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Digital Salarymen? – Teleworking and the Post-Coronavirus Japanese Economy

Aidan Gilbert, The University of Edinburgh – 29 March 2021 What does office life look like in Japan? Ask many a westerner the first image that comes to mind when mentioning working in Tokyo and you would receive a very familiar answer. Legions of suited up salarymen and women rushing from office to office, jam-packed…

India’s new mining reforms explained

Matthew Hall, Mining Technology – 17 March 2021 The Modi Government claims that reforming the mining industry is a vital part in India’s ambitious plan of becoming a $5tn economy by 2025. This article in Mining Technology explains the importance of the sector, what changes are being made and why these vast legislative changes are…

Eyeing US crude, India plans to buy less oil from Middle East

Debjit Chakraborty and Dhwani Pandya, Al Jazeera – 17 March 2021 According to officials, Indian refiners are planning to cut their oil purchases from Saudi Arabia in May and buy more from the U.S. as a result of OPEC+ supply restrictions and stronger gasoline demand during Covid-19. Read the full article on Al Jazeera here…

Afghanistan faces a brain drain as young and educated flee a wave of violence

Ben Farmer and Ezzatullah Mehrdad, The Telegraph – 14 February 2021 According to this article in The Telegraph, there is a growing feeling among Afghanistan’s educated youth that hopes of rebuilding their country are diminishing, and that any hope of a bright future now lies abroad. Read the full article here to find out why Afghanistan could…

Decades after the Gulf War, Iraq’s youth view oil as a curse

Sofia Barbarani, Al Jazeera – 26 February 2021 The lives of Iraqi citizens, even those who don’t care much for oil, has been unmistakably influenced by the large role their country’s oil plays in foreign politics. This article explains why, decades on from their invasion of Kuwait, the youth of Iraq view oil as a…

Thailand 2020 investment applications at over 480 billion baht led by E&E and food – BOI

Bangkok Post – 10 February 2021 Although Covid-19 has been detrimental for their economy which relies heavily on tourism, Thailand’s agriculture and food, electric and electronics and medical sectors seen a surge in investment applications in 2020. This article in Bangkok Post explains how this was helped by the Thailand Board of Investment’s investment promotion…

Thai hotel groups urge scrapping of quarantine rules for vaccinated tourists

John Reed, Financial Times – 24 January 2021 For a country so reliant on tourism, Covid-19 has been disastrous for Thailand’s economy. Boats marooned, pubs and restaurants shut and tuk tuks parked, the country is eager to get tourists back in and quarantine-free travel for those already vaccinated could be the start. This article on…

We need to talk about China

Patrizia Zambrin – 7 February 2020 When I started my journey into Chinese Studies in the 1980s, China, or the ‘Middle Kingdom’ was opening up to the rest of the world under the leadership of Deng Xiaoping and his pragmatic approach to modernisation. In those heady days, we foreign students in Beijing were attracting curiosity…

Reskilling China: Transforming the world’s largest workforce into lifelong learners

Jonathan Woetzel, Jeongmin Seong, Nick Leung, Joe Ngai, Li-Kai Chen, Vera Tang, Shivin Agarwal, and Bo Wang, McKinsey Global Institute Report – 12 January 2021 Three decades of educational reform in China have churned out a dedicated and hardworking workforce suited for an industrial economy, however now the country needs to educate its citizens to work towards a…