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  • 22 Nov 2019 13:00

    A verdict on justice in a land of impunity

    The coming decision on the 2009 Maguindanao massacre will serve as a ruling on the Philippines’ judicial system itself.

  • 22 Nov 2019 11:30

    Ultimate Game of Thrones in Malaysia

    However the latest political scramble unfolds, Anwar Ibrahim will not get a chance to be PM and real change is in doubt.

  • 22 Nov 2019 06:00

    Afghan elections bring no peace

    Continued delays in announcing results have led to calls for an interim government, while the Taliban bide their time.

Japan's Economy

America’s fiscal policy rethink reaches Japan

Among some prominent policy wonks in America, a profound rethink of fiscal policy has been underway for the last couple of years, making the case for more-expansionary – or at least less-contractionary – fiscal policy. Japan, already with a mountain of government debt and substantial budget

Abe gambles on a stoic Japanese electorate

With his dynastic heritage, five years of assertive nationalism as Prime Minister, and eponymous brand of economics, Shinzo Abe warrants a seat at the top table of global conservative politics. But in his rush to an early election this week the Japanese leader will be counting on a boost from the

Japan’s five years of Abenomics

For many international observers, the Japanese economy is an enigma. On the face of it, the economy has been in bad shape ever since the Japanese stock market began to crash in late 1989, almost 30 years ago. Yet as you wander around Japan, both in Tokyo and across the country, it hardly seems a

Abenomics loses some of its razzle-dazzle

One of the hallmarks of Shinzo Abe’s longevity in power has been his ability to switch back to bread and butter economic issues when he tests the patience of voters with his more nationalistic inclinations. But an interesting feature of his latest series of political setbacks has been the way