Jun 24, 2014

Exec pay continues to reach new heights


While Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn was raking in around ¥1 billion last year, executives at other listed companies in Japan were also making more money than ever amid the economic recovery.Executive pay for fiscal 2013 announced as of Monday showed that Hajime Satomi, chairman ...

Dec 10, 2011

Civil reawakening in Russia?


It came as no surprise to Russian citizens that parliamentary elections held Dec. 4 were neither free nor fair. Elections in Russia have become increasingly managed since Vladimir Putin’s first stint as prime minister in 1999.Even before Putin, under President Boris Yeltsin, elections were ...

Nov 24, 2011

U.S. lays out its Asia-Pacific plans


The United States has set out more clearly than before how it plans to shape Asia-Pacific security and prosperity in the 21st century. The key question that countries in the region must now decide is the extent to which U.S. terms for long-term engagement ...

/ | Oct 10, 2011

Tepco guarding its ground

Recent moves by Tokyo Electric Power Co. vis-a-vis Tepco’s Management and Finance Investigation Committee, an independent government panel, show how the power company has tried to avoid being forced to sell large chunks of its assets.As part of its maneuvers, Tepco has insisted that ...

/ May 4, 2011

How ECB bailed out 'PIGS'


Why did Greece, Ireland and Portugal have to seek shelter under the European Union’s rescue umbrella, and why is Spain a potential candidate?For many, the answer is obvious: International markets no longer want to finance the “PIGS.” But that is only half true. In ...

Apr 19, 2011

A blow to the rule of law

The administration of U.S. President Barack Obama has abandoned plans to try several terrorists, including the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, in civilian courts. Instead, it will use military tribunals to administer justice. It is a sad decision. The United States ...