Daily Archives: June 3, 2010

By Joe Cochrane

Members of Indonesia’s House of Representatives have certainly been a surly bunch. They spent more than three months investigating the government’s controversial bail-out of ailing state lender, PT Bank Century, back in 2008, before voting that it was “illegal” in March.

The members then set their sights on the country’s internationally respected finance minister, Sri Mulyani Indrawati, who approved the bail-out. Like sniping jackals, the veteran lawmakers hounded her so relentlessly – there were personal attacks in the media and boycotts of sessions to discuss budget issues – that Mulyani had enough and bolted to the World Bank, where she is now a managing director. Read more

Robin Harding

It’s hardly new, but this chart deserves to be reposted every couple of weeks, because it’s so striking and fundamental to any discussion about Japan. The scale on the left is Japan’s population in tens of millions.

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