East Asia is currently undergoing a digital transformation which promises to upend its social, economic, and political landscape. As a fast-growing region of the global economy, digitalisation holds a key position for its future development and might help Asian states address long-standing issues such as socio-economic exclusion or demographic decline. The handling of Covid-19 is a prime example of the potential of digitalisation.
Following previous virtual discussions, including as part of the recent summit between leaders of the “Quad” nations of India, Australia, Japan and the USA, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will travel to Washington DC on 16 April to be the first foreign leader to meet President Joe Biden in person. Conversations are expected to address global issues ranging from climate change to the coronavirus pandemic, however all eyes will be on foreign policy outcomes, especially those pertaining to China.
This article introduces the outcomes of the studies conducted on Mongolia’s education sector, focusing on organizational methods, challenges of the training processes, and the transition to online schooling during the pandemic.
As the COVID-19 pandemic unleashed unprecedented social and economic disruptions worldwide, 2020 has been a challenging year for most people. The SARS-CoV-2 has caused human suffering of unimaginable magnitude globally.
Taiwan, a self-governing island of 23.5 million people, has grabbed the world’s headlines with its relative success at containing the coronavirus. As of April 17 of this year, Taiwan has a record of 1072 cases - a majority of which are imported - and 11 deaths.
In Japan, both the population and the birthrate are declining while the population is aging. In the manufacturing industry that supports the Japanese economy skilled workers are also aging and in short supply. For this reason, manufacturing companies are increasing their productivity by implementing digital technology in order to make up for this shortage of skilled workers.
In 2020, South Korea (hereafter Korea) managed to contain economic damage from the COVID-19 crisis to a 1% decline in GDP; second only to China. Nevertheless, the fallout from the coronavirus outbreak has exacerbated social inequalities and vulnerabilities connected to the country’s demographic deficit. In November 2019, Korea’s population declined naturally for the first time since the beginning of statistical reporting in 1981.
In February 2021, President Xi announced that China had won the war against extreme poverty, lifting 100 million Chinese people out of poverty. Since gaining power in 2012-13, Xi had included anti-poverty objectives among China’s three “tough battles,” alongside risk prevention and pollution control.
Semiconductors are the “brains of modern electronics”. They are crucial to a variety of applications, from vehicles, to electronic devices, to infrastructure and play a vital role in the digitisation of economy and society. However, it is an increasingly politicised area of global trade and has become a focus for concerns about security and economic sovereignty amid increasing geopolitical tensions.
The developmental state has been a central feature of the East Asian economic miracle, which has made possible the region’s rapid growth towards prosperity while lifting millions of people across Asia out of poverty.
On the last Sunday before Easter, the city of Makassar, South Sulawesi, was rocked by a suicide bombing that took place at the gates of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral while the morning mass was held. Two suicide bombers detonated a homemade, improvised explosive device, wounding around 20 people and killing themselves. In a press conference following the attack, Police General Listyo Sigit Prabowo, Chief of the Indonesian National Police, stated the two suicide bombers were believed to be members of Jemaah Anshorut Daulah (JAD).