William Pesek

For William Pesek's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Aug 22, 2014

Put Japan's casinos where they're most needed

Japan would do better to steer gargantuan casino projects to regions that really need them — like economically depressed Okinawa or Tohoku, the northeast region that still hasn't recovered from the March 2011 earthquake.

Aug 14, 2014

Stagflation stalks 'Abenomics' as pattern sets in

Maybe it’s time to stop dismissing the risk of stagflation in Japan. I’ve raised this risk a couple of times during the last 12 months as inflation rose without commensurate increases in wages or productivity. But Tuesday’s ugly gross domestic product report suggest it’s ...

Jul 21, 2014

Australia flirts with messed-up American dream

It was fascinating to hear American economist Joseph Stiglitz take on Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott for trafficking in the same economic ideologies threatening to turn the American dream into a nightmare of permanent haves and have-nots.

Jun 28, 2014

Could Kim be ready to declare war over a movie?

Asian geopolitics may never be the same now that Kim Jong Un has Seth Rogen and James Franco in his cross hairs. Their new comedy, “The Interview,” centers on a plot to assassinate Kim. The baby-faced dictator with the awful haircut doesn’t see the ...