China made headlines last year by drafting a law that would have purged foreign technology from strategic sectors.

Why China Changed Its Tech Policy (And What It Means For Cybersecurity And Trade) – Part I

Late last year after the National People’s Congress, China made headlines by deciding to cut foreign-produced technology from all future government purchases. It also drafted its very first anti-terrorism law, which included stipulations requiring firms both domestic and foreign to provide the Chinese government with encryption keys, install “backdoors” in software more »

When Presidents Obama and Xi met in June 2013, they set up a U.S.-China Cyber Working Group for cooperation on cyber issues, but China pulled out after the U.S. indicted five Chinese military hackers for stealing data.

Why China Changed Its Tech Policy (And What It Means For Cybersecurity And Trade) – Part II 1

Part I of this post can be found here.  After undergoing readings in October and February, the draft anti-terrorism law was not submitted for a third round of discussion in March, without which it cannot be passed. So why did China back down (and has it really backed down)? It’s possible more »

College students waiting at a job fair in Tokyo

Unemployment Crisis Among College Graduates in Japan and South Korea: Are Chaebols and Keiretsu the Solution? Look again.

According to the 2012 World Bank World Development Indicator, the college enrollment rate in Japan and South Korea is at an all-time high: 61% of high school graduates entering college in Japan and a remarkable 98% high school graduates entering college in South Korea. Yet increasing educational attainment has not more »

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Myanmar: The New Tourist Frontier 2

In 2011, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar initiated political, social and economic reforms after 51 years of military rule.  As a result of these reforms—most notably the democratic elections of 2012 that brought Aung San Suu Kyi back into formal politics—Myanmar, or Burma to many, saw an unprecedented more »


Cybercrime Enforcement: ASEAN’s New Industrial Policy? 1

Southeast Asian states are stepping up their prosecution of cybercrime and illicit online activities. A September UNCTAD report showed that 8 out of 10 ASEAN countries have cybercrime legislation exceeding international standards, and on September 19th, ASEAN declared the creation of a new cybercrime working group. ASEAN nations are also more »

OECD: Japan among other Asian nations face a greater gender inequality problem in the labor market than most.

Boosting the Japanese Economy: A Woman’s Work

Speaking at this month’s annual IMF meetings held in Tokyo, Japan, Lagarde revitalized gender equality discourse in hopes of pulling Japan out of its economic slump. It should come as no surprise that Lagarde, the female managing director of the Fund, appreciates the role of women in political and economic more »