Asian Megatrends by Rajiv Biswas

By Rajiv Biswas

Asian Megatrends assesses the main drivers impacting Asia over the subsequent twenty years. the increase of China is remodeling the Asia-Pacific, as China’s monetary and army may well more and more reverberates during the quarter. India and Indonesia also are emerging Asian powers which are altering the form of the Asian monetary panorama. The fast progress of rising Asian customer markets is changing into an more and more vital progress engine for the area economic system and for international multinationals. in spite of the fact that, Asia faces super financial and social demanding situations over the long term, together with the swift progress of Asian megacities and serious environmental difficulties because of weather swap, water crises and pollutants. Geopolitical tensions have additionally been escalating within the Asia-Pacific as a result of territorial disputes within the South China Sea and the East China Sea, expanding the danger of a neighborhood fingers race and army confrontation.

Asian Megatrends is a necessary learn for presidency officers and company executives wishing to appreciate the speedily altering hazard panorama in Asia.

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In the very long term, the NIPSS projects further significant declines in the total size of the Japanese population. 1 2015 2025 2035 2045 Japan’s shrinking population, 2005–45 (millions of persons) Source: UN population projections, 2014. to just 87 million by 2060, which will be 41 million persons less than in 2010. The demographic impact of such large changes in the total size as well as the age distribution of Japan’s population has farreaching consequences for the overall economy. The Impact of Ageing Demographics on Asia 25 The first and most obvious impact is that the decline in total population size year after year means that the total Japanese consumer market size will shrink.

Over cups of Japanese green tea, we discussed the Japanese economy and business conditions. He explained to me that he had sold out of his previous business activities a few years ago, and he had switched his business strategy so as to ride the demographic wave that was transforming Japan. His new business comprised a chain of pharmacies with adjacent medical clinics in major Japanese cities, and he had already built up a substantial number of such co-located facilities. This is what economists would refer to as a form of tied-in sales.

However the Chinese population is projected to age rapidly according to the United Nations population projections measuring the old age dependency ratio, which calculates the share of population aged 65 and over to the working age population aged 15 to 64. This ratio is projected to rise from 13 per cent in 2015 to 24 per cent by 2030 and 39 per cent by 2050. As in other countries with ageing demographics, such as many Western European countries and Japan, this implies a rising burden of health care and social services costs in future years as the share of the elderly population increases.

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