The ceramic wars

'Sun, Moon, and Five Peaks’ (19th century), artist unknown
©Private collection

Exquisite Korean furniture, screens and interiors – and their connections to China and Japan

Rising inequality is Asia’s main challenge

Much of the benefit of economic growth goes to those who were already better off

Asia's Cauldron cover

Blue-water thinking

The unequal contest to dominate the South China Sea. A review of ‘Asia’s Cauldron’, by Robert Kaplan

China draws Asia into old-style arms race

Beijing’s build-up is leading rivals to follow suit, a trend likely to gather pace in coming years

Abenomics hinges on wages and taxes

The policy has been judged a qualified success but there are concerns the effort will peter out

James Ferguson Illustration
©James Ferguson

A Modi win may make India more Chinese

The election frontrunner is more about making the economic pie bigger than slicing it up fairly

China ‘war on terror’ may be hard to win

Chinese resent westerners who see ‘root causes’ of violence in the treatment of Uighurs

Why Thailand is looking like Ukraine

The battle lines are drawn in a conflict that is testing the unity of the nation

Ingram Pinn illustration
©Ingram Pinn

Washington rues the Abe it wished for

The US fears that Japan’s departure from postwar pacifism will provoke Beijing

Abe’s ‘womenomics’ needs revolution

Japan’s glass ceiling is concrete, its women-friendly ‘architecture’ as flimsy as origami

India may have its inflation-slayer

Central bank governor Raghuram Rajan seems to be capable of tackling the nation’s price rises

Investors put too much faith in Modi

It is not clear that the politician could do for India’s economy what he did for Gujarat

China weans itself off growth at all costs

Beijing knows the stakes are too high to allow for anything other than a gradual change of dosage

How Japan stood up to old age

Twenty-five per cent of Japanese are over 65. But not only do they live longer, they work longer, stay healthier, care for their elderly better – and have found ways to pay for it

A crunch year for the Japanese economy

Experimenting with a bold and radical monetary policywill have profound consequences

Asian democracy must serve the people

The emergence of forces to challenge imperfect democracies is welcome – but dangerous

A year in a word: Abenomics

Premise of Shinzo Abe’s economic plan is that 15 years of deflation have sapped Japan’s ‘animal spirits’

Abe could say sorry by shunning Yasukuni

The sincerity of several leaders’ remorse for Japan’s past aggression is questioned

Six events that shook Asia

As one nation strives to revive its economy, others struggle with poverty and calamity

Review: ‘Bullfight’, by Yasushi Inoue


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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