Caroline Boin

For Caroline Boin's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Nov 11, 2011

Internet apps won't close jobs gap

America today is akin to the Ottoman Empire at the end of its days. Immensely important, commanding huge global influence, badly run and under mounting debt, it is not the leader of the world, but the sick man of it. At the root of ...

Jul 30, 2010

Economic ideology abuse

LONDON — “The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than commonly understood. Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influences, are usually the slaves of some ...

Mar 20, 2010

Let the clean water flow

LONDON — The 18th annual World Water Day (March 22) offers the same old problems and rejects the practical solutions. On Monday, 1 billion people will, as usual, spend the day without clean water and a third of humanity without adequate sanitation. As usual, ...

Feb 17, 2010

Stop turning cheap food into expensive fuel

LONDON — U.S. Department of Agriculture figures reveal that a quarter of U.S. cereals grown in 2009 went to biofuel, turning cheap food into expensive fuel. This pushes up food prices and damages the environment, yet President Barack Obama promised “continued investment in advanced ...

Jun 14, 2009

Neither charity nor bulldozers prevent slums

LONDON — After treading the red carpet at the Oscars in Los Angeles in February, the child stars of “Slumdog Millionaire” are on the streets. Mumbai authorities have demolished their flimsy shelters only three months after promising them real houses. Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail and ...

Apr 9, 2009

The lighter side of North Korea's launch

BEVERLY HILLS, California — Some things you just don’t joke about. Certain developments in the course of human affairs are decidedly not funny. What’s a perfect example, right off the top of my head? Oh, how about North Korea’s missile launch over the weekend? ...

Mar 18, 2009

A test for Northern Ireland

Terrorists murdered three people in Northern Ireland last week. A decade ago that news would have been commonplace. Today, however, it is a stunning development for a people who have grown accustomed to peace and reconciliation. The remaining elements of a terror movement are ...