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What we learnt from Fukushima

A Japanese nuclear engineering on a speaking tour of several Asian capitals to clear the cloud of controversy over the Fukushima accident was thrown this double-sided question: What is the cost to Japan of using nuclear energy and of not using it?   It is a question that could apply equally to many other countries […]

Are sharks endangered by fin soup?

Are sharks endangered by fin soup?

HOW YOU CAN HAVE YOUR SHARK AND EAT IT – FIN & ALL  A guessing game for guests at a Chinese wedding dinner play, while waiting for the second dish to be served, is : Will it be shark fin soup? The quiz is also about  tradition and change. If the answer is yes, it’s a […]

Asia’s economic power-houses eye Arctic el dorado

Asia’s economic power-houses eye Arctic el dorado

Asia’s economic power-houses eye Arctic el dorado With global warming bringing nearer the likelihood of opening up sea lanes and spurring exploitation of vast natural resource across the Arctic, an exciting political chess game is unfolding in the ice-melting polar region where China, Japan and South Koreas as well as Singapore are angling to make […]

Park v Chun, Where They Stayed

Park v Chun, Where They Stayed

On 25th anniversary of the death of student Park Jong-chul A cell in a police detention centre where a student died from torture. And a cell in a Buddhist temple where a general did his penance. In stark symbolic contrast, these sites have been associated with key episodes in the struggle against dictatorship and eventual […]

Soft Power is Telling on the Generation Y

Soft Power is Telling on the Generation Y

  North Koreans are in deep mourning, bereaved of their father figure Kim Jong Il. They have grown up knowing only one leader, first Kim Il Sung, the founder of the political dynasty,and then his son Kim Jong Il, who died last week. The leadership mantle has been handed down to Kim Jong Un the […]

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