By Jean-Luc Racine
Senior Scholar Jill Shankleman conducted a six-month research project to examine the impact of China's oil and mining companies' overseas expansion on the governance of resource wealth.
A new scramble for Africa is unfolding. But it’s no longer Western powers vying for land and the continent’s wealth as they had until the outbreak of World War I. The power struggle now is among Asian nations, most notably China and Japan.
In this report, six experts from a variety of academic disciplines examine the choices and challenges of Japanese women, ranging from declining fertility and employment patterns to the difficulties of balancing work and family. A central focus is the debate over whether a female should be allowed to inherit the imperial throne, and the implications for gender equality and national pride in Japan. Edited by Amy McCreedy Thernstrom. Click on the attachment for a free PDF version.
The fifth largest energy-consuming nation, India increasingly is looking abroad to satisfy its ever-growing demand for oil, natural gas, and coal. The Asia Program recently sponsored an event exploring India's quest to meet its energy needs.
Northeast Asia associate Shihoko Goto discusses how Prime Minister Shinzo Abe could expand his economic policy plans to boost the power of Japanese women in the workplace in the Japan Times. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2013/05/22/commentary/why-abenomics-hurts-women/#.UcuFpJz3Mno