming-of-age party in Beijing. The event is intended to celebrate China's ambitious plans to carve out a bigger role on the global stage

    April 27, 2017 07:00 pm JST
  • The long, frustrating quest for free trade in Asia

    SINGAPORE -- It was a punch in the gut for Jenesis (Shenzhen) when the U.S. called it quits on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Just like that, the contract electronics manufacturer's very raison d'etre was thrown into question.Jenesis, which supplies

    April 27, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Think the RCEP is about free trade? Think again

    SINGAPORE -- Delegates from Pakistan's remote Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province were all smiles as they signed an economic cooperation agreement with China on April 17."We have set the stage to begin [a] journey of industrialization," the province's chief

    April 27, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • If US won't lead on trade, China will: Ex-US trade rep

    TOKYO America's withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership leaves the door open for China to set the agenda in Asia-Pacific trade, warns former U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman.Now a distinguished fellow at the Council on Foreign Relation

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Think the RCEP is about free trade? Think again

    SINGAPORE Delegates from Pakistan's remote Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province were all smiles as they signed an economic cooperation agreement with China on April 17."We have set the stage to begin [a] journey of industrialization," the province's chief mi

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • The long and frustrating quest for free trade in Asia

    SINGAPORE It was a punch in the gut for Jenesis (Shenzhen) when the U.S. called it quits on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Just like that, the contract electronics manufacturer's very raison d'etre was thrown into question.Jenesis, which supplies el

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Thai hotel operator Dusit eyes Bangladesh for growth

    BANGKOK -- A long-standing Thai hotel operator will break into Bangladesh this year in a move to diversify from business risk at home, where political unrest has dealt a blow to the tourism sector.Dusit Internatonal, a Bangkok-headquartered hospital

    April 27, 2017 02:39 am JST
  • AI now and tomorrow

    Is your job robot-ready?

    TOKYO -- Robots are making people redundant, and you may be next.Once a flight of fancy, we are now in an age where workers of all stripes, including professionals and white-collar workers, could be on the receiving end of pink slips thanks to robot

    April 22, 2017 10:00 pm JST
  • Nepalese earthquake rubble inspires creative response

    KATHMANDU -- On April 25, 2015, about 50 people had gathered in the centuries-old Kasthamandap Temple in central Kathmandu to donate blood. The blood donation camp, organized by Nimbus Savings and Credit Co-operative, was about to wrap up. But just

    April 22, 2017 07:00 pm JST
  • Pakistan's top court rejects bid to oust prime minster

    ISLAMABAD -- Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif narrowly avoided a legal bid to force him out of office after the country's Supreme Court ruled Thursday against his disqualification on charges related to his family's offshore wealth.The 3-2 rulin

    April 21, 2017 01:25 am JST
  • Tea Leaves

    The politics of elephants in the room

    I grew up in a corner of Colombo, the Sri Lankan capital, where a domesticated elephant was a regular presence in daily life. "Our" elephant belonged to the Buddhist temple near our home. On some mornings, it would lumber past our front gate, the ch

    April 20, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • The politics of elephants in the room

    I grew up in a corner of Colombo, the Sri Lankan capital, where a domesticated elephant was a regular presence in daily life. "Our" elephant belonged to the Buddhist temple near our home. On some mornings, it would lumber past our front gate, the ch

    April 20, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Sujeev Shakya: South Asia must embrace frontier opportunities

    In South Asia, connectivity is seen as the prerogative of capital cities, with people who live in border areas routinely ignored. Instead of finding ways of improving connectivity throughout the region, summits of the South Asian Association for Reg

    April 20, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Richard Ghiasy

    China-Pakistan corridor could help stabilize South Asia

    So far in its two-year history the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has fanned Indian-Pakistani rivalry and added to regional security tensions. But the $55 billion infrastructure and energy project, officially launched on April 20, 2015 (though som

    April 20, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Sri Lanka seeks new flight path for ailing airline

    COLOMBO -- Hopes are rising for Sri Lanka's ailing national carrier, SriLankan Airlines, as U.S.-based private equity firm TPG Capital conducts due diligence on the indebted company.The process is scheduled to be completed by the end of May, after w

    April 18, 2017 10:55 pm JST
  • Jonathan Hillman

    Mishandled China-Pakistan Economic Corridor could misfire

    It has been a tumultuous two years in Pakistan and China's regional interactions. Since it was launched on April 20, 2015, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has sparked praise, skepticism, and even violence. The result is widespread confusion abo

    April 13, 2017 04:10 pm JST