Asian Century 'hype'
For over two years now, we have been warning of the dangers of Asian Century 'hype'. And now the chickens are coming home to roost.
Asia's retarded services sectors
Except for the cases of Hong Kong and Singapore, the services sectors in Asia face many restrictions on doing business, which retard the region's development.
Asia's powerful business-women
Although only one Asian woman, Pepsi's Indra Nooyi (from India), makes it into Fortune's top 10 most powerful business-women, there are another 7 Asian business-women in the top 50.
Asia's Innovation Cities
As Asia's economies climb the development ladder, strategies must shift from absorbing and adapting global knowledge to innovation. And cities are the hubs where most innovation takes place.
Asia's information society
Korea is the world’s most advanced ICT economy, according to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), surpassing many other economies with higher levels of overall economic development.
Asia's illegal financial outflows
Asia tops the developing world in everything -- including illicit financial outflows
Asia's growth miracle
What do the following 13 countries all have in common – Botswana, Brazil, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Malta, Oman, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand?
Asia's financial markets
Asia's financial markets are, with a few exceptions, underdeveloped and weakly integrated -- and this is holding back Asia's future development, according to the recent CanadAsia 2013 conference.
The forces driving Asia’s rapid growth–new technology, globalisation, and market-oriented reform–are also fuelling rising inequality, argued ADB President Haruhiko Kuroda.
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?
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