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Clara Ferreira Marques
For Clara Ferreira Marques's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Giant cut-outs of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other party leaders are positioned beside a road in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh on Feb. 25.
ASIA PACIFIC
Mar 21, 2024
Hardships and broken promises no hindrance for Modi in India's rural north
If India's prime minister earns a third term in office, it will be in spite of the state of the rural and farming economy — not because of it.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jan 26, 2023
The world ignores Myanmar’s plight at its peril
Nearly two years on from a brutal military coup, the country has slid into civil war. A failed state in the heart of Asia benefits no one.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Oct 12, 2022
Putin’s response to Crimea bridge attack shows how much it hurt
The severe damage done to the Kerch bridge, a symbolic and logistically important link with Russia exposes a leader who is under pressure from all sides.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Sep 21, 2022
Frustrated and snubbed, Putin is running out of options
Facing setbacks on the battlefield and the diplomatic stage, Russian President Vladimir Putin has been under pressure to call for nationwide mobilization. It's already too late.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jun 23, 2022
Japan’s assertive foreign policy can start in Southeast Asia
Russia's invasion of Ukraine has been a wake-up call, even for Japan's hawks. Now strong talk needs to be matched with action — at home and abroad.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jun 20, 2022
The world can stave off Putin’s food fight
Wealthy countries should support Ukraine's efforts to export grain and make sure poorer countries can afford to buy it.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
May 4, 2022
Misplaced nostalgia to decide Philippine presidency
Filipinos look ready to make the son of dictator Ferdinand Marcos their new leader, a result made possible by democratic failures, manipulated memories and Rodrigo Duterte.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Mar 9, 2022
Vladimir Putin’s goodbye will be a long one
Russia's president is in a tight spot, isolated, with his economy crumbling. But this is only the beginning of the end.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Mar 4, 2022
China’s Ukraine doublespeak is becoming unsustainable
Beijing is fence-sitting on the Ukraine crisis as it tries to balance its Russia alignment with its principles of territorial integrity.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Oct 11, 2021
A Nobel to remind us there’s no peace without free speech
This year's prize celebrates more than just the outstanding work of its recipients. It acknowledges all those reporters who run risks daily keeping democracy and free speech alive.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jun 28, 2021
After Duterte, the Philippines may get more Duterte
Barred by the constitution from standing again for the presidency, Duterte is preparing for life after next year's elections from a position of unprecedented strength.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
May 26, 2021
China should celebrate its Mars success by sharing
The propaganda value of a landing on another planet, as the Communist Party prepares to celebrate its centenary, is not lost on Beijing.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
May 24, 2021
Asia’s COVID-19 surges should worry us all
Variants must be caught before they explode, and we can't afford to overlook what's happening now across the region.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Apr 13, 2021
Elon Musk leaves Vladimir Putin stranded on Earth
A combination of Russian bureaucracy, military secrecy and a state-dominated economy have failed to foster private space enterprises of the kind driving innovation in the U.S.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Mar 26, 2021
Hong Kong offers a masterclass in vaccine confusion
Hong Kong was always going to struggle to run a mass vaccination campaign.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Mar 3, 2021
The beautiful game has turned ugly in China
Pressure on embattled retailer Suning Appliance Group Co. forced the conglomerate to reconsider its investment in the team. China's soccer bubble is rapidly deflating.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 1, 2021
Traveler quarantines aren’t going away soon
There are valid objections around privacy and the risk of exacerbating inequalities. Fortunately, good technology and sound policy should be able to surmount both.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jan 27, 2021
Hong Kong’s slum landlords put everyone at risk
Subdivided apartments — cubicles carved out of existing flats or buildings — are an emblem of the government's failure to tackle the city's housing shortage.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jan 4, 2021
The Kremlin’s new man will keep us guessing
Just as Vladimir Putin was helped by academic-turned-St. Petersburg mayor, Anatoly Sobchak, Mikhail Mishustin was a protege of former finance minister and reformer Boris Fyodorov.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Dec 2, 2020
China scores big against poverty but the poor haven’t gone away
Almost 90% of the population was below the international poverty threshold in 1981, according to the World Bank; by the 2019, that was under 1%.

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