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Adam Minter
For Adam Minter's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
COMMENTARY / World
Nov 27, 2017
China's bike-sharing bust
A great capitalist innovation may need some socialist help.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Nov 26, 2017
First class grows more lavish — and less viable
Airlines' latest luxury suites may be fantastic, but for most of the world the only class that will matter is cattle class.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Nov 21, 2017
China gives flying cars a real boost
A Chinese automotive firm's acquisition of a U.S. flying car startup marks an important advance for a technology that could reshape the 21st-century city.
COMMENTARY / World
Nov 11, 2017
Couch surfers should compete in Olympics
While the idea of handing out medals for pushing buttons may sound ludicrous to many, it's an overdue development.
COMMENTARY / Japan
Nov 4, 2017
World's recycling crisis is Japan's opportunity
There's treasure to be found in the world's trash.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Sep 4, 2017
Somebody's making money off all our junk
In uncertain times, the simple self-storage space can look like the safest place to invest money.
COMMENTARY / World
Aug 5, 2017
Give Los Angeles the Olympics for good
Rotating the Olympic Games between a few select cities would be better than risking having none at all due to spiraling costs.
COMMENTARY / World
Jul 29, 2017
Asteroid mining finds an unlikely champion
Luxembourg of all nations is a leading player in the drive to gain economic benefits from space.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jul 11, 2017
China's anti-addiction drive may ruin video games
Will Beijing's crackdown help half a billion Chinese gamers kick the habit?
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jul 8, 2017
Japan's used goods sell big in Southeast Asia
Japanese companies are turning the nation's secondhand goods into cash in Southeast Asia.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
May 23, 2017
China could be the future of the sharing economy
At a time when much of China's economy is slowing or stalling, the sharing sector is booming.
COMMENTARY / World
May 16, 2017
China's hidden pollution oozes to the surface
Xiongan, intended as China's green city of the future, will have to serve as a model of how China can clean up its past.
COMMENTARY / World
Mar 25, 2017
Chinese learning the value of privacy
If China's biggest online players want to chart a bigger role for themselve at home and abroad, they're going to need to start taking privacy much more seriously.
COMMENTARY / World
Mar 21, 2017
Why people still live, and die, on garbage dumps
In the developing world, huge open dumps loom as one of this century's most pressing health and environmental challenges.
COMMENTARY / World
Mar 18, 2017
Are Trump's China trademarks a big deal?
"Trademark squatting" contributes to an atmosphere of general chaos when it comes to intellectual property in China.
COMMENTARY / World
Mar 7, 2017
SpaceX's moon mission is NASA's wake-up call
The lunar vacation offered by Elon Musk's SpaceX may also serve as the starting gun for a new and very different space race.
COMMENTARY / World
Mar 6, 2017
Beijing's freezing cabbies don't like electric cars
In its impatient drive to become a leader in renewable energy and conservation, China often underinvests in the infrastructure needed to realize its ambitions.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 27, 2017
How China can stop the world's next pandemic
The deadliest outbreak of H7N9 bird flu since its discovery in 2013 is sweeping across China.
COMMENTARY / World
Jan 17, 2017
China's latest innovation? The ballpoint pen
China's $9 million drive to make high quality ballpoint pens illustrates what's wrong with its economy.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jan 9, 2017
China shouldn't burn its 40-ton ivory stockpile
Despite the visceral appeal, 30 years of burning hasn't appreciably reduced elephant kills or ivory consumption. In fact, it likely raises its value on the black market.

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