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The future power of Chindia

01.01.06 Publication:

People who follow the course of world politics and economics often disagree on many things. But these days there is one thing most do seem to agree upon: that...

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Mission accomplished

01.01.06 Publication:

Junichiro Koizumi will leave Japan´s economy on the mend and its politics invigorated Reuters A Japanese spring The land of the...

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Memories, museums and war

01.12.05 Publication:

Anyone who studied my schedule during the past year could be forgiven for concluding that I am obsessed with museums and with war. Nothing could be further...

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Optimism about Japan

01.11.05 Publication:

People often think economics is all about money and statistics and strange mathematical equations. But that is wrong: in my view, economics is really just a...

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Tired of globalisation

01.11.05 Publication:

Trade and poverty Tired of globalisationBut trade liberalisation and other forms of openness are needed more than ever Get article...

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Dealing with natural disasters

01.10.05 Publication:

Few can disagree—unless perhaps they are President George Bush himself—that the American federal government´s handling of the natural disaster that...

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The sun also rises (survey)

01.10.05 Publication:

The sun also rises Japan is at last ready to surprise the world by how well it does, not how badly, writes Bill Emmott, editor of The...

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The sun also rises (leader)

01.10.05 Publication:

The sun also rises Japan´s chances of prosperity and influence look surprisingly bright IT HAS taken an extraordinarily long...

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Reflections on the atom bombs

01.09.05 Publication:

Every year, when it comes to celebrating my birthday, two things strike me, leaving aside the extra pleasure I get on that day from my family. One is that it...

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Making poverty history

01.07.05 Publication:

In western Europe this year, we seem to be experiencing a strange mixture: a cult of the celebrity and a cult of Africa all rolled into one. This is occurring...

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London under attack

01.07.05 Publication:

London under attackAfter the joy of winning the Olympics, evil came swiftly ONCE it had happened, it produced an awful feeling of inevitability. The series...

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Asia’s historic rivalry

01.06.05 Publication:

As a writer who has long been fascinated by Japan and (like everyone else) has recently become fascinated by China, I am inevitably also fascinated by the...

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The origins of moral authority

20.05.05

One of the most famous sayings of Josef Stalin was the answer he gave when asked his reaction to criticism of him by the Roman Catholic church. "How many...

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The true nature of national identity

20.04.05

One Thursday morning in early February I had a surprise. A phone call came to my office from the American embassy in London. "Would I be free to join a...

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There is no alternative (alas)

01.04.05 Publication:

Our British election endorsement There is no alternative (alas)For want of a better option, we favour another Labour victory on May 5th For...

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The new face of American foreign policy

20.03.05

One Thursday morning in early February I had a surprise. A phone call came to my office from the American embassy in London. "Would I be free to join a...

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Japan Inc., RIP

01.03.05 Publication:

The appointment of the first foreign-born chief executive to run one of Japan´s most famous companies, Sony, looks like a clear sign that something dramatic...

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Help the tsunami survivors with trade, not aid

20.02.05

How much should we help others, and if so how? Those questions of human morality seem to be in a special category: the category of questions so basic they are...

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Why Turkey belongs in Europe

20.01.05

What is meant by Europe? That is a question many European leaders have been asking themselves, as they ponder whether Turkey should be allowed to become a...

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Asia´s devastation

01.12.04 Publication:

The tsunami Asia´s devastationReflections on a rare but terrible calamity THE clue lies in the Japanese name that has been adopted for...

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Grappling with democracy

20.11.04

Democracy is an easy idea to be in favour of, unless you are in power in an authoritarian government. But why is it so important? And what is required to make...

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Dealing with kidnapping

20.10.04

We are in an era when shocking events and situations seem to be all around us. Partly, this is because there are more shocking things occurring, as people...

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The incompetent or the incoherent?

01.10.04 Publication:

America´s next president The incompetent or the incoherent?With a heavy heart, we think American readers should vote for John Kerry on November...

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The American presidential choice

20.09.04

Election campaigns are typically occasions when parties promise they will bring changes, all for the better—except the incumbent party, which claims that its...

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