The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, headquartered in this Beijing office, is one of the country's Big Four state-owned banks. © Reuters

Chinese state-owned banks strike back at online challengers

BANGKOK -- Screws are tightening on Chinese online financial services companies that have shaken up a sector long-dominated by cosseted state-owned banks. In the past month, the People's Bank of China has nixed plans by Chinese Internet companies...

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Sony to plunge into real estate

TOKYO -- Sony will branch out into the real estate market in August in an initiative to di...

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Japan's tourism boom is just beginning

TOKYO -- With a sharp rise in the number of overseas visitors to Japan, electronics retail...