Category: Commentary

No Sex Please, We’re Japanese

FORBES The Worrisome Demographic Trajectory Of A Highly Indebted Nation William Pesek If serendipity were an economic indicator, Japan analysts would have loads of grim news to chew over this week. Consider three seemingly disparate news items making headlines. One, a new report detailing how young Japanese aren’t having much sex. Two, a Moody’s Investors Service
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Trump’s Assault on the Fed

FORBES William Pesek Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell speaks at the Economic Club of Washington on January 10, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images). “You’re fired!” Asians once liked watching Donald Trump yell these words at reality-show contestants as much as anyone. That, of course, was back in Trump’s pre-presidency days hosting
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China’s Bonding Moment

NIKKEI ASIAN REVIEW Country needs more financial reforms to see full benefits of index inclusion William Pesek APRIL 04, 2019 03:01 JST Waves of fresh capital are sure to rush China’s way.   © FeatureChina/AP Foreign investors already hold a not insignificant chunk of mainland Chinese bonds — around $223 billion. But this total will be
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The ‘Dutertefication’ of America

FORBES William Pesek “The Donald Trump of Asia.” That’s how the international media labeled Rodrigo Duterte in 2016, when the firebrand won the Philippine presidency. Turns out, it’s the other way around. True, Duterte’s shock election win predated the U.S. president’s by 183 days. But the strongman rallied voters with Trumpian bluster, anti-establishment populism and
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