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  • Pakistan keeps terrorists on the run and economy on a roll

    KARACHI -- Terrorism, corruption, misrule: Negative perceptions have dogged Pakistan for years. But thanks to sweeping operations by the army and a powerful paramilitary force, those perceptions may be becoming outdated, and businesses are taking no

    January 19, 2018 02:00 pm JST
  • Kazakhstan calls on North Korea to follow lead on nuclear weapons

    UNITED NATIONS -- Kazakhstan's decision to become a nuclear-free state after gaining independence from the Soviet Union should serve as a guiding example for other countries, President Nursultan Nazarbayev said Thursday, urging North Korea to do the

    January 19, 2018 07:46 am JST
  • Turkey steps up arms sales to South and Southeast Asia

    ISTANBUL -- Turkey is stepping up defense industry exports to South and Southeast Asian countries such as Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines in a drive to diversify beyond traditional customers in the Middle East, Central Asia and the

    January 12, 2018 02:30 pm JST
  • US places Pakistan on watch list for religious freedom violations

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The U.S. State Department has placed Pakistan on a special watch list for "severe violations of religious freedom," it said on Thursday, days after the White House said Islamabad would have to do more to combat terrorism to r

    January 5, 2018 02:41 am JST
  • Mongolia's female entrepreneurs make cosmetics from the steppe

    ULAANBAATAR A group of female entrepreneurs is developing a new use for the tens of millions of yaks, goats and sheep on Mongolia's vast steppes -- a range of organic cosmetics and skin creams, often based on traditional recipes, that is rapidly att

    December 28, 2017 10:00 am JST
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    QE unwinding is more dangerous than it appears

    At the end of November, South Korea raised interest rates for the first time in six years.South Korea is one of many emerging markets where central banks quietly piggybacked on unconventional monetary policy implemented by central banks in developed

    December 26, 2017 02:40 pm JST
  • Smuggled Chinese goods fuel tensions in Russia-led Asian bloc

    ALMATY -- Kyrgyzstan's free-trade partners have long turned a blind eye to the smuggled Chinese goods that slipped through its borders but a political spat between it and Kazakhstan has brought the issue to the fore.For two months, Kazakhstan closed

    December 15, 2017 04:47 pm JST
  • Mongolian women drive rise in organic cosmetics

    ULAANBAATAR -- A group of female entrepreneurs is developing a new use for the tens of millions of yaks, goats and sheep on Mongolia's vast steppes -- a range of organic cosmetics and skin creams, often based on traditional recipes, that is rapidly

    December 10, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Sreeram Chaulia

    India reaches out to Asia's heartlands

    The inauguration of the Shahid Beheshti port in Chabahar, southeastern Iran, by President Hassan Rouhani this week is a landmark event for the country which has sought to develop it since the time of the last Shah in the 1970s.To Iran, which aims to

    December 5, 2017 12:21 pm JST
  • Willem H. Buiter

    The case for getting rid of high-denomination bank notes

    I previously discussed the merits of going cashless to enable central banks, including the Bank of Japan, to set interest rates at more negative levels. While that may not happen any time soon, eliminating large denomination paper currency notes --

    December 4, 2017 11:30 am JST
  • China's Belt and Road sparks a battle of the breadbaskets

    TOKYO/ALMATY, Kazakhstan China's regionwide infrastructure drive is quickly proving to be a game changer in the grain trade.The shift in the landscape was apparent when the Kazakh agriculture minister visited Beijing in early November. "Kazakhstan i

    November 30, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Japanese telecom KDDI enjoys growth in crisis-battered Mongolia

    TOKYO -- Mongolia's economic crisis of of the past two years has proved one thing: smartphones sell even during a downturn.The East Asian country has few industries other than farming and mining, but it already has mobile phone subscribers in excess

    November 29, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • Asia Insight

    China's Belt and Road sparks battle of the breadbaskets

    TOKYO/ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- China's regionwide infrastructure drive is quickly proving to be a game changer in the grain trade.The shift in the landscape was apparent when the Kazakh agriculture minister visited Beijing earlier this month. "Kazakhst

    November 28, 2017 01:07 pm JST
  • Japan and UK to collaborate on missile development

    TOKYO -- Japan will team with the U.K. to develop an air-to-air missile, Tokyo's first defense equipment project with a partner other than the U.S. and a potential turning point for the country's arms export policy.The planned weapon will incorporat

    November 24, 2017 11:32 am JST
  • Uzbek push for stronger ties may change face of Central Asia

    SAMARKAND, Uzbekistan -- Uzbekistan's efforts to forge improved relations with its neighbors -- representing a sharp turnaround from its past isolationism -- could significantly increase Central Asia's influence on the international stage.Earlier th

    November 23, 2017 11:30 am JST
  • Police quiz sumo champion in violent bullying case

    TOKYO -- Japanese police on Friday questioned Harumafuji, one of Japan's four reigning sumo grand champions, over allegations that he seriously injured a junior wrestler outside the ring last month.The 33-year-old wrestler repeatedly punched Takanoi

    November 17, 2017 07:04 pm JST
  • Explorers' view of China's Belt and Road Initiative

    What is the reality of China's Belt and Road Initiative, on the ground? As widespread questions emerge about the true scale and scope of President Xi Jinping's most prominent foreign policy venture, we followed its route for 23,000km from Italy to C

    November 17, 2017 05:00 pm JST
  • Mongolian teachers strike puts government in a bind

    ULAANBAATAR -- A rolling strike by public school teachers in the Mongolian capital has left parents scrambling and pushed the government into an awkward position.Teachers at Ulaanbaatar's public schools and kindergartens are demanding higher wages.

    November 14, 2017 06:20 pm JST
  • European development bank eager to further cooperate with AIIB

    TOKYO -- The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development intends to expand its cooperation with the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank to provide infrastructure to Central Asia and Transcaucasia, EBRD Vice President Pierre Heilbronn told The

    November 14, 2017 01:27 pm JST
  • Anthony Rowley

    China's BRI could be administrative nightmare

    A kind of new "Wild West" is opening up for China in Central Asia and beyond as Beijing pursues its ambitious Belt and Road Initiative across Eurasia. Policing this vast project may require a "sheriff" in the shape of a new multilateral institution.

    October 31, 2017 10:47 am JST