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 […]

Thailand’s March 29 Antigovernment Rally

The latest mass rally in a series of huge protest marches held by the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) in Bangkok was held on March 29, as called by core leader Suthep Thaugsuban. It had the objective of marching from Lumpini Park, where the protesters have set up a fortified tent city, towards Royal Plaza and […]

As Protests Continue, Thaksin’s Power Erodes

‘I came from elections’, ‘the majority chose me’; these are some of the favorite catchphrases of Yingluck Shinawatra. Indeed, constant and predictable victory in national elections is where the Thaksin regime derives its legitimacy. Despite the fact that democracy is so much more than just voting at the election booth, the government continues to position […]

Towards Reform: Thailand’s Protests

The antigovernment protests in Thailand are massive, by any standard. It’s hard to find a protest in any other country that would equal Thailand’s current round of protests in terms of numbers. The car-filled streets of Bangkok are a distant dream, because on a protest day, they’d be swelled with protesters , blowing their whistles […]

Thailand: the Political Mess

Politics isn’t a subject that I’ve ever brought up on here, but I think that with the crazy mess that’s going on in Thailand it’d be nice to do some talking about that. I try to avoid being political online, whether it be here on my blog, or on Twitter, or Facebook, or anywhere else. […]

Bow Down to Kim Jong-un: Thoughts on North Korea

Here’s a few thoughts on the Hermit Kingdom. North Korea has been in the news lately, mostly because of Pyongyang’s world-class rhetoric. Although it has been toned down as tensions in Korea ease, what has been said already is pretty awesome. Really, if you want to learn some good war rhetoric you need to go […]

Noodles, Temples and Cable Cars: A Trip to Hong Kong

I’m just back from a trip to the buzzing metropolis of Hong Kong! It’s not my first trip to Hong Kong- but since my first trips were when I was young, innocent and unable to remember much- this is kinda like a first trip. Hong Kong is an ex-British colony, made up of the Kowloon […]