Feb 6, 2014

Asia's dangerous nostalgia

What gives with the nostaglia in some Asian countries for strongmen of the past? The yearning for yesteryear speaks to our disorienting times and a dearth of visionary leadership when it's most needed.

Jan 30, 2014

Troubled Thailand is only the tip of Asia's iceberg

Thailand may offer the clearest example of how the U.S. Federal Reserve's ultralow interest rates have helped cover up deep-seated structural problems in emerging markets.Officials throughout Asia will regret ignoring the near suicidal course they're on.

Jan 23, 2014

Nuclear energy fight highlights aging economy

The "nuclear village" is at the root of the cronyism, corruption and inertia that continue to prolong Japan's malaise and dent its competitiveness. Tokyo gubernatorial candidate Morihiro Hosokawa threatens that village.

Jan 18, 2014

Kim Jong Un's $5 trillion price worth unification's benefits

As Park Geun-hye searches for ways to compete with China and Japan, the South Korean president is eyeing a rather surprising ally: Kim Jong Un. “Unification will allow the Korean economy to take a fresh leap forward and inject great vitality and energy,” Park ...

Jan 17, 2014

'Allah,' the word that's pulling Malaysia apart

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak's silence in the police investigtion of a Catholic priest for using the word "Allah" when referring to God highlights misplaced priorities that are holding Malaysia back even as Indonesia and other neighbors zoom forward.

Jan 11, 2014

Did Soros just predict an economic crash in China?

George Soros probably shouldn’t expect any warm invitations to Beijing — not with the much-reviled short seller warning of a giant Chinese crash. The billionaire first shook a major government in September 1992, when he led an attack on the British pound. For his ...

Jan 6, 2014

Abe squandering good will

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's weakening public standing doesn't bode well for the "third arrow" of his economic plan — lower trade barriers, less regulation and a greater embrace of free-market principles.