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Energy Prices Drive Inflation in Japan

Japan’s efforts to increase inflation are getting a boost from energy prices, yet overall inflation rates continue to be below government targets of 2%. Inflation up Japanese consumer prices increased

Asia Pacific Economics

With New Liberal Government, Australia is “Open for Business”

When the Australian Labor Party emerged victorious from the Australian federal elections of 2007, few would have predicted the degree of infighting that would plague the party and its governments

Asia Pacific Economics

Japan’s Employment Rights Offset Reform Potential

Deep-seated cultural practices continuously shape economic activity, not only in Japan, but across the globe. Economic analysis is often made through a generic lens applied across countries, leaving out such

Asia Pacific Security

U.S. Air Force expands Asia Pacific presence

The United States has worked to enhance its military positioning in the Asia-Pacific as part of its strategic “pivot”. Last month, the Saipan Tribune wrote that the U.S. Air Force

Asia Pacific Security

Kaesong Industrial Complex key to Inter-Korea relations

On the 15th of August, talks between North and South Korea reached a deal to reopen Kaesong Industrial Complex (KIC), which has been closed since April this year. Operations will

Asia Pacific Economics

Japan’s Currency Devaluation Causes Concern

Japan has been in an economic funk since the 1990s. It was at that time that many speculated it would overtake the U.S. as the global economic superpower rather than

Asia Pacific Security

US-Philippines Military Cooperation Ensures Trade Stability

The United States and the Philippines began negotiations last Wednesday to increase the rotational US military presence in the country. These discussions hope to secure a “framework agreement” that would

Asia Pacific Economics

Japan and Vietnam strengthen ties

Following a shady past, involving Japanese imperialist expansion and controversial ties with the United States, it seems that Japan-Vietnam relations have experienced an observable improvement, especially within the past couple

Asia Pacific Economics

ASEAN Continues to Integrate – 3rd Parties Must Keep Up

As ASEAN continues its efforts at greater integration, various third party states and IGOs will be left behind if they fail to increase collaboration. When the French Foreign Minister delivered

Asia Pacific Security

Trade to Benefit from Japan-India Strategic Alliance

The trend towards a growing alliance between Japan and India has gained momentum for some time, due to ongoing developments in the region involving China. Much focus in the international