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Le Pen's rise offers lessons for economic integration in Asia

Labor migration needs to be addressed to prevent extremism and local incarnations

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Marine Le Pen exits a polling booth in France on May 7. A similarly right-wing politician could emerge in Asia.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- It is said that on first glance European affairs may not seem to have much of an impact on Asia. But, in reality, they most certainly do. 

That thought occurred to me following news that centrist candidate and former Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs Minister Emmanuel Macron won Sunday's presidential election in France, defeating far-right candidate Marine Le Pen who sought to become the country's first female president.

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