Japan’s low-tech world
A glacial move towards digitalisation has left much of the
country’s workforce and public servces in the last century.
India emerges from the shadows of COVID-19
COVID-19 has killed millions of Indians, pushed many back into poverty and provoked a sharp fall in India’s GDP. What does the future hold for India?
Can China’s three-child policy solve its demographic dilemmas?
Changes in China’s birth control policies do not address real concerns, writes John West.
Advantage Asia: Social Cohesion as King in the COVID 19 Era
Social cohesion will be critical in this new world of the COVID 19 crisis. Asia’s case proves that social cohesion is Janus-faced, working in two opposite directions, writes John West.
Social Cohesion in Asia -- a book review
Fostering social cohesion will be critical in this new world of the Covid-19 crisis writes John West.
Asia’s shameful gender discrimination
Japan is a standout for all the wrong reasons in a recent
assessment of the gender gap in leading economies.
For all the focus on Asia’s high achievers, the laggards are many.
China led the education rankings, but an ageing population and gap with Southeast Asia might mark down the whole region, wrote John West.
Democratic Accommodations — a book review
The recent book, Democratic Accommodations, makes a critical contribution to our understanding of social cohesion, inclusive development and multiculturalism, writes John West.
Japan's womenomics imperative
Japan Is a Poor Performer on Gender Equality. Can the ‘Womenomics’ Initiative Help asks John West?
In search of Japan's roots
Japan's historical and cultural roots are very deep. We must try to understand them, to understand the country today.
Measles immunisation plummeting in Indonesia
Indonesian ‘vaccine fatwa’ sends measles immunization rates plummeting, reports John West.
Indonesia's diabetes challenge
Indonesia is increasingly afflicted with first-world problems like diabetes, long before it could ever become a first world country, writes John West.
Indonesia has one of Asia's most unequal societies, and it is costing the country dearly, writes John West.
Indonesia's stunting crisis
Indonesia needs to be more ambitious in tackling its stunting crisis, writes John West.
Cognitive Abilities for Humane Causes
Jayasri Priyalal laments that cognitive abilities are being abused by a disgruntled few to achieve political ambitions, resulting in death destruction misery and sufferings.
India and China: lessons on how not to tackle inequality
The poor continue to be drowned out by a global minority enjoying elite status, write Asit K. Biswas, and Kris Hartley.
Asia's social cohesion challenge
A major challenge in the emerging Asian century will be managing social cohesion, writes John West.
India's urban challenges
India needs self-sustaining rural areas. This will slow migration to the cities, which are already over-populated, argue Asit K Biswas, Udisha Saklani and Cecilia Tortajada.
Do the tango ... in Jordan!
There is no better place to do the tango than the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, writes John West.
Obesity in Asia
The bitter truth is that a sugar tax alone won’t stop Asia’s obesity epidemic, write Asit K. Biswas and Kris Hartley.
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