Asia-Pacific

August 21, 2010, 1pm PDT
New rules in Japan say that cyclists are liable for accidents between themselves and pedestrians, especially on the country's sidewalks.
The Mainichi Daily Times
August 2, 2010, 10am PDT
A population research group reports on two simultaneously occurring population trends in the world affecting developed and less developed nations: Working age adults have dropped precipitously, while poorer nations grow too fast.
The New York Times - World
July 16, 2010, 1pm PDT
A $10 billion dollar spending spree will improve transit in Cordoba and Buenos Aires, but also between Argentina and neighboring Bolivia. "Funds come from the China Development Bank and will require a 15% match from the Argentinian government."
the transport politic
July 16, 2010, 8am PDT
Being developed on 1500 acres of Incheon's waterfront, Songdo is a completely planned city harnessing the latest innovations in green technology and planning doctrine aimed at creating a sustainable, self contained 'city of the future.'
ABC News
July 7, 2010, 2pm PDT
A decade after its inception, Shanghai's One City, Nine Towns project, an ambitious attempt to manage the city's massive population growth via the creation of international-themed satellite communities, has failed to deliver hoped-for results.
Assembly
July 7, 2010, 1pm PDT
The Korean Housing Institute claims that housing prices are more inflated in Korea than they've ever been in the States, and prices have begun to fall precipitously.
The Korea Times
July 1, 2010, 11am PDT
As Asian economic prowess powers the continent's businesses toward prosperity, governments need to find a way to accommodate the 2 billion extra people that will inhabit its major cities by the middle of the century.
Financial Times
July 1, 2010, 9am PDT
All summer long the newly installed BRT in Bangkok will offer free rides to passengers as the kinks are worked out of the system.
TheCityFix
June 14, 2010, 10am PDT
The relatively tropical seaside resort of Sochi, Russia will play host to the 2014 Winter Olympics. But building the infrastructure to support those games has become a major challenge for officials.
The Vancouver Sun
June 13, 2010, 7am PDT
The jury is out on skyscrapers- are they responsible density, or terrible energy hogs? As Indian cities like Mumbai and Delhi grow, architect Aditi Nargundkar Pathak says the time to consider skyscrapers is now.
http://www.theurbanvision.com
June 3, 2010, 10am PDT
Cisco is contributing technology to Songdo City in South Korea, a brand new and complete city for a million people. China plans to build hundreds of these "cities-in-a-box" as a massive rural-to-urban migration occurs there.
San Jose Mercury News
June 3, 2010, 9am PDT
After backing down on a campaign promise to remove a U.S. military installation from the prefecture of Okinawa, Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama has been forced to resign.
The New York Times
May 29, 2010, 5am PDT
Nissan Leafs, that is, and only for the year, though not one of these 19,000 preorders for the all-electric, plug-in car has yet to be shipped. The Leafs shouldn't venture too far from home - the range is 100 miles on a full charge.
The New York Times - Business Day
May 25, 2010, 9am PDT
Taiwan's North-South high-speed rail line has attracted a lot of customers away from a traditional commuter rail line. The traditional line is playing the nostalgia card by bringing out old-fashioned railway box lunches.
Focus Taiwan
May 19, 2010, 12pm PDT
China has plans not only to expand its own network of high speed trains, but to build the trains for the rest of the world. They are already giving Japan and Europe a run for their money. Not bad considering their first HSR line opened in 2008.
The Washington Post
May 17, 2010, 11am PDT
The line may only be 12 miles, but the train speeds at 312 mph. The Secretary of Transportation was in Japan as part of the effort to bring high speed rail to the U.S. though it's not clear whether he is in fact considering the maglev technology.
The New York Times - Global Business
May 12, 2010, 9am PDT
Microsoft uses GPS data collected from your trips to predict where you're going and give you advice on how to get there more efficiently.
Fast Company
May 10, 2010, 9am PDT
The driver of a high-speed train in Taiwan fell asleep while going 190 miles per hour with hundreds of passengers on board.
Gulf News
May 8, 2010, 1pm PDT
Japan is struggling to lure tourists, which is causing officials there to rethink how they market their cities and what sorts of attractions they should be offering.
The New York Times
April 8, 2010, 2pm PDT
Artist and student of architecture Azby Brown has spent 25 years in Japan, and today sees a number of design principles that drive the Japanese way of building and living that can be used by designers.
Design Observer