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East Asia Forum is a platform for analysis and research on politics, economics, business, law, security, international relations and society relevant to public policy, centred on the Asia Pacific region. It consists of an online publication and a quarterly magazine, East Asia Forum Quarterly, which aim to provide clear and original analysis from the leading minds in the region and beyond.

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2022/11/25 | East Asia Forum

Japan Must Reform Its Inflexible Work Culture

The labor force is diversifying, not just demographically, but also in terms of people’s needs and preferences. It’s time for organizations to adapt to workers — and not the other way around.

2021/03/02 | East Asia Forum

Global Vaccination Is Still a Jab in the Dark

Asian countries have largely done a good job containing Covid-19, but the slow rollout of vaccination programs threatens to undermine their successes.

2022/12/15 | East Asia Forum

Deterrence Across the Taiwan Strait Demands a Diplomatic Touch

A survey in 2022 showed that simply informing citizens in Taiwan that the U.S. would come to help them in a war created a significant boost in their willingness to defend themselves.

2023/01/11 | East Asia Forum

Ukraine Crisis Doesn’t Herald a New Era for Refugee Rights in Japan

Japan’s focus on limiting the number of long-term sojourners severely limits the protection available to refugees, with an emphasis on controlling numbers seeming to dominate decision-making.

2018/09/14 | East Asia Forum

OPINION: Life for China's Migrant Workers Remains a Raw Deal

Poor living conditions, social isolation, unstable employment and lower wages are just a handful of the disadvantages faced by China's migrant workers.

2022/12/19 | East Asia Forum

Kishida’s Difficult Year

Support for Kishida’s government has plummeted to below 30%. Next year will be no easier with local elections scheduled in April and big issues on the table such as mounting security challenges, a declining birth rate, and overcoming obstacles to economic reform.

2018/08/12 | East Asia Forum

Chinese Real Estate Investment Shapes New Cambodian Skyline

Chinese investment is fueling a luxury housing boom that does nothing for the needs of ordinary Cambodians.

2018/06/15 | East Asia Forum

Malaysia Takes Stock of Government-linked 'Monster' Companies

Malaysia is to first assess the role GLCs should play before undertaking reform.

2018/07/31 | East Asia Forum

ANALYSIS: China and ASEAN Prepare to Play Nice in South China Sea

ASEAN's member states must firmly defend their interests as they enter into negotiations with China over a framework for a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea.

2018/07/13 | East Asia Forum

ANALYSIS: Chinese Arms Sales Are Not a Diplomatic Weapon

China has not increased its arms exports to Belt and Road partners, nor has it penetrated markets traditionally reliant on Western suppliers.

2018/07/06 | East Asia Forum

OPINION: Joint Fisheries Management Can Calm South China Sea Tensions

A regional fisheries management organization could provide the means to both protect fish stocks and promote dialogue over conflict.

2018/07/27 | East Asia Forum

ANALYSIS: Why Ethnic Diversity Matters for Southeast Asian Development

Lessons from Indonesia's radical experiment with decentralization can be applied to other rapidly developing ASEAN states. First things first: They must take local diversity patterns into account.

2018/07/23 | East Asia Forum

Cambodia's Upcoming Election Seeks to Prove Its Own Legitimacy

The ruling Cambodian People's Party faces no real opposition in next week's elections. Instead, voter turnout will determine whether the government can tout this election as legitimate.

2018/08/07 | East Asia Forum

China Wants to Show the World That It's a Good Sport

China arguably won a participation trophy at the 2018 FIFA World Cup as Chinese fans and corporate sponsors stormed Russia en masse. Can the sports-crazed nation keep wielding its athletic soft power?

2018/06/22 | East Asia Forum

OPINION: US South China Sea Saber-rattling Stokes China Conflict Danger

Objectivity, fairness and balance are increasingly hard to find in analysis of China’s actions in the South China Sea.​​​​​​​