US may be a gamble too far for SoftBank

Ingram Pinn illustration
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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

James Ferguson illustration

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

Illustration by Lucas Varela of GDP
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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 should be denied a right granted to others must imply it is unrepentant

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

Thailand, the land of the inverted smile

Much of the electorate has tasted the fruits of democracy

China is stealing a march on Washington

Bit by bit Beijing is creating new facts, and with each incident, it throws down the gauntlet

Asia is not the place it used to be

The continent is in flux as political leaders and economic circumstances change

Modi should listen to his better angels

The man set to lead India needs to prioritise development over his Hindu nationalist roots

Pyongyang Parnassus

Congress party has done itself out of a job

Indians are no longer satisfied with the schemes or food handouts in which Congress has increasingly specialised


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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