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Cambodia’s politics of survival threatens democracy


Author: Sorpong Peou, Ryerson University In recent months, the Cambodian government led by Prime Minister Hun Sen has taken stronger steps to guarantee a win in the national election scheduled for July 2018. Hun Sen’s objective is simple — to prevent his Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) from losing power by whatever means necessary. Hun Sen […]

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Can Japan accept itself as a nation of immigrants?


Author: Eriko Suzuki, Kokushikan University ‘Immigrants’ is a word more commonly heard in Japan in recent years. One reason for this is the need to respond to the country’s shrinking population. As of 1 October 2016, Japan’s total population was estimated to have dropped for the sixth straight year. The rate of population decline has […]

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Why does China need to deepen its financial reform now?


Author: Ligang Song, ANU Financial sector reform in China has lagged behind reform in other areas. There has been some progress in opening the financial sector, but it has been hampered by various constraints. Although China’s exchange rate system has been moving towards a market-determined one, it still lacks enough flexibility to be a true […]

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Time to break Japan’s bamboo ceiling


Author: Editorial Board, East Asia Forum Japan is a tough place to be a working woman. Japanese women are among the best educated in the world, but Japan squanders much of the human capital potential of that half of its population. The World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report ranks Japan at number one on health […]

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Empowering the women of Japan


Author: Kimie Iwata, Japan Institute for Women’s Empowerment and Diversity Management The empowerment of women has been under discussion in Japan for over 40 years. In the 70s and 80s, it was usually discussed from a human rights perspective. In the 90s and 2000s, it was reframed as a response to Japan’s demographic issues — […]

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Shadows of the past haunt Japan–North Korea relations

Author: Lionel Babicz, University of Sydney There are more than geostrategic, diplomatic and military factors behind the importance of Japan for North Korea and of North Korea for Japan: their present relationship is also rooted in history. North Korea meticulously cultivates the memory of colonialism, resistance and liberation, starting with the gradual takeover of Korea […]

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Demonetisation one year on


Author: Ashima Goyal, IGIDR In November 2016, India made an unexpected economic move and demonetised 86 per cent of the country’s currency in circulation. One year on, any assessment of India’s demonetisation policy is clouded by the similar impacts of subsequent economic reform, namely the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in July […]

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The next phase of China’s trade and industry strategy


Author: Tristan Kenderdine, Future Risk While most eyes on China’s 19th Party Congress focused on personnel movements in the executive arm of government, the practical policy machinations occur in the administrative arm — the State Council. This policy nexus directs government trade and industrial policy across a range of old and new industrial sectors, in […]

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Opposition becoming a prop-osition under LDP changes


Author: Aurelia George Mulgan, UNSW Canberra Japan’s lower house election presents an unusually contradictory outcome: a solid performance by a political party led by an unpopular prime minister. It would seem that many voters separated support for the winning Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) from support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Conscious of the public perception […]

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