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  • Editor’s Picks / 28 October 2015 at 2:17 GMT

    Abe eyes business opportunities on Central Asia tour

    Nikkei Asian Review
    Japan hopes to create more than 3 trillion yen ($24.6 bn) in business opportunities by aiding Central Asian development through engineering education and other steps, says Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. “The [Japanese] public and private sectors will work together to support the development of Central Asia,” Abe said, speaking at Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan. His tour of the region kicked off last week. Japan will promote private-sector investments to develop infrastructure and nurture talent in Cental Asia. “Japan will utilize its high-quality engineering education to help train people for advanced industries”, and, in so doing, help the economies overcome their dependence on resources, he added.
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  • Editor’s Picks / 28 April 2015 at 4:57 GMT

    Much to learn from Nepal's quake tragedy

    Nikkei Asian Review
    While right now we need to focus on urgent relief, we must address the reality: it was widely known that a devastating earthquake was going to strike Nepal. While brought on by a geological incident, the disaster in Nepal is the result of human action and development choices. Poor infrastructure, non-compliance with building codes, and poverty meant that the likelihood of a devastating impact quake was much higher in Nepal than elsewhere. Because Nepalese towns are located on or near fault zones, it is critical to invest in and prioritize earthquake-proof infrastructure. This "risk-informed decision-making" is essential to long-term sustainability.
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