We need to recognize certain realities even as we heave a sigh of relief at the interim nuclear deal between Iran and the world's six most powerful nations.
After a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III approved in principle a three-stage reconstruction plan for provinces devastated by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan). But three weeks after the storm struck land in Eastern Visayas, there was still no one in charge of the colossal rehabilitation job.
For several decades now, thanks to manufacturing industries obsessed with perfection and a work ethic often considered to be without parallel, Japan has become a symbol of quality and reliability.
More than three decades ago, Deng Xiaoping, who later became known as the chief architect of China's reforms, decided to focus on economic development through pragmatic experimentation, with the country moving forward cautiously by “crossing the river by feeling the stones.”
A year has passed since Shinzo Abe staged a spectacular comeback as Japan's prime minister, pledging that his nation's stagnant economy would enjoy a similar revival.
Few mayors in Canada could put their cities on the map like Toronto Mayor Rob Ford did. In the past three weeks, the heavyweight (weighing 320 pounds) mayor of Canada's largest city has grabbed no less world attention than Italy's Silvio Berlusconi or New York's Anthony Weiner, albeit for a different reason. Mayor Ford was involved in a crack-smoking scandal which had little to do with the kind of racy, titillating sex stories that brought down the former Italian prime minister and dashed the hopes of the once front-running candidate in New York's mayoral race.
It is understandable that family members of a hostage would want to see their loved one released as quickly as possible, but paying the ransom only encourages the crime to flourish
I heard Emperor Hirohito's gyokuon hoso (玉音放送, Jewel Voice broadcast) on Aug. 15, 1945. But like almost all of us in Taiwan who listened to what our emperor said, I didn't know the Divine Country of Japan surrendered to end the Great East Asian War. We believed Hirohito was urging us to do more to win the unwinnable war.
- Joe Hung
I try hard not to address purely spiritual topics in this space very often, knowing The China Post is a secular newspaper that welcomes readers of diverse backgrounds and viewpoints. Today's column is an exception to the type of observations I usually offer.
2013/11/24, 1 Comment
The recent relaxation of the one-child policy in China recognizes that demographics play a major role in a country's economic fortunes. Asian fast growth was built on favorable demographics, growing labor supply at relatively cheap rates and open economies. But in many parts of Asia, as the population begins to age rapidly, there is genuine concern that Asians may grow old before they become rich.