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The International Investor

February, 2017

Oblivious

By Benjamin J. Butler

 

South China Sea

 

Since last writing this column, I've had meetings with an eminent economics professor from Tsinghua University who is connected with government, my geopolitical advisors in Seoul,  Parag Khanna who wrote Connectography and Technocracy in America, the Chairman of a shipping company, the dean of China’s top design school, and the Bank of Korea, amongst others.

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Abe Geopolitics

by Benjamin J. Butler

 

Prime Minister Abe’s first term ended in disaster. Years later, like a phoenix, he again emerged on the world stage, with aggressive ideas for an assertive economic policy -- “Abenomics” -- and a more nationalistic geopolitical strategy.  For many years, having lived in Japan, I wondered when a stronger leader would emerge who would bolster and leverage Japan's ties with the US. I must admit I was surprised when Abe returned from political ‘rehab’ and turned out to be the catalyst. It was nothing short of a miracle.

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Reluctant Bull

By Benjamin J. Butler

 

As readers might know this is the longest period in five or six years I haven't jumped on a plane to go anywhere. I have spent a lot of time climbing mountains, reading important books, thinking about the big picture and skyping with visionaries around the world. In some ways I think I probably travelled far too much in the past and didn’t sufficiently leverage technology.

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