Japan's radiation lies
Forced to Flee Radiation, Fearful Japanese Villagers Are Reluctant to Return, says the New York Times.
Abenomics less effective than envisaged, says IMF
"In Japan, Abenomics could be less effective than envisaged, resulting in lower inflation and weaker growth, with spillovers to economies that have strong trade and foreign direct investment linkages with Japan", said the IMF in its most recent Asian regional economic outlook.
China bans "Big Bang Theory"
China has forced four US TV shows off the web, including the Big Bang Theory and the Good Wife.
Nike & worker safety in Bangladesh
The Wall Street Journal has a very interesting story looking inside Nike's Struggle to Balance Cost and Worker Safety in Bangladesh.
The Economist's Asia economics editor, as he takes his leave, is less worried than many of his peers about the frailties and paradoxes of China's economy.
Japanese women and work
Women's lowly status in the Japanese workplace has barely improved in decades, and the country suffers as a result, argues the Economist magazine.
China's credit squeeze
The New York Times argues that smaller companies in China are feeling the pinch as credit sources dry up.
Chinese business not convinced on XI
The Wall Street Journal has an excellent article arguing that China's business elite is hedges its bets on President Xi.
China's potentially destabilizing anti-corruption drive
Jim Fallows has an excellent article in the Atlantic on why he thinks that the anti-corruption drive in China is so important, and so potentially destabilizing.
China's urbanization troubles
China's urbanization movement is greatly compromised by the hukou system and restrictions on the right to sell farmland. What's more, many internal migrants have no intention of staying in cities because life is too expensive.
China's nuisance value in plane search
The New York Times has an excellent article on China's nuisance value in the Malaysian plane search entitled "China's efforts in hunt for plane are seen as hurting more than helping".
China's housing market headache
The Wall Street Journal has an excellent article on China's housing market headaches, entitled "China holds its breath as property balloon loses air".
Japan needs cooler heads
In an excellent Japan Times' article, Sadaaki Numata quite rightly argues that cooler heads need to convey Japan's message.
Japan's counterproductive insularity
Joseph Caron, a former Canadian Ambassador to Japan, wrote an excellent article in the Japan Times entitled "Conservatives’ insular mindset doesn’t fit today’s global reality".
Can anyone stop Narendra Modi?
India deserves better than Mr Modi, argues the Economist magazine.
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