Category Archives: Asia

2014 India Corruption: Modi Effect?

Last year, when I wrote about Corruption Perceptions, I said: I’ll be very interested to see if the new government in India significantly affects corruption perceptions in the next survey. The 2014 data are available, and it’s had an effect. How … Continue reading

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Surprise for 2013: Corruption in India, China, US and Myanmar

I was browsing the Transparency International website, and realized they have their 2013 data up. This organization tracks corruption, and each year they make a ‘Corruption Perceptions Index’ across 175-180 or so countries. For 2013, it was 177 countries. This … Continue reading

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My New Project: “Business in Burma/ Myanmar”

As I mentioned in my recent post, I’m just back from Myanmar and Singapore. I’m working on a book on doing business in Burma. WHY BURMA? It’s an exciting new market, having been essentially closed to Western firms since the … Continue reading

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India: A Telling Corruption Study

Transparency International (TI) has published their annual survey of corruption perceptions — how corrupt various countries are perceived to be. As usual, India does not fare well. What’s particularly disturbing, though, is what the data now reveals. TI publishes two … Continue reading

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Asia: Upward Wage Pressure

There’s an atmosphere of uncertainty, even gloom, about employment in the US. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in California for September 2010 was  12.4% and there’s no immediate sign of improvement. So the document that landed in my email box … Continue reading

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Growth and inflation in Asia

IMA Asia‘s notes always provide a useful perspective, given that Asia is likely to be the region that will lead the world out of recession. What they’re saying now is that “2010 is set to be a bumpy, complex and … Continue reading

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Indian Curry Powder

Years ago I saw an interesting if unclear-on-concept product in Japan: Indian Curry Powder, illustrated with a Native American in a feathered war-bonnet. In those days, Japan had a fairly insular culture, and India didn’t have a high profile internationally; … Continue reading

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