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Demographic Challenges in Asian Pensions

Paying for pensions is vital to the quality of life for future retirees in Asia.  It's also an issue of great political and economic importance to current and future policy makers in the region.  They are currently wrestling with the dual problems of growing population in the poorest of countries while more developed Asia powers face the quickly approaching reality of rapid aging and declining population. 

Testing Friendships in Times of Trouble

From earthquakes to tsunamis, Japan has always been vulnerable to natural disasters. Its latest crisis, though, stems not from being in the midst of the Pacific’s Ring of Fire and the plate tectonics, but from a record-breaking downpour of rain. Over 200 people have died after a torrential downpour west of the country earlier this month. As the government steps up emergency responses to deal with the aftermath of the floods, it’s clear that Japan’s vulnerabilities to natural disasters has only increased.

When and Whether National Security Plays a Role in Trade

Arguing the need to preserve national security in justifying taking protectionist action is hardly new. In fact, it can be an effective tool to keep critical industries robust and make sure that otherwise vulnerable sectors remain resilient to hostile bids. What’s more, economic war can be wagered against serious threats that jeopardize national security not through imposing punitive tariffs, but rather by being banned from doing business. The challenge though is to know what tools to use and when, against real threats, rather than imaginary ones. 

The Cost of Inconsistent Trade Policy

How China might retaliate against Washington’s threats to impose tariffs on a slew of Chinese goods in late May as part of a strategy to reduce the trade deficit has yet to play out. But some of the Trump administration’s fiercest critics have welcomed the White House’s move to impose a 25 percent tariff on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods on critical sectors, in addition to imposing investment restrictions.

U.S. National Security Strategy: Implications for the U.S.-Japan Alliance

Tensions continue to rise in East Asia, not least with the continued threat of a nuclear North Korea, coupled with China’s ever-growing military, economic, and political aspirations for regional hegemony. Expectations for Japan to play a critical role to ensure peace and stability have increased as a result, and strong ties between Tokyo and Washington remain critical for the two sides to work closely together.

U.S. Trade, North Korea Policies Bring Asia’s Biggest Economies to Table

North Korea continues to dominate the headlines as all eyes are now on Kim Jong-un’s upcoming meeting with President Donald Trump. But while Pyongyang’s overtures to the outside world have repercussions for peace far beyond East Asia, there is also another significant development in the region that has not garnered as much media attention as what is happening in the Korean Peninsula, but is at least as significant for the region in the longer term. 

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