Perspectives

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James Manor

Modi stuck between two promises

Indian leader Narendra Modi sees centralizing as the path to tackle bureaucracy, but the results are not working out as intended, says James Manor.

  • Yutaka Harada

    Why does democracy lead to confusion?

    The series of democratic revolutions in Arab countries, collectively referred to as the Arab Spring, were supposed to bring about peace and happiness in these countries. That, however, did not happen. Some people even think that democracy brings abou...

  • Lex Rieffel

    Unlocking Myanmar's state-owned enterprise 'black box'

    Myanmar faces challenges in readying state-owned companies for privatization, but crafting a well-designed policy is a start, writes Lex Rieffel.

  • Peter Tasker

    As with Thatcher, celeb hate helps Abe

    By slamming Japan's prime minister, those in the limelight merely serve him, argues Peter Tasker.

  • William J. Burns interview

    Alliances key to US leadership

    TOKYO -- The U.S. and China are vying for top spot in the world order. William J. Burns, former deputy secretary of state and currently president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington D.C., recently talked to The Nikkei abou...

  • Jacob Funk Kirkegaard

    Germany and Greece: In victory, magnanimity?

    The agreement between Greece and its international creditors announced on Monday represents a predictable capitulation by the Greek government from a position advanced for weeks by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. Faced with the dire repercussions of a...

  • Keith B. Richburg

    US allies in Asia should welcome the Iran deal

    Most Asian countries were surely relieved at news of the landmark July 14 deal between Iran and a U.S.-led six-nation coalition after months of often acrimonious negotiations to halt Tehran's nuclear development program. For many countries, Western a...

  • Nicholas Borroz

    Removal of sanctions on Iran could benefit Asia

    The historic agreement reached between Iran and six world powers on July 14 to limit Iranian nuclear activity in return for easing international sanctions portends a new era -- with mixed implications for the rest of the world. U.S. conservatives...

  • Gi-Wook Shin and Rennie J. Moon

    Japanese education's 'foreign problem'

    Universities are struggling with diversity, even as the number of international students grows, argue Gi-Wook Shin and Rennie J. Moon.

  • Daniel Twining

    Iran deal could undercut US pivot to Asia

    While American and European supporters of the July 14 Iran nuclear deal claim it will bring peace in our time, Asian allies concerned about China's regional ambitions are worrying about the precedent it sets for U.S. leadership in their region. E...

  • Peter S. Kim

    Calling for South Korea's pension service to lead

    The battle by U.S. activist hedge fund Elliott Associates to block the proposed merger of Samsung group affiliates Cheil Industries and Samsung C&T has been the most talked about news in South Korean business and investment circles in recent weeks. ...

  • Fraser Howie

    China's credibility a casualty of market meltdown

    Beijing should realize a more rational IPO approval process based on economic success and insulated from political interference, writes Fraser Howie.

  • Humphrey Hawksley

    China, other governments take aim at NGOs

    NGOs can shine a spotlight on bad government practices, but a lot of them should improve their own ways, writes Humphrey Hawksley.

  • Minxin Pei

    Cheers for the popping of China's market bubble

    Judging by China's aggressive efforts to prop up the country's crashing stock markets since July 8, it is easy to fall for the argument that failure would lead to an economic apocalypse. Apparently, the mandarins in Beijing believe so. Otherwise,...

  • Sara Hsu

    China's stock plunge underscores need for investment alternatives

    Too many investors with too few options set the stage for China's stock market bubble, writes Sara Hsu.

  • Nicholas Spiro

    Abe's growth push not a credible strategy

    Japan has embarked on a high-risk strategy that heaps pressure on the Bank of Japan, writes Nicholas Spiro.

  • Itsuo Toshima

    Chinese investors' disposition same as ever as Shanghai bubble bursts

    Once, when I was working as an adviser for exchanges and commercial banks in China, I was explaining trading mechanisms at a seminar for executives. When I said of commodities that "when producers sell, prices go down" as a matter of course, one of t...

  • Ira Shapiro

    'Fast tracking' away from the brink

    Had President Obama lost the fight for trade authority, it would have been disastrous. Instead, Congress rejected protectionism, says Ira Shapiro.

  • Kazumi Nishikawa

    Why Asian business must lead regional integration

    The power of business is the key to better integration across Asia's economic bloc, writes Kazumi Nishikawa.

  • Shrey Verma

    China's SDR campaign is aimed at domestic reform, not reserve assets

    The International Monetary Fund is debating the incorporation of the yuan into the basket of currencies that constitutes the Special Drawing Rights, an international reserve asset created to supplement member countries' official reserves. But China's...