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Southeast Asia's year of living dangerously

Governments will pay price of delaying tough reforms when the going was good

| Southeast Asia
Repatriated overseas Filipino workers arrive at an airport after weeks of quarantine in Pasay City on May 26: people are the Philippine main export.   © Reuters

William Pesek is an award-winning Tokyo-based journalist and author of "Japanization: What the World Can Learn from Japan's Lost Decades."

It is hard to think of a region with a worse case of economic whiplash than Southeast Asia as COVID-19 upends 2020.

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