Oct 7, 2014

Tragic wake-up call as Abe pushes reactor restarts

The tragic eruption at Mount Ontake is a timely reminder that Japan is more blessed than cursed when it comes to natural resources. It possesses an enviable mix of water, wind and, most importantly, geothermal resources to fulfill its energy needs. It still has ...

Oct 4, 2014

Beijing at crossroads with H.K. protests

China views the fate of Hong Kong as a purely internal affair. But how its leaders resolve the ongoing confrontation on the streets of the former British colony will determine China’s external reputation for years to come. The world sees two Chinas. One represents ...

Oct 3, 2014

Don't look to Shanghai as next financial hub

If there's any likely winner from China's unprecedented clampdown on Hong Kong, it's Singapore. All it needs to do to attract the giant banks, hedge funds and multinational firms is sit back quietly as Beijing's henchmen do their worst.

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 ...