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June 23, 2021

Tackling Unrealistic Beauty Standards in Japan and Korea

Suzu Yokoyama, of Tsuda University in Japan, identifies unrealistic beauty and weight standards as a major public health problem facing young people, and particularly young women, in Japan and Korea today, leading to health problems such as anorexia and malnutrition. The essay analyzes the factors contributing to the excessive focus on weight, including the media

June 23, 2021

Meeting the Challenge of Plastic Waste Recycling in Japan and China

Yao Yuanchen, a student at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, advocates for a three-pronged solution to Japan’s plastic waste problem: banning the export of plastic waste, raising public awareness, and improving the quality of plastics used. Japan has exported a large portion of its waste products to China in recent years, but China announced

March 17, 2021

How Hong Kong’s coronavirus pandemic recovery can draw on the arts

The arts are a crucial economic engine that should play a role in the relaunch of Hong Kong in a post-pandemic world.

February 22, 2021

How To Charge Your Portfolio With Chinese EV Disruptors Like Nio, Xpeng and Li

Following an announcement by China that it would phase out sales of new internal combustion engine cars by 2035, the promise of fast growth in electric vehicles and batteries has sent stocks soaring.

February 16, 2021

The View: Marriage of education and technology a silver lining amid coronavirus pandemic

The melding of education and technology is here to stay, and its benefits for students, schools and the economy are just beginning to be understood. Fiscal policy and financial incentives that keep up with the times represent a win-win for the people and the government as well as an investment in our future.

January 19, 2021

As Covid-19 crisis shows, sovereign wealth funds have a role that goes beyond providing money

Singapore’s Temasek is one of several government funds to go beyond their traditional mandate and fight the pandemic, not just by investing in the search for a vaccine, but also by supporting the production of medical goods As Hong Kong prepares to launch its own Growth Portfolio, it needs to consider if there’s a larger

December 22, 2020

With zero-carbon target set, time for Hong Kong to get serious about climate change

The goal of carbon neutrality as a shared community project could be a powerful way to rebuild trust in a divided city.

October 28, 2020

Leadership in a Time of Crisis: Asian Businesses Respond to COVID-19

By almost any measure, the response to COVID-19 in much of Asia, East Asia in particular, has been among the world’s most effective. Measured by the absolute number of COVID-19 cases and deaths, or cases and deaths per 100,000 people, Asia has been more successful than the United States and most countries in Europe in

October 26, 2020

E-Commerce and Fintech Players Fight For Share in Indonesia’s Hot Market

Amid the humanitarian crisis of Covid-19, Indonesia has discovered a silver lining. The digitization of traditional offline businesses is accelerating in the shadow of the pandemic. Now, e-commerce and fintech players are fighting to dominate the digital world.

October 21, 2020

China is wasting its Covid-19 leadership moment on the world stage

China led the world into the pandemic and its economy is leading the way out. This should be a time for Beijing to effortlessly extend its soft power. So why hasn’t China’s push to win friends and influence people paid dividends? By Asia Business Council Executive Director Mark Clifford.