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For Noah Smith's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Sep 9, 2014

China's PLA is getting more bang for the buck

The U.S. on paper may outspend all its rivals to ensure "military dominance," but China and Russia, for example, get more bang for the buck with lower salaries and fewer benefits for their soldiers and, in many cases, would pay much less to ...

Jul 17, 2014

Liberal values on gender are saving marriage

One view of American society surprisingly has the more educated people — despite being much more socially liberal than their less educated counterparts — espousing more traditional family values today. They get married more, get divorced less and pay more attention to their ...

Jun 5, 2014

Forget self-driving cars, make me a cyborg

A finance professor and sci-fi fan thinks that the next big technology is "cyborg technology" but that the press is ignoring it. It will include a number of health care technologies involving the integration of living tissue with engineered machinery.

Aug 17, 2001

Co-opting new elites divides Communists

“The ‘Three Represents’ is completely elitist,” Cabestan said, referring to Jiang’s well-publicized formulation for making the party represent the “most advanced production technology, the most advanced culture, and the broadest interests of the people.” The ultimate goal of the theory is to put in ...