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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 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

Asia Pacific Economics

IMF urges Japan to address debt and reform economy

Recently, there has even been hope that Japan might move away from its persistent deflation, yet the IMF continues to urge Tokyo to do more. The International Monetary Fund urged

Asia Pacific Politics

Japan’s Reform Opportunity Jeopardised by Militarism

Japan’s ruling Liberal Democrat Party (LDP) won an impressive electoral victory on July 22nd, earning a decisive majority in the upper house of the Japanese Diet. Of the 121 seats

Asia Pacific Economics

Trans-Pacific Partnership Will Boost Abenomics

Today’s global economy is increasingly focused on Asia, and rightfully so. According to the IMF, in 2013 Asia will lead the world in economic growth by expanding 5.7 percent overall

Asia Pacific Security

Keep calm as U.S.-Japan military exercises carry on

With Asian regional security unstable in recent days, some have speculated that fiscal woes will eventually lead to declining defense budgets and a decrease in the U.S.’ presence in Asia.

Asia Pacific Economics

If Abenomics is to succeed

The Bank of Japan’s quantitative easing program cannot by itself guarantee success of Abenomics. So, what additional developments should we look out for? It is obvious to anyone who pays

Asia Pacific Politics

One Chinese size fits all? Response to Allison and Blackwill

On January 28th the Financial Times published a piece by Harvard’s Graham Allison and CFR’s Robert Blackwill entitled Beijing still prefers diplomacy over force. This piece makes claims about China’s

Asia Pacific Economics

Reasons a currency war could still be on the horizon

In February, G20 finance ministers and central bankers announced they would avoid currency devaluations and similar beggar-thy-neighbor policies.  On the surface this might lead one to think that governments would