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.

Dec 24, 2013

WikiLeaks reveals why Asia should skip the TPP

You know the U.S. has a transparency problem when people need to rely on WikiLeaks for details on changes to proposed rules on Internet use, labor and environmental and food-safety standards of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Dec 17, 2013

China's problem with Kim Jong Un

Last week's dramatic execution of Kim Jong Un's uncle — the China-friendly Jang Song Thaek — should prompt Chinese President Xi Jinping to all he can to rein in the vindictive, unpredictable Kim.