William A. Masters

For William A. Masters's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Dec 21, 2011

A new code of conduct for the South China Sea

A rash of run-ins between China and rival claimants in disputed areas in the South China Sea has prompted a search for a conflict avoidance and management mechanism. In January 2012, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and China will begin negotiating a Code ...

Oct 18, 2011

Economic trouble in China

The decision of China’s sovereign wealth fund to buy shares of four of the country’s biggest banks is a warning signal. The move to prop up the plummeting value of those institutions is intended to boost confidence; instead, it has highlighted the many unknowns ...

Feb 13, 2011

Discovering new authors

The recent media hype over a possible e-book revolution has obscured the real star of the book world — the author — and the continued functioning of the system for discovering new literary talent in Japan, including the competition among new authors for 30-some ...

May 4, 2010

Rural Africa planting seeds for bigger payoffs

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — After decades of bad news, at least three major trends are turning Africa’s way: agricultural policies, rural demography and farm productivity all promise improved opportunities for farm families across the continent. Novelties get the most attention, such as the possibility ...

Jan 29, 2010

Google, China and the facts of life

Google’s motto is “don’t be evil.” Some assert that such sentiment — common sense for most human beings — is irrelevant for a corporate entity dedicated to the pursuit of profit. Yet Google is no jordinary company. It provides the infrastructure through which a ...

Jun 14, 2009

The will to deal imaginatively with a crisis

LONDON — The report that North Korea had set off a second underground nuclear explosion made headlines here, but European eyes were on issues closer to home, including elections to the European Parliament and the state of the European economy. The main focus in ...

Mar 29, 2007

Abe needlessly fans the flames

WASHINGTON — Barely half a year into his premiership, Shinzo Abe is provoking anger across Asia and mixed feelings in his country’s key ally, the United States. But will the Bush administration use its influence to nudge Abe away from inflammatory behavior? Abe’s predecessor, ...