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Land of rising temperatures: The cultural effects of climate change in Japan

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With contrasts being such a notable feature of life in Japan, it is no surprise that – like in most countries – opinions of older and younger generations on climate change are so different. However, in almost all developed nations, it is younger people who are most concerned about the… Read

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The soul of business: From United to Volkswagen

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“The soul leaves the body” is a common euphemism for death, but what about “when the soul leaves business”? This is increasingly the case, as business managers care more about the bottom line than about decency and curative behavior. As I explore in my article in "Qualitative Marketing Research," business… Read

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Urban areas will be the setting for future growth

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Cities are the future of our world for a very simple reason: Our planet’s population growth in the next 30 years will be primarily absorbed by cities. And that growth itself is staggering. The average city will see its population double. Imagine the New York City area growing from 24… Read

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Korean chaos theory

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After the latest chemical attack by the Assad regime forced the U.S. to conduct unilateral Syrian air strikes recently, North Korea was bumped to page two after some intense media focus post-Trump inauguration. The situation was short-lived, however, after North Korean posturing warning of "catastrophic" geo-regional consequences should the model… Read

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The next super weapon could be biological

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With the threat of chemical weapons in Syria and nuclear arms in North Korea, the risk of biological weapons has largely dropped off the international agenda. But evolving technologies and genetic engineering may open the door to new dangers. Other than the “anthrax in the mail” attacks that followed 9/11,… Read

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For Trump, no qualms in embracing autocratic leaders

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President Donald Trump congratulated Turkey's president for sweeping up more power. He hailed Egypt's strongman leader as a "fantastic guy." When China's president visited, Trump touted a burgeoning friendship and made no public mention of Beijing's dismal human rights record. Since taking office, Trump has displayed a striking willingness to… Read

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Water security: A new hope

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Water security has gained considerable attention worldwide in the past decade. The World Economic Forum, an annual gathering of the world’s political and business leadership in Davos, Switzerland, has consistently ranked water security among its top concerns for a number of years. However, the achievement of water security – or… Read

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Cutting Trump slack: Voters forgive reversals -- to a point

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What's wrong with being flexible? All presidents change their minds. He's only human. President Donald Trump's voters can be a forgiving lot — up to a point. "He thinks too fast and then makes decisions too fast," says Miriam Naranjo in Miami Lakes, Florida. "He's changing his mind on almost… Read

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U.S. must walk dangerous line to manage twin Syria, North Korea crises

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If there was ever any doubt that President Donald Trump’s strike against Syria was also intended to send a message to Pyongyang, the deployment of a U.S. carrier strike group towards the Korean Peninsula should have cleared it up. There is now a strange symmetry to the two principal foreign… Read

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Unseating Assad risks unleashing even more chaos

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The statement by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that the reign of President Bashar Assad's family "is coming to an end" suggests the U.S. is taking a much more aggressive approach about the Syrian leader. Any attempt to unseat Assad faces huge hurdles and risks unleashing chaos. It could… Read