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Adam Minter
For Adam Minter's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
COMMENTARY / World
Jan 4, 2017
Look for Alibaba's counterfeit woes to drag on
By many measures, counterfeiting is one of China's leading industrial sectors.
COMMENTARY / World
Dec 21, 2016
As test scores slip, China must rethink schools
Unequal access to education is a centuries-old challenge in China that remains just as vexing today.
COMMENTARY / World
Dec 3, 2016
Why are the fish in China disappearing?
China's efforts to regulate food safety are falling woefully short.
COMMENTARY / World
Oct 15, 2016
U.S. airports desperately need upgrades
America's airports are lagging far behind their overseas counterparts in comfort and amenities.
COMMENTARY / World
Oct 4, 2016
China's progress is killing the instant noodle
Rising wages have improved living standards and expectations for millions of Chinese workers.
COMMENTARY / World
Sep 20, 2016
Age-old Arctic shipping vision still just a dream
Traversing the Arctic still makes little sense for shipping companies due to cost and risk.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Sep 8, 2016
Age of Asian sweatshops coming to an end?
Automation is replacing human labor in Asian garment factories, but workers who lose their jobs face an uncertain future.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Aug 22, 2016
Overfishing spells trouble for China's future
In pursuing catch at all costs, China's fishermen have exacted a terrible environmental toll in Asia.
COMMENTARY / World
Aug 21, 2016
Seafloor gold rush could have alarming impact
The seafloor is home to priceless mineral deposits, but mining them could wreak havoc on the marine environment.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Aug 11, 2016
Missile spat can't diminish China's K-pop love
In the war for Chinese hearts and minds, South Korean soap stars are clearly the winners.
Japan Times
LIFE / Digital
Jul 6, 2016
Video games may become China's best cultural export
When Chinese internet giant Tencent acquired the Finnish video game developer Supercell last month for $8.6 billion, it became the world's dominant publisher and distributor in the $100 billion gaming market. It was a blockbuster deal: No other Chinese entertainment company in any field — television, film, books — has ever come close to such a dominating position.
COMMENTARY / World
Jun 28, 2016
China's dog meat festival suggests larger problem
China's dog meat trade offers a vivid example of why the country's food supply problems are so persistent.
COMMENTARY / World
Jun 20, 2016
Will Beijing dominate the 'internet of vehicles'?
China is where the future of driverless car technology will likely be charted. In trying to compete there, foreign companies face a stark choice: Partner up or be left behind.
COMMENTARY / World
Apr 27, 2016
Why China's censors silenced a Net sensation
China's leaders, so determined to export their culture to the world, are instead cultivating a neutered entertainment industry with their censorship.
COMMENTARY / World
Apr 18, 2016
Electric cars take a back seat to SUVs in China
The Chinese government is determined to make the smog-choked country a leader in eco-friendly electric cars, but consumers prefer big gas guzzlers.
COMMENTARY / World
Apr 6, 2016
Chinese firm wants to turn the world's lights on
The idea of an electricity "supergrid" that can power the world is now technically feasible and the chairman of the world's wealthiest power company wants to make it a reality.
COMMENTARY / World
Mar 28, 2016
Virgin America's vision of decency can't compete
Virgin America is finding out the hard way that Americans prefer lower airline fares to good service.
COMMENTARY / World
Mar 12, 2016
Sorry Tesla, but China wants golf carts
For a variety of reasons, ranging from affordability to size, low-speed electric vehicles are taking off in China.
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 22, 2016
Why aren't you able to repair your iPhone?
If Apple's executives don't ease up on their proprietary stranglehold over iPhones, lawmakers will do it for them.
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 3, 2016
China's migrants go home — and stay there
Decades of reform is finally starting to pay off for some of China's most economically backward regions.

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