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Japan: “I Really Don’t Know How We Go Forward”

By John Richardson

THERE is no debate. Everyone agrees that Japan simply must overcome its demographic challenges. Here are a few sobering facts which indicate the scale of these challenges:…

Should current trends continue, Japan’s population will have fallen to

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South Korea: No Room For Complacency

By John Richardson

I have long loved South Korea, ever since I first visited the country back in the late 1990s. The sheer guts, determination and get-up-and-go of South Koreans have to be admired, especially when you put this into …

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Demographics And “The Internet Of Things”

A DECADE from now, you might wake up in the morning and:…

Step on scales that quickly shoot data to a service provider that helps you decide how long and hard to exercise on the treadmill that day.
Brush your

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The Failure Of Abenomics Should Be No Surprise

By John Richardson

The steepest  decline in Japanese industrial production since March 2011 has shocked some commentators. We cannot understand why.

“Industrial output dropped 3.3% in June from May, the trade ministry said today in Tokyo, more than twice the …

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Central Banks Risk Being Behind The Curve

By John Richardson

BACK in 2003 the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) predicted that dangerous imbalances were building up in the global financial system.

The BIS, a Brussels-based international organisation for central banks, was worried that the Fed and other …

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China Adjusts To “Zero Inflation” In Textiles

By John Richardson

CHINA’S polyester chain business is undergoing a painful adjustment period, as the slide above indicates, as a result of:…

Expectations that cotton prices will drop to a five-year low in 2014-2015. This is largely the result of

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Australia At An Economic Crossroads

By John Richardson

THERE is no such thing as level playing field when it comes to the chemicals industry and, for that matter, probably any other industry.

China has long-subsidised many of its industries through soft loans for new projects, …

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Thailand’s Coup: The Economic Suspension Has Gone

By John Richardson

WE are  going to feel every political, social and economic bump in the road from now on because the suspension on the proverbial automobile has gone.

No longer can Asian economies compensate for their domestic problems in …

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Demographics Threaten China Property Collapse

By John Richardson

THE persistent weakness in China’s petrochemicals markets had mainly been caused by problems in the country’s property sector, according to many delegates on the sidelines of last week’s Asia Petrochemical Industry Conference (APIC) in Pattaya, Thailand.

Here …

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China’s Urbanisation Myth Bites The Dust

By John Richardson

THE blog would again be in the position of being able to afford a yacht in Monte Carlo if it had a dollar, even in an Australian dollar these days, for every time it has heard the …

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