Opinion: Japan needs a forthright reckoning

European contrition: Poland 1970. German Chancellor Willy Brandt kneels before the Memorial of the Warsaw Ghetto's Nazi victims

Europe has led by example in acts of contrition following the second world war

‘Accommodating’ Beijing is no bad thing

The policy of Chinese containment could be a disastrous miscalculation

Luck has bought time for Abenomics

Japan could be the only wealthy nation that is increasing the size of its middle class

Life in smog should spur China to action

Long dismissed as a side effect of development, air pollution is now a concern

Founder’s legacy looms over Singapore

A palpable sense of dissatisfaction exists among the island nation’s citizens

Japan’s Fanuc robots show new logic

Pressure from Daniel Loeb and a changing business climate is forcing secretive company to adapt

China and Pakistan make an oddball couple

Beijing has stayed the course with Islamabad while Washington has blown hot and cold

Corporate China not ready to take over

Regulation and suspicion harm companies’ efforts to break into foreign markets

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Tipping point for Japan’s foreign policy

The illusion of neutrality becomes harder to pull off as economic clout wanes

‘Demokrasi’, by Hamish McDonald

The book examines Indonesia’s long, bumpy road to democracy

Southeast Asia’s tolerance is deceptive

There are signs the region’s tradition of strength through diversity is eroding

Delhi’s tortoise takes on Beijing’s hare

There is now a realistic prospect of India growing faster than China — as early as next year

China must adapt to its ‘new normal’

The trick for policy makers will be to shift resources from the public to the private sector

Truth behind Abe’s election ‘landslide’

As with many things in Japan, probe a little deeper and not everything is as it seems

Modi’s popular touch is a weapon

Even on seemingly dry topics, he has the flair to relate potential reforms to everyday lives

Taiwan stirs political earthquake for China

Some blame cheap Chinese labour for sucking away jobs and the mainland for property rises

The Samsung phone is no longer smart

South Korea’s group has never persuaded consumers its brand is as desirable as Apple’s

What goes up comes down – even China

Regression to mean could spell trouble for Asian powerhouses

Abe is on a mission, destination unknown

Japan’s leader may use an early vote as a chance to back out of a further rise in sales tax

Taiwan resolves to resist China’s embrace

Hong Kong is a cautionary tale for Taipei: this is what happens if you get too close to Beijing


David Pilling David Pilling is the Asia editor of the Financial Times. He was previously Tokyo Bureau Chief for the FT from January 2002 to August 2008. His column ranges over business, investment, politics and economics.

He joined the FT in 1990. He has worked in London as an editor, in Chile and Argentina as a correspondent and covered the global pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry.

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