Kevin Rafferty

Kevin Rafferty, a journalist for 50 years, started writing about cricket and football for The Observer when at Oxford University. He joined the foreign staff of the Financial Times, was in charge of the FT’s Asian coverage, and opened the paper’s first Hong Kong office. He has lived and worked in Delhi, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Osaka, and Washington, and edited daily papers in 30 major cities during IMF and multilateral development bank meetings. He was professor in the Institute for Academic Initiatives at Osaka University.
Kevin Rafferty
Kevin Rafferty, a journalist for 50 years, started writing about cricket and football for The Observer when at Oxford University. He joined the foreign staff of the Financial Times, was in charge of the FT’s Asian coverage, and opened the paper’s first Hong Kong office. He has lived and worked in Delhi, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Osaka, and Washington, and edited daily papers in 30 major cities during IMF and multilateral development bank meetings. He was professor in the Institute for Academic Initiatives at Osaka University.

Latest from Kevin Rafferty

Opinion | Welcome to Boris Johnson’s theatre of the absurd. But no one should laugh

It is Britain’s funeral if it crashes out of the EU – recession and a break-up of the UK are the more likely outcomes, rather than the new prime minister’s promise of a magical revolution.

27 Jul 2019 - 6:33AM

It is Britain’s funeral if it crashes out of the EU – recession and a break-up of the UK are the more likely outcomes, rather than the new prime minister’s promise of a magical revolution.

Welcome to Boris Johnson’s theatre of the absurd. But no one should laugh
Opinion | In Osaka, the G20 summit takes a back seat to the Donald Trump show

The relevance of the forum is again in question, and not just because of the US president’s headline-making meetings with other leaders. It’s time to pare down the unwieldy talkfest to make it a gathering of consequence.

3 Jul 2019 - 1:55AM

The relevance of the forum is again in question, and not just because of the US president’s headline-making meetings with other leaders. It’s time to pare down the unwieldy talkfest to make it a gathering of consequence.

In Osaka, the G20 summit takes a back seat to the Donald Trump show
Opinion | Will Modi unleash India’s economic potential or destroy its future with sectarian strife?

There are hopes that Modi will create much-needed jobs and propel economic growth but also fears that he will inflame religious differences and worsen ties with nuclear-armed neighbour Pakistan.

4 Jun 2019 - 10:49AM

There are hopes that Modi will create much-needed jobs and propel economic growth but also fears that he will inflame religious differences and worsen ties with nuclear-armed neighbour Pakistan.

Will Modi unleash India’s economic potential or destroy its future with sectarian strife?
Opinion | Japan, under a new emperor, still can’t put to rest its wartime ghosts

Japan has a new emperor, Naruhito, but Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is still in charge. Abe is not only determined to amend Japan’s pacifist constitution but has also put his faith in US President Donald Trump

10 May 2019 - 12:00PM

Japan has a new emperor, Naruhito, but Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is still in charge. Abe is not only determined to amend Japan’s pacifist constitution but has also put his faith in US President Donald Trump

Japan, under a new emperor, still can’t put to rest its wartime ghosts
Opinion | R.I.P. Pax Americana under Donald Trump’s destructive rule by tweet and his ‘America first’ policy

The US president’s unpredictability is dangerous in an increasingly unstable world. Germany and Japan, running trade surpluses with the US, are not safe. And multilateralism is in crisis in Europe, though the Europeans should know better.

5 Apr 2019 - 1:33AM

The US president’s unpredictability is dangerous in an increasingly unstable world. Germany and Japan, running trade surpluses with the US, are not safe. And multilateralism is in crisis in Europe, though the Europeans should know better.

R.I.P. Pax Americana under Donald Trump’s destructive rule by tweet and his ‘America first’ policy
Opinion | What the George Pell conviction reveals about Pope Francis and the cancer eating at the Catholic Church

The Vatican treasurer’s conviction on child sex charges, until recently kept out of the news by a gag order, raises questions about Pope Francis’ leadership and the church’s resolve in tackling clergy sexual abuse.

28 Feb 2019 - 7:02AM

The Vatican treasurer’s conviction on child sex charges, until recently kept out of the news by a gag order, raises questions about Pope Francis’ leadership and the church’s resolve in tackling clergy sexual abuse.

What the George Pell conviction reveals about Pope Francis and the cancer eating at the Catholic Church
Opinion | The World Bank still has a role to play if its next chief can transform it into a force for change

In a world where infrastructure funding and leadership on tackling climate change are still an urgent need, the World Bank must rid itself of undue government interference and set the agenda for the greater global good.

5 Feb 2019 - 9:11AM

In a world where infrastructure funding and leadership on tackling climate change are still an urgent need, the World Bank must rid itself of undue government interference and set the agenda for the greater global good.

The World Bank still has a role to play if its next chief can transform it into a force for change
Opinion | The people need a second Brexit vote – this time on Theresa May’s desperate deal

Theresa May and the Brexiteers have misled their country about what awaits after an EU split and the best thing to do would be to vote yet again.

10 Dec 2018 - 6:34PM

Theresa May and the Brexiteers have misled their country about what awaits after an EU split and the best thing to do would be to vote yet again.

The people need a second Brexit vote – this time on Theresa May’s desperate deal
Opinion | Populism, religious zealotry, social media: the unholy trinity that made a lawless mess of Pakistan

The capital blasphemy case against Asia Bibi is an emblem of a Pakistan that has broken its founding father’s promise of safety for people of all faiths. The country lost its way under the rule of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Zia ul-Haq.

27 Nov 2018 - 7:49PM

The capital blasphemy case against Asia Bibi is an emblem of a Pakistan that has broken its founding father’s promise of safety for people of all faiths. The country lost its way under the rule of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Zia ul-Haq.

Populism, religious zealotry, social media: the unholy trinity that made a lawless mess of Pakistan
Opinion | British colonial officials fought hard for Hong Kong and its people, so why can’t Carrie Lam?

The chief executive has failed Hong Kong by clamping down on talk of independence and self-determination. And if the latest ban on Victor Mallet was ordered by Beijing, it calls into question Hong Kong’s future.

17 Nov 2018 - 6:58PM

The chief executive has failed Hong Kong by clamping down on talk of independence and self-determination. And if the latest ban on Victor Mallet was ordered by Beijing, it calls into question Hong Kong’s future.

British colonial officials fought hard for Hong Kong and its people, so why can’t Carrie Lam?
Opinion | So much for Shinzo Abe’s ‘womenomics’. Japan Inc still has no place for women

The gender gap remains wide in Japan, despite Abe’s pledge to uplift women. The country is controlled by conservative men who keep women out of medical schools, boardrooms, and the line of succession to the throne.

22 Sep 2018 - 2:34PM

The gender gap remains wide in Japan, despite Abe’s pledge to uplift women. The country is controlled by conservative men who keep women out of medical schools, boardrooms, and the line of succession to the throne.

So much for Shinzo Abe’s ‘womenomics’. Japan Inc still has no place for women
Opinion | Woodward book and anonymous White House staffer show US crisis goes deeper than an erratic president – America is an empire in decline

The recent unflattering portraits of Trump should surprise no one. The question is why the US tolerates a capricious, disloyal deal maker in its highest office.

12 Sep 2018 - 7:26PM

The recent unflattering portraits of Trump should surprise no one. The question is why the US tolerates a capricious, disloyal deal maker in its highest office.

Woodward book and anonymous White House staffer show US crisis goes deeper than an erratic president – America is an empire in decline
Brexit-era Britain, like Donald Trump’s America, attempts government by nostalgia

The push for Britain’s departure from the European Union is, like much other anti-immigration sentiment around the world, driven by frustration with globalisation and memories of an idyllic time that never existed.

16 Aug 2018 - 7:54PM

The push for Britain’s departure from the European Union is, like much other anti-immigration sentiment around the world, driven by frustration with globalisation and memories of an idyllic time that never existed.

Brexit-era Britain, like Donald Trump’s America, attempts government by nostalgia
Trump dances to Putin’s tune, putting US democracy and the global order in jeopardy

The US president’s summit with his Russian counterpart shows he’s willing to stake American democracy and global stability on his own deal making. As the global order unravels, the only question is whether other countries, namely China, can form a new one.

18 Jul 2018 - 9:14PM

The US president’s summit with his Russian counterpart shows he’s willing to stake American democracy and global stability on his own deal making. As the global order unravels, the only question is whether other countries, namely China, can form a new one.

Trump dances to Putin’s tune, putting US democracy and the global order in jeopardy
Brexit will only work for Britain if the EU breaks apart - and that would be a disaster for all

Anti-Brexit heavyweights must convince the British population that the impending break with the EU is a disaster that must be avoided.

29 Jun 2018 - 7:01PM

Anti-Brexit heavyweights must convince the British population that the impending break with the EU is a disaster that must be avoided.

Brexit will only work for Britain if the EU breaks apart - and that would be a disaster for all
Can Mahathir redux undo his own legacy and build a corruption-free Malaysia?

Questions remain after Mahathir Mohamed’s resounding victory at the polls. The biggest one is how different Malaysia’s new prime minister is from his younger self.

13 May 2018 - 8:06PM

Questions remain after Mahathir Mohamed’s resounding victory at the polls. The biggest one is how different Malaysia’s new prime minister is from his younger self.

Can Mahathir redux undo his own legacy and build a corruption-free Malaysia?
What happens to Korea peace talks when the smiles have faded?

Last week’s inter-Korean summit left the participants and observers with a sense of palpable joy at the prospects of a unified, peaceful peninsula. That feeling may fade when Trump arrives, determined to root out North Korea’s nuclear programme.

3 May 2018 - 6:44PM

Last week’s inter-Korean summit left the participants and observers with a sense of palpable joy at the prospects of a unified, peaceful peninsula. That feeling may fade when Trump arrives, determined to root out North Korea’s nuclear programme.

What happens to Korea peace talks when the smiles have faded?
Donald Trump’s ‘government by tweet’ is putting the world in danger 

The US president’s obvious lack of any game plan on the key issues affecting global security is frightening, and discredits American democracy in the eyes of the world.

20 Apr 2018 - 7:42PM

The US president’s obvious lack of any game plan on the key issues affecting global security is frightening, and discredits American democracy in the eyes of the world.

Donald Trump’s ‘government by tweet’ is putting the world in danger 
Two steps we can take to break up Facebook’s monopoly on our data

Users of social media sites, especially Facebook, have to be particular about what personal information they share, and legislation should be enacted to give people ownership of their data. 

12 Apr 2018 - 8:23AM

Users of social media sites, especially Facebook, have to be particular about what personal information they share, and legislation should be enacted to give people ownership of their data. 

Two steps we can take to break up Facebook’s monopoly on our data
Defusing a nuclear North Korea will take cool heads and serious thought, not bravado and self-interest

All the countries involved in the Korean peninsula need to wake up to the danger of the fragile peace being shattered.

8 Mar 2018 - 6:33PM

All the countries involved in the Korean peninsula need to wake up to the danger of the fragile peace being shattered.

Defusing a nuclear North Korea will take cool heads and serious thought, not bravado and self-interest
Is a battle of Trump vs the US Constitution looming?

The Trump presidency is becoming a law unto itself. His attack on the integrity of America’s intelligence and law enforcement agencies, especially, raises worry that he may try to thwart the FBI investigation into Russia links

9 Feb 2018 - 10:52AM

The Trump presidency is becoming a law unto itself. His attack on the integrity of America’s intelligence and law enforcement agencies, especially, raises worry that he may try to thwart the FBI investigation into Russia links

Is a battle of Trump vs the US Constitution looming?
Brexit backers in Britain tout their passport – which looks like a ticket to a fantasy world

The stories the Britain-first crowd tell about a return to their old blue passport reflect their delusions about reclaiming their old place in a world that has moved on

1 Jan 2018 - 9:22PM

The stories the Britain-first crowd tell about a return to their old blue passport reflect their delusions about reclaiming their old place in a world that has moved on

Brexit backers in Britain tout their passport – which looks like a ticket to a fantasy world
‘With one bomb, my beloved city was incinerated’: Hiroshima survivor tells why the world, not just North Korea, must give up nuclear weapons

The costs of a nuclear weapons exchange, and the words of Hiroshima and Nagasaki survivors, should motivate us to be rid of these weapons forever

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

The costs of a nuclear weapons exchange, and the words of Hiroshima and Nagasaki survivors, should motivate us to be rid of these weapons forever

‘With one bomb, my beloved city was incinerated’: Hiroshima survivor tells why the world, not just North Korea, must give up nuclear weapons
Who is America’s worst enemy? It’s not North Korea’s Kim Jong-un
Note to Shinzo Abe: revising the Japanese constitution won’t build a better future
Behind Japan’s election, a right-wing coup against democracy is being staged
Donald Trump’s bullying UN speech shows he is not the leader the world needs
Japan fails to get to grips with North Korean challenge

Kevin Rafferty says Shinzo Abe’s call for Japan, South Korea and the US to work together has little chance of success with Donald Trump leading Washington

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Kevin Rafferty says Shinzo Abe’s call for Japan, South Korea and the US to work together has little chance of success with Donald Trump leading Washington

Japan fails to get to grips with North Korean challenge
Shinzo Abe’s 2020 vision for a ‘new Japan’ should worry Japanese, and the whole region
Shock firing of FBI chief James Comey is yet another episode in Trump’s White House soap opera