Asia Pacific

  • Philippines President-elect Duterte may find real world obstacles in his path.

    Philippine President-elect Duterte's Black and White in a Gray World

    To the Philippines’ president-elect Rodrigo Duterte, the world is black and white, with hardly any shades of grey in between. His view informs his policy approach. His law and order platform, for example, promised change in a country riddled with poor infrastructure and public services, a high crime rate and deeply rooted corruption.

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  • India's growth suffers from outdated policies.

    Is India Getting in its Own Way and Hampering Growth?

    Despite historical misadventures with socialism and recent positive experiences with liberalisation, India continues to regularly fight the market. The most recent example is the Delhi government’s move to ban Uber’s surge pricing, a regulation that can only result in a net social loss.

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  • Japan's LDP may still need partner Komeito even though it doesn't want help.

    Low Voter Turnout could Worry Japan's LDP

    On 10 July, Japan will hold its upper house elections with half of its seats to be contested. This will be the first time that 18 and 19 year-old citizens will be able to cast a vote in a national election.

    There was a possibility that this would be a rare double election, but a number of factors convinced Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to decide against this. One factor was caution over placing any additional burdens on the areas struck by April’s Kumamoto earthquake.

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  • Crony capitalists and vested interests have slowed Nepal's recovery.

    Nepal's Earthquake Recovery Process Bogs Down

    In May 2015, an earthquake of magnitude 7.2 struck Nepal. Thousands were killed and injured, and close to a million people were rendered homeless. A year on from the earthquake Nepal is still struggling to rebuild. Why has the recovery process fallen short?

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  • India's EOUs have failed to meet expectations in the new century.

    India's EOUs Flourished...So What Happened?

    The export-oriented unit (EOU) scheme was launched in India in 1980 to boost exports and increase production. Under the scheme, Indian companies that produce goods solely for export can register as ‘export-oriented units’. In doing so, these producers become exempt from duty payments on a range of resources used in production.

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  • Japan's private sector expertise can teach the government HA/DR.

    HA/DR Lessons from Japan's Private Sector Expertise

    Humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) are on the rise as new forms of security cooperation in the Asia Pacific. The Japanese government has recognised the importance of HA/DR capacity building for a stable regional security environment through relevant legislation initiated under the former Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) government and continued by the current Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) government under its banner of ‘proactive contribution to peace’.

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  • Slowing China is a familiar story, but rising income inequality less so.

    As China's Growth Slows, Income Inequality Speeds Up

    The slowdown in growth in China is a familiar story. Annual GDP growth has fallen from an average of 10 percent to less than 7 percent. While Chinese growth is still significant in absolute terms, slower growth combined with rising income inequality is becoming a big concern for the Chinese public.

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  • Kumamoto was another Japanese disaster wake up call.

    Evaluating Japan's Evolving Disaster Response

    On the night of 14 April 2016, five years after the devastating 3/11 triple disaster, a magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck the Kumamoto region on the Japanese island of Kyushu. It was caused by a vertical strike-slip fault that runs underneath the area — a vertical rupture where, during an earthquake, two blocks of rock strata slide past each other.

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  • India's services economic growth rate may not be sustainable.

    India's Services Growth is Great...too Great?

    India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world and the services sector is the largest contributor to the country’s GDP. In 2015–16, the services sector accounted for 53.3 percent of India’s gross value added at current prices. It is predicted to grow at 9.2 percent a year at constant prices. However, is this growth sustainable?

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