Irrationalising the Rational

I technically have exams coming up, but having studied the whole day, I am clearly in no shape for any more revision. Besides, nothing can really stop me from writing…  A search for “war” today in Google News today reveals a litany of scary headlines. “Rehearsing for war”, proclaims the New Statesman. “Can Trump do …

Liberal City, Authoritarian Country

Hong Kong recently held elections for the Legislative Council of Hong Kong, also known as Legco. The ‘Umbrella Revolution’ may have died down, failing to achieve any of its major aims, but the city is still as restless as ever. A year after the failure of this movement and in the aftermath of this significant …

Fanning the Flames

No one was surprised when the Hague tribunal delivered an unfavourable ruling for China regarding its territorial ambitions in the South China Sea. The Hague tribunal declared that China’s claims to the South China Sea, based on rocky outcrops that are only exposed at low tide, were invalid, and that China were violating the Philippines’ …

Reviving the Economy or Revising the Constitution?

2 September 1945. Its cities flattened, its islands surrounded by hostile forces, and a bloody invasion by its Western nemesis imminent, the Empire of Japan duly surrendered to the United States of America. It was not long before the occupation forces moved in. Eventually, General Douglas MacArthur, the Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers, moved …

Japan in Perspective: Economic and Social Issues

What are the challenges surrounding Japan today? Where do they come from and how might we solve them? These are questions that thousands of economists and politicians both inside and outside of Japan are delving into answering, and I think that they are questions that are worth looking into. After all, Japan still has the …

Into the Era of Multipolarity: The Rise of China

It has been a long time since the world has seen any nation other than the United States hold a true ‘world power’ status. No country has been able to challenge it, and especially since the dissolution of the Soviet Union in the 1990s, the world has grown accustomed to an age of unipolarity, with …