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The World Ahead

Tech gaps and a pushy China pose challenges for the world

Pandemic has made clear need for urgent changes over next five years

China has gotten ahead of the game by containing the disease through technology and authoritarian rule.

TOKYO -- The scourge of the coronavirus has exposed glaring weaknesses in capitalism and democracy all over the world.

On the one hand, the pandemic has shone a limelight on changing job markets and widening societal gaps due to digitization. With wages for some mired in the doldrums, divisions in societies have never been starker and gaps between the haves and have-nots have been highlighted like never before.

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