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    Changing US security priorities could spell opportunity for Japan

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 21/11/2016

    » China's influence on Southeast Asian security will grow, with its diplomatic clout increasing if Donald Trump makes good on promises of less intervention abroad and a concentration on rebuilding the US economy rather than extending its security reach, say experts.

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    Time for a Seoul-Tokyo peace pact

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 12/08/2019

    » I love kimchi and I love ramen. I love the bushido way of life and Japanese humility, and I love South Koreans' resilience and devotion to education that helped them lift their country from poverty after World War II to become an Asian economic powerhouse. And in my opinion, both South Koreans and Japanese are among the nicest people in the world.

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    Playing it cool

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 09/09/2019

    » When it comes to sports, skiing and skating are the last activities anyone associates with Southeast Asia. Outside of a few indoor skating rinks in big cities, the only ice you'll find is in drinks. And as for snow, it's non-existent except at the highest reaches of remote and forbidding Hkakabo Razi in northern Myanmar.

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    Good as gold

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 09/09/2019

    » It is common knowledge among traders that when geopolitical tensions rise, so too does the price of gold as it is considered a safe haven compared with other investments. But Robin Lee believes gold trading shouldn't be limited only to deep-pocketed market professionals. In his view, it is a good tool for anyone interested in saving.

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    Seeking a balance

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 01/10/2018

    » As returns in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan and New Zealand shrink in the face of high demand and increased restrictions, real-estate investors in Asia are looking for new places to go, with Malaysia and Thailand among their targets.

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    Selling the cloud

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 20/05/2019

    » During her student years in Temora in New South Wales, Helen Masters always thought that her interests lay in economics, but her inquisitiveness instead led her on another path. Her personal observations on how new technologies were changing her hometown eventually landed her a career she has followed to this day.

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    Smart grid policy advised for renewable energy progress

    Business, Erich Parpart, Published on 13/05/2019

    » Regulatory support for a smart grid should be the next government's top priority for renewable energy policy, as finding funding sources for environmentally friendly projects is becoming easier in Thailand, says B.Grimm Power's president.

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    Aloha America

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 20/02/2017

    » A perceived rise in anti-foreigner sentiment in the United States has not diminished the desire of AirAsia X to connect Southeast Asia with America. The low-cost carrier last week launched its first US-bound service, from Osaka in Japan to Honolulu in Hawaii, especially Japanese tourists to Hawaii, AirAsia X and its regional budget peers are also adding aircraft to their fleets to meet steadily rising demand for cheaper flights.

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    Making musical waves

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 25/02/2019

    » Many people associate a cruise holiday with being in a floating hotel, with buffet lines and various forms of entertainment and recreation, plus the obligatory port calls for shopping. As for the passengers … well, grey is the dominant hair colour.

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    Work in progress

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 30/01/2017

    » Merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions have been surging in Vietnam, as steady economic growth and an expanding middle class draw interest from companies in Thailand, Japan and South Korea among others.

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