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  • Asia-Pacific press freedom takes another step back

    HONG KONG -- Freedom of the press is eroding all across the globe, according to the latest findings by watchdog organization Reporters without Borders. While relatively speaking, the Asia-Pacific region is not as bad as others, like the Middle East

    April 29, 2017 01:00 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Kunda Dixit

    Nepal feels both geopolitical and geotectonic squeeze

    Sandwiched between two of the world's largest countries, Nepal has always described itself as a "small" country. But with a population of 28 million, it is still the world's 40th most populous nation. It is small only compared with China, to the nor

    April 23, 2017 04:30 pm 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
  • 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
  • The internet poised to dethrone TV as ad king

    PALO ALTO, U.S. -- Television's reign as the dominant advertising medium appears near its end, as sellers increasingly reach out to consumers through mobile devices.The rise of smartphones provides a tailwind for spending on internet ads, which is e

    April 7, 2017 08:00 am JST
  • Hedge funds suffer money exodus

    TOKYO -- Once wielding powerful influence on global financial markets, hedge funds are losing customers as more investors shun their high fees amid poor returns.Hedge funds tracked by Eurekahedge saw fund outflows of $60.7 billion by the end of Febr

    April 6, 2017 09:00 am JST
  • ADB scholarships help foster human resources

    TOKYO -- The Asian Development Bank -- which celebrated its fiftieth anniversary last year -- has provided investment and loans to help improve infrastructure in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as fostered human resources in member countries.Since

    April 3, 2017 08:00 am JST
  • Sujeev Shakya

    Hindu nationalism could hinder modern development

    On March 19, Nepal's Rastriya Prajatarntra Party, which represents former royalists in what used to be the world's only Hindu monarchy, offered an amendment to remove the word "secular" from the constitution. This came just two days after India's ru

    March 22, 2017 03:00 pm JST
  • H&M, Zara operator fashion aggressive global expansion

    GENEVA -- Two European apparel titans are aggressively expanding their store networks and introducing various brands to new markets, wielding the resources to support a well-rounded growth that rivals appear unable to match.Inditex, which operates t

    March 16, 2017 06:45 am JST
  • Jonathan Hillman

    Russia-India rail link could undermine Suez Canal's importance

    In early March, Iran and Azerbaijan inaugurated a short railway with far-reaching implications. A mere 10km long, the new link is one of the missing final pieces of a 17-year effort called the North-South Transport Corridor, which aims to connect Ru

    March 14, 2017 09:30 pm JST
  • Kazakhstan risks backlash over labor crackdown

    ALMATY -- Kazakhstan is facing the growing prospect of an international backlash over a crackdown on labor unions that has curtailed workers' rights and increased the likelihood of social unrest and political destabilization.In January, a court in t

    March 14, 2017 09:00 pm JST
  • Kyrgyzstan set for more unrest ahead of November elections

    BISHKEK -- Protests have rocked Kyrgyzstan after the controversial arrest and detention on Feb. 26 of Omurbek Tekebayev, leader of Ata Meken, the country's main opposition party.Observers say the move is intended to remove a key critic of President

    March 4, 2017 01:03 am JST
  • Mongolia's guardian dogs help preserve steppe ecology

    ULAANBAATAR Bruce Elfstrom got a firsthand look at the fragility of Mongolian nomads' existence while producing a documentary in 2004.Elfstrom, a biologist and outdoor adventurer, was camping with a film crew and some nomadic herder families on the

    March 2, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Hamish McDonald: Afghanistan's opium problem could also be a solution

    More than 15 years after the Western coalition ousted Afghanistan's Taliban regime, the scourge of illicit opium still dogs the country. At the same time, amid efforts to eradicate Afghanistan's opium industry, authorities in the U.S. and Australia

    March 2, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Traders help small producers beef up Japanese-food exports

    TOKYO -- Japanese trading houses and food wholesalers are bolstering efforts to cash in on the growing appetite for the country's cuisine worldwide, aiding smaller food processors that lack expertise in international business.General trader Kanemats

    March 1, 2017 05:00 am JST
  • China, Mongolia to extend currency swap agreement

    BEIJING -- The foreign ministers of China and Mongolia confirmed at a meeting here Monday that the two countries will extend a currency swap agreement that had been set to expire in August.Following the meeting with Mongolian Foreign Affairs Ministe

    February 21, 2017 05:00 am JST
  • Mongolia dodges bond default, agrees to bailout with IMF

    ULAANBAATAR -- The International Monetary Fund and the Mongolian government announced Saturday an agreement on a three-year bailout program that averts a default on a semi-sovereign bond maturing March 21.The government has agreed to fiscal and stru

    February 20, 2017 01:30 am JST