South Korea Reform Plan Resembles Japan’s Abenomics

February 27, 2014, 12:07 PM

South Korea Reform Plan Resembles Japan’s Abenomics

By Michael S. Arnold

In its swift rise out of poverty over the past half-century, South Korea borrowed heavily from Japan’s post-World War II playbook, riding the strength of huge and diversified conglomerates to become a leading exporter of cars, ships, steel and electronics. Read more of this post

Asia Is Finding Ways to Cope With Tapering

Asia Is Finding Ways to Cope With Tapering

Old financing models were growing less viable anyway. Fortunately change is afoot.

DAVID MORTON

Feb. 26, 2014 11:28 a.m. ET

The past seven months have seen several moments of market turmoil in Asia, with investors worrying about the potential for destabilizing capital flight out of the region as central bankers in the U.S. wind down quantitative easing and interest rates start returning to normal. While monetary tapering will have an effect on Asia, that effect has been exaggerated—not least because the region’s financial markets are evolving in ways that make them far more resilient in the face of developments elsewhere. Read more of this post

In Two-Child China, a New Dilemma

Feb 26, 2014

In Two-Child China, a New Dilemma

Beijing recently became the fifth region in China to official implement a long-awaitedloosening of the country’s family planning rules, announcing last week that resident couples will now be allowed to have two children if one of the parents is an only child. Read more of this post

Shanghai Bans Taxi Apps During Rush Hour

Feb 26, 2014

Shanghai Bans Taxi Apps During Rush Hour

COLUM MURPHY

Taxi-hailing apps just got a little less useful in Shanghai.

The city on late Wednesday announced new rules to curb the use of such apps at peak times. The Shanghai Municipal Transport and Port Authority said in a notice on its website that such apps will be banned during rush hour, defined as between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Read more of this post

Singles in Japan are suing saying they invested in love when buying property

Singles in Japan are suing saying they invested in love when buying property

15 HOURS AGO FEBRUARY 27, 2014 1:34AM

A GROUP of singletons in Japan who claim they were tricked into buying apartments by real estate agents feigning a romantic interest in them have launched legal action.

Two men and 10 women, all aged in their 30s or early 40s, filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against 14 firms, including real estate agencies and loan companies, demanding a total of 200 million yen ($1.95 million) in compensation. Read more of this post

How the Option to Do Nothing Can Help You Get Things Done; “To increase persistence, one should directly vet their chosen path against the no-choice option of doing nothing.”

How the Option to Do Nothing Can Help You Get Things Done

Feb 26, 2014

As makers of our own destiny, we like to think that our choices are endless. And if we stay on track, we believe we should accomplish our goals. However, the way we frame our choices can make a huge impact on how persistent we are on our chosen path. Read more of this post

Why Some Innovation Tournaments Succeed and Others Fail

Why Some Innovation Tournaments Succeed and Others Fail

Feb 20, 2014

A few years ago, Penn Medicine — the umbrella group that includes the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine and the University’s Health System — set out to improve its patient satisfaction rates. Like many health care organizations, Penn Medicine’s senior managers and clinicians were typically in charge of thinking up new ideas. But for this particular challenge, a top-down approach wouldn’t work. The hospital needed fresh thinking from the front lines –including doctors, nurses, clerical staff and transporters, who had an intimate understanding of patients’ experiences. Read more of this post

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