Category: Commentary

Thailand just can’t quit populism

NIKKEI ASIAN REVIEW OPINION Even if elections clear the political air, country will struggle to reshape economy William Pesek Thailand’s leaders make it all too easy for economists on the hunt for populists. That, unfortunately, includes the current military regime, which grabbed power in 2014 to stabilize one of Asia’s most-promising economies politically and lay

Time to worry about Japanese banks — again

NIKKEI ASIAN REVIEW Growing concern about exposure to risky assets, not least U.S. junk corporate loans William Pesek One of the biggest economic stories in Japan last year received very little publicity overseas and only modest attention at home. Not Donald Trump’s trade war or the winter bloodbath in the stock market. Both may eventually