Figures released this week by the South Korean national statistics office showed deteriorating employment conditions for low-income earners.
Singapore has won praises the world over as a success story: the city-state has good administrators, world-class education, well-planned industrial policy and a well-oiled efficiency that few can match. Even the late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping was so impressed that he openly told former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew that China would take lessons from Singapore to enhance the progress of the country.
Last week in India, the Gujarat state assembly passed a bill that makes it mandatory for anyone standing for public office to have a toilet at home. Existing members of the government also need to declare that they have a toilet at their residence within six months.
Setting an agenda for Japan's economic challenges. Setting an agenda for national security. Rebuilding a political system to implement necessary policies. These should be the reasons for going to the people.
It appears national reform is not going smoothly. The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), which staged the coup of May 22 and is now a driving force behind the reform efforts, has come under heavy criticism regarding two issues in the past week.
The SAARC Summit is fast approaching and Nepal is engaged in last-minute preparations, though even the government seems unsure if the Summit will make any substantial achievement for regional integration.
2014/11/18, 1 Comment
In Taiwan's political landscape, Northern Taiwan is dominated by supporters of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) party while supporters of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) populate the south.
2014/11/18, 2 Comments
Eighteen nations, including Japan, the United States, China, Russia and the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, have indicated their strong determination to forge a united East Asia to deal with threats posed by the Islamic State, a radical Islamic organization in the Middle East.
On the night of July 31, a series of gas explosions ripped Kaohsiung City apart. They were explosions on a scale unknown in the city, resulting in 30 people dead and more than 300 injured.
2014/11/17, 4 Comments
The recent drop in world oil prices — from more than US$100 a barrel in June to about US$80 a barrel now — will benefit the global economy, American consumers and a beleaguered U.S. foreign policy. And there are reasons to think oil could remain in the US$75-to-$95 range for the next two years.