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Expert David Russell: Tsunami Washed Japan’s Spirit Out to Sea

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Japanese people nor mally welcome spring as the season when pink and white cherry blossoms perfume the air and float on warm breezes. But on March 3rd, a gigantic earth quake and tsunami devastated the nucle ar complex at Fukushima 206 km north of Tokyo and the surrounding area. Now the country is contemplating not wind borne flower petals, but radiation seep ing into cattle, crops — and people.

Thai Election Drama: The New Face of Yingluck Thaksin

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Thailand’s tourism bureau may boast that the country is the land of smiles, but its often tumultuous politics — spanning coups and corruption — has just as often raised frowns. After the dramatic July 3rd national election, supporters of Yingluck Shinawatra are beaming.

Her Puea Thai Party claimed a resounding 265 out of 500 seats over the Democratic Partys’ 159 and their ousted prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva. The election galvanized the nation and won much international attention partly because of its soap opera quality. Yingluck is a rookie to politics. She is also the younger sister of Thaksin Shinawtra, the former leader of the Puea Thai Party who was deposed in a military coup in 2006.

Laurence Brahm

Understanding Chinese Negotiation

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Laurence Brahm ( is a member of the United Nations Theme Group on Poverty and Inequality, a global activist, international mediator, lawyer, economist and author. He leads the way in advocating a fresh development paradigm -- The Himalayan Consensus - an innovative approach to development (see

peter fisk and leonardo

Create or Die: Innovation for Survival, Success

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Born in the wilds of Northern England, Peter Fisk started his business career managing brands like Concorde. Then he became the transforming CEO of the world’s largest marketing organization, the Chartered Institute of Marketing. An expert in brands and marketing, he nowadays leads the GeniusWorks (

Bob Aubrey

Q&A with Bob Aubrey

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Bob Aubrey ( is a global consultant, entrepreneur and author. He earned a BA at the University of California, then a Ph.D. in philosophy and an MBA in Europe. For the past 10 years, he has been based in Beijing and now Singapore. In 2002, Bob founded Metizo, a personal development company, to deliver consulting ideas and individuals to create economic value in organizations.

sam chambers

East Asia’s Most Vital Import is Black Gold — Oil!

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Sam Chambers has been living in Greater China for over ten years, initially in Hong Kong and presently in the major port city of Dalian in Liaoning Province. Sam is the former East Asia Editor for Lloyd’s List newspaper. After that, he became a major freelance writer focusing on travel and transport issues. His keen eye led him and his co-author Paul French, now living in Beijing, to examine East Asia’s imports of black gold.

Joseph Baladi

Offering Straight Talk on an Asian Weakness

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Joseph Baladi grew up in Brazil and moved to Australia at the age of eleven. His career then took him to New York City, Mexico City, Tokyo, and Singapore. Joseph developed a broad view of values, consumer behavior and an appreciation for the power of brands to contribute to a company’s success. He has provided brand building advice to major global firms, such as Procter & Gamble, Mars, and Coca-Cola.

Peter Cohan

Giving Boeing Its Wings Again

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

How did Boeing find itself on the edge of doom?

When Jim McNerney started at Boeing in July 2005, the company had just lost its second CEO in a row due to ethical lapses. The first was allegedly responsible for an effort to trade a government official’s family a job in exchange for awarding Boeing a government contract. Boeing faced fines and penalties of $1 billion related to the government contract scandal. His successor was supposed to clean up but was tossed out after an affair with a Boeing VP.

Morry Morgan

How to sell Big in China, Avoid Moon Cakes and Score Sellers

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Morgan came to China vowing to stay for at least three months – even if it killed him - 10 years ago. Shortly after he started his company in 2001, ClarkMorgan Corporate Training, China suffered from an outbreak of the SARS epidemic, and then firms cut their training budgets during the global financial crisis. But Morgan emerged from all this to win the title of ‘Training Firm of the Year’ in 2007 and 2008.

Todd Sattersten

Q&A with Todd Sattersten

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Todd Sattersten founded BizBookLab, a company that identifies, develops, and launches business books around the world. He is the co-author of The 100 Best Business Books of All Time with Jack Covert and served as president of business bookseller 800-CEO-.

Dr. Nick Morgan

Q&A with Dr. Nick Morgan

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Dr. Nick Morgan is one of America’s top communication theorists and coaches. He helps people to think clearly – and then articulate with panache. His clients span the CEOs of Fortune 500 companies such as Warner Brothers; those testifying to Congress; and guests on the Today Show. He has spoken, led conferences, and moderated panels at global venues.

China’s Rare Earth Industry to Grow

Friday, February 4th, 2011

China’s Fujian Province has long been famous for its tea.

But experts in the rare earth field also hail it as the mainland’s third leading source of rare earth minerals. Chinese news sources such as the People’s Daily reported on November 19 and other dates that an integrated rare earth industrial park will rise there.

frank gallo

Q&A Frank Gallo

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Frank Gallo has been a human resources professional and consultant for nearly 20 years, spending half that time in China. Before that, he was a mental health counselor in the US , the basis for work with individuals as an executive coach. While coaching is not therapy, it requires the formation of trusting client relationships, interpreting spoken meanings, listening carefully, and extreme self-awareness. Gallo has a Ph. D.

Japanese Eye Free Trade to Revive Economy

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Overall, talk of free trade is all the fashion in Japan these days.

A senior bureaucrat, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Motohisa Furukawa, who has the ear of Prime Minister Naoto Kan, said that the country must engage in such commerce or risk stagnation and joblessness.

Specifically, “Japan needs to be connected to the rest of the world. If Japan’s trade and investment environment becomes less attractive than those in other countries, there’s a possibility that future growth and employment opportunities will be lost.”


Singapore Economic Growth at 15%; Set to Overtake Malaysia

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

The economy of Singapore has expanded by 15 percent in 2010, so reports the island-state’s leading newspaper, the Singapore Straits Times and other news sources such as AFP.

However, that blistering pace cannot be maintained and the figure is expected to drop to 4 - 6 percent next year. Those conclusions were predicated in the release of data for the third quarter on November 18.

Philippines Experiences Sweet Spot

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Several factors are combining in the Philippines to ensure an excellent environment for investors which includes; high growth, low inflation and record-low interest rates.

T he backdrop to all this is the attempt of the Aquino Administration there to lift the island nation out of its years of economic stagnation and also the desire for investors to seize chances in ‘so-called’ emerging markets. That is the conclusion of the local branch of the Dutch financial giant ING Investment Management.


Ford Ends its Status as Top Stakeholder in Mazda

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Ford motor company of Dearborn, Michigan, has cut its stake in Mazda, the equally famous Japanese car marker based in Hiroshima, from 11 percent down to 3.5 percent.

It ends the American firm’s status as the leading stake holder for the past three decades. The value of the stake that Ford sold was approximately 31 billion yen (as of November 19). The transaction was completed on November 20.

India Love Toyota Etios

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Famed Japanese car maker Toyota happily reports that the demand in India is great for its Etios small car. Although the vehicle cannot be delivered until early next year and is not yet in dealerships, its advance orders have hit 12,000 units since the start of this month." Yoshinori Noritake is the firm's chief engineer. He says that, "The orders went beyond my expectations."

China Builds to the Sky

Monday, December 20th, 2010

As China erects high rise buildings that reach for the sky, profits in the construction business are heading upward, too,  Lack of funding has grounded plans in Chicago, Moscow and Dubai for towers of power, but not in Shanghai. The Shanghai Tower's 121 stories that will top out at 2,074 feet is the biggest among the dozens of concrete and glass stalks now sprouting from that boom town's urban soil. It will take three more years to finish. The demand for space and the prediction that the economy will expand at 10 percent in 2010 explains China's zeal.

China Rejects WTO Verdict on US Tires, Will Appeal

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Beijing refuses to accept the recent ruling from the World Trade Organization that Washington was right to slap additional safeguard taxes on Chinese tires. China said it will appeal the decision because it is "deeply concerned" regarding the verdict against it.
US President Barack Obama stuck import duties pegged at 35% on Chinese tires in September 2009 to mollify the United Steelworkers union, which complained that huge imports of the wheels harmed American manufacturers.


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