Perspectives

Daniel Twining: Japan's 'democracy diplomacy' counterbalances China

A quiet revolution is transforming Japanese diplomacy. For more than a decade, Tokyo has worked to diversify its democratic partnerships beyond the anchor of the U.S.-Japan alliance, forging closer relations with like-minded governments in the Indo-P...

  • Angela Huyue Zhang: Who is guarding China's trust busters?

    The National Development and Reform Commission, China's forceful economic planner and industrial regulator, has recently grabbed headlines at home and abroad as an aggressive antitrust enforcer. In February 2013, two of the commission's provincia...

  • Gi-Wook Shin: Can we use skilled foreign labor as social capital?

    I left South Korea in the summer of 1983 to pursue graduate studies in the U.S. At the time I had every intention of returning to South Korea with an advanced degree. After three decades, I am still in the U.S., teaching at an American, not a Korean,...

  • Chit Win: Miss Myanmar helps shape a society in transition

    When 18-year-old Khin Wai Phyo Han was crowned Miss Myanmar International at a gala ceremony in Yangon on Aug. 17 to represent her country at the Miss International 2014 contest in November in Japan, it generated far more attention than a beauty page...

  • Peter Tasker: Japan's politicians should listen to voice of heaven

    In late September, the people of Scotland may vote to break their 300-year-old union with England and become an independent nation again. If British Prime Minister David Cameron wins the next general election, there will soon be another referendum --...

  • Pavida Pananond: Thai coup's short-term gains mask long-term pains

    In the aftermath of Thailand's May 22 military coup, business and politics appear to have converged. Domestic and foreign businesses of all stripes heaved a collective sigh of relief when the military seized power, halting six months of debilitating ...

  • Hiroshi Yakame: Why corporate Japan sticks with Thailand

    The recent political upheaval in Thailand might make some wonder why Japan, through thick and thin, has remained the Southeast Asian country's top source of foreign direct investment. The answer lies partly in the reasons that attracted Japanese indu...

  • Ai Ohara: More businesses are doing the right thing

    Private companies are tying up with a United Nations organization to improve the lives of the Cambodians who work in their garment factories and who supply cotton to the industry. The arrangement is helping female factory workers earn diplomas by stu...

  • Frank-Jurgen Richter: Infrastructure -- the invisible hand in full view

    We all use the infrastructure around us without usually noticing it, just as we ignore our skeleton unless we suffer a strain. Recently in Asia, I have read calls for greater support for local industries to mimic the German Mittelstand model of relyi...

  • Ana Swanson: Expired meat scandal shows 'X factors' still abound in China

    It can take a lot to shock those who follow China's seemingly never-ending food scandals. Yet even the most jaded China watchers were disgusted by the recent episode involving Shanghai Husi Food, in which secretly recorded video appeared to show work...

  • Simon Smiles: How to avoid Olympic white elephants

    The soccer World Cup is over, and most Brazilians would rather forget the host nation's performances. But the country will be faced with a daily reminder of the summer of 2014, because many of the specially constructed stadiums and associated infrast...

  • China pushes to build Singapore-style economy

    China has set out to reform its economic structure by introducing more market principles into corporate management. Beijing's reform blueprint is designed to support growth of private-sector companies while injecting private capital into state-ru...

  • Greg Foran: Private sector must back Abe's 'Womenomics'

    There has been substantial discussion about the role of women in Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's strategy for driving economic recovery. Indeed, the prime minister even placed a commentary in the Wall Street Journal last September on "Unleas...

  • Alicia Garcia-Herrero: EU must end China schizophrenia

    Europe's economic relationship with China is as vast as it is poorly understood. The European Union is China's main trading partner, with two-way trade valued at more than $1.35 billion per day. However the U.S. still clearly dominates China's foreig...

  • Gi-Wook Shin: How can Northeast Asia resolve its history wars?

    Northeast Asia is a global center of economic dynamism, propelled by phenomenal growth in social and cultural interactions among the region's nations. Still, wounds from past wrongs, committed during times of colonialism and war, have not yet fully h...

  • Kavi Chongkittavorn: Tenuous new ties in Asia's North Korean diplomacy

    The Dongwha Duty Free Shop in the Gwanghwamun shopping area of downtown Seoul is regularly thronged with visitors from China, some of the 4 million who now visit South Korea annually, making it the top tourist destination for Chinese travelers. At a ...

  • Vikram Nehru: Indonesia's maturing democracy faces its sternest test

    Indonesia's July 9 presidential election was a remarkable event. It was well organized, free of tension and violence, remarkably transparent, and implemented with immense civic pride. It was a celebration of democracy and an impressive display of pol...

  • All businesses need administrators -- but don't forget the dreamers

    Entrepreneurs create value. The polar opposite would be administrators, who manage assets and wealth built by others. Howard Stevenson, a professor of business administration at Harvard Business School, classifies businesspeople in these two broa...

  • Japan's sports intelligence can help national-level gathering capabilities

    TOKYO -- Japan is said to trail other major nations when it comes to intelligence-gathering capabilities, but this is not true for sporting events. Olympic superpowers are turning to Japan's meticulous techniques for the analyzing world-class athlete...

  • David I. Steinberg: Myanmar's improbable ascendance: Proceeding at its own pace

    At a recent discussion among Southeast Asian specialists in Washington, one astute observer remarked that Myanmar "is now the most liberal political regime on the Southeast Asian mainland." Even a few years ago, such a statement would have drawn ...