from Ian Bremmer:

China’s air zone announcement was just the beginning

By Ian Bremmer
December 9, 2013

When China announced its decision to claim a wider air zone that encompassed the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Island territories, the East China Sea erupted into conflict reminiscent of the Cold War era. In response, the United States and Japan declared the zone illegitimate and flew military aircraft through it, while China deployed fighter jets to identify them.

from Nicholas Wapshott:

Does Japan show us the way out of secular stagnation?

By Nicholas Wapshott
December 2, 2013

Is America’s economy adrift in the doldrums? Lawrence Summers, perhaps the nation’s most inventive applied economist, thinks so. Speaking to an IMF forum last month, he described America’s current condition as “secular stagnation” in which we are stuck in a rut of weak demand, low growth, and low employment. This is the “L-shaped” recovery, or -- strictly speaking, non-recovery -- some warned about after the financial freeze of 2008. It is also sometimes dubbed “the new normal.”

from Global Investing:

Emerging stocks lose again in November

By Reuters Staff
December 2, 2013

By Shadi Bushra

After years of basking in their reputation as high-return hot spots, 2013 could be the year emerging equity markets finally lost their magic touch. Last month continued the litany of losses -- seventeen of the 20 emerging markets listed on S&P Dow Jones indices ended November in the red, the index provider says. Contrast that with developed markets' fortunes last month-- 18 of the markets listed by the index rose, while eight fell.

from Anatole Kaletsky:

After initial promise, Japan’s new economy risks backsliding

By Anatole Kaletsky
November 29, 2013

At a time when economic optimism is growing and stock markets are hitting new highs almost daily, it is worth asking what could go wrong for the global economy in the year or two ahead. The standard response, now that a war with Iran or a euro breakup is off the agenda, is that some kind of new financial bubble could be about to burst in the U.S. But a very different, and rather more plausible, threat is looming on the other side of the world.

from Breakingviews:

The ‘Abe put’ will keep Japanese equities buoyed

November 18, 2013

By Peter Thal Larsen

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist.  The opinions expressed are his own.

from Breakingviews:

Nirvana eludes Japan after one year of Abenomics

November 14, 2013

By Andy Mukherjee

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Breakingviews:

Japan index: Risks to GDP growth recede

November 13, 2013

By Andy Mukherjee

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Breakingviews:

Sony stumble gives Loeb headache and opportunity

November 1, 2013

By Peter Thal Larsen

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist.  The opinions expressed are his own.

from Breakingviews:

Debt deal may encourage Asia’s dollar craving

October 17, 2013

By Andy Mukherjee

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Environment Forum:

Disasterology 6: Signs of commerce return to “The Town That Disappeared”

October 10, 2013

For survivors of Superstorm Sandy in the U.S. Northeast, the Sendai tsunami in Japan and the massive earthquake in Chengdu, China, the scars of disaster are still palpable. I’m part of a group of journalists brought together by the East-West Center in Hawaii to see how the people and environments hit by these catastrophes are faring, one year,  two years and five years later. We began our tour on Sept. 29. Here are the other posts in the series: