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A new bustle in India
A Mumbai Metro train arrives at Versoba Station, northern Mumbai. Poor public transportation is the weakest link in each of the country's big cities. India’s commercial capital, with a population of around 20 million, has only two commuter rail lines. The lines are not nearly enough to accommodate all those needing rides. As a result, crowds throng at the doors of trains parked at stations every morning; some commuters are unable to get in. While still inadequate, Mumbai Metro, inaugurated in June 2014, is the only possible solution. So far, though, trains run along 11.4km of rail. Nine lines and a 160km network are planned.
Orderly passengers wait at Ghatkopar Station, northeast Mumbai. There have been a lot of difficulties expanding the city's commuter train network. A monorail project, inaugurated in February 2014, has been delayed for three years due to land-acquisition and resident-resettlement issues.
Passengers calmly wait for their stop on a Mumbai Metro train, which so far has not seen the rash of bad manners -- spitting, eating and drinking -- that plagues the metropolis' legacy coaches and buses. While administrators are anxious, the interiors of Mumbai Metro cars have been kept clean so far. The coaches, with big windows, in fact, are bright. The stainless-steel seats are maintenance-free. Oh, and the cars are air-conditioned, so keep those windows closed.
Pedestrians carry on along a commercial street near a Mumbai Metro station in the northern part of the city. The expanding public transportation network is expected to get people on the move and create new business opportunities.
India's first H&M store opened in October at Select Citywalk, a mall in south Delhi. About 2,500 shoppers lined up in front of the shop the day it opened. Recently, global fashion brands like Zara, Gap and Kalvin Klein have been rushing into India.
This Starbucks is in Select Citywalk, a mall in Delhi. India is the world's biggest tea producer and consumer. But Indians drink coffee, too, and major coffee bar chains are mushrooming across the country. Starbucks landed in India in October 2012 through a joint venture with the Tata group and now has more than 70 outlets in the country.
Due to serious air pollution problems, some Delhi residents are considering their options to combat the menace. Face masks are becoming popular. Here, a family takes a look around a shop in the Select Citywalk mall that offers colorful and fashionable face masks.
The Sarojini Nagar market in Delhi attracts a crowd. It is known for its bargains, like B-class fabrics that major brands use at a 10th of the regular price.
Private consumption is an important economic growth engine for India. The $600 billion retail market provides livelihoods for some 80 million people. The Sarojini Nagar market, in central Delhi, features many textile and garment stores -- from posh boutiques to tiny street stalls.
Cambodia is one of the most underinsured countries in Asia.
Since its transition to democratic rule in 2011, Myanmar has seen rapid change. The country has been opened to trade and investment, and advanced technology is flooding in. As the economy develops, demand for tiny unsecured loans, or microfinance, has taken off.
Mourners from all over Thailand have gathered in Bangkok to pay their final respects to King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died last October after a 70-year reign.
Hundreds of thousands of Thais looked on in silence as the late king's funeral cortege made its way from the Grand Palace to a specially built crematorium at Sanam Luang, a large open area in front of the palace, early on Oct. 26.
Five days of funeral rites relating to the cremation conclude on Oct. 29, bringing to an end more than a year of national mourning.
Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest-serving head of state, died at Bangkok's Siriraj Hospital on Oct. 13 after a prolonged illness. During his 70-year reign, King Bhumibol, the ninth king in the Chakri dynasty, served as a stabilizing force for the country. Nikkei staff photographer Nozomu Ogawa documented the nation's mourning.
Pope Francis visited the Philippines between Jan. 15 and 19 as part of his recent tour of Asia. KEIICHIRO ASAHARA, Nikkei staff photographer followed his procession through Manila.