Oct 24, 2014

Western media distorts Japan

by Gregory Clark

Those two favorite targets for Western moralizing about Japanese corporate corruption — Olympus (cameras) and Recruit (information) — are back in the headlines. Both typify the shallowness of much Western reporting in Japan.

Oct 20, 2014

Low expectations as China's ruling Communists ponder legal reforms

Leaders of China’s ruling Communist Party opened a highly-anticipated meeting Monday to discuss how to rule the country in accordance with law. That has fed hopes that the party might move to respect the letter and spirit of the constitution, but some legal experts ...

Oct 8, 2014

China again comes last in global aid transparency index

China took last place in an aid transparency index of 68 donor nations released on Wednesday, which said the majority of the world’s donors were not sharing enough information about their activities. It took last place for the second year in a row in ...

Oct 1, 2014

Consultants plead guilty to bribing Asian officials over ODA

The former president of a Tokyo-based consulting firm and two others connected with the company pleaded guilty on Wednesday to bribing officials in Vietnam, Indonesia and Uzbekistan to gain favor for Japanese-funded railway projects in those countries. Tamio Kakinuma, 65, and the others, former ...

Convicted former U.S. congressman James Traficant dies

Sep 28, 2014

Convicted former U.S. congressman James Traficant dies

James Traficant, the colorful politician whose conviction for taking bribes and kickbacks made him only the second person to be expelled from the U.S. Congress since the Civil War, died Saturday. He was 73. Traficant was seriously injured Tuesday after a vintage tractor flipped ...

Sep 27, 2014

Shipping firm in conspiracy case

A Japanese shipping company agreed Friday to pay the U.S. a $67.7 million criminal fine for conspiring to fix prices for international ocean shipments of cars, trucks and other wheeled vehicles at the Port of Baltimore and other locations, the Justice Department said. Kawasaki ...

China's anti-graft drive puts the squeeze on Macau's casino junkets

Sep 25, 2014

China's anti-graft drive puts the squeeze on Macau's casino junkets

Macau’s casino junket operators are feeling the squeeze as China’s anti-corruption drive has blown a hole in the world’s biggest gambling hub. Some are shifting players elsewhere, like the Philippines and Vietnam; others are quitting the business. Junket rooms in casinos can contain dozens ...

Sep 25, 2014

China must close suicide 'loophole' for rotten officials: scholar

China must close the “judicial loophole” of suicide for corrupt officials in its ongoing battle against graft, a well-known scholar said in the official China Daily on Wednesday. President Xi Jinping has vowed to target high-flying “tigers” as well as lowly “flies” in an ...