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  • China holding firm on Hong Kong election

    BEIJING -- China's Communist Party on Thursday pledged to continue ruling Hong Kong under the existing dual-system model, signaling that it will not bow to the demands of the ongoing pro-democracy protests there. China will strive to maintain th

    October 24, 2014 03:47 am JST
  • Japanese brewers seek Asia-Pacific growth for flagship beers

    TOKYO -- Kirin Brewery will start selling its mainstay Ichiban Shibori beer by the keg in Malaysia this fall, while rival Asahi Breweries is getting ready to open an Australian bar showcasing its claim to fame, Super Dry. Both Japanese brewers s

    October 24, 2014 01:15 am JST
  • Mitsui invests in big Hong Kong food supplier

    TOKYO -- Mitsui & Co. has taken a 20% stake in a major Hong Kong food and beverage supplier, with plans to catch up to rivals in Asia's food market by collaborating on logistics and product development. The Japanese trading house became Tsit Win

    October 23, 2014 03:37 am JST
  • Taiwan, Hong Kong investors targeting Japanese real estate

    TAIPEI/HONG KONG/TOKYO -- Rich individuals from Taiwan and Hong Kong are turning toward Japanese real estate as rising prices at home squeeze returns on investments there. Many Japanese properties generate yields of 4-6% after management fees an

    October 23, 2014 02:31 am JST
  • Yue Yao: Why Japan's clothing king may not rule the world

    From its Japanese roots, Uniqlo has emerged as one of the world's fastest-growing fast-fashion brands. During the past five years, the company has been rapidly building up its presence outside its home market. Its international store count has explo

    October 23, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Uniqlo's Hong Kong role models are failing the test of time

    HONG KONG -- This city is a special place for Fast Retailing. Not only is Hong Kong where a teenage Tadashi Yanai made his first overseas trip, it is also where the company's chairman and CEO was inspired to throw his hat into the fast-fashion ring.

    October 23, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Humphrey Hawksley: China will pay a price in Taiwan for its handling of Hong Kong

    The support recently expressed by Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou for pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, and his call for the mainland to move toward democracy, immediately pose two challenging questions to the Communist Party leadership in China.

    October 22, 2014 08:30 pm JST
  • Hong Kong government unyielding on election reforms

    HONG KONG -- The first dialogue between the Hong Kong government and student leaders held here on Tuesday was largely a futile endeavor, with officials shooting down key demands by the pro-democracy camp. Five representatives from each side atte

    October 22, 2014 05:41 am JST
  • Singaporean sovereign wealth fund buys Tokyo office space

    TOKYO -- GIC has purchased a portion of a 32-story skyscraper by Tokyo Station, the latest in a series of investments from abroad in major properties of central Tokyo. The Singaporean sovereign wealth fund likely paid around 170 billion yen ($1.

    October 22, 2014 04:36 am JST
  • High growth in Asia-Pacific of high net worth individuals

    SINGAPORE -- The wealth held by high net worth individuals (HNWIs) in emerging Asia is predicted to grow at about 12.3% annually from 2013 to 2016, and at about 8.4% for their counterparts in more mature Asian economies, according to the Asia-Pacifi

    October 21, 2014 09:07 pm JST
  • Hong Kong gov't, occupation movement protestors begin dialogue

    HONG KONG (Kyodo) -- Dialogue between the Hong Kong government and pro-democracy protesters began Tuesday evening, providing an opportunity to end the 24-day long student-led occupation campaign in which major thoroughfares in different districts ha

    October 21, 2014 08:31 pm JST
  • Budget carrier Hong Kong Express cruising ahead one year on

    HONG KONG -- Hong Kong Express, the city's only low-cost carrier, has had a surge in passengers since its rebirth as a budget airline a year ago. The company is adding flights to another Japanese airport to take advantage of the growing demand f

    October 21, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Japan pushes rice to snare a bigger share of global market

    TOKYO -- Exports of high quality Japanese rice are increasing to meet the surging global demand. Shipment figures for 2013 had exports at a record high of over 3,000 tons. If both private and public stakeholders work to overcome current barriers

    October 20, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Moderator says student, government dialogue in H.K. to be 'fair, open'

    HONG KONG (Kyodo) -- The talks set for Tuesday between pro-democracy students and the government will be fair and open to all views, the moderator said Sunday following a second consecutive night of police crackdown on the civil disobedience campaig

    October 19, 2014 10:30 pm JST
  • Hong Kong government to meet protesters

    HONG KONG -- The Hong Kong government announced Saturday it will meet with student protesters on Oct. 21. It remains unclear, however, whether the two sides will be able to find common ground, as tensions have been mounting since the government

    October 19, 2014 01:00 am JST
  • Japanese restaurant chains stepping up store openings in China

    TOKYO -- Japanese restaurant chains Watami and Saizeriya will accelerate openings in China, targeting the growing ranks of middle-class consumers there. Watami will open a new line of restaurants serving Mediterranean cuisine with a Japanese fla

    October 18, 2014 06:17 am JST
  • Totoro, Ultraman goods maker to expand further in Asia

    TOKYO -- Benelic, known for its merchandise based on movie and TV characters, will launch Hong Kong and Taiwanese company stores next year. The Tokyo-based company will also move a portion of its production process from China to the Philippines

    October 18, 2014 04:39 am JST
  • H.K. police clear pro-democracy protesters from shopping district

    HONG KONG (Kyodo) -- Acting in the predawn hours on Friday, police in riot gear removed barricades erected by pro-democracy protesters in a busy shopping area while thoroughfares near the main government complexes remained occupied by protesters in

    October 17, 2014 11:26 pm JST
  • Hong Kong chief set to start dialogue with protesters next week

    HONG KONG -- Embattled Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying told the press Thursday that he is ready to open a dialogue with student groups as early as next week, signaling that the two camps may finally be working toward a compromise. But

    October 17, 2014 04:02 am JST
  • Alibaba prompts Hong Kong to review 'one share, one vote' rule

    The Hong Kong stock exchange is asking for input as to whether it should reconsider its "one share, one vote" principle. The second-guessing comes after it missed out on Alibaba Group Holding's initial public offering. The Chinese online behemoth, w

    October 16, 2014 07:00 pm JST