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Crystal Pryor discusses how structural reforms, the third arrow in the Abenomics quiver, will be the most politically difficult to shoot.

The third arrow after the ‘election of no alternatives’

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'We need to collaborate with Asia on innovation'

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“It’s important we have the tools to support innovators in the global race to develop international partnerships, especially with Asia," said Baroness Neville-Rolfe DBE CMG, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills and Minister for Intellectual Property.

Sir Julian King Breakfast Briefing: China

The Director-General, Economic and Consular at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, will give a private briefing to Asia House corporate members focused on China, which will be followed by roundtable discussion, held under the Chatham House Rule.

Wednesday 7 January

08.00 - 09.30

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Sir James Bevan Briefing: Prospects for Reform under Modi

HM High Commissioner to India, Sir James Bevan KCMG, will give a private briefing exclusively for Asia House corporate members on the prospects for reform in India under Narendra Modi, followed by a roundtable discussion under the Chatham House Rule.

Friday 23 January

08.00 - 09.30

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India’s tech opportunity: Transforming work, empowering people

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The McKinsey Global Institute has published a new report which details how technology can play an important role in enabling the growth that India needs. The report identifies a dozen technologies, ranging from the mobile Internet to cloud computing to advanced genomics, which would have a direct impact on the country’s economic and social challenges in the coming decade. For example by 2025 electronic payments could help 300 million Indians join the country’s financial system.

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Open Evening for couples planning to tie the knot

Open evenings for people interested in getting married at Asia House now take place on the first Monday of every month. It’s a chance for people to see our splendid venue first-hand and find out about the bespoke wedding reception packages also on offer. Under a new partnership with Westminster, Asia House can offer weddings or civil partnerships from just £420.

Monday 5 January

17.30 - 19.00

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The Wanderer: Home (land) Exile: Dislocation – Symposium

This symposium will bring together a variety of speakers to address the notion of wandering within a transnational cultural context, one that crosses borders and opens a dialogue to debate notions of wandering, drifting home and displacement.

Thursday 8 January 2015

16.30 - 21.00

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SOAS Language Beginner Courses

In the New Year Asia House is offering introductory language classes in several key Asian languages in partnership with SOAS Language Centre. The classes will be held both in the evenings and on Saturdays at Asia House. Chinese, Japanese, Modern Standard Arabic and Korean will be taught.

Monday 19 January - Saturday 28 March 2015

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Music Futures Festival

Asia House & Talent Unlimited are delighted to present a special three-day festival of music and masterclasses in celebration of young musicians from Turkey, Asia and the UK. There will be a mix of coffee concerts, evening concerts and masterclasses.

Monday 19 January - Wednesday 21 January 2015

11.30 - 20.30

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Asia's Digital Transformation

This signature conference, held in partnership with McKinsey, will explore how technology is transforming Asia and discuss what businesses and governments must do to ensure digitisation supports sustainable growth. Confirmed speakers include Dominic Barton, Managing Director McKinsey & Company and Parminder Singh, Managing Director – Twitter (Southeast Asia/India/MENA).

28 January 2015

09.00 - 13.00

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Asian expertise, partnerships critical to Rio Tinto’s success

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"We’re proud of how we’ve been moving mining forward. But we haven’t done it alone. Our partnerships with Asian companies are at the heart of the advances we’ve made," Sam Walsh AO, chief executive of Rio Tinto said, in a keynote speech at Asia House.

New book reveals underbelly of expat life in Kabul

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London-based Canadian freelance journalist and author Heidi Kingstone lived in Afghanistan between 2007 and 2010. Dispatches from the Kabul Café are illuminating vignettes of the personal experiences that she had in Kabul.

Abe's pro-growth agenda faces implementation test

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Whilst the results in Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe's snap elections have given his economic strategy of Abenomics a new lease of life, there are still many hurdles ahead to achieve the economic growth Abe has promised.

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    The UK Government is investing in promoting innovation and business collaborations with Asia.

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