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  • Interview

    The 'Asian Netflix' takes on the pirates

    SINGAPORE -- Patrick Grove, chairman and co-founder of Sngapore-based internet-TV startup iflix, has developed a straightforward way to see what Asian consumers want to watch, but are not able to: Just look at what they are stealing."[Piracy happens

    March 7, 2017 02:45 pm JST
  • Japan's YKK to take on Chinese rivals in low-end zipper segment

    TOKYO -- In a stark contrast to most Japanese companies' modus operandi, zipper behemoth YKK is looking to expand into the low-end market segment to compete with Chinese rivals head on.Chairman and CEO Tadahiro Yoshida revealed the goal of spending

    March 3, 2017 06:30 am JST
  • Sri Lanka and its cheap labor pool

    When it comes to labor costs, Sri Lanka is a bargain, considering the size of its economy, according to statistics from the Japanese trade promotion organization known as JETRO.Since the island's civil war ended in 2009, Sri Lanka's economy has been

    March 2, 2017 05:10 pm JST
  • India's Bharti Airtel snaps up Telenor's local unit

    NEW DELHI Bharti Airtel, India's largest telecom operator, has agreed to buy the Indian operations of Norway's Telenor, a move that will bolster its position in the face of stiff competition from Reliance Industries' newly launched wireless venture.

    March 2, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Bangladesh to pour $2 billion of reserves into infrastructure fund

    DHAKA Bangladesh is moving to put $2 billion from its foreign reserves into a new sovereign wealth fund to finance infrastructure development, but experts fear political maneuvering may soak up public resources.The government of Prime Minister Sheik

    March 2, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Uniqlo operator publicizes nearly 150 suppliers

    TOKYO -- Fast Retailing on Tuesday disclosed the 146 garment factories that supply its Uniqlo clothing chain, following the lead of Western peers in responding to growing human-rights concerns.The Japanese casual clothing retailer released the names

    March 1, 2017 06:54 am JST
  • Sri Lanka's new information law puts corrupt officials in crosshairs

    COLOMBO -- Since November 2012, the students of St. Joseph's College, an all-male secondary school in Colombo, have watched a landmark tower rising over their backyard. The construction work rattled some of the classrooms closest to the Lotus Tower,

    February 27, 2017 06:10 pm JST
  • Japan seeks balance with China in seas around Sri Lanka

    COLOMBO -- Japan and Sri Lanka are celebrating 65 years of diplomatic relations this year, but their bilateral ties have rarely seemed more important -- especially in relation to maritime security in the Indian Ocean.The two countries launched a dia

    February 27, 2017 07:00 am JST
  • India's Bharti Airtel to buy Telenor's local business

    NEW DELHI/BANGKOK -- Bharti Airtel, India's largest telecom operator, on Thursday announced it has reached an agreement to buy the Indian operations of Norway's Telenor, a move that will bolster Airtel's position in the face of stiff competition fro

    February 23, 2017 11:15 pm JST
  • Asia's cities must not lose their heads in the clouds

    Walking through the capital of the remote Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, I was struck not by the panoramic view of distant mountain peaks but by the growing thicket of bamboo scaffolding and multistory buildings within the city.Unlike many Asian citie

    February 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Tea Leaves

    Asia's cities must not lose their heads in the clouds

    Walking through the capital of the remote Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, I was struck not by the panoramic view of distant mountain peaks but by the growing thicket of bamboo scaffolding and multistory buildings within the city.Unlike many Asian citie

    February 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Bangladesh moves forward on sovereign infrastructure fund

    DHAKA -- Bangladesh is moving to put $2 billion from its foreign reserves into a new sovereign wealth fund to finance infrastructure development, but experts fear political maneuvering may soak up public resources.The government of Prime Minister Sh

    February 23, 2017 02:30 am JST
  • Protectionist trend a 'negative sign': Nobel laureate Yunus

    TOKYO -- Muhammad Yunus, founder of Bangladeshi microfinance organization Grameen Bank and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, says the global trend toward protectionism is among the "negative signs" he sees worldwide and that changing the financial sy

    February 21, 2017 08:00 pm JST
  • Pakistan's booming car market attracts global attention

    KARACHI -- As Pakistan aims for emerging-economy status, its automotive industry is already motoring along at a healthy clip. Annual passenger car sales recently topped 200,000 units for the first time, and all of the country's automakers are planni

    February 19, 2017 06:45 pm JST
  • Snapshots of Pakistan's big shots

    Pakistan's major conglomerates -- the drivers of industry in the country -- are enjoying a fresh boost from the launch of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor and an uptick in the economy.With operations ranging from finance to energy to infrastruct

    February 16, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Chinese investment boosts Pakistan's economic growth

    KARACHI Pakistan, the world's sixth-most populous country, has embarked on a high-growth trajectory.The nation of around 200 million people posted gross domestic product growth of 4.7% in the fiscal year that ended in June 2016, and the economy is p

    February 16, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Pakistan's booming car market attracts global attention

    KARACHI As Pakistan aims for emerging-economy status, its automotive industry is already motoring along at a healthy clip. Annual passenger car sales recently topped 200,000 units for the first time, and all of the country's automakers are planning

    February 16, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Chinese investment boosts Pakistan's economic growth

    KARACHI -- Pakistan, the world's sixth-most populous country, has embarked on a high-growth trajectory.The nation of around 200 million people posted gross domestic product growth of 4.7% in the fiscal year that ended in June 2016, and the economy i

    February 16, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • Trump immigration order leaves Bhutan refugees in limbo

    BELDANGI, Nepal -- Just days away from a new life in the U.S. city of Atlanta, Hema Devi Chhetri had squeezed all her clothes -- and all of her parents' -- into three duffle bags. The 23-year-old Hindu refugee from Bhutan had quit her job as a teach

    February 14, 2017 11:00 pm JST
  • Asia's Standouts

    A Pakistani director tackles taboos

    NEW DELHI -- In eastern Pakistan, a 19-year-old girl was beaten and threatened at gunpoint because she wanted to marry the man she loved. When she stepped out of her home, her uncle caught her, shot her, put her in a bag and dumped her in a river.Th

    February 13, 2017 08:00 pm JST