Recognition

The Society of Publishers in Asia announces the winners of the 2017 Awards for Editorial Excellence

"William Pesek has consistently set a high standard for opinion pieces this century, and his insightful and in depth pieces on Trump and Asia reveal both a profound depth of knowledge and the skill to cut straight to the heart of the matter."

Hong Kong, June 15, 2017 – The Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA), an organization dedicated to best practices in professional publishing, was proud to present 95 awards for outstanding journalism at its annual SOPA Awards for Editorial Excellence gala dinner at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre tonight. For full Awards Winners list
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Oh my Ghosn: Nissan CEO walks on bail

ASIA TIMES In an unusual turn for Japan’s judicial system, Carlos Ghosn left jail on Wednesday. But his fight goes on ByWILLIAM PESEK Carlos Ghosn’s 65th birthday on Saturday looks to be a sweeter affair that he might have anticipated, now that the former Nissan Motor CEO is free on bail after 100 days in a
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Trump’s China Torture Act Backfires

FORBES William Pesek It’s time to call Donald Trump’s trade war what it is: an experiment in economic torture. Only, the U.S. president is dabbling in both roles. On the one hand, his tariffs are giving China quite a wallop, delivering sadistic pain and humiliation to Asia’s biggest economy. On the other, the pain is
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Japan’s lop-sided M&A boom

NIKKEI ASIAN REVIEW Nation’s companies invest record amounts abroad, but foreign groups steer clear of Japan William Pesek Abe implored traders to “buy my Abenomics” in his 2013 Wall Street sales pitch.   © Getty Images Shinzo Abe’s “Japan-is-back” pledge was much in evidence in the corporate world in 2018 as the country dominated mergers and
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Renault and Nissan are losing sight of the bigger picture

NIKKEI ASIAN REVIEW Clash of egos is hurting ability to compete By William Pesek Can Carlos Ghosn escape punishment? And as the Nissan-Renault clash intensifies, can Japan’s global reputation evade conviction? One thing is clear about this clash of corporate titans: there are no heroes. Nissan looks vindictive amid the palace coup that ousted Ghosn.
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Duterte Goes The Full Marcos

Feb 15, 2019, Forbes William Pesek If the Academy Awards gave out statuettes for best acting by a presidential spokesperson, Salvador Panelo of the Philippines would win easily. Sorry, Sarah Huckabee Sanders of White House infamy. But Rodrigo Duterte’s spinmeister just rebooted the genre with his dramatic defense of Manila arresting award-winning journalist Maria Ressa. “This
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Breathing space for Mahathir

NIKKEI ASIAN REVIEW Growth spurt offers Malaysian leader a window for economic reform William Pesek Count Mahathir Mohamad among those unhappy with the performance of Malaysia’s government. Odd, perhaps, since he is prime minister. But considering how the 93-year-old ran Malaysia the first time around, from 1981 to 2003, recent moves suggest he is not
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