According to Global Trends 2016, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reports, one person is forcibly displaced every three seconds, meaning 20 people every minute of the day, nearly 66 million people year, and the number increases every year. The UN High Commissioner Filippo Grandi urges "solidarity and a common purpose in preventing and resolving crisis" to properly protect and care for the world's refugees, internally displaced and asylum-seekers; who currently number 22.5 million, 40.3 million, and 2.8 million, respectively.
“The world’s biggest producer of refugees” remains Syria, with 12 million displaced people. There are 7.7 million displaced Colombians, 4.7 million Afghans and 4.2 million Iraqis. In 2016 "the biggest new factor" was South Sudan, which is in a civil war since 2013, with some 737,400 people fleeing by the end of the year. In 2016 of all the people fleeing war, disasters, and persecution, about 84 per cent relocated in low- or middle-income countries. It means that developing countries are hosting the majority of the world’s refugees. Of that figure, 1 out of 3 people, roughly 4.9 million people, were hosted by the least developed countries.
This figures should make us think. The UNHCR agency said that “This huge imbalance reflects several things including the continuing lack of consensus internationally when it comes to refugee hosting and the proximity of many poor countries to regions of conflict”. Solidarity should be the key-word, and a serious and global politics to solve crisis and to prevent new ones. All the richest countries should take responsibility to globally develop a labor policy so that refugees can work in the hosting country, safeguarding their dignity and their right to live, and at the same time without creating strong economic and social imbalances in the society that hosts them.
We have received by snail mail the Songkyun Journal of East Asian Studies, vol. 17, no. 1 (Apr. 2017), a refereed multi-disciplinary publication on East Asian Studies in English published by the Academy of East Asian Studies of Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea.
This issue includes: Articles: "Tanaka Kotaro, Korea, and the Natural Law", by Kevin M. Doak; "An Analysis of Korean Intellectual Responses to the Exhibitions of Koreans at Japanese Expositions..", by Hyeokhui Kwon; "Negotiating for Modern Education: The Politics behind the Curriculum..", by Fei Chen; "A Scholar-Soldier in Mourning Robes...", by Christina Han. Review Essay: "The Dynamics of Elite Domination in Early Modern Korea", by Javier Cha. Book Reviews
The Association of Japanese Institutes of Strategic Studies (AJISS) has just published the AJISS-Commentary No. 243, "The Rise of Protectionism and Japan' s Trade Policy", by Shujiro Urata, Professor of International Economics at Graduate School Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University.
Protectionism is on the rise worldwide. [Trump's protectionist policy is one such example.] Unless rising protectionism is stopped and reversed, the world economy will shrink, resulting in military conflict or other disastrous consequences.
- The TPP will not now be realized because of Trump's decision to withdraw the US from the TPP. Japan needs to contribute to the conclusion of other mega-FTAs such as the TPP-US, the RCEP and the Japan-EU FTA by cooperating with like-minded countries. - If the US approaches Japan for a bilateral FTA, Japan should accept this on several conditions, one being that a bilateral FTA would be a steppingstone to a mega-FTA such as the TPP.
We have received by snail mail the Songkyun Journal of East Asian Studies, vol. 16, no. 2 (Oct. 2016), a refereed multi-disciplinary publication on East Asian Studies in English published by the Academy of East Asian Studies of Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea.
This issue includes: Articles: "Theorizing "Person" in Confucian Ethics: A Good Place to Start" by Roger T. Ames; "A Tang-Dynasty Manual Governance and the East Asian Vernaculars" by Peter Kornicki; "The Sacrifices of Youth: Historical Feature Films on South Korea's.." by Kyung Moon Hwang; "Multi-Discursive Ethnography and the Re-Narration of Chinese Heritage..." by Song Hou, Zongjie Wu, and Huimei Liu; "The Practice and Recording of Censorship in Colonial Korea: A Critical Review..." by Minju Lee and Keunsik Jung. Book Reviews
We have just received the International Edition of the Journal of Confucian Philosophy and Culture, vol. 26 / August 2016, which is published by the Institute of Confucian Philosophy and Culture, Academy of East Asian of Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU - Seoul, Korea). It includes English and Korean papers.
Content: Articles; Appendix
Articles: LUO Ying, "The Jesuits' Latin Translations of the Zhongyong..", KIM Hak Ze, "Li Zhi's Religious Syncretism, or Sanjiao heyi..", GO Jaesuk, "Alternative Forms of Capitalism Supported by the Lunyu..", JIA Zhenzhen, "Time: A Unique Perspective on the Relationship between Heaven..", PARK So Jeong, " Philosophing Jigi of Donghak as an Experienced..", SHU Dhagang, "The Different Sets of Confucian Classics and the Ruzang Shuxue..", MA Jun, "Zhongdao (Middle Path) and Fortune in the Yijing..", LEE Hsing-Ling, "Kongzi's Approach to Social and Reclusive Lifestyles", TANG Minghui, "A Study of Chen Chun's Annotations of the Lunyu", CHOI Byeonggyu, "A Study of the Literary Value and Confucian Spirit of Inkstone".
The economy of Nepal sustained heavy knocks in two quick successions, initially by the earthquake and then by the border blockade. In an attempt to trace the blockade’s ramifications and provide a fresh pair of lenses to the discourse we have jointly come out with a study conducted through visits and interactions with people across the Terai-Madhes belt, and aimed at comprehending the depth and breadth of the impact on different key sectors of the economy.