What goes up comes down – even China

Regression to mean could spell trouble for Asian powerhouses

Abe is on a mission, destination unknown

Japan’s leader may use an early vote as a chance to back out of a further rise in sales tax

James Ferguson illustration

Taiwan resolves to resist China’s embrace

Hong Kong is a cautionary tale for Taipei: this is what happens if you get too close to Beijing

James Ferguson illustration

Indonesia’s Jokowi can outdo Obama

Widodo will need all the acumen that took him to the presidency to avoid the traps being set

Weak yen is no panacea but Abe needs it

Depreciation is the central bank’s most potent tool. If it falters so could the reflation experiment

Ten days that shook Hong Kong

From the streets of a city changed beyond recognition, the FT’s Asia editor watched the Umbrella Revolution unfold

Hong Kong will never be the same again

A yearning for democracy will ensure a prolonged period of political volatility

Tumultuous week that shook Hong Kong

Fears rise over end game for pro-democracy protests as rhetoric escalates on both sides

Myanmar’s most popular comedian stands up to tyranny

Myanmar’s most popular comedian is also a fearless activist who has been imprisoned and tortured. Now free, he continues to mock his nation’s new leaders and question its future

Hong Kong’s status is being stress-tested

At issue is the result of collusion between local tycoons and their communist friends in Beijing

Corruption is messy for business in Asia

Managers have to figure out how to avoid paying bribes – or how to pay without being caught

North Korea as ‘The Truman Show’

One needs to be wary of impressions gleaned from Pyongyang, a showcase city

Japan is creating jobs but not prosperity

Casualisation of the workforce is stifling the reflationary experiment

China tightens its grip on Hong Kong

The presence of Li, an emissary from Beijing, has relegated the territory’s officials to irrelevance

Poverty eradicated at statistical stroke

Different calculations tell widely different stories – the numbers go up and down like a yo-yo

US may be a gamble too far for SoftBank

Japanese company faces tough fight to turn Sprint into a serious US telecoms challenger

‘Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki’, by Haruki Murakami

A teenage falling-out colours a young man’s future in this suspenseful new novel

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


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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