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.

Apr 18, 2014

GSDF to militarize remote Yonaguni

The government is sending 100 Ground Self-Defense Force members and radar to its western-most outpost, a tropical island off Taiwan, in a deployment that risks angering China with ties between Asia’s biggest economies already hurt by a dispute over nearby islets they both claim. ...

| Mar 15, 2014

Economy can do without structural reform

by Jochen Legewie

While critics of “Abenomics” begrudgingly agree Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s policy package has been a success so far, they are equally quick to highlight its looming headwinds. They concede that the first two “arrows” of Abe’s economic program, monetary easing and fiscal stimulus, have ...

Mar 6, 2014

Ishiba: Asia needs body like NATO

Japan should aim to create a multilateral security alliance in Asia similar to NATO to help counterbalance China's ongoing military buildup, Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Shigeru Ishiba says.

Feb 6, 2014

Nation's big banks beef up overseas presence with boosted lending

Japan’s big banks are increasing their presence abroad, mainly in Asia, by expanding overseas lending to meet brisk demand for funds. Profit margins from lending operations at home have narrowed due to prolonged ultralow interest rates, while relatively high earnings can be expected on ...