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CENTRAL ASIA

Construction near Mailuu-Suu in the Jalal-Abad region, Kyrgyzstan. Dams in Kyrgyzstan holding uranium mine tailings have become unreliable after a 2017 landslide.
ENVIRONMENT / Energy
Apr 24, 2024
Unstable nuclear-waste dams threaten fertile Central Asia heartland
One more earthquake or landslide, and dams in Kyrgyzstan holding back radioactive waste water could burst, rendering the area uninhabitable.
Jamoliddin Makhmaliyev sits with his grandson and granddaughters in front of his new house in the village of Khuroson, some 70 kilometers south of the Tajikistan capital Dushanbe, on March 26. “We lived in fear, until the day the mountain collapsed and destroyed our house,” recalls his wife Yodgoroy. Tajikistan is the Central Asian country most vulnerable to climate change and natural disasters.
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
Apr 17, 2024
Tajikistan builds villages for climate migrants fleeing fatal landslides
The former Soviet country says it relocated 45,000 people between 2000 and 2017, and that tens of thousands of others are waiting their turn.
Kyrgyz male labor migrants wait to depart for work in Russia at the office of a company organizing passenger transportation on Oct. 17.
ASIA PACIFIC / Society
Nov 16, 2023
Pressured amid war effort, Central Asia migrants leave Russia
Moscow is offering incentives for migrants to work in places like Mariupol, while enlistment offices seek to entice them into the Russian army.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
May 18, 2023
Xi summit to deepen Central Asian ties in split-screen with G7
The summit unfolds in a split screen with G7 leaders effort in Japan this week to hammer out a unified response to Chinese 'economic coercion.”
Japan Times
WORLD
Mar 1, 2023
Antony Blinken offers to help jittery Central Asia reduce reliance on Russia
Days after the anniversary of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the top U.S. diplomat met jointly with counterparts from all five Central Asian nations.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Feb 26, 2023
Top U.S. envoy eyes inroads in Central Asia as Ukraine rattles nerves
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will hold talks in Kazakhstan and then Uzbekistan and meet jointly with foreign ministers of all five ex-Soviet Central Asian states.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jan 31, 2023
Putin’s war in Ukraine pushes ex-Soviet states toward new allies
Officials from ex-Soviet states in central Asia and the Caucasus say the war has prompted their governments to look for ways to reduce dependence on Moscow.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Sep 20, 2022
China-led security grouping is an empty vessel no more
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization is becoming an alternative to the existing global order and one the West needs to take more seriously.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Sep 18, 2022
Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan trade blame over new border attacks
Border disputes have dogged the ex-Soviet republics throughout their three-decade independence.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Sep 17, 2022
In the ‘Great Game’ of Central Asia, China’s leader seeks the advantage
Xi Jinping's visit to Central Asia sheds a light on his country's efforts to increase its sway in the vast, resource-rich region once considered Russia's domain.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Sep 16, 2022
Kyrgyzstan announces cease-fire with Tajikistan after deadly clashes
Russia has offered to mediate between the two ex-Soviet countries, where recent fighting has left dozens injured and several dead, and called for 'urgent' measures to halt the fighting.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Sep 12, 2022
China's Xi to visit Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan this week
The Chinese leader's trips will be his first abroad since the early days of the coronavirus pandemic.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 16, 2022
Japan and five Central Asian nations vow to closely communicate over Ukraine
During online talks with officials from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi condemned Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 12, 2022
Japan top diplomat Yoshimasa Hayashi plans Central Asia tour from late April
Tokyo also plans to host a meeting of foreign ministers from five countries in the region, involving Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, by the end of June.
Japan Times
WORLD / ANALYSIS
Aug 15, 2021
As Taliban advances, China lays groundwork to accept an awkward reality
China, which has called religious extremism a destabilizing force in its western Xinjiang region, must also hews to its policy of noninterference in the internal affairs of other countries.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jul 29, 2021
Friends or foes? U.S. and Russia eye base deal on Afghanistan
The Kremlin may now hold the key to a continued U.S. presence in Afghanistan with an offer to allow American troops the use of Russian military bases in Central Asia.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
May 4, 2021
Central Asia’s Afghan route to prosperity
A high-ranking Taliban delegation visited Turkmenistan on Feb. 6, promising to support the project, an indication the U.S., which backs the pipeline, may have facilitated the trip.
Japan Times
WORLD
May 14, 2020
Attacks deal Trump's long-shot Afghan peace push a fresh blow
U.S. President Donald Trump's stalled plans to bring peace to Afghanistan have suffered a new setback with a decision by Kabul to resume offensive operations against the Taliban following two attacks on Tuesday that killed scores of Afghans.
Japan Times
WORLD
May 14, 2020
Maternity ward massacre shakes Afghanistan and peace process
No group has claimed responsibility for the massacre of 24 people, including 16 women and two newborns.
Japan Times
WORLD
Apr 26, 2020
Afghan men reject social distancing for religious gathering amid coronavirus
Afghan authorities are struggling to implement lockdowns to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in a province bordering Iran where the outbreak is widening due to an influx of Afghan returnees and men refusing to adhere to social distancing. Herat, the country's third largest city and a bustling province...

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Tokashiki Beach acts as a sanctuary for sea turtles and offers ideal snorkeling waters. It was also the site of the U.S. Army’s preliminary invasion that led to the 1945 Battle of Okinawa, which resulted in the deaths of nearly 150,000 people.
On Okinawa's Tokashiki Island, life's a beach — one of the best in the world