Hong Kong’s status is being stress-tested

At issue is the result of collusion between local tycoons and their communist friends in Beijing

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Corruption is messy for business in Asia

Managers have to figure out how to avoid paying bribes – or how to pay without being caught

North Korea as ‘The Truman Show’

One needs to be wary of impressions gleaned from Pyongyang, a showcase city

Japan is creating jobs but not prosperity

Casualisation of the workforce is stifling the reflationary experiment

China tightens its grip on Hong Kong

The presence of Li, an emissary from Beijing, has relegated the territory’s officials to irrelevance

Poverty eradicated at statistical stroke

Different calculations tell widely different stories – the numbers go up and down like a yo-yo

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US may be a gamble too far for SoftBank

Japanese company faces tough fight to turn Sprint into a serious US telecoms challenger

Illustration for a review of Haruki Murakami's book, 'Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage'
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‘Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki’, by Haruki Murakami

A teenage falling-out colours a young man’s future in this suspenseful new novel. Review by David Pilling

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The Brics bank is a glimpse of the future

If the postwar order is being upended, the right response is ‘hear, hear’

Cambodia: Wave of discontent

Hun Sen’s 29-year regime is tottering as a young population, angered by corruption, seeks change

China’s hunt for tigers is bound to fail

The anti-corruption campaign appears to have taken on the characteristics of a Maoist purge

Democracy is riding on poll in Indonesia

The country has the opportunity to complete the transition from an authoritarian past

No fairytale ending for Myanmar

An end to war and a transition to democracy are not the same as peace

Has GDP outgrown its use?

Governments and the media obsess about it while statisticians endlessly fiddle – but what is the real point of GDP and can it ever be accurately measured?

Japan inches towards being ‘normal’

To say Tokyo be denied a right granted to others must imply it is untrustworthy

Hong Kong’s democratic aims are real

Concerns about the erosion of press and judicial freedoms are growing

Third arrow is more like 1,000 needles

Some of the jabs will do no good. A few may do harm. But some will have a positive impact

India must reap benefits of urbanisation

Modi has tapped into aspiration that offers new challenges and opportunities

‘North Korea’, by Paul French

A useful take on the last Stalinist economy argues that a ‘poisoned carrot’ is needed to reform the unstable yet enduring Kim regime

‘India in Love’; ‘Leftover Women’

Vast social changes are reshaping gender relations in India and China – but the pull of the past remains strong. Review by David Pilling


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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