NHK World [企画・演出・コーディネート] Asia Insight
A Tough Test for Silk Road Merchants

NHK World 2015.06.26

The Dordoi Bazaar in the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek is Eurasia’s largest. It is a key way-stop on the route by which Chinese products travel to Russia and Central Asia. But the bazaar faces major change, as Kyrgyzstan joins the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) led by Russia. Before, import and export taxes were very low, and the intermediary trade of the bazaar blossomed. Having joined the EEU, however, import tariffs on Chinese products are expected to soar, which will have a massive impact on sales. Merchants are troubled, with some choosing to downsize their business, or close up shop altogether. As China’s “One Belt, One Road” strategy unfolds, and the country turns its attention to Central Asia, small landlocked Kyrgyzstan is stuck between 2 giants. By looking at the Dordoi Bazaar, we’ll examine the pressures faced by merchants throughout Kyrgyzstan.

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BS1 [企画・演出・コーディネート] Asia Insight

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NHK World [企画・演出・コーディネート] Asia Insight
Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan

NHK World 2013.08.23

In Kyrgyzstan, a small country in Central Asia, the institution of marriage is troubled by the serious social problem of “bride kidnapping”. Women are abducted and forced to marry men they have never met. A traditional practice of Kyrgyzstan’s formerly nomadic people, during the Soviet years and since independence the custom has taken on a criminal character. It leaves deep scars in its victims, and 2012 saw a series of kidnapping-related suicides.
Munara Beknazarova has taken on the mission of putting a stop to this ongoing tragedy in her country. She offers supportive care to victims while battling to change public acceptance of bride kidnapping as a traditional practice.
This episode of Asia Insight reports on bride kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan and Munara Beknazarova’s fight to end it.

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