Tuesday, June 30, 2015
At the annual general meetings of shareholders this year, there was significant growth in the number of companies who appointed outside directors.
Monday, June 29, 2015
When television was popularized in Japan in the late 1950s, the print media felt so threatened that they called the TV set an "idiot box" and warned the new electronic media would turn all 100 million Japanese into idiots. Japan's population was around 100 million then, and a famous social critic, Soichi Oyake, coined the catch phrase "one hundred million all idiotized" (一億白痴化) in 1957. Of course, his prediction wasn't borne out, but the quality of news reporting in Japan as well as across the world has gone down.
> Joe Hung
With four justices appointed by Democratic presidents and five by Republican leaders, the U.S. Supreme Court is generally perceived as being weighted in favor of conservatives.
A legislative victory on trade this past week has given a vital boost to President Barack Obama's effort to deepen U.S. engagement in the Asia-Pacific region. His administration also navigated worrying tensions with mainland China by stressing at high-level talks in Washington how the two powers can cooperate on issues of global concern, like climate change.
When mainland China's main share index hit a seven-year high two weeks ago, it topped off a run that had seen it soar more than 150 percent over the previous 12 months, high among the world's best performers.
Sunday, June 28, 2015
Gustave Flaubert's great novel "Madame Bovary" builds itself around a series of rich and complex "community events." These events in the hands of Flaubert can be elaborate indeed. But the event itself need not be.
The intense conflict between the European Union (EU) and heavily indebted Greece continues. On June 22, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras proposed concessions involving more taxes. On June 25, Greece's government rejected counter-demands, risking default on an impending payment to the International Monetary Fund (IMF)
Nearly two decades after the fall of dictator Suharto forced Indonesia's military out of politics, the army is inching back into civilian roles, risking a setback for democracy in this Southeast Asian nation and perhaps even for the turbulent region.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has emerged undamaged from the global financial crisis, European bailouts, an astonishing U-turn on nuclear power and the crisis over Ukraine.
The United States found a stage to deliver a stern reminder to the People's Republic of China (PRC), which is continuing its high-handed behavior in maritime areas and in cyberspace, that it needs to follow the rules and fulfill its responsibilities as a major power.