United States President Donald Trump (left) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the former’s recent visit to Japan. Photo: Kyodo
Wee Kek Koon
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Shinzo Abe or Abe Shinzo? The complex cultural politics of Asian names

After Japan’s foreign minister requested the Western world follow Japanese naming convention, a look back at the ‘civilised’ associations of a surname

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United States President Donald Trump (left) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the former’s recent visit to Japan. Photo: Kyodo
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Artillery personnel in China, circa 1888. Photo: Alamy
Wee Kek Koon
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The Chinese invented firearms but others improved them – why creators and copycats should collaborate

There are many instances in history of inventions being improved by those who did not come up with them, and of those tweaks being adopted by the original creators

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Artillery personnel in China, circa 1888. Photo: Alamy
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