The China presence in Europe seems far more complicated, extensive and insidious than that of Japan during its economic heyday.
For David Howell's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
In much of Asia, the left-right ideological struggle is over and it is technocracy and technology that now reign supreme.
The headline-grabbing departures are only a tiny fraction of the dozens of Japanese companies in the U.K. and the150,000 jobs that they provide.
The immediate outcome is reduced to two routes, neither very attractive but at least going forward.
With almost every individual empowered by web access, the whole system of garnering and marshalling opinion becomes impossibly distorted.
The ugly truth is that the emissions battle will be won or lost (and at present is being lost) thanks to the energy policies of China, India, the U.S. and Russia.
If MPs vote against the one compromise proposal that is on the table, they will, with absolute certainty, be voting for chaotic impasse, with an outcome very likely to be the very opposite of what they intended.
Faced with the only possible withdrawal plan, all the party factions, like angry children, continue to demand the impossible.
The oil and gas industry remains one of the world's biggest and most complex. Yet it is also now becoming one of the world's shakiest.
The U.N. faces daunting challenges in the age of Trumpism.