Tag Archives: Japan

Big Projects, Fat Pockets


Wednesday we looked at part of the reason why Chinese officials like massive projects, and today we’ll be looking at the another major reason: corruption. This factor helps to explain why local governments are so eager to build infrastructure, but … Continue reading

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1428 – The Aftermath of the Sichuan Earthquake


Du Haibin’s film “1428” captures a variety of scenes from post earthquake Beichuan in a way that I hadn’t seen before. Even though I was in China at that time, and remember checking the news hourly for days, there was … Continue reading

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Tackling the Nuclear Problem with a Grain of Salt – News Story of the Week


My friend happened to be in a supermarket when panic struck here. She was buying her lunch when three loud, pushy women shoved their way to the front of the line, each buying two bags of salt. She thought it … Continue reading

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