Tag 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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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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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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Naan Dog at Narita

Yesterday, at Narita airport in Japan, I encountered an interesting new product: The Naan Dog. I was intrigued. It spoke of innovation, globalization, and adaptive palates all at the same time. The Naan Dog product was clearly fusion, though I … Continue reading

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Global Recovery, Global Rebalancing

IMA Asia‘s revising its forecasts for economic growth. Its main scenario (with a 60% probability) is for a weak Asia-led recovery starting now, and edging up over the next three years. The more pessimistic forecast, (20% probability) is for a … Continue reading

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Tragedy in Indonesia

Tragedies and disasters in the headlines are worrisome enough – but they really hit home when there’s even the smallest connection, like having stayed at the hotel, or flown that airline. When you know people there – even friends of … Continue reading

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China's still growing

A recent meeting and paper from IMA Asia came to the conclusion that China’s still growing nicely. There’s a slump in export demand, it’s true; and the export-oriented sector is not doing that well. But what drives China’s economy is … Continue reading

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