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Curtis S. Chin
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jan 3, 2023
Asia’s winners and losers as region says sayonara to 2022
Say good by to 2022. But as a new year approaches, war, inflation and COVID-19 still endure.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
May 26, 2021
Time to rid our screens of Asian stereotypes
Until the 93rd Academy Awards were held last month, more white actresses had won Oscars for playing Asians than actual Asian actresses have won.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Mar 7, 2021
Japan can embrace change this International Women's Day
From athletic fields to board rooms, however, Japan has a long way to go toward gender equality. This is more than just a social issue. It is an economic opportunity for Japan.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jul 7, 2020
COVID-19 offers Japan’s firms a chance to shine
Japanese, American, Singaporean and other business leaders, take note. Committing to models of virtuosity, sustainability and the strongest environment, social and governance (ESG) standards when times are good is one thing.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Apr 20, 2020
Wisdom in the age of the coronavirus pandemic
The unfolding pandemic tells us that 20th century lessons that must not be forgotten in Japan and elsewhere.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jan 6, 2020
Asia's bad to good moments in 2019
Positive news was hard to find in much of the region as economies slowed and political woes mounted.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Oct 30, 2019
Asia faces a time for choosing
At the ASEAN summit, the path forward should be to double down on and recommit to the principles that have brought Southeast Asia success in recent decades.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Sep 9, 2019
Japan take note: Chinese tourism has strings attached
China has a history of 'weaponizing' tourism to punish foreign governments.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jan 8, 2019
Asia's biggest winners and losers of 2018
Who was up and who was down in Asia in the year that just ended?
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Nov 20, 2018
Time for a trade reset, but is China listening?
U.S. President Donald Trump's approach to China could result in a much needed new chapter in trade relations with the second largest economy.
COMMENTARY / World
Apr 7, 2018
Fintech can address Asia's inequality
Innovations in finance technology can increase the level of access to capital and financial inclusion in Asia.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Dec 29, 2017
The best and worst of Asia in 2017
Asia had its share of ups and downs in 2017.
COMMENTARY / World
Nov 13, 2017
Big lessons for Japan and America from three small countries
Asia and the Pacific will be better off if all nations adopt some small-state ideas offered up by Bhutan, Timor-Leste and Singapore — namely the embrace of a greener, more representative and more transparent future for all their citizens.
COMMENTARY / World
Aug 19, 2017
Why Timor-Leste deserves to join ASEAN
Asia's newest country has what it takes to be a cooperative and responsible member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Aug 1, 2017
Time to rethink our perspective on jobs and technology
It's time to assess the very real impact of technology's advances on those who will lose their jobs today as the 'jobs of tomorrow' are created.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
May 3, 2017
Tech lessons from a still-recovering Nepal
Technology has a critical role to play in helping Nepal to overcome past tragedy and to leapfrog from its current state of development.
COMMENTARY / World
Mar 24, 2017
Make our cities great again
As cities build taller, they must keep three benchmarks for livability in mind — community, resilience and sustainability.
COMMENTARY / World
Jan 2, 2017
Sayonara to the year that was
U.S. President Barack Obama topped the 2016 list of winners and losers in Asia, but not in a good way.
COMMENTARY / Japan
Dec 5, 2016
It’s time to address the lifestyle challenges affecting health in Asia
Poor nutrition and obesity pose a severe public health challenge across large parts of Asia.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Oct 31, 2016
Surviving these troubled times
Our challenge, as individuals in this era of discontent, is to ensure that amid the madness, our own sanity endures.

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The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan