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  • Hong Kong protests divide loyalties of its celebrities

    HONG KONG -- The ongoing demonstrations in Hong Kong are testing the loyalties of some of the region's biggest celebrities. While some statements from famous actors and other artists could be dismissed as publicity stunts, some incidents are having

    October 31, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Hong Kong tycoons still hesitant to pick sides

    HONG KONG -- About a month has passed since pro-democracy protesters first swarmed Hong Kong's major streets, and business leaders here remain conspicuously silent about the upheaval. English-language reports coming from the Chinese state media

    October 30, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Japan aims to fill bigger share of global rice bowl

    TOKYO -- Exports of high-quality Japanese rice are increasing to meet surging global demand. In 2013, exports reached a record high of over 3,000 tons. Those shipments look set to grow even more, if barriers that limit Japan's rice exports can b

    October 30, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Rugby: More and more joining the scrum

    Since the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1987, the event has scaled up. The tournament matches now attract about 4 billion TV views in total worldwide. In 2019, the year before the Tokyo Olympics, Japan will become the first country in Asia to host th

    October 30, 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 30, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Singapore fund buys Tokyo office

    TOKYO -- GIC has purchased a portion of a 32-story skyscraper by Tokyo Station, the latest in a series of foreign investments in major central Tokyo properties. The Singaporean sovereign wealth fund likely paid around 170 billion yen ($1.57 bill

    October 30, 2014 12:00 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 30, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Hong Kong protests reveal limits of pledge

    BEIJING/HONG KONG -- Xi Jinping, general secretary of China's Communist Party, has pledged to promote the rule of law. However, protests in Hong Kong have revealed the limits of this pledge. Since taking the helm in November 2012, Xi has steadil

    October 30, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Islamic bonds gain global momentum

    LONDON -- Islamic finance is spreading beyond its traditional strongholds in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Worldwide issuance of sukuk -- bondlike instruments that respect the religion's ban on interest -- is projected to reach the second-high

    October 29, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Cedric Vanhaver: Strong guidelines needed for native advertising in Asia

    In late August, China's state legislature announced it would tighten rules on advertising in the mainland to provide added consumer protection. According to a draft revision of the advertising law, celebrities would no longer be allowed to promote p

    October 29, 2014 06:00 pm JST
  • China seeks to bolster economy under 'rule of law'

    BEIJING -- China will create basic economic laws to strengthen oversight and increase asset liquidity through market trading as part of a code of civil law it plans to compile, according to a key policy document released Tuesday by the Communist Par

    October 29, 2014 03:41 am JST
  • No exit in sight for Hong Kong protests

    HONG KONG -- Although the Hong Kong government and pro-democracy protesters are expected to keep talking, the former's unwillingness to yield an inch to demonstrators demands is keeping the two sides far apart. Students and other protest support

    October 28, 2014 01:25 pm JST
  • A month in, protests shaking Hong Kong's status as financial hub

    HONG KONG -- A plan to link the Hong Kong and Shanghai bourses has apparently been delayed by the monthlong occupation of downtown Hong Kong by pro-democracy protesters, raising alarms that the demonstrations could hurt not just the retail industry,

    October 28, 2014 01:25 pm JST
  • Uneasy in Macau, Hong Kong casinos turn to Saipan, Australia

    HONG KONG -- For Hong Kong companies looking to open casinos, Macau is no longer the go-to destination it once was. With Beijing's frugality drive and anti-corruption campaign crimping the gambling industry there, they are looking instead to Saipan

    October 27, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • H.K. protesters suspend vote to gauge participants' views

    HONG KONG (Kyodo) -- Organizers of the Occupy Central pro-democracy movement said Sunday they have suspended a vote to gauge the views of participants on how to respond to the government's proposals. As the occupation movement entered its 2

    October 26, 2014 10:48 pm JST
  • Hong Kong protests reveal true colors of Beijing's rule of law push

    BEIJING/HONG KONG -- Xi Jinping, the general secretary of the Communist Party of China, has pledged to promote the rule of law in the management of state affairs. Hong Kong shows the limits of his pledge. Since taking the helm in November 2012,

    October 25, 2014 03:17 pm JST
  • William Barkshire: Investors may look to bypass China market link

    The new Hong Kong-Shanghai Stock Connect program marks an important milestone in the opening up of China's financial markets. However, the program to link the Hong Kong and Shanghai stock markets, expected to launch in the coming weeks, is likel

    October 25, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • 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