US President’s Asia Trip: More Appearance than Substance

Is there any Asian government looking forward to President Trump’s visit to Asia? With friends (if any) and foes alike baffled and worried about his next tweet or outburst, his friends seem to be a trifecta of ...

Thai Authorities Suspend Dubious Hire Purchase Company

Thailand’s Securities and Exchange Commission has requested a criminal probe into the activities of Mitsuji Konoshita, the chief executive officer of Group Lease Plc., suspended it from trading as of Oct. 16, the Stock Exchange of Thailand has announced. Th...

Japanese Politics: Exciting for Once

The stage is set for an epic general election in Japan, pitting the longest-serving post-war prime minister, Shinzo Abe, against the first woman to have a decent shot at becoming Japan’s first female premier, T...

Japan Under North Korea’s Missiles

Japan awoke Wednesday to television news and civil defense instructions to take cover in secure buildings or underground as a North Korean ballistic missile passed over parts of Hokkaido before landing in open ...

1H2017 Review: Japan

For Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, 2017 has been the year that his political credibility came into doubt. A poll conducted by the Mainichi Shimbun newspaper on June 17 and 18 showed that Abe’s approval rating fell 10 points to 36%, and the rate of disappr...

Japan Fields a Powerful New Woman Politician

Yuriko Koike has been called the most powerful woman in Japan and a potential successor to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. For now she is concentrating on affirming her unquestioned position as the most powerful wom...

The Izumo Deployment: Japan’s Hat In the Ring

The maiden deployment of Japan’s largest post-WWII warship, the JS Izumo to a South China Sea cruise at a time when the US and China in particular are contesting for political and military primacy in the region...

New Mystery For Controversial Japanese Group

The Japanese conglomerate J Trust Group, which has come under the spotlight for a series of financial inconsistencies in Indonesia, Thailand and Cyprus, has added another. On April 14, an apparently frustrated J Trust put out a press release accusing the South...

Can Asia Compete for Regional Airplanes?

The year 2017 is shaping up to be a banner year for commercial airplane makers. Boeing and Airbus, makers of the “big jets,” will introduce new models this year, as will the two big makers of “regional” airline...