Contributors / James Chambers

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Blue-sky thinker

An aeronautical eureka moment helped Michimasa Fujino relaunch the stalled Honda Aircraft project – and its HA-420 is now the private-aviation industry’s most sought-after jet.

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Crowd pleaser

South Korea’s president Moon Jae-in has been caught in the verbal crossfire between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un – but quietly got his way and delivered a diplomatic triumph. And he still has time to watch TV with his cat…

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Reflective leader

Seoul’s mayor is a man who combines data analysis and participatory democracy as, bit by bit, he goes about giving his city a facelift. Park Won-soon tells us how it’s done.

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Here to stay

James Chambers reporting from Laos: Meet Adrian Zecha, the 84-year-old industry veteran who’s setting out to redefine hospitality in 2018.

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Lap of luxury

James Chambers reporting from Bangkok: The president of Sansiri, one of Thailand’s largest residential developers, explains why foreigners are flocking to Bangkok to buy up his properties.

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Word has it

Each month we’ll be capturing the signature looks at our favourite trade fairs. This issue the crowd at Art Basel in Hong Kong has something to say.

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Killer in Manila

Under President Duterte, thousands of drug users and dealers have been gunned down. The response from the people of the Philippines? Carry on, please.

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Joyce Wang: Interior motives

Joyce Wang got her big break as a 27-year-old in Los Angeles, redesigning the interior of the Roosevelt Hotel on Hollywood Boulevard. After two years on the West Coast she moved back to her native Hong Kong in 2011, set up…

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First-class selection

Each month we’ll review the best and boldest of a city’s retail – and this month we’re in Taipei. Across the Taiwanese capital, low rents have contributed to a boom in ‘select shops’, which are almost as numerous as the…

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Changing of the guard

James Chambers reporting from Hanoi: In Vietnam’s fast-paced capital where two wheels still rule the streets, old-world charm and the status quo are being challenged by a rapid social and urban transformation.

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Moving stories

Unpack what it means to travel and to arrive with our global tour from cab to departure lounge, hotel desk to airborne presidential suite.

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Open secret

This year’s World Design Capital has much to showcase. Its new mayor is keen to advance the city’s liberal credentials, cultivate a creative class and put a stop to the exodus of young talent. How far can Ko Wen-je go?

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Far and wide

Be it peacekeeping in the Solomon Islands, exporting TV shows to Germany or getting scientific at the South Pole, Australia’s worldwide reach is greater than you might think. We’ve been on a global tour to discover where…

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Carpe diem, mate

If you’re an entrepreneur in search of a new venture, fortunes are on the up down under. And the richest seams to be found aren’t anywhere near a mine: fish farming and medical matters are among the numerous opportunities…

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Making an entrance: Onion

Meet the architecture firms that put a premium on coming up with elegant solutions for interiors that reflect their owners’ personalities. Their work in Bangkok, Christchurch and Vienna imbues hotels, restaurants and bars…

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Read all about it

In the US, Germany, the UK, Indonesia, Hong Kong and China, a renewed interest in the printed word means more books are being dusted off and fewer e-readers are being turned on. Is this a new chapter?

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Trade routes

From fashion brands in Budapest to Tokyo’s sport scene, we check out the places with markets worth monitoring in 2016.

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