16 September 2005

Karel van Wolferen offers an alternative, and much more pessimistic, view of the recent Japanese elections.

Posted 12:35 PM

14 September 2005

Evelyn Rodriguez hosts the Carnival of the Capitalists, with lots of great links and great commentary, from the failure of cost-benefit analysis in New Orleans to the business potential of weblogs. This edition may inspire me to make the Carnival a regular read.

Posted 11:34 AM

12 September 2005

This weekend's elections in Japan were seen as a referendum on economic reform, and reform won by a landslide. Prime Minister Koizumi's gamble was daring for any politician, and may be unique in post-war Japanese history: he gave up his own majority in parliament by expelling dissident party members, thereby forcing new elections and taking his case directly to the people.

Posted 09:57 AM


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