Justin Hugo
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Justin Hugo is a pen name. The author is a contributing writer for The News Lens from Singapore.
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2018/02/09 | Justin Hugo
The Bitter Truth: Why Asia's Tigers Suffer while the Nordics Thrive (Part 5)
Taiwan has outgrown its current economic strategy and needs to move up the value chain to become more like the Nordic countries and the Netherlands.
2018/02/08 | Justin Hugo
The Bitter Truth: Why Asia's Tigers Suffer while the Nordics Thrive (Part 4)
Taiwan’s social welfare system stands out – it just doesn't feel like it because low wages make the benefits look insufficient.
2018/02/07 | Justin Hugo
The Bitter Truth: Why Asia's Tigers Suffer while the Nordics Thrive (Part 3)
Democratic societies like Taiwan can still fall victim to an authoritarian corporate environment.
2018/02/06 | Justin Hugo
The Bitter Truth: Why Asia's Tigers Suffer while the Nordics Thrive (Part 2)
The root of low wages is inequality, and at the root of inequality lies cronyism and closely held corporate control.
2018/02/05 | Justin Hugo
The Bitter Truth: Why Asia's Tigers Suffer while the Nordics Thrive (Part 1)
In the first of a 5 part series, Justin Hugo looks at how statistics suggesting the Asian Tiger economies have caught up with their Scandinavian counterparts mask a more sobering wage-based reality.
2017/09/06 | Justin Hugo
It's Time to Return Taiwanese Workers What They Rightfully Earn
Business groups simply do not want to show any respect when it comes to raising their workers’ wages, and it's time to start protecting workers in Taiwan.
2017/08/23 | Justin Hugo
Tsai’s Government Failing Taiwan’s Workers with Cruel Minimum Wage Increase
Taiwan has been sinking into a state of stagnation for more than a decade, the Tsai government continues to give businesses too much latitude.
2017/08/21 | Justin Hugo
Taiwan’s ‘Grim Truth’: Vicious Low Wage, Low Productivity Cycle Crippling Workers and Companies
As Taiwanese businesses are unwilling to increase wages for the want to hold onto their profits, they are also complicit in causing themselves to lose demand, and therefore their business sustainability. The government needs to act.
2017/06/05 | Justin Hugo
Stark Reality: Singaporeans Waking from the Housing Dream
[OPINION] How Singapore's pension-housing financing model squeezes its citizens.
2017/05/22 | Justin Hugo
Tough Pill to Swallow: Why Singapore’s Healthcare Model Should Not Be Followed
[OPINION] Singapore’s healthcare system has become unnecessarily complicated but it can be reformed to provide more equitable healthcare and give its citizens peace of mind.
2017/05/11 | Justin Hugo
School’s Out: How Singapore Keeps University Reserved for the Elites
[OPINION] The Singapore government is shutting out most Singaporeans from universities while keeping the door wide open to foreigners.
2017/05/05 | Justin Hugo
The Prime Minister or The People: Just Who is Stealing Lunches in Singapore?
[OPINION] The Singapore Prime Minister’s fixation on stealing other people’s lunches has raised questions of paranoia, competitiveness, double standards and inequality in Singapore.
2017/05/02 | Justin Hugo
Pension Reform in Asia is Extremely Difficult to Get Right
[OPINION] As pension reform protesters cause major headaches for the government in Taiwan, what lessons can be drawn from Hong Kong and Singapore?