High rents once burdened tenant farmers in Japan. Photo: Bloomberg High rents once burdened tenant farmers in Japan. Photo: Bloomberg
High rents once burdened tenant farmers in Japan. Photo: Bloomberg
Tom Holland
Opinion

Opinion

Monitor by Tom Holland

East Asian model does work - for authoritarian governments

When states in the region develop quickly – Japan in the 1960s, South Korea and Taiwan in the 1970s, and China today – it's with tough love

High rents once burdened tenant farmers in Japan. Photo: Bloomberg High rents once burdened tenant farmers in Japan. Photo: Bloomberg
High rents once burdened tenant farmers in Japan. Photo: Bloomberg
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Tom Holland

Tom Holland

Tom Holland is a former SCMP staffer who has been writing about Asian affairs for more than 25 years