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The short-lived comeback of coal
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The short-lived comeback of coal

Author: Jorrit Gosens, ANU Despite big announcements on climate ambitions from major emitters and a pandemic-induced economic slump, prices for thermal coal spiked to above US$400 per ton in early May 2022, the highest they’ve been in at least 50 years.  So is net-zero ‘all over bar the shouting’, as one Queensland commentator would have...

Japan’s stubborn gender inequality problem
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Japan’s stubborn gender inequality problem

Author: Emma Dalton, RMIT Gender inequality is a stubbornly entrenched problem for Japan. It ranked 120 out of 156 countries in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Index (GGI) Report 2021, which measures the gap between men and women in political representation, economic empowerment, education and health. This puts Japan at the bottom of...

How Australia can find common purpose with China
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How Australia can find common purpose with China

Authors: Peter Drysdale and Shiro Armstrong What might become the new normal in Australia’s relationship with China is a major question for Australia’s new Albanese government. There will be no simple reinvention of the old relationship. But the change in government in Australia provides an opportunity for both countries to articulate and pursue again common...

Reform nowhere to be found in a shrinking Japan
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Reform nowhere to be found in a shrinking Japan

Author: Editorial Board, ANU Japan is shrinking and ageing. The population fell by 618,000 last year and Japan’s society is the oldest in the world with almost 30 per cent of the population aged over 65. In 15 years that share will be one-third. There are 80,000 centenarians and the number is growing. Each person...

Kishida retreats from new capitalism
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Kishida retreats from new capitalism

Author: Richard Katz, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs For six long months, the Kishida administration, aided by outside advisors from universities and new companies, toiled to translate Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s mantra of a ‘new form of capitalism’ into concrete policies. The rather hollow end product that the Cabinet approved on 7 June...

Japan’s economic security bill balances business and the bureaucracy
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Japan’s economic security bill balances business and the bureaucracy

Author: Toshiya Takahashi, Shoin University While the Japanese media were occupied by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Japan’s economic security bill passed without strong opposition in the Diet in May 2022. Reflecting increasing concerns about China’s trade obstructionism and economic espionage, the bill outlines measures to defend Japanese supply chains, infrastructure and leading technology. But...

Indonesia’s financial sector needs more consumer protection
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Indonesia’s financial sector needs more consumer protection

Authors: Raissa Richka Jonah and Trigaya Ahimsa, Universitas Indonesia In line with the Indonesian government’s goal to build a strong financial sector, the Indonesian Financial Services Authority (OJK) recently enacted regulation concerning Consumer and Public Protection in the Financial Services Sector (POJK 6 of 2022). The POJK came into force on 18 April 2022, but...

The Quad and ASEAN — where to next?
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The Quad and ASEAN — where to next?

Author: Sarah Teo, Nanyang Technological University With their fourth leaders’ meeting in May 2022, the Quad has come a long way since senior officials from Australia, India, Japan and the United States first convened on the sidelines of ASEAN-led summits five years ago. Early doubts about the Quad’s sustainability should surely now give way to...

How the CCP is stalling China’s legal system
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How the CCP is stalling China’s legal system

Author: Meng Ye, University of Tübingen Amid the global ‘democratic recession’ and new trend of ‘autocratic legalism’, Xi Jinping’s China is a prime example of how strengthening the law and legal institutions can occur not merely in conjunction with deepened authoritarianism, but in service of it. The notorious removal of Xi’s term limit came in...

How Japan’s Russia policy changed after Ukraine
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How Japan’s Russia policy changed after Ukraine

Author: Tomohiko Satake, NIDS Since Russia invaded Ukraine on 24 February 2022, Japan has actively supported the resistance through the provision of non-lethal defence equipment, emergency humanitarian and financial assistance and the acceptance of evacuees. Japan has also joined international sanctions through several financial measures, such as the restriction of transactions with Russia’s central bank...