The Strange Case of the Japanese Plastic Surgeon Who Admires Nazis

Nevin Thompson

'For the time being, Takasu, by all accounts, remains unapologetic about his statements, despite the overwhelming evidence of the Nazis’ atrocities, and despite criticism of his remarks both in Japan, and, increasingly, abroad.'

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Japan's Invisible Children

David Chapman

The combination of historical notions of family and an unwavering adherence to myths of the purity of Japanese bloodline paralyse Japanese society


From Mao to TV Health Shows: The Changing Chain of Command Facing China's Elderly

Wanning Sun

Having lived through the Maoist decades when the Party-state told them how to live their private lives, senior citizens are now learning to become self-governing subjects, writes Wanning Sun.


How to Ensure China's Elderly are Not Poor

Vincent Koen

Progress with reform across a whole range of areas is needed, including health care, so that citizens can live longer active lives and avoid falling into poverty once they retire, writes Vincent Koen.


Does Thailand's Middle Class have a Distaste for Democracy

Pavin Chachavalpongpun

At this critical royal transition, both the middle class and civil society do not even hide their taste for authoritarianism. It manifests itself chiefly in politicisation and self-interest on their part.


BOOK REVIEW: 'Dear Hong Kong: An Elegy to a City'

Dinah Gardner

'Dear Hong Kong: An Elegy for a City' spans five decades, two husbands, a dozen other lovers, a handover to the Motherland, the dementia of the author's mother and the death of her father.


Chinese Talent Shows, Popular Music and Cross-Strait Relations

Ya-Hui Cheng

Have TV talent shows helped Taiwanese citizens view China differently?


INFOGRAPHIC: Taipei is Traffic Heaven – No, Really

Morley J Weston

Morley Weston takes a close look at Taiwan's traffic accidents and finds some surprising results.


OPINION: Culture as a New Diplomatic Strategy for Taiwan

Jason Hsu

Taiwan’s culture potentially provides it with a unique diplomatic power, if it can harness it.


Bleak Outlook: Millions of Rural Chinese Children 'Left Behind'

Yuan-Ming Chiao

Experts fear the psychological and developmental consequences on migrant children who are growing up without their parents.

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