Asia needs better developed bond markets
Asia has not yet made sufficient progress in developing bond markets, one of the lessons of the 1997/98 Asian Financial Crisis.
Asia in 2013
Asia will muddle through in 2013, benefiting little from the revival of the US economy. But as in 2012, there will no doubt be some surprises.
CSR with Chinese Characteristics?
Benoit Vermander's excellent new book, “Corporate Social Responsibility in China: A Vision, an Assessment and a Blueprint”, is a must-read for all China watchers.
Japan's seeds of malaise
Japan's iron triangle of big business, bureaucrats and politicians drove its post-war rise. But they also planted the seeds of its present malaise, which Abenomics must now tackle.
Japan's lost decades
Japan may now be emerging from its two lost decades. But could they have been avoided in the first place? Who was responsible? And could Japan stumble again when it increases its consumption tax.
Japan's financial crisis
While Japan's financial crisis is still discussed and analysed for it many lessons, Gillian Tett's book, “Saving the Sun”, remains the reference.
Japan's comparative advantage
When you hear of the travails of companies like Sharp, Sony and Panasonic, it's hard not to descend into a state of “Japo-pessimism”.
But the Japanese economy does have a dynamic under belly...
Japan's Chinese investment risk
China's dramatic rise has been driven by international investment and trade, especially with Japan. But today, political tensions between the two countries are threatening this relationship.
Japan should sell Senkaku Islands
Since the collapse of Japan's bubble economy over 20 years ago, its public debt has exploded. Japan could sell the disputed Senkaku Islands to China and achieve peace, as well as debt reduction!
Japan in the Asian century
Japan is one of the major development success stories coming out of the post-War period. But how can Japan contribute to and benefit from this "Asian Century"?
Japan & Korea: a Tale of Two Countries
Over the past two decades, as Japan has gradually slipped down the OECD ladder in terms of GDP per capita, Korea has progressively climbed the same ladder. How could this happen?
There is perhaps no country more in need of innovative ideas than Japan. There must be a solution to its political paralysis and economic funk. But is Japan capable of an innovative future?
Doing business in Japan
Doing business in Japan is notoriously difficult. But then again, companies like Ikea and Starbucks succeed famously.
What is the truth of the matter?
Cool entrepreneurship in Japan
Today, Japan may be on the cusp of a fresh wave of entrepreneurship, 'cool entrepreneurship', that could make Japan's creative industries a new source of growth.
Abenomics must bring seismic change to Japan
The cherry blossoms appeared ten days early this year. And optimism has returned to Japan with its new government led by Shinzo Abe. But "Abenomics" must bring seismic change to Japan.
Smart budgetary advice for the Philippines
This week's invited contributor, David Jay Green from San Francisco's Hult International Business School, has some smart budgetary advice for the Philippines, a "Joseph Budget".
Singapore, still growing strongly, resists social transformation
Throughout 2013, Singapore’s macroeconomic management revealed the economy’s strengths, argue Mukul Asher and Chang Yee Kwan from the National University of Singapore.
Kishore Mahbubani's warning to the West
It's high time for the West to get off its moral pedestal and talk with Asia and the rest of the world on the basis of equality, Singapore's Kishore Mahbubani told the recent Beijing Forum.
Indonesia’s Booming ICT Outlook
Indonesia’s ICT Outlook is booming, writes Frost & Sullivan's Nitin Bhat.
Living, working and doing business in China
China can be an awfully difficult country in which to do business, or even just visit. But Leo Lacey's "Living, Working & Doing Business in China" is the perfect reference to prepare you.
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