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Springtime for South Korea’s democracy

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Author: HeeMin Kim, Seoul National University Between October 2016 and May 2017, South Korea witnessed a series of political events that were unprecedented in the nation’s history. Within a seven month period, the nation was rocked by the corruption scandal known as Choi Soon-sil-gate, by nationwide candlelight protests by millions of citizens, by a presidential […]

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How can China sustain growth?

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Authors: Cai Fang and Zhang Xiaojing, CASS The Chinese economy has entered a ‘new normal’ characterised by slower growth, faster structural change and the transformation of growth drivers. In this new era, the dividends from reforms that increase productivity rather than the accumulation of production factors is the only way for China to achieve sustainable […]

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Japan’s elusive dream of ‘contestable party politics’

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Author: Editorial Board, East Asia Forum Japan went to the polls yesterday for a snap election in the lower house which saw Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) once again cruise to victory. Since Abe took back the leadership of the LDP in September 2012 he has led it to five consecutive election […]

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[Editor’s Pick] Seo Tai Ji’s unflagging music spirit

Before the appearance of Seo Tai Ji & Boys, ballad and trot were the prevailing styles in the Korean music scene. In 1992, legendary musician Seo Tai Ji and bandmates Yang Hyun Suk and Lee Ju No brought their rap-rock debut song "I Know" to the stage of a Korean talent show, where they got the lowest points in history. However, that much-criticized style would make them the biggest trendsetters of K-pop. Seo Tai Ji reshaped the industry by experimenting with different Western music genres, such as new jack swing, hip-hop, dance music, rock and heavy metal. It's hard to classify the singer-songwriter's style because his musical taste isn't bound by genre. However, the positive attitude ... Read More

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Abe’s snap election gamble pays off

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Author: Kuniaki Nemoto, Musashi University Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s decision to dissolve the lower house on 25 September 2017 and call a snap election came as a surprise. As of July, the consensus was that there would be no election until Spring 2018. For most of 2017 Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) had struggled. […]

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The debate on Modi’s economic reforms

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Author: Pradumna B. Rana, RSIS Three years since being elected on a platform of economic reform, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is attracting much debate on his success in driving India’s reform agenda. Business newspapers are not optimistic. Recently, The Economist ran a cover story arguing that Modi is not much of a reformer and […]

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What happened when Japan lowered the minimum voting age?

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Author: Miho Nakatani, Meiji Gakuin University The first national election in which Japanese 18- and 19-year-olds could vote was held last year. An extra 2.4 million young people voted following this change. The decision to lower Japan’s voting age was led by politicians rather than voters. There was actually significant opposition from voters, including from […]

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Perceptions and misperceptions in China–India relations

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Author: M S Prathibha, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses China has periodically highlighted the ‘US factor’ in India–China relations as a reason behind India’s reluctance to develop closer ties with China. China’s examples of this range from India’s reticence to join the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to India’s tenacity in confronting China on […]

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Japan’s snap election and an opposition divided

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Author: Justin Reeves, Southern Methodist University While general elections in Japan were not legally due for another 14 months, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s snap decision to hold them on 22 October should surprise no one. At first glance, the timing seemed puzzling. Economic improvements notwithstanding, 2017 has not been kind to the Abe government. His […]

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China’s credit binge not a debt sentence

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Author: Peiyuan Lan, Johns Hopkins University Concerns about China’s massive debt pile tend towards hyperbole. Doomsayers see China’s debt as unsustainable, which it is. They predict that an economic crisis is near — which it is not. If we look beyond the doom and gloom, there is much to indicate that China is far away […]

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