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The Koreas: North and South Exchange Words; Likely Much Ado About Nothing

The increasing terse back and forth between North and South Korean leaders has raised alarms in the world’s diplomatic centers and press rooms. While there is always a slight chance … Continue reading

March 11, 2013 · 3 Comments

United States: Start of Negotiations on the International Services Agreement but Impact Could be Limited

Services liberalization – long a pillar of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Doha Round – made a comeback earlier this month when the US Trade Representative (USTR) announced it would … Continue reading

January 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Japan: LDP Implements Spending Measures Taking Country Into Deeper Debt Hole

One of the primary goals of the newly elected Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) government is to reverse Japan’s long-standing economic woes. However, given the scale of this problem, its unlikely … Continue reading

January 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Singapore: Service Sector Maintains Stability While Nation-State Looks for Manufacturing Recovery

Singapore’s economy is based on manufacturing – 25 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) – and service – over 60 percent of GDP – industries. Its focus on exports … Continue reading

January 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

Japan: Economic Recovery Not Possible Without Improving Global Conditions

The Japanese government released new data on Monday showing the country’s economy entering yet another recession – the third since 2008 for the world’s third largest economy. This unattractive pattern … Continue reading

November 13, 2012 · Leave a comment