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  • Eurasian leaders at ASEM back Erdogan amid Turkey's coup

    ULAANBAATAR -- European and Asian countries have called for the restoration of Turkey's "constitutional order" after a coup attempt shook up a major regional summit here.EU leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Finish Prime Minister

    July 16, 2016 07:25 pm JST
  • Beijing eager to avoid isolation after South China Sea ruling

    ULAANBAATAR -- Japan and China agreed Friday to take a united stance on the global economy and the fight against terrorism, as Beijing seeks to rebuild its ties to the international community after disregarding a recent ruling over its claims in the

    July 16, 2016 06:20 am JST
  • Abe calls on Li to abide by South China Sea ruling

    ULAANBAATAR -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday urged Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to respect the recent ruling by a Hague tribunal against Beijing's claims in the South China Sea, but Li simply retorted that Tokyo had no role in the dispu

    July 16, 2016 06:13 am JST
  • Japan to dispatch defense attache to Mongolia

    ULAANBAATAR -- The leaders of Japan and Mongolia agreed Thursday to cooperate in the fight against terrorism, with Japan to station a defense officer here to strengthen security ties between the two nations.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met wi

    July 15, 2016 02:00 am JST
  • Japanese snacks taking on the world

    TOKYO -- Japan's declining birthrate is not good news for the country's traditional candy stores, but the dagashi, or penny candy, industry is finding new markets all across the globe.Small boxes of bubble gum with distinctive orange illustrations a

    July 13, 2016 03:00 pm JST
  • Mogi Badral Bontoi: Mongolia's new government could be in for a short honeymoon

    The resounding defeat of the Democratic Party in Mongolia's election came down to two key issues: the economy and unemployment.The left-wing Mongolian People's Party has capitalized on this to return to power after a four-year absence. Upon taking o

    July 7, 2016 12:00 pm JST
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    Mogi Badral Bontoi -- Mongolia's new government could face a short honeymoon

    Mongolia voted out the ruling Democratic Party on June 29, and returned the left-wing opposition Mongolian People's Party to power after a four-year absence, handing it a clear victory in parliamentary and local elections.With economic growth close

    July 2, 2016 01:07 am JST
  • Economy top priority for Mongolia's new ruling party

    ULAANBAATAR -- Fresh off its blowout victory in the parliamentary election, the Mongolian People's Party has begun selecting a prime minister and a cabinet as it prepares to turn the economy around.The MPP now must shoulder heavy responsibilities, s

    July 1, 2016 03:39 am JST
  • Sharp to boost solar cell business in Asia

    OSAKA -- Sharp is expanding its solar cell operations in Asia by building large-scale solar farms and selling home solar panels in new markets.The company is partnering with companies in Mongolia, the Philippines and Indonesia to build megasolar pow

    June 30, 2016 03:45 am JST
  • Mongolians head to polls as economy falters

    ULAANBAATAR -- Economic issues are front and center in Mongolia's general election Wednesday as the landlocked Northeast Asian country continues to reel from the downturn in the global commodities market.This seventh general election since the democ

    June 29, 2016 05:30 am JST
  • China stalls India's bid to enter nuclear club

    NEW DELHI -- In spite of an aggressive diplomatic push by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for India's entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group, the annual plenary of the elite 48-nation group that controls the global atomic trade ended on Friday without

    June 24, 2016 11:40 pm JST
  • China-backed development bank set to pick first projects

    BEIJING -- The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank will consider its first batch of projects Friday, with the Bangladeshi power grid seen as a main beneficiary of the largesse.The board of governors is expected to approve four loans totaling roughl

    June 24, 2016 04:35 am JST
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    Jim Foster -- TPP is a win for Asia's digital economy

    After nearly 20 years, the internet now stands to deliver on the vision that it promised when first conceived. The emerging digital economy will benefit not just existing companies in the internet space, but countless startups and "old economy" busi

    June 20, 2016 07:00 pm JST
  • Japan-Mongolia ties shifting from aid to economic exchange

    ULAANBAATAR -- Hopes are high that a bilateral agreement now in force between Japan and Mongolia will spur economic exchange.The economic partnership agreement, signed in February 2015, went into effect June 7. Japan "would like to see Mongolia stre

    June 16, 2016 06:50 pm JST
  • Used Priuses fill Ulaanbaatar streets

    ULAANBAATAR -- Traffic jams are a common sight in Mongolia's capital and many, if not most, of the cars stuck inching their way along the roads are Toyota Motor Priuses.Chances are three out of five that a car is a Prius, according to one resident.

    June 14, 2016 07:00 pm JST
  • Former Canadian mining chief tells of Kyrgyz corruption

    BISHKEK -- Len Homeniuk, former chief executive of Toronto-based Centerra Gold, has acknowledged that past payments made by the company's mining operation in Kyrgyzstan may have been misdirected.The Kumtor gold mine, the country's biggest exporter,

    June 14, 2016 01:15 pm JST
  • Nepal spoils Darjeeling's tea party

    SILIGURI, Darjeeling, India -- Two years ago, when Niraj Lama began stocking an unknown tea from Nepal at Happy Earth Tea, his family's tea importing company in New York, it was with some trepidation.Jun Chiyabari Himalayan Autumn Bouquet, a light t

    June 10, 2016 08:30 pm JST
  • The Future of Asia 2016: All together now

    China's slowdown is casting a pall on the region, particularly countries that have developed close trade and investment ties to the world's No. 2 economy. Japan, the U.S. and advanced economies in Europe are also struggling to regain momentum. How c

    June 9, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Asia must tackle strategic and demographic challenges

    TOKYO This year's Future of Asia conference highlighted two major challenges faced by the region.One is demographic and distributional: a shrinking, aging population in some countries, and widening wealth gaps as economies grow. How much longer that

    June 9, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Mongolia's foreign minister: The region needs a forum to tackle common security concerns

    Asia lacks a platform for dealing with common security threats, but Mongolia can be a "bridge builder" that fills the void, the country's foreign minister said.The region has many unresolved issues, with "the last stronghold and division of the Cold

    June 9, 2016 12:00 pm JST