Factors behind Japanese PM’s Plan for Snap Election
Politics,East Asia
By Tai Wei Lim - 25 Sep 2017

Factors behind Japanese PM’s Plan for Snap Election

Boosted by an upturn in his popularity ratings, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe may be aiming for an election in October 2017. Another factor is that the political opposition is in some form of reorganization following the resignation of the Democratic Party leader.
The Co-Existence of China, US, Japan and India in the Asian Regional Order
Politics,East Asia

By Tai Wei Lim - 20 Sep 2017

The Co-Existence of China, US, Japan and India in the Asian Regional Order

The North Korean Crisis: Lessons from the Past
Hotspots,East Asia

By Mirko Tasic - 15 Sep 2017

The North Korean Crisis: Lessons from the Past

Problems with the US Proposal for Interdiction of North Korean Ships
Security,East Asia

Problems with the US Proposal for Interdiction of North Korean Ships

On the heels of North Korea’s 3 September test, the US is seeking UN Security Council authorization to use military force to interdict, board, and inspect vessels on the high seas that are suspected of carrying UN-prohibited items to and from North Korea.    
The North Korean Nuclear Crisis: An Interview with Yongnian Zheng
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

The North Korean Nuclear Crisis: An Interview with Yongnian Zheng

On September 3, 2017, a 6.3-magnitude earthquake registered at North Korea’s Punggye-ri testing site. That indicated Pyongyang detonated a hydrogen bomb with a 100-kiloton yield. IPP Review interviewed Professor Yongnian Zheng to address questions related to this incident.
Taiwan’s Opposition Leader Faces Internal and External Challenges
Politics,East Asia

Taiwan’s Opposition Leader Faces Internal and External Challenges

On August 20, 2017, Wu Den-yih was inaugurated as the new chairman of Taiwan’s opposition party, the Kuomintang. 2020 will be the year Taiwan has to elect a new president. Can Wu succeed in helping a KMT member to become the next president?
The Role of Hong Kong in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area
Economy,East Asia

The Role of Hong Kong in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area

Hong Kong serves as a template for China to develop capitalism with Chinese characteristics. Hong Kong has been a living economic laboratory for socialist China to observe and selectively apply capitalist market features that have led to the rise of the Chinese economy.
By Tai Wei Lim - 05 Sep 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Mine Tourism in East Asia
Economy,East Asia

Mine Tourism in East Asia

East Asian mining regions are cashing in on their mothballed or active mine for tourism. Some former mines are rich cultural heritage, others have manmade structures of interest for photographers or history buffs, while others feature rustic towns suitable for tourism.  
By Tai Wei Lim - 30 Aug 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
China, Japan and the Energy Quest in the East China Sea
Politics,China,East Asia

China, Japan and the Energy Quest in the East China Sea

In early August 2017, Japan lodged a protest with China over its gas exploration in a disputed area of the East China Sea. Confirming the presence of a Chinese drillship close to Tokyo’s proposed median line, Japan accused China of conducting “unilateral development.”
By Amrita Jash - 29 Aug 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Not See the Trees for the Forest: The Fiscal Policy Debate in Hong Kong
Economy,East Asia

Not See the Trees for the Forest: The Fiscal Policy Debate in Hong Kong

Over the years, the Hong Kong government has accumulated a huge amount of reserves (roughly HKD 4000 billion). When such an amount of wealth is sitting around earning a modest rate of return, any economist would ask the question: is this the most efficient allocation of resources?
The Japanese White Paper on North Korea
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

The Japanese White Paper on North Korea

The recent Japanese Defense White Paper warns of threats from North Korea arising from Pyongyang’s continued missile tests. 20 rounds of tests meant that the Kim Jong Un regime fired more missiles than his father’s regime did (an estimated 16 missiles in total) in 18 years.
By Tai Wei Lim - 18 Aug 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Women’s Social Progress as Seen in the Japanese Mass Media
Society,East Asia

Women’s Social Progress as Seen in the Japanese Mass Media

Since his election in 2013, Prime Minister Abe has been promoting increased women’s entry into the workforce. Private consultancy studies such as the 2014 Goldman Sachs study pointed out that womenomics could “potentially boost Japan’s GDP by 13 percent.”
By Tai Wei Lim - 11 Aug 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
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