Have We Grossly Underestimated The Extent Of Financial Elder Abuse?

According to a new study, the financial abuse of elders costs over 12 times what was previously thoght. Seniors are being ripped off for as much as $36.48B a year. Surprisingly, younger, urban well educated seniors lose more money than those who are older, less sophisticated and more isolated. The study shows us the risks. We need to warn our elders, monitor their financial activity and engage in ongoing conversations about their finances with t hem.

Japan Desperately Needs A New National ‘Vision’–But Not Abe’s

What is imperative is forging viable, mutually beneficial, and dynamically productive relationship with China, a new China-influenced world and, especially, regional order. Accepting the “Red Ships” (i.e., China) challenge is–or should be–the supreme endeavor of Japan’s leaders now, says Seguchi. He hopes–no doubt wistfully–that Prime Minister Abe will offer evidence that he is engaged in this endeavor when he visits Washington, D.C. for commemoration of the 70th anniversary of Japan’s defeat this May.

In France’s suburbs, state neglect breeds resentment

AULNAY-SOUS-BOIS, France (Reuters) – Soul-searching in France in the weeks since Islamist gunmen killed 17 people has centred on battling radical Islam and reinforcing the country’s secular tradition. In the “cités”, housing estates like those in which the gunmen grew up, this seems to many like seeking a scapegoat for decades of neglect.

Doing Business In China: Political Chess Game II

No country can escape its past – or its present – just as no country can escape the influence of deeper psychological imperatives. In the stories we tell ourselves we struggle to come to terms with our past, our present, and our future – we look back in nostalgia and try to avoid the confrontation with our collective shame, we look around at others with uncertainty and suspicion, and we look forward with hope and apprehension. We carry within us tensions that struggle for synthesis and resolution. The stories we tell ourselves – that we’re ok and they’re not ok – are way too simple.