May 13, 2016

Strongman wins in the Philippines

Rodrigo Duterte's election as president of the Philippines is going to make things very interesting for China, the United States, Japan and all the other nations in the region for years to come.

May 11, 2016

Obama's visit to Hiroshima

President Barack Obama's planned visit to Hiroshima will no doubt have symbolic significance. Whether anything more will come of it remains to be seen.

May 10, 2016

The power struggle in Ankara

Ahmet Davutoglu's resignation as Turkey's prime minister signals the beginning of the next phase in President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's efforts to consolidate power.

May 8, 2016

Failure of the Hitomi satellite

The recent failure of the Hitomi satellite to find X-rays from black holes and galaxy clusters represents a devastating fiasco in the history of space science.

May 7, 2016

Find an effective tourism strategy

Tourism based on shopping won't keep growing at its present rate, so the hospitality industry and government need to get cracking on long-term sustainable strategies.

May 3, 2016

North Korea's political logic

The North Korean regime uses provocations to survive, and the upcoming party congress will applaud the leadership for being so "shrewd."

May 2, 2016

The Constitution, 69 years on

Despite Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's efforts to convince the public otherwise, there is no need at this time to revise the pacifist Constitution.