Good morning, early birds. NBN CEO Bill Morrow has warned the company will struggle to ever make a profit (as it is required to do), and New South Wales and Victoria top the states' economic scorecard. It's the news you need to know, with Max Chalmers.
After World War II, Germany was divided and occupied. Japan was largely left alone. Now Germany is a world leader in building unity, and Japan has turned to ultra-nationalism, writes former Australian ambassador to Japan John Menadue.
As the debate over rages Australia's involvement military action in the Korean Peninsula, Crikey looks at the Korean War remnant that means we're already there.
With the release of the last of his imprisoned employees in China, Packer has learned from his errors and is again refocusing Crown towards the future.
A Korean community organisation has erected a memorial statue to "comfort women", but a group of Japanese families says it incites anti-Japanese sentiment.
News Corp settles a class action for monopolising store displays. Plus other business tidbits of the day.
Trade ministers have finished negotiations on the secretive and controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership. Dr Matthew Rimmer, professor in intellectual property law at QUT, says now it's time for the real debate.
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