Jul 15, 2014

Asia fears China military conflict over sea claims: Pew study

China’s neighbors are increasingly anxious that Beijing’s maritime disputes with countries like Vietnam and the Philippines will lead to military conflict, a U.S. research group said in findings released Monday. Even in China itself, polling showed that 62 percent of the public worried that ...

Cool Japan academies to open across Asia

Jul 9, 2014

Cool Japan academies to open across Asia

Leading publisher Kadokawa Corp. has announced plans to open a slew of academies across East and Southeast Asia, starting with Taiwan and Singapore, each pushing knowledge of the core design skills at the heart of Japanese pop culture. Kadokawa said recently that it will ...

Jul 4, 2014

With one eye on Washington, China plots its own Asia 'pivot'

The Silk Road, an obscure Kazakh-inspired security forum and a $50 billion Asian infrastructure bank are just some of the disparate elements in an evolving Chinese strategy to try to counter Washington’s “pivot” to the region. While Chinese leaders have not given the government’s ...

May 28, 2014

Young people not interested in overseas work

Japanese youth are less interested in working abroad than those in other Asian economies, according to a private survey. Only 12 percent of Japanese surveyed responded that they want to work overseas in the future, the lowest percentage among nine economies in Asia. Apart ...

May 27, 2014

Recent events in Asia could be tipping points

by Yuriko Koike

Russia's struggle to conclude a long-term gas-supply deal with China seems to suggest that China is happy to see Russian President Vladimir Putin poke his finger into the West's eye but that China is more interested in turning Russia into the sort of vassal ...

Educating Asian women paying off for Japan Inc.

May 12, 2014

Educating Asian women paying off for Japan Inc.

by Ben Dooley

When Kimsru Duth was a child, her mother moved her family from rural Cambodia to the capital, Phnom Penh, in the hope of sending her daughter to college. She took two grueling jobs, working days as a waitress and nights doing laundry, but she ...

May 2, 2014

Ending Asia's zero-sum games

by Koichi Hamada

Perhaps if Asia's leaders viewed East Asia's rapid economic transformation, geopolitical dynamics and historical animosities like a recenlty arrived space alien, they would see what they need to do to halt the dangerous trends.