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Financial Times (September 5)

2021/ 09/ 07 by jd in Global News

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has “lacked distinctive policies of his own or an independent political base. Going forward, “Japan needs a different kind of leader.” The next leader “requires communication skills and a compelling programme.”


New York Times (August 28)

2021/ 08/ 29 by jd in Global News

“Under Xi Jinping, the Communist Party’s most powerful leader since Mao, China has taken a hard ideological turn against unfettered private enterprise. It has set out a series of strictures against “disorderly” corporate expansion. No longer will titans of industry be permitted to march out of step with the party’s priorities and dictates.”


The Economist (August 14)

2021/ 08/ 17 by jd in Global News

Japan’s “financial heft in South-East Asia” is vastly understated. It still ranks as the biggest “investor in the region’s infrastructure projects.” While “China’s financial reach overseas attracts enormous attention, when it comes to infrastructure in South-East Asia, Japan is still very much the leader…. In total, it has $259bn invested in unfinished projects in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam…compared with China’s $157bn.”


Bloomberg (May 29)

2021/ 05/ 31 by jd in Global News

The Asia-Pacific region “has gone from leader to laggard.” Until recently, APAC fared remarkably well at averting the worst of the pandemic. Now, in contrast, as “New York and London reopen, Singapore and Taipei are in semi-lockdown. Melbourne joined them this week. On May 24, the U.S. State Department added Japan to its ‘Level 4: Do Not Travel’ advisory list.” The “failure to get shots into arms fast enough has in some cases triggered swift and unexpected reversals of fortune that carry significant economic implications.”


Financial Times (April 19)

2021/ 04/ 20 by jd in Global News

“India’s currency has swung from emerging market leader to laggard as the country battles a ferocious wave of coronavirus infections, prompting concerns among global investors that a nascent economic recovery will crumble.” During Q1, the rupee was “the only emerging market currency to gain ground on the dollar.” Since April, it has plummeted 3%, “the worst performance” of its peers.


Financial Times (January 19)

2021/ 01/ 20 by jd in Global News

From the beginning, Donald Trump was clearly a “grave threat…. He lacked any of the qualities required in the leader of a great republic. But, it turned out, he had the redeeming flaw of gross incompetence.” America has survived this wrenching, “near-death experience,” but “Donald Trump was just a symptom and the US is still in danger from those who peddle lies in place of truth.”


The Guardian (June 3)

2020/ 06/ 05 by jd in Global News

Covid-19 has not given Boris Johnson “the Churchillian moment that he imagined. It has proved too big for him.” Both “personally and politically, Johnson has had a bad pandemic. This is not what he thought being prime minister would be like.” At this point, Johnson just wants to wash his hands of Covid-19 and “get back to being the leader of Brexit Britain.”


Japan Today (January 20)

2020/ 01/ 21 by jd in Global News

“Japan is in the crosshairs as it seeks both to be recognized as a leader in the climate-change debate but also supports the use of what is widely regarded as a dirty fuel.” Japanese corporations, however, are ready to break with coal. They “overwhelmingly feel Japan should shift away from its dependence on coal for power generation… a Reuters poll found, further evidence that the government is out of step with the global fight against climate change.”


Bloomberg (December 28)

2018/ 12/ 29 by jd in Global News

“Who is the most important and disruptive leader in the world today? Most Americans would probably answer, Donald Trump—with Russia’s Vladimir Putin running a close second.” There is, however “a strong case that China’s Xi Jinping may deserve the title.”


New York Times (October 31)

2018/ 11/ 01 by jd in Global News

Angela Merkel “is doing the right thing in stepping down…. The best leaders are those who know when it’s time to exit.” But Europe will lose a “remarkable” leader who was “compassionate when hearts grew cold, committed to unity when others abandoned it.”


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